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Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara
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Mar 18, 2010

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bookshelves: historical-fiction
Recommended to Beth A. by: 1st Ward May 2010
Read from April 22 to May 01, 2010 , read count: 1

I’m really not much of a historian. This book was very challenging for me to read, I probably wouldn’t have finished it if I hadn’t been reading it for a book club. There were so many different characters I had trouble keeping track of everyone, and I had trouble picturing the battles in my head, even the maps didn’t help. Also, if I put the book down, when I picked it up again I’d have to read back a page or two to remember what was happening.

Although it was in third person, Shaara was very good at bringing me right into the story and helping me see everything from one character’s point of view. Then it was a bit difficult when Shaara switched to a different point of view. I’d have to pull myself out of the story, and reorient myself.

As much as I struggled with reading it, I really enjoyed it. Especially as I finished it. I think this was because of the way Shaara portrayed the emotions of the characters. I liked that instead of being melodramatic he was somber and subtle. I felt their frustration and anger, grief and hope. I cared about the characters and what was happening to them. I’m looking forward to reading Killer Angels.

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