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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
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Dec 29, 12

Read from August 05 to 11, 2012, read count: 1

The Battle of Chancellorsville,in northern Virginia, 1863,one of the bloodiest,24,000 casualties,of the war between the states, is the focus of this novel.Henry Fleming a farm boy, not yet a man, from New York State, goes off to fight during the American Civil War. Against the tearful pleading of his widow mother,not to,Henry out of patriotism or boredom, wants to join the Union Army.Many months pass,of training and marching, until Fleming gets into action.Some of his friends,boys he grew up with, are in the 304th regiment with him.Camp life,living mostly in tents,little food,nothing to do,unsanitary living conditions ,constant marching to different sites.The veterans call the newcomers "Fresh Fish".Wondering if he'll be brave or a coward in the conflict.Finally the youth see's war.The charging rebels from out of the woods, bring fear to his very soul.And Fleming caring little about glory, his friends or the regiment, runs away !Runs like the little boy he really is.Only he just wants to survive.Meeting many wounded soldiers,in the back of the line.Some who will not live long,including his close friend ,who Fleming watches fall mortally down on the ground. They ask him uncomfortable questions, where was he hit! Leaving them as fast and unobtrusively as possible.Wandering around aimlessly, Henry heads for a nearby forest,trying to get away from the ugly war.The sounds of battle are muted by the trees.Only a short distance from the struggle,as if all the world was a peaceful place,and is a sanctuary for him .But Henry can't get very far from reality.A Union soldier,propped up against a tree,stares with his dead eyes at the deserter.An insect crawling over his face.Henry decides to get back to his regiment but ironically is hit in the head,with a rifle butt. By a man in a blue uniform, Fleming was in the way,causing blood to flow.His Red Badge of Courage. Arriving home,with the help of an unknown soldier, nobody had noticed his cowardliness.They thought he was dead and bandage his "war wound".Next day another scrimmage.Fleming feels different now,comradeship with his fellow soldiers,as close as brothers,Henry never experienced such emotions ,he even leads the charge, has he become a man?
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Henry Avila Happy new year to everyone, and may 2013 be better than 2012....Good books,good friends and good times,to all !


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