The book is in fact historically terribly inaccurate for what calls itself a "Novel of the Civil War in Virgina" and isn't on that end a book I couldThe book is in fact historically terribly inaccurate for what calls itself a "Novel of the Civil War in Virgina" and isn't on that end a book I could recommend to anybody. That one cited reviewer even goes as far to stipulate that it "could have the impact of a Gone with the Wind." only adds insult to injury.
I did however enjoy the romance part, which works because the author presents us with a thoroughly modern heroine at the beginning, giving her and her love interest a lot of opportunity to clash horns in witty banter.
A major short coming (the lack of historical accuracy aside) was for me however the novel's episodic nature, where at times months would have passed from one chapter to the next - but not a much of a plot to fold out. Neither the changing fortunes of war, nor the relationship between the two main characters gets any real focus. Instead the story is build around a "they meet, they lose sight of each other, they meet again, they lose sight..." progression.
Read as a free download for which I had little expectations, it provided me with amble entertainment, nonetheless, why I can't judge it too harshly....more
The writing didn't really capture me, and there was too much of a "finding God" theme running through the story for me to enjoy it.
But worst are the "The writing didn't really capture me, and there was too much of a "finding God" theme running through the story for me to enjoy it.
But worst are the "German" parts some of which seem to have been created using an online translator as this is the only explanation I could find for passages like this:
“Nein, kämpfe Ich für cause, for der country’s call like our Vaters marschiert mit kings against each other. Vater served und märz as we now märz mit der Federal government.”
For the non-Germans: Same as in Englisch march can mean an action or a month. März = the month of march; Marschieren = to march.
And I won't even go into the various false translations in place of the (German: der/die/das) used through out the story (in the example above it would have to actually read "für das" instead of "mit der").
I do give Bryant points for at times manging to create a realistic feel for the life of a common soldier, though, and would say that with better translations and some tighter editing it would become an enjoyable* story.
*That always sounds so wrong to say about an account of war....more
Liked it, though I thought the writing could have been more polished in places and a bit tightened up, often several characters will repeat the same sLiked it, though I thought the writing could have been more polished in places and a bit tightened up, often several characters will repeat the same sentiment in a scene, in others I felt she could have gone more into main character Lettie Worthington.
But overall she gives a good balanced view of the early days of war, featuring a likeable strong female character in the lead. With its moderated view on slavery, and the changes slowly taking place among slaveholders it reminds some of Andersonville, so I think people who enjoyed Kantor's novel, will like "Brothers, Blue & Gray" equally well.
Personally the book was fun to read for me because the main event, the end of the Battle of Lexington fell on my birth day - well, a hundred-plus years earlier, but still, I found that a fun bit of history to know....more
Natürlich kann Scheibert der ein zum Teil mitten im Gefechtsgeschehen stehender Kriegsbeobachter war uns keinen so detaillierten Blick auf das Gesamtwesen der Schlachten gewähren wie es späteren Historikern möglich war, und so ergibt sich hier für den entsprechend Vorgebildeten Leser kaum neues aus der Lektüre des Buches. Es ist allein der unverstellte, Zeitgenössische Blick eines Mannes aus dem Monarchischen Europa auf diesen Konflikt der das Buch lesenswert macht. Und obwohl er in offener Sympathie dem Süden und seiner Sache zugetan ist, spart Scheibert hier nicht mit taktischer und moralischer Kritik an beiden Seiten.
Ein durchaus lesenswertes Buch für jene die mehr über den Zeitgeist des Bürgerkriegs erfahren wollen. ...more