Review: THE BLACK FLOWER by Howard Bahr

The War Movie Buff reviewed The Black Flower by Howard Bahr for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

This is a truly outstanding book. I found it in my search for a good Civil War novel to read as part of the Civil War Readalong. I am beholding to the readalong for exposing me to a book I would otherwise never have heard of. It is one of the best novels I have ever read and very memorable.

Bahr has a way of writing that is mesmerizing. There is a passage focusing on the meanderings of a wasp that is one of the most astounding things I have ever read. His prose is lyrical and poetic. His imagery is evocative. There are images of death throughout. Parts of the book are surreal, but others are among the most realistic portrayals of soldier life that I have read.

Read the full review.

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