- Audio CD
- Verlag: American Story; Auflage: Library. (August 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0786192348
- ISBN-13: 978-0786192342
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 5,1 x 16,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 14 Kundenrezensionen
1812 (American Story) (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, August 2003
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"1812 "is splendidly researched and finely written--a fiery tale of our country's youth, of mighty passions, a half-for-gotten war, and incomparable men and women. David Nevin's readers are blessed Ralph Peters, author of Red Army A rich, robust historical novel of the kind we don't get often enough. Famous men and women spring vividly to life--action abounds--1812 is a great read. John Jakes It was a perilous and pivotal time for the young and not-entirely-United States, but it has been the most "unremembered "time in American history. Until now. The faded old etchings of battle on land and sea, of statesmen, heroes, villains (and their ladyloves), are now, in David Nevin's "1812," brought to vivid life and color, tumultuous intensity, and you-are there immediacy. "Gary Jennings, New York Times bestselling author of Aztec" Whatever we have gained by technology we have lost by ease. These people who lived in 1812 faced danger, adventure, and--no income tax! Read on. Rita Mae Brown, author of Dolley" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
A fictional account of the War of 1812 follows the lives of James Madison and his wife, Andrew Jackson, a young soldier named Winfield Scott, and a journalist named Sally Quirk as they live through the war. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
David Nevin finally explained it to me. He used a style similar to John Jake's Bicentennial series (The Bastard, The Rebels, etc.). In a fictional setting, he explored the motivations and character of historical personages, as well as the political realities of the time. The story is fairly well told and he keeps it interesting throughout. I would have liked it if he had paid a little more attention to the political and diplomatic side rather than focusing almost strictly the military side, but he sprinkled enough in to keep the overall picture coherent. Definitely worth a read. If you like this one, try Aztec for an even better historical fiction.
This novel has a lot of ground to cover. The author divides time, nearly evenly, between private lives, diplomacy, and combat for all the key players of the war. He also divides the time evenly between conflicts in the North and in the South. Nevin treads between history documentary and steamy mini-series innuendo and nearly pulls it off entirely. These two areas are difficult to bring together. Alternately, I would long to return to the combat theater while the author waxes on the domestic trials of Rachael Donnelson Jackson, or wish to read more about Sally McQuirks early femminist character while the author was steeped in documenting Jackson's sweep of the south. Oh well.
None the less the novel was engrossing and a pleasure. Its biggest downfall was that the Treaty of Ghent was completely ignored! There was quite a group of personalities involved in that roe. They would would have fit in well with Nevin's saga. Perhaps his next historical novel can examine the picadillios that occurred in that lowlands city.
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