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Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
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Jul 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: amer-culture, history, litfic
Read in July, 2011

This Civil War detached-child-narrator story took a while to grab me but the further I get from it the better a book I find it (minus the ending which was masculine fiction overkill for me.) A boy's mother sends him out to find his father who has gone off to war. She gives him a reversible union/confederacy jacket and a horse, but the horse goes lame on the way down from their mountain home and through the kindness of a general store owner he ends up with the coal black war horse of the title. He travels the war-ravaged countryside allowing for some interaction with war-ravaged people, loses and regains his horse, and buries the dead. Slow moving but satisfying and I think good history as well, and short enough to not get bogged down in the modern fiction style. Expect this on syllabi in the near future.

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