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I absolutely loved this book. Don't be fooled into thinking this is all about the Civil War...it isn't. Oh sure, there are battles retold, but in a fresh way, through the memory of an old man and the eyes of the young boy he was during those times. More, this is the story of the young girl who married him, their life and times, good and bad. A wonderful, interesting read. I even bought the DVD of the movie to see how they'd handled it. Not bad, but they left out a lot.
I read this book decades ago but remember loving it. It's quirky and fun and authentically historic all at the same time. It was entertaining! I recently swapped for it so i could keep one here at home.
This was not exactly what I was expecting. It was for sure funny in parts but it was mostly a confession for a troubled soul in the last days of a difficult life. It also shows that "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome" is not something new to war veterans. The book does not depict the life of a typical Southern Lady but it does give some keen insights to life in a typical Southern Town in the early 1900’s.
We are able to see the south through a vast array of voices. This is a book-lover's read and one that we will eagerly read again and again. This novel spans the time from just before the Civil War until the mid-1980's. It is exuberant, raucous, comic and even, at times, bawdy.
This is long, and a bit difficult to read. The language isn't hard - I'm not sure what the hold-up is, exactly. I enjoy the stories, and I loved the way Lady Marsden was described. "A woman who made paper look dirty because her skin was so white" - I think that's really cool. But a lot of the book seems like a history lesson, and I guess I just don't have the endurance for it right now.
It's definitely a book I may pick up again in the future.