Review: THE BLACK FLOWER by Howard Bahr

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

This was my favorite book about the US Civil War that I’ve read so far this year.  It is the story of Bushrod Carter, a Confederate soldier from Mississippi who serves in General John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee.  It describes the fear and friendships that occur during wartime.

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Review: THE JUDAS FIELD by Howard Bahr

Bookworm’s Dinner reviewed The Judas Field by Howard Bahr for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Judas Field is an astounding work of historical fiction that will rip deep into your heart and settle into your soul like a haunting bad dream.    Howard Bahr provides a sharply detailed journalistic view of The Battle of Franklin through the eyes of Cass Wakefield, a soldier who is unable to reconcile the past.  His life is empty and emotionless, haunted by memories he would rather forget. When a childhood friend asks him to recover her kin who died in the infamous battle, he reluctantly agrees to help.

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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.

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