Harold Titus Harold's Comments (member since Mar 03, 2012)


Harold's comments from the American Historical Fiction group.

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Civil War (51 new)
Jun 21, 2016 05:29PM

23615 To get an accurate feel of Civil War battlefield experiences, I recommend that you read Stan Jensen's "Ethan's Peach Tree."
Jun 21, 2016 05:22PM

23615 "Rise to Rebellion" is woefully inaccurate about the Battles of Lexington and Concord. I cannot comment about his narration leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Feb 03, 2016 01:44PM

23615 I am also bothered by the lack of activity here.
The past two months I've read "Snow Falling on Cedars" and "Shane." The best book that I read this past year was "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Stegner.
Oct 02, 2015 06:46PM

23615 Dave wrote: "One of my favorite reads since college. I suggest reading it while listening to the music of Anton Dvorzak."

A novel suggestion. "New World Symphony" or the string quartet composed about that time?
Sep 30, 2015 05:00PM

23615 I am reading the classic "My Antonia" by Willa Cather. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
Jul 28, 2015 10:25PM

23615 I've just about finished Into the Savage Country by Shannon Burke Shannon Burke. It's about fur trapping in the Rocky Mountains in the 1820s. Good read.
Jul 21, 2015 09:25PM

23615 I will check out 3 of the 4 you recommended. (I'm not a fan of Jeff Shaara)
Jul 19, 2015 12:41PM

23615 Here are eight:
The Way West by A. B. Guthrie Jr.
Panther in the Sky by James Alexander Thom
The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (I see that you have read this)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Cress Delahanty by Jessamyn West
Jul 16, 2015 09:51PM

23615 Yours and mine I would hope readers would conclude.
Introductions (818 new)
Jul 09, 2015 07:42PM

23615 Robert wrote: "Harold wrote: "In "Rise to Rebellion" Jeff Shaara's account of the events of April 19, 1775 (leading to the Battles of Lexington and Concord and ending with the British army's retreat to Charlestow..."

Robert, it also bothers me when a historical novelist chooses to limit a reader's understanding of a very important event by relating the event through the point of view of a single character. Jeff Shaara chose in "Rise to Rebellion" to narrate the Battles of Lexington and Concord from Major John Pitcairn's viewpoint. Indeed, Pitcairn was at the very center of the musket fire at Lexington from start to finish and he was present at Concord and during the retreat thereafter. But, Shaara has Pitcairn, whom he identifies as "Thomas Pitcairn," go outside the town to the North Bridge, where the initial fighting started. That didn't happen. Pitcairn never left the center of town. To main his single character only point of view narration, Shaara has to have Pitcairn at the North Bridge. My criticism of Shaara is, therefore, not limited to omission of facts. Shaara falsifies. Another example. He has Paul Revere rowed across the Charles River not knowing if the British army is to leave Boston by land or sea. When he gets across the river, arriving at Charlestown, he looks back at the Christ's Church steeple to see how many lanterns are being displayed. Again, that is wrong. Revere knew ahead of time what the British planned to do. He had instructed Robert Newman at the church how many lanterns to display before he was rowed across the river. The lanterns were to inform Charlestown militia leader Colonel Conant what route the British army was in the process of taking, Revere fearing that he might be arrested before he could tell Conant in person. If that were to happen, Revere wanted Conant to send a messenger into the interior to tell village militias of General Gage's intention. There are other glaring errors in Shaara's narration. Every time I see Shaara extolled as a wonderful historical novelist I see red.
Introductions (818 new)
Jul 09, 2015 11:16AM

23615 In "Rise to Rebellion" Jeff Shaara's account of the events of April 19, 1775 (leading to the Battles of Lexington and Concord and ending with the British army's retreat to Charlestown), is incredibly irresponsible. For example, Shaara doesn't even mention Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh, Earl Percy, in command of approximately a 1,000 soldiers sent to rescue the original force of 700 sent by General Gage to seize and destroy gunpowder, etc. stockpiled at Concord. It was Percy's leadership that enabled a third of Gage's Boston garrison to get back to safety. This aspect of the day's events merited one paragraph of Shaara's narration. One paragraph! He makes a number of historical errors and omissions in these two chapters. People who don't know the details of the events of that day are not cognizant of Shaara's irresponsibility.
Introductions (818 new)
Jul 06, 2015 01:27PM

23615 Kaaren wrote: "Hello, everyone! I'm a newbie to this group--reader, writer, lover of history and historical fiction. In this context, my current passions are the Gilded Age in America, and the American Revolution..."

Kaaren, take a look at American Revolutionary War fiction listed here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...
Introductions (818 new)
Jun 15, 2015 09:25PM

23615 Beverly wrote: "Harold wrote: "Beverly wrote: "Hello, I am Beverly and I love to read historical fiction. My deceased husband was a history teacher and we both loved reading Alexander Thom books. Now I read a l..."

Your husband was right. Besides being a good narrator, Thom is historically accurate.
Introductions (818 new)
Jun 15, 2015 12:07PM

23615 Beverly wrote: "Hello, I am Beverly and I love to read historical fiction. My deceased husband was a history teacher and we both loved reading Alexander Thom books. Now I read a lot of historical romance, but I..."

James Alexander Thom does an excellent job depicting Algonquian culture. Readers would enjoy his "Panther in the Sky," about the life of Tecumseh. No doubt that you and your husband read it.
Introductions (818 new)
Apr 24, 2015 12:52PM

23615 Thank you, Sara, for the links. I'm very appreciative of your interest and help. I will look into the last two links in particular.
Introductions (818 new)
Apr 23, 2015 10:10PM

23615 Sara wrote: "Robert Krenzel - I'm writing in the decade just prior to your series-- also YA historical fiction. My Adam Fletcher Adventure Series is set on the North Carolina coast. The first ..."
Sara, I am writing a novel about the Algonquian natives near and at Roanoke in 1583 and in 1584 when Amadas and Barlowe arrived and took back to England Manteo and Wanchese. Do you know of any books that focus on providing specific information about seasonal weather and vegetation in specific areas on the Outer Banks, Pamlico Sound, and Albemarle Sound? I've never been there. I thought I'd take a shot asking you. Thanks.
Introductions (818 new)
Apr 19, 2015 12:55PM

23615 Welcome aboard.
Mar 03, 2015 12:20PM

23615 Suzanne wrote: "Joe wrote: "Just finished a VERY good HF novel "Oregon Country: The Story of the 1843 Oregon Trail Migration" by T.J. Hanson. Well written and super-detailed, but not for someone with a short atten..."

Suzanne, have you read A. B. Guthrie Jr.'s "The Big Sky" and "The Way West"? I highly recommend them.
Introductions (818 new)
Feb 10, 2015 05:57PM

23615 Kenny wrote: "Hello! I've been a HUGE history lover ever since I was a little kid. My favorite American eras would have to be the revolutionary era, the Jacksonian era (especially), and the Civil War era. Anythi..."

Good choices of interest, Kenny. My favorite right now is the Revolutionary War period.
Dec 18, 2014 01:28PM

23615 I'm about 70 pages into "Private Life" by Jane Smiley. I find her portrayal of socially conscious women living in Saint Louis in 1900 fascinating. Private Life by Jane Smiley
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