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North and South (North and South #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  49,187 Ratings  ·  690 Reviews
Paperback, 816 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by NAL Trade (first published 1982)
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After being trolled three times yesterday for not only reading things wrong, but also for wasting my Goodreads space and apparently everyone’s time creating picturebooks full of “stupid” and “uninformative” reviews that apparently belong on a place I’ve never heard of before called Buzzfeed (which I will make sure I remain in the dark about in order to take that as an eternal compliment) please consider this a fair warning: THIS “REVIE
Tea Jovanović
Odlična knjiga o američkom građanskom ratu... Popularnosti knjige kod nas doprinela je i dobra serija snimljena po ovom romanu... Sećate se? S Patrikom Svejzijem... :)
Mar 25, 2012 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, civil-war
Someone at work was about to take the North & South Trilogy to the library, but offered them to me instead. I took these three massive tomes, which I remembered dimly from the 1980s (along with the TV miniseries adaptation) with muted thanks. No, I'll never turn down a book, but I expected some poorly written, overblown mess -- something like what you'd get if VC Andrews decided to write a historical trilogy. I put it off for nearly a year, and then finally cracked open North and South, full ...more
Description: Part history, part novel, this book chronicles two great American dynasties over three generations. Though brought together in a friendship that neither jealousy nor violence could shatter, the Hazards and the Mains are torn apart by the storm of events that has divided the nation.

The mini series.

01 - North and South - (summer 1842 - summer 1844)
02 - North and South - (autumn 1844 - spring 1848)
03 - North and South - (spring 1848 - summer 1854)
04 - North and South - (summer 1854 -
As good now as it was when I last re-read it about 20 years ago. The characters are vivid, the action broad, and the emotions reflective of the thorny period of history in which the story is set. There are good people and bad (and some really bad), scenes that are both funny and tragic, and it's all a marvelous soap opera Americanus. No wonder they made a mini series of it.

Since I've seen the tv version too many times to count, reading this was like watching it all over again but it was very ent
Dec 05, 2008 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Civil war buffs, harcore Jakes fans
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Vicki Willis
This by far was the longest book I have ever listened to on audible. It was well worth every minute. It was an entertaining story about 2 families over several generations. This is the first of a trilogy and this one took place in the years leading up to the civil war. The characters were well developed and there were ones I loved and ones I hated. I especially liked how the author wove the story together over several generations with the families intersecting in different ways. I also like the ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
John Jakes chooses to base the first book in the trilogy during some of the most trying years of US history, the lead up to the Civil War. Jakes tells the story of two families, the Hazards and Mains, as they progress through these trying times, beginning in the early 1840s. Meeting at West Point, George Hazard of Pennsylvania and Orry Main of South Carolina soon become best friends. They forge a friendship that is severely tested at numerous points, as the United States begins to tear apart ove ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
North and South is the tale of two families, the Hazards of Pennsylvania and the Mains of South Carolina. Orry Main and George Hazard meet in their first year at West Point Academy and begin a life-long friendship - although that friendship will be sorely tempted as the debate over the rights to own slaves threatens to split the country in two. After their military service in the Mexican wars end, George returns to run the family's iron works and raise his family, while Orry returns to the Main ...more
Norman Parker
Jun 05, 2012 Norman Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Jakes creates compelling characters weaving a captivating story, bringing history alive. He delivers exactly the book I wanted.

I wanted a story to bring alive the time of the US civil war. I wanted to better understand the mindset of the people. John Jakes brings the right amount of human weakness and strength to characters, letting us into their motivations in realistic fashion. I learned the stubbornness of the Southerners and the self-righteousness of the Northerners. I learned attitudes
Jun 22, 2013 Marijan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
ne mogu mu samo oprostiti jednu stvar...Berdanovi strijelci su se borili u DRUGOJ bici kod Bull Runa/Manassasa.
Christine Roberts
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I have a lot of issues with this book. It seriously annoyed me in many ways.

The historical interpretation is just so disingenuous. It's as point for point conventionally bias as a school textbook. The history is all so one-dimensional. First I don't believe anywhere near that amount of people were opposed to slavery for moral reasons, with perhaps a few rare exceptions ,most Yankees were opposed to slavery for economic reasons, yet in the book tariffs are shown more as a secondary cause after m
Feb 14, 2017 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
Wow, despite being a quick reader, this took nearly three weeks to read - it's an epic in every sense of the word! I think like a lot of people, I watched the TV series back when I was yeh-high, and I remember being totally besotted by it, even if the actual events that happened in it are a distant memory (I do remember that one of the characters rode a white horse with a dark grey mane - I really wanted that horse!).

Anyway - the book?

I enjoyed the read, although I'm glad that I had had a huge
Jan 24, 2008 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-own, 2008
I learned about this book, and the other two that compose this series, by chance. I was watching TV when I came across its adaptation, which my parents remembered of seeing it and, tried to portray the American Civil War. Since I know little about it, I thought it would be interesting reading it.

The story of this volume revolves around the years before the civil war, giving the reader a chance to know two families, the Hazards and the Mains, which came from two distinct backgrounds. The first fa
Jul 20, 2016 Meteori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dobro ispričana priča o prijateljstvu dvojice ljudi različitog odgoja, ličnosti, ponašanja, uvjerenja... Ljudi koji non-stop nailaze na prepreke i iskušenja, ali čije prijateljstvo, uprkos svemu, opstaje.

