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Long Remember has been long forgotten. MacKinlay Kantor's 1934 novel, which chronicles the Civil War's Pennsylvania Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of civilians unlucky enough to be in Gettysburg on those three crucial days of July 1-3, 1863, caused quite a splash in its time; it was a Literary Guild main selection, and no less an authority than the Southern novelist and critic Allen Tate praised its battlefield realism. Yet while Kantor's later Civil War novel Andersonvil...
An unpleasant but realistic picture of Gettysburg and war in general. No particular character was wonderful, all had flaws. An extremely well written and thought provoking book.
Long Remember has been long forgotten. MacKinlay Kantor's 1934 novel, which chronicles the Civil War's Pennsylvania Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of Gettysburg civilians unlucky enough to be in Gettysburg on those three crucial days of July 1-3, 1863, caused quite a splash in its time; it was a Literary Guild main selection, and no less an authority than Allen Tate praised its battlefield realism. Yet while Kantor's later Civil War novel Andersonville (1955) won the Puli...
Recently having read both Ralph Peters two recently published civil war novels Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or Richmond, I had a fairly good understanding of how the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg progressed from the perspective of the participants. This helped immensely when reading Long Remember because the viewpoint changed from that of the officers and soldiers to the impact on the citizens of the community of Gettysburg. I also believe it is important to understand that MacKinlay Kan...
This is a great book, but I didn't love it like Andersonville. The reasons I didn't love it have nothing to do with any flaws in the book. MacKinlay Kantor did such a great job of the love relationship between Dan and Irene at the beginning of the book that I wanted more of them (and less of other characters) and I also wanted more of their relationship development (and so I couldn't quite get into the drama of the battle at Gettysburg). But that is, of course, not really a flaw in the book. The...
A book difficult to read. Written in 1934 when some Civil War vets may still have been around, it speaks to the horror of war from the eye of a hardened pacifist who had seen war in the prarie in Minnesota and who happens back to his home town of Gettysburg on these fateful days, summoned by a family funeral.This book is the unvarnished truth of the violence of war. There is no heroism, just endurance, those who live and those who are no longer extant. The protagonist collides tangentially with
While I had heard of MacKinlay Kantor l had never read any of his books. I found this book and was drawn by the cover and I’m glad I was. This story focuses on the civilians just before and during Gettysburg. The small town feel, the fear of the war coming towards them and the confusion and ugliness of battle were all here. You feel the claustrophobic nature of war and the effect on civilians. Then you see the confusion and madness of battle through the eyes of a civilian. I enjoyed this book an...
Not as well written as my favorite war novelist, Jeff Shaara. As I write this a few months after the fact, I can't remember a single character. India trip book.
Even though it took me a while to finish this book I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Convoluted story but good descriptions of the sights and smells oft he battle.
I liked this book very much. It was an early book by him, 1934, so he was able to interview survivors and soliders that were yet still alive adding to the realistic portrayal of the events at Gettysburg. I enjoyed it because it also told civilians stories, not just battles. The ending rather baffles me though because it is not what I expected Daniel to do after he had seen the war first hand and been in the trenches.
This was a good book dealing with the Battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of the civilians who had to deal with the chaos that the battle brought to them. The characters represented the whole spectrum of thoughts about the war and the interactions and personal lives of those characters connected in ways not imagined. How the war affects outcomes in the book is also intriguing. Good read for Civil War buffs.
Man opposed to Civil War heads to Gettysburg on family business in July 1863. Hilarity ensues. Well, not hilarity. Action ensues. I appreciated that the pace picked up with each page. It didn't slow down for the conclusion, though. Might have needed a big "the end" on the last page.
Bob thinks it was trashy, but it is an incredibly detailed accounting of the Battle of Gettysburg. Civil War geeks take note.