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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
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Based on the battle of Chancellorsville (May 1-3, 1863), Henry Fleming's story highlights the gory, ugly details of combat, de-glorifying the heroic gilded myth of America's greatest conflict. Henry panics in his first skirmish and runs for his life, fantasizing various means of desertion. He only accidently finds himself in battle again, and his mad rush toward the enemy is presented as a kind of delirium rather than sober heroism. All the details of mud and blood and confusion at the battle of Chancellorsville came from attentive research, imagined by a writer who had never been to war. However, it's overloaded with adjectives, the subjects of many of the sentences are inanimate things or abstractions, and it's got more atmosphere than story. Not the sort of thing I want to emulate. 030120

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January 20, 2003 – Finished Reading
July 23, 2019 – Shelved

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