Zanimljivo za čitanje pogotovo stoga što je opis nekih događaja slikovit. Ne možeš da se ne zapitaš o položaju potčinjenih, potlačenih, drugačijih u svakom pogledu.

Ekranizacija ovog djela mi je jedna od omiljenih serija u djetinjstvu. Režiser nije previše odstupio od knjige, ali je bitno podvu
Beth Bedee
I first saw the ABC mini-series in the mid '80s. It's still one of my favorites today. Then, I read the book when I was 19. John Jakes has such a knack for bringing history to life. He interweaves fictional with historical characters so easily. You get such a sense of the turbulence in the years leading up to the Civil War. This book and the entire trilogy is what prompted me to become a History major. This was my second time reading the book, and I loved it even better that the first because I ...more
Brecht Denijs
What a great book. I was first introduced to this series in the form of a costume drama on tv which my grandparents liked to watch. I enjoyed it as well so I decided to give the first book a go. Again the old saying is proven true: the book is always better. Such a well built story against a great historical background, well written, great variety of characters and a great dealing of entertainment from history and philosophy to sex and violence. It is an intruiging portrayel of the USA right bef ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, hardcover
I'm not going to finish this, I've finally decided, and I'm sick of seeing it on my 'currently reading' list when I'm totally not. The mini-series outstrips the novel by miles--don't even bother, just go watch the mini-series.

Technically, this still counts as a 'read' book to me because I had already read it a long time ago and just didn't remember what it was like. Well, it's awful, in my opinion.
Judi/Judith Riddle
This is my second time around reading this wonderful novel, preceding the The Civil War, of the Mains of South Carolina and the Hazards of Pennsylvania. I enjoyed it just as much if not more than the last time.
Tom Duggan
Feb 23, 2009 Tom Duggan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big John Jakes fan and he has written a masterful trilogy on the American Civil War. Any of John Jakes books are both educational and entertaining.
Sarah Anne
EDIT: I'm changing my original rating. I was thinking about Catch-22 this morning which then led me to thinking about Madame Bovary and I realized that I gave this book the same rating I gave those, four stars. This is beyond ridiculous! Catch 22 was a wonderfully crafted book and Bovary used pacing like a scalpel, which relates directly to a complaint about this book. The pacing is so slapdash that I've never seen anything like it. I did really love some pieces but others were terrible and it w ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Part 1 of the North and South trilogy.

The North and South trilogy tells the story of two families before, during, and after the American Civil War. The two families in question, the Mains from the Southern state of South Carolina and the Hazards from the Northern State of Pennsylvania, are bound together primarily through the friendship of their second-eldest sons Orry (Main) and George (Hazard), who meet at the beginning of the book, in 1842, at the West Point Mili
Sandy Vaughan
Jul 31, 2009 Sandy Vaughan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you saw the movie, wipe it from your mind and then read this trilogy!

All the characters are so real. You may not know what they are going to do but it sure makes sense when they do it. In the beginning you meet 2 young West Point cadets. These men and their families you will follow from before, during, and after the Civil War. And be glad you are getting them now. I tried not to read them until I had all three,

I thought i had learned my lesson from the Kent Family Chronicles...but no! I had
John Harder
My girlfriend recommended this book to me, and I am appalled that her lily-white and pure hands ever held such a dirty book. There is plenty of stirring of loins and heaving of breasts in this bodice ripper. Jakes throws in a history lesson so you do not feel as guilty about a guilty pleasure. Might I add, I plan on reading the other two books in the trilogy.

No one would ever accuse Jakes of writing literature, but this novel accomplishes its purpose. His primary goal is light entertainment sur
Mar 14, 2012 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved, 2015
Wow, this one surprised me - I've had this book on my TBR list for years, and finally picked it up, not thinking I would like it as much as I did. The author does a great job of character building so that you have villains and protagonists to root for an against that are from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, which is not easy to do for a book about the Civil War. This book was all about the history leading up to the start of the war, which isn’t often covered and was at times chilling. I part ...more
Marion Marchetto
Although this series has been available for quite some time, I have finally undertaken the reading of this epic story. When I saw that the first book had 883 pages I almost swooned. So much for a quick read! thought I. But I chipped away page by page and was soon finished. I must credit John Jakes with creating an historically accurate story so interesting, and characters so complex, that I simply had to keep reading. I was compelled to do so.

The Hazards and the Mains have been part of my life
Jun 07, 2016 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book more than I expected. I have seen the miniseries and was surprised by what it left out. It also saddened me a bit to see parallels between the 1850's and today. Some quite shocking for 2016. Let's hope we don't head down the same road as last time!

Recommend? Yes, and watch the miniseries first.
Shahr Baran
Dec 17, 2014 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رمان برجسته شمال وجنوب نوشته جان جیکس درباره برده داری تفاوت ایالت های شمالی وجنوبی امریکاوجنگ داخلی امریکا بر سر این موضوع ..عالی با شخصیت های بسیار پرداخته شده ...این کتاب در چند جلد به چاپ رسیده ..بهترین ترجمه ان توسط برداران صدارتی در 4جلد است
Katie Q
Jan 07, 2012 Katie Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The drama and saga continues.

A good engrossing read.
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John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and le ...more
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