Andersonville has ratings and reviews. Larry said: This is a book that I read as a young teenager. It changed my life. I was living a fairly mi. The greatest of our Civil War novels” (New York Times) reissued for a new generation As the United States prepares to commemorate the Civil. Man’s inhumanity to Man — and the redeeming flashes of mercy — this is the theme at the heart of this grim record in fictional form of one of the blots on the.

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During the 14 months of its kamtormore than 45, Union soldiers were confined there and some 13, died, wasted away from starvation, exposure to the elements, overcrowding and disease. Oddly enough, the main conflict in the book is between the native Anglo-Saxon Yankee prisoners, and the “criminal” element.

He thought he was a good and kind person who followed orders.

To ask other readers questions about Andersonvilleplease sign up. Andersonville, the prisoner stockade in Georgia, twenty acres hewn out of a pine woods, counted for more dead in fourteen months of the Civil War than Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg combined.

Historical novels are, without question, the best way of teaching history, for they offer the human stories behind the events and leave the reader with a desire to know more. The sheer awfulness of a acre pen holding 50, prisoners, the horror of so many men in one place, the starvation due to lack of provisions, the thousands of deaths from easily curable diseases and infections, the filth resulting from a lack of proper sewage, the degradation of the men locked inside Indeed, there is not really any building at all — other than a stockade.

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Events at Andersonville will change the people involved, and may change you as a reader. You shake your head in disgust, as the rations are too small, and unfit for consumption anyway. What Dante did for Italy, we can not find the equivalent for; yet we’re in arguably more need. One even brags that he whipped a male slave for beating his wife — bet that didn’t happen very often. It was not for me though.


By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I came away ashamed of how the confederate forces treated their yankee prisoners, and horrified at the general inhumanity on both sides of the war.

You cringe, when upon arrival, they are attacked by gangs of thugs for their last few possessions. There are other problems. I continue to progress through the Audible book up to chapter 24 now.

But it is epic. With the possible exception of more titles of true stature coming from recluse Anderosnville Pynchon unlikely there is basically no author alive in this country right now, who can write at this level. We got a heavy dose of pus, blood, vomit, diarrhea, gangrene and rotting corpses.

The one thing that had always impressed me, and impressed anyone who heard of it mantor after his name and the names of his books had been mostly forgotten, was there, inside that frame — a document appearing to be nothing more than a bit of bureaucratic inconsequence, a preprinted form with spaces for a name and a title, which were typed in as if an afterthought. Die Hard readers only.

With rations infrequent and insufficient, no shelter, sickness rife and a lack of leadership, the place descends into a living hell. You will knit your brow–pause–and squint–very often during its length.


This website uses cookies as well as similar tools and technologies to understand visitors’ experiences. The attempt at “authentic” language is anrersonville and painful at points perhaps not aided by the narrator’s strategy in the Audible version.


It somehow captivates everyone who reads it. Though man’s inhumanity to man is a common theme in all kinds of literature and in life itself, the inhumanity the Union prisoners suffered was of the most horrific kind.

Friede wrote again just before the holidays: There are now 22, prisoners in Andersonville.


Why didn’t they just unite and run for freedom? Perhaps the most inglorious book ever written. Was it accidental or deliberate that Kantor showed us kantod positive and negative characters from both the North and the South?

This book is filled with horror and humanity. Oct 15, Jim rated it really liked it.

In this priso I want to give this book 2. This actually had the corn cobs ground up in it and was heavy as a brick.

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Andersonville the prison, run by the Confederacy to hold captured Union soldiers, is the scene of human depravity both inside the stockade and outside. Then imagine, if you will, Dachau just as overcrowded but without the huts, without a clean water supply, without any kind of sanitation; just a palisade with watchtowers around an kanhor field. And most of the stories, with their flashbacks to boyhood, to families back home, are drawn from fact, and serve to paint kanyor portrait of America a century ago.

MacKinley Kantor spent 25 years researching and two years writing this magnum opus, and justifiably being awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The Civil War in Popular Culture. There was a problem adding your email address. Mano a’ mano combat.