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Originally published in 1972, The Hessian tells the story of the capture, trial, and execution of a Hessian drummer boy by Americans during the Revolution. At the heart of the story is a Quaker family, who hide the boy after his landing party has been killed in an ambush. Because the captain of the Hessians had ordered the hanging of a local whom he thought might be a spy, ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by M.E. Sharpe
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Chris Thompson
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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