Review: THE PRIVATE HISTORY OF A CAMPAIGN THAT FAILED by Mark Twain

The Second Sentence read and reviewed The Private History of a Campaign That Failed by Mark Twain for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

Mark Twain’s The Private History of a Campaign That Failed, a fictionalized version of his own wartime experiences, is different from most Civil War fiction I’ve read. There’s been a lot written about the disillusionment of war, mostly in a tragic vein, as participants discover the hardship and horror firsthand. Private History, a wryly comic short piece, takes a different approach, using humor to effectively strip away every vestige of romance or glory from the idea of war. It may not be tragic, but it’s pathetic. It made me laugh, but it also left me with an oddly melancholy feeling, even as it ended with a humorous line.

Read the full review.

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