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A Diary from Dixie
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And that's pretty good when one considers that her oeuvre was written without the slightest whiff of literary pretension or ambition.
highwayscribery is not sure if a deep interest in the Civil War, from the southern side of things, is necessary for her scribbling prowess to impress. But if it's there, "A Diary from Dixie" is for you.
Chesnut was well-positioned to chro ...more
The sheer amount of social engagements she attended and gave is numbing, but so out of my experience, I felt compelled to read on. Sh ...more
Interesting, but less revealing than you might expect and - quite naturally - very confined in what it can show, given her status as a cloistered, upper class Confederate WAG. She's endearingly bolshie and sharp at times and there are plenty of instances of real insight (slave relations; attitudes to the various generals and a widespread disdain for 'Jeff' Davis, etc).
But it's often ponderous reading to the non-histori ...more
I used to think of elite Southern women as apathetic. I imagined Southern belles sitting in ornate parlors, enjoying their comfortable lifestyles, nearly oblivious of the Civil War raging in their backyards. I have come to learn that this is far from the truth. In her meticulously written account, A Diary From Dixie, Mary Chesnut is a prime example of a sophisticated woman working hard for the Confederacy, and her diary is a testimony to others like her. Every page of Mary Chesnut’s diary expres...more
I don't think I will make my goal of finishing this book before school starts (I go back tomorrow), but, I am not giving up.
There are lots of names of people, and descriptions of people and the comings and goings of other people.. Mary B. Chestnut, as was proper for her ...more