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The Hessian

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  127 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"Fast is always a wonderful storyteller, and the story is a good one. ... Entertaining and memorable." -- Library Journal
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 30th 1996 by Routledge (first published June 17th 1996)
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Chris Thompson
Jun 01, 2012 Chris Thompson rated it really liked it
Set during the American Revolution, The Hessian is a powerful novel about the attitudes and life of early Americans. It is about a bigotry that serves to protect a small town, but with tragic consequences.

Near a young New England town marches a small regiment of Hessian soldiers. Hessians were well-trained and much-feared soldiers who fought for the British during the American Revolution. Because of this, a Hessian regiment, no matter how small, would have generally been left alone. However, an
Jul 17, 2007 علی rated it it was ok
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خواندن اثار هوارد فاست کمک می کند تا تاریخ آمریکا را به گونه ای دیگر، از درون آینه ی ادبیات بشناسیم. اگرچه نه به آن دقت و جزئیات که تاریخ یک قرن فرانسه را می شود از طریق خواندن آثار بالزاک شناخت، با این همه هوارد فاست یک آمریکایی ست که با همه ی دید انتقادی نسبت به فرهنگ و تاریخ ملتش، هم چنان دلسوز مردم و میهن خود باقی مانده است. مهاجران را باجلان فرخی ترجمه کرده و انتشارات اساطیر در 1371 منتشر کرده است. نسل دوم را به فارسی ندیده ام. با وجودی که در برابر دیگر آثار هوارد فاست آنچنان درخشش ندارد، ا ...more
Elizabeth Brett
Jan 31, 2016 Elizabeth Brett rated it really liked it
Well written with a soulful plot. Sad- but that's the point. I feel like it was written long before 1972.
May 30, 2012 Judith rated it liked it
The Hessian is an interesting story about the American Revolution, centering on the prejudices and uncertainties of one town. When a group of Hessians (German mercenaries who were hired by the English in the Revolutionary war) kill one of their townspeople, Abraham Hunt, the town's leader, plans an ambush, then puts the only surviving Hessian, the drummer boy, on trial for murder.
Feb 04, 2008 Scott rated it really liked it
Brilliant in its simplicity. A surprisingly easy read for a novel about the evils of war, the ambiguities of capital punishment and the hypocrisy of faith. Fast also manages to find room for a moving love story (if that's what you're in to) involving some very memorable characters. Very impressive for a book that is just over 200 pages.
Apr 25, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Style, word usage, plot, character developement, etc., all good. A moving story about a young Hessian forced to fight in the Revolutionary War. Divergent people worked together without any 'one-up-manship'. That must have been a wonderful way to live.
Jul 14, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
This is a short, easy to read book set in New England in Revolutionary War times. I picked this book up at a garage sale awhile back because I've enjoyed other Howard Fast books in the past. It isn't his best, but I enjoyed it.
Aug 30, 2013 Kaufather04 rated it it was ok
This book is a decent story if you enjoy not much action and a large amount of dialogue. I enjoyed the book, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to people who are looking for an easy read.
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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