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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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Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the Andersonville Fortress and its use kantoor a concentration camp-like prison by the South during the Civil War. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Plume first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Andersonvilleplease sign up. Why didn’t they just unite and run for freedom? They surely knew they were going to die a horrible death just like there fellow prisoners did.

Starvation, disease and humiliation. Jane A good question and one that mavkinlay similar to the one that Sartre asked in the debate “The Jewish Question” in ,”Reflexions sur la Question Juive”, how …more A good question and one that is similar to the one that Sartre asked in the debate “The Jewish Question” in ,”Reflexions sur la Question Juive”, how can people follow like sheep without resistance?


When Willie Collins is shown how to make a bully out of a dead rat. Willie kills a man he believes to be a “hockey”. See 2 questions about Andersonville…. Lists with This Book. This is a book that I read as a young teenager. It changed my life. I was living a fairly middle class suburban life and couldn’t believe that people could be treated the way people in this book were treated.

It was not so much an anti-war book for me as an anti-humanity book. People could not do the things that were described here andersonvills other people. Mackinlayy would be impossible for humans to suffer like that. I had had a limited experience of the South. My family had driven from Michigan This is a book that I read as a young teenager. This was before the Interstates were completed so we drove some stretches through the South on the blue highways.

We saw glimpses of poverty and segregation. But Anfersonville was on a highway like none I had ever experienced or imagined. This book introduced me to experiences that I could barely fathom. It showed me what a safe little world I inhabited and thought was normal. I had had duck ‘n’ cover in the hallways of my elementary school, had heard a little about the holocaust and Hiroshima. But Andersonville started to actually put some real tarnish on the shiny world that I thought I inhabited.

Listening to the Audible version many years later. August 18, The book begins with ira wondering his land early of a morning. Ira is familiar with the land and with the flora in the fauna.

Listening to him think about the anfersonville and animals is quite enjoyable. He is probably 50 and has several slaves that help him farm the land. He had three sons but two are already dead in the water and one still anddrsonville. As he enjoys his solitude in the country A small party appears, soldiers and surveyors.


They are searching out a site to be a prison for union soldiers. As they ride off ira hope they will not choose his land. I am amazed to find myself at the beginning of chapter 7 and still amidst the details prior to the development of Andersonville. I continue to progress through the Audible book up to chapter 24 now. Descriptions of the prison camp with a population of over 10, are somewhat horrifying although The book is actually still dominated by descriptions of individuals, often their lives prior to the Civil War and their imprisonment.

There are now 22, prisoners in Andersonville. The commandant of the prison is of German dissent and still speaks German frequently.

This is an interesting addition to the Audible format.

The man who wrote ‘Andersonville’

andersonvil,e He is presented with a strange combination of characteristics: The outer wall of the stockade is made with 22 foot tree trunks buried five or 6 feet into the ground and rising approximately 15 feet into the air. At one point the size of the stockade was increased creating about feet of logs that would be removed and could be reused.

The commandant had many plans for this lumber mackinlag he got up one morning and found that the prisoners had removed the logs themselves by hand and made many improvements in their living conditions with the wood. There are now 33, prisoners in Andersonville.

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Apparently many of them are Catholic as evidenced by the stories of the Catholic priest who serves the community. It sometimes takes a strong stomach to read the descriptions of the smells of Andersonville. Human waste and rotting bodies both dead and alive. The prison camp could be smelled 2 miles away. They brought food that was surplus from their farms. This food was used for those who worked at the camp but not allowed to be distributed to the prisoners.

After several reports about the extraordinarily poor conditions were ignored by Richmond, one neighbor set out on a perilous journey to Richmond as the war was drawing to a conclusion and the south was in some chaos.

Coral is an year-old confederate who has lost a foot in the war. He comes across a year-old Union soldier who has escaped from Andersonville with a lost hand. This unlikely pair become friends in a touching story at the end of the book. A confederate father who had lost three sons joins them at the end as they manufacture a peg leg for the lost foot. And then the Union soldier heads off seeking jantor and having found unlikely friendship. This story might just make the whole book worthwhile.

Andersonville existed for 19 months and at one time held as many as 33, union prisoners although it was initially intended for only 10, It achieved a certain infamy has 14, soldiers died there. This book is filled with horror and humanity.

The book begins and ends with the man who owned the land where the 27 acre stockade was constructed. He owned slaves and loved nature and felt himself to be a decent man. There is also the story of captain Wirtz who was the kanhor of Andersonville and tried he thought to run a good facility even though he was never given the supplies and resources he andrsonville do I send more prisoners then he could handle. He thought he was a good and kind person who followed orders.


This book was published in and the audible version which I just listened to was recorded 60 years later. View all 14 comments. I will admit that I have very little knowledge of American history, including the American Andetsonville War.

It is a huge book not available in andwrsonville in the UK, so this is really a door-stopper of a novelstanding at over pages and with an enormous ca I will admit that I have very little knowledge of American history, including the American Civil War.

It is a huge book not available in kindle in the UK, so this is really a door-stopper of a novelstanding at over pages and with an enormous cast of characters. The author does an incredible job of setting the scene, as we begin with plantation owner, Ira Claffey, and are gradually introduced to his family and neighbours.

Ira has lost three sons to the war, his wife is descending into deep depression and his daughter, Lucy, has seen the man she was to marry also killed. Ira Claffey is a slave owner; yet, paradoxically, he also sees himself as a good man. His family, his whole way of life is under threat, and yet he views himself as a benevolent father figure and is concerned that, if his slaves are given freedom, they will be unable to care for themselves.

Near the beginning of this novel, Ira is approached by men looking for a site in which to keep Yankee prisoners. Henry Wirz is the German speaking superintendant of the stockade, who suffers constantly from a wound in his arm and is unable to muster respect from either his superiors, so relies on hatred and fear to rule.

Indeed, there is not really any building at all — other than a stockade. There is no shelter anderslnville rain, or sun. No attempt to make the camp liveable or provide reasonable conditions for the prisoners herded inside the walls.

This means that, certainly at the beginning, the fittest survive and the weakest find themselves at the mercy of those able to physically attack and abuse them. With rations infrequent and insufficient, no shelter, sickness rife and a lack of leadership, the place descends into a living hell. This is a book which requires commitment and time to read. There are endless characters and stories from both inside, and outside, the camp. Eben who loved birds and Father Peter Shelen who ministers to the dead and dying.


There is bravery, defiance, horror and shame, as the men suffer and die, and yet keep arriving to suffer and die… One of the andersobville which really interested me about this novel were how many of those involved were first generation immigrants. Nathan Dreyfoos, for example, does not consider even joining the war until a chance encounter causes him to join up. Many of those involved are German including WirzIrish, or from a whole host of other countries.

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