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Abe by Richard Slotkin
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Jan 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary-literature, historical-fiction
Read in January, 2005

As an American Studies student, I was most familiar with Slotkin's well-known work on violence and American culture. Who knew he could write fiction -- and write like a dream? Don't be deterred by the opening chapter -- an experiment in point-of-view that doesn't quite work, in my opinion. What follows is one of the best bildungsromans I've ever read. I also happens to be the best historical novel I've ever read; still, while the evocation of Lincoln and Jacksonian America will delight those interested in such things (myself included), I don't think they're central to the delights of the novel, which rest in compelling characters placed in a beautifully-told story.

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