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MacKinlay Kantor (1904–1977)

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MacKinlay Kantor is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Andersonville, the novel about the horrifying Confederate prisoner-of-war camp in Georgia. Kantor is also known as a war correspondent and as the author of the novella and eventual screenplay The Best Years of Our Lives, a film that won seven visa mer Academy Awards. Kantor died in 1977 at the age of seventy-three. visa färre

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Much more than an account of advances and retreats, this is the story of the men and women who heard the whine of shells and felt the sting of wounds during three horrible days of the bloodiest, most desperate engagement of the Civil War. Includes the complete text of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
PlumfieldCH | 4 andra recensioner | May 8, 2024 |
I read the Reader’s Digest condensed version of this novel before I was in high school, more than fifty years ago. Before I could understand most of the horror I was reading. Before I understood better the larger stage of the Civil War era, and its myriad causes and conditions. In the midst of violent racial unrest in the late 1960s. Since then, I studied American History extensively, both formally (my B.A.) and informally, and re-reading the full novel more than half a century after my first truncated encounter with it was an entirely different experience. I might never have stumbled upon it again had it not been for a reading challenge with the prompt: an award-winning book from the year were born. Andersonville won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the year I was born. In school, we certainly did not learn much about the Civil War prisons and the people in the surrounding areas whose lives were so displaced – you hear about the battles and the glorious victories and defeats, the drama in Washington and Richmond where politicians warred among themselves. We should teach more about Andersonville, which was more than just a prison camp, but really more of a death camp, where the smallest scratch was almost a death sentence because of the filthy conditions, inadequate shelter, scurvy, predation.

The protagonist of this book is essentially Andersonville prison, hastily constructed by the Confederacy during the Civil War on parts of several landowners’ properties in a remote Georgia area not far from the rail line that would transport the Yankee prisoners of war. We first meet the fictional Ira Claffey, whose plantation is near what becomes an open-air house of horrors – the only structure is the walls that surround the acres of a hellish landscape on which an estimated 40,000 prisoners were crammed into a space meant for no more than 10,000, with poor sanitation, inadequate food, with a large percentage dying from exposure, disease, starvation, infected wounds, and about a 25% mortality rate. The conditions, horrible as they were, seemed to be less the result of malice on the part of the Confederate officers charged with the prisoners’ incarceration, but rather incompetence and indifference on the part of the upper echelon.

The closest to a protagonist of a human variety is Ira Claffey and his daughter Lucy – his wife descended into madness after their three sons who reached adulthood died in service to the Confederacy – and how they are affected by the proximity of Andersonville, and the horrors of the miserable, unlivable conditions the prisoners are subjected to. Throughout the book, we meet some of the (fictional) inhabitants of the area, learn a little about them. And we meet some of the fictional Yankee prisoners, learn a little of their lives before their time in Andersonville, often glimpses of their childhood, during their incarceration, and if they are lucky, which is rare, after. Certain Confederate officers and doctors tried to improve conditions but were then branded as traitors by Generals who were hell-bent on keeping the conditions the most miserable possible and expending the least amount of money, particularly as the tide of war turns away; yet despite their efforts, after the war they took the fall and were convicted of crimes against humanity. I understand the Confederate military figures in the book are real people. Also, some of the POWs mentioned – Boston Corbett, Chickamauga, John Ransom, John McElroy – also existed in real life. Ira Claffey and some of the other civilian agrarian neighbors around the prison showed compassion toward the prisoners and were also accused of treasonous behavior. Kantor certainly uses the conditions at Andersonville to raise philosophical and moral questions with which various characters grapple, but never explicitly answer.

While most of the male characters are richly drawn, the female characters are largely one-dimensional and almost always object rather than subject. I ascribe that deficiency more to prevailing attitudes about women’s place during the time period during which Kantor researched and wrote this novel (from the 1930s to the 1950s) than to any actual representation of women during the Civil War era. He probably had very little in the way of research materials for women’s accounts of their experiences during the war that might have helped flesh them out. In addition, I cringed near the end where Kantor perpetuates the happy slave myth when the war ends and Ira Claffey tells his enslaved human workers that they are free, and they are so grateful and will stay loyal, etc. It seemed almost a cartoonish or Hollywood ending.

But again, Kantor wrote during a different time, and in the interim more published journals or letters or oral histories of women and enslaved people have emerged. Accordingly, subtracting from the overall five-star rating of a mid-20th century book based on 21st century sensibilities is unwarranted. Some people have complained about the length of this book – my 60th anniversary edition is 754 pages – and have said the story could have been told in fewer pages, but I disagree. The pictures he painted and the little stories he told were so vivid that I feel I visited with this place for as long as the prison stood, and that is both disconcerting and remarkable, particularly since the focus of these stories is not the pompous politicians and generals, but on how this horrendous place affected the lives of those whose lives it touched inside and outside its walls. This book will stay with me for a long time.
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bschweiger | 18 andra recensioner | Feb 4, 2024 |
Excellent account of the Battle of Gettysburg for ages 8-12, also great reading for all ages. Covers the days of June 1863 through the July battle, the aftermath and President Lincoln's November address.
BookScout83 | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 31, 2024 |
A sprawling novel, with many characters decribing the events leading up to the attacks on white settlers neat Spirit Lake Iowa in 1857. this fight is not to be linked to the 1862 Sioux uprising in Minnesota. Kantor is a good writer shining in his gift of creating strong characters, and the book is heart-breaking in its demonstration of the vile treatment of the indians by the whites in that area.
DinadansFriend | 2 andra recensioner | Jan 4, 2024 |



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