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The Red Badge of Courage (The World's Best Reading)
The Red Badge of Courage - The World's Best Reading
Author: Stephen Crane
This classic novel of the American Civil War evokes the horrors of battle and the psychology of fear as it recounts the experience of a young, untried Union Army volunteer. Henry Fleming longs to prove himself by winning the "red badge beyond all doubt. But when he finally does come under fire, he learns the grim truth about war's "...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780895771551
ISBN-10: 0895771551
Publication Date: 6/1982
Pages: 176
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3.5 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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What an interesting tale! The descriptions of war are so realistic that one feels as if one were striding beside the youth, Henry, as he is baptized in battle. In his first experience he finds himself joining those who run from the conflict just to survive. He feels deep shame at his cowardice in this action and thinks deeply about it. The walking dead that he meets and sees in his mind haunt him. Perhaps it is his encounters with death and the wounded that help him face his action and return to his regiment. Or, perhaps it is the blow upon his head that a crazed and wounded man inflicts that brings him to his senses or gives him a bloody badge that he can say was caused by a bullet. Whatever it is Henry discovers the bond of wartime friendship, the thrill of the battle, and the wonder of defending his regiment. The horror of war is illustrated clearly and distinctly by Crane. It's a very good read.
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A great look into the internal conflicts of Civil War recruits....a classic dialogue of courage and death...
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A classic must read for every young boy.
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This was a good book. In a eaiser version for younger children.
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There's a reason this book is a classic: it vividly brings to life an incredibly important event in American history. For this first time in history (it was published in 1895), an author portrayed war in a decidedly unromantic way. War is hell.
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I read this book in high school and at that time I enjoyed it. Not exactly sure if being a Reader's Digest version has anything to do with it or if I happen to have a slight lapse of memory, but this book does not seem as graphically detailed as the one I remember reading inb HS. I enjoy re-reading some books and this is one that I will certainly read again. A fun read.
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Paints a captivating picture of the American CIvil War- highly recommended!

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