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Books are a very personal thing and no doubt others will have their own favorites. They are both at the top of my list. I agree! But, then to my relief, I found it. Read on! A great story of the frontier during the Rev War. It inspired me when I wrote my books. It is more of the modern style of writing, an easier read than Roberts, and more exciting, too.
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Included are good descriptions of the Paoli massacre and the fighting at Germantown. He wrote about this event because it is close to where he lives, which may account for all the extra detail that make the book difficult to wade through. I threw it across the room when they had Rev. Clarke telling another character, with disdain, that he wished Adams and Hancock would leave his house already. That characterization made me a little furious. But maybe I should give the book another chance just for the suspense and writing. The novel includes many authentic letters from Clark. It is in editing now.
I would love to have suggestions for getting into a major publishing house and finding a good agent, as well as getting reviews from legitimate readers of the novel not folks who will write a review for a price. I plan on other novels on American wars. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. The second half of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon takes place before and during the Revolutionary War.
I learned things I never knew from reading these books. And the series as a whole is great historical fiction. The first two deal with the Jacobite Uprising and the fateful Battle of Culloden. Kenneth Roberts and Esther Forbes are, to me, the gold standard. The history is largely very accurate and they did it before searchable databases!
I read both authors as a child and can still re-read those books with interest today. As a teacher, I do it every year, sweating. Danger, war, murder, romance. Celia is a great character and aside from the great gloss over slavery, it remains a wonderful read. If one checks reviews one will find literally hundreds of women who still love it after first reading it at age It follows a fractious but very sympathetic New Jersey family through the thick of all eight years of continuous conflict.
Completely engrossing! Like Selden, as a young woman growing up reading stories from a female perspective helped immensely in ushering in my life-long love of history.
She writes in multiple time periods, including the American Civil War, but has a large offering for the Revolutionary era. As so often on JAR I learn a great deal not only from the articles but from the superior comments from well informed fellow subscribers. I most often enjoy military and biographical non-fiction but the occasional well written fictional Rev War read is most welcomed and now I have a great list to choose from for my next library visit.
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What a Novel Can Say About the Egyptian Revolution | The New Yorker
In , five years after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian government decided to alter public mentions of the revolution. It omitted names of activists from grade-school textbooks, and downplayed the mass protests in some high-school texts. Last month, the Ministry of Education announced it would strike mentions of the uprisings in January, , and June, , from history textbooks for the upcoming academic term. Today, the country of ninety million people that overthrew a dictator is struggling with crippling food prices and rising inflation.
The book is set late in , and focusses on the intertwined lives of an activist, Mariam, and a journalist, Khalil. On a recent evening at the McNally Jackson bookstore, in New York, Hamilton, himself a journalist and filmmaker, insisted that one cannot define the bookends of the Egyptian revolution—that it is not a moment whose success or failure can be measured precisely. This, he suggested, is why he turned to fiction. News articles and analysis, and works of history, naturally focus on discrete events—the January 25th revolution; the Maspero massacre, in October; the protests of June, —and regard them as markers of progress or failure.
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Fiction gives authors greater freedom to consider the inner lives of the people who are shaped by those events. By attending to these less visible consequences, Hamilton can address a different sort of question—not whether the revolution failed but whether it is reasonable to imagine that the revolution is, in some sense, still alive.
At the morgue, Mariam, young, passionate, and exhausted, watches as a woman holds a dead man in her arms.
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