Confederates By the acclaimed author of the Academy Award winning movie Schindler s List this Civil War saga is both a riveting account of America at war and a tapestry of human drama

  • Title: Confederates
  • Author: Thomas Keneally
  • ISBN: 9780340431030
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • By the acclaimed author of the Academy Award winning movie Schindler s List, this Civil War saga is both a riveting account of America at war and a tapestry of human drama.

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    About “Thomas Keneally

    1. Thomas Keneally says:

      Thomas Michael Keneally, AO born 7 October 1935 is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non fiction He is best known for writing Schindler s Ark, the Booker Prize winning novel of 1982, which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg s Schindler s List 1993 , which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.Often published under the name Tom Keneally in Australia.Life and Career Born in Sydney, Keneally was educated at St Patrick s College, Strathfield, where a writing prize was named after him He entered St Patrick s Seminary, Manly to train as a Catholic priest but left before his ordination He worked as a Sydney schoolteacher before his success as a novelist, and he was a lecturer at the University of New England 1968 70 He has also written screenplays, memoirs and non fiction books.Keneally was known as Mick until 1964 but began using the name Thomas when he started publishing, after advice from his publisher to use what was really his first name He is most famous for his Schindler s Ark 1982 later republished as Schindler s List , which won the Booker Prize and is the basis of the film Schindler s List 1993 Many of his novels are reworkings of historical material, although modern in their psychology and style.Keneally has also acted in a handful of films He had a small role in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith based on his novel and played Father Marshall in the Fred Schepisi movie, The Devil s Playground 1976 not to be confused with a similarly titled documentary by Lucy Walker about the Amish rite of passage called rumspringa.In 1983, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia AO He is an Australian Living Treasure.He is a strong advocate of the Australian republic, meaning the severing of all ties with the British monarchy, and published a book on the subject in Our Republic 1993 Several of his Republican essays appear on the web site of the Australian Republican Movement.Keneally is a keen supporter of rugby league football, in particular the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles club of the NRL He made an appearance in the rugby league drama film The Final Winter 2007.In March 2009, the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, gave an autographed copy of Keneally s Lincoln biography to President Barack Obama as a state gift.Most recently Thomas Keneally featured as a writer in the critically acclaimed Australian drama, Our Sunburnt Country.Thomas Keneally s nephew Ben is married to the former NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally.

    2 thoughts on “Confederates

    1. This must be one of the best things Keneally has ever done and how it avoided winning the Booker is simply mesmerizing. This Australian author really has no right to go about writing on such a closely-studied and well-documented theme as the American Civil War and the various side issues that went along with it. I suppose that's why I stared at the spine of this book as it sat on a shelf in my library for year after year, without ever opening it. Yet it has proven one of the more delectable piec [...]

    2. Growing up I was fascinated by the Civil War. We went to battlefields on family vacations, and I used to read a lot of civil war stories. And then I hit a wall. Maybe it was going to college in South Carolina where the Civil War was referred to as "The War of Southern Succession", maybe it was that old History professor who gave me a B in the course on the Civil War, despite my having a high A average, and discovered that the professor was still fighting the war between the states and being from [...]

    3. Keneally tends to be best known for Schindler's Ark, his 1982 Booker-Prize winner and the basis for the film Schindler's List. Although The Playmaker is well known to generations of A-Level students, that still seems a pity. Confederates remains my favourite among his novels for more reasons than I can list, but I am always impressed with how seamlessly he enters the heads of the footsloggers, exits into the wider picture, yet without diminishing either. That is crucial in a war novel, more so w [...]

    4. As seems to be the pattern recently. Perhaps better than just okay, but on the same token not phenomenal enough to warrant extra stars. So dead center in the ratings. This was a strange one. An Australian author writing about the American Civil War from a Southern/Confederate viewpoint which was thereafter nominated for a British award. I can see why it didn't ultimately come away with the award, but it was entertaining and did a great job of conveying the hopelessness and hollowness of "The Los [...]

    5. A novel with several independent stories occurring simultaneously doesn't always work but that's not the case here. I thought each story could have been a book in and of themselves but Thomas Keneally again worked his magic (as he did in Schindler's List). From a foot weary Confederate soldier fighting beside a man that had a brief affair with his wife, to Union spies, to a philandering Colonel looking for salvation the tales carried me through at a frantic pace. The horrors of the Civil War and [...]

    6. The War between the states in America is probably one of the most written about events in history, but this adds a human dimension that is sometimes lost in other novels that give an overall view of the whole war. Here we have a very close look at some of the participants, including Stonewall Jackson, and get an insight into what it felt like at a personal level: the daily difficulties, mental anquish, confusion and uncertainty.Keneally takes a short period in summer 1862 leading up to and inclu [...]

    7. Loved this book.Took me FOREVER to get through. That's because it is DENSE. Dense with details and details that paint a picture, and bring the reader into the scene, and into the shoes of the character. I was hooked.I was motivated to read this book, after finishing the author's more recent work, Daughters of Mars. I knew I had discovered a historical-fiction genius. And he did it again for me. Both books have a couple of things in common. Both are war books--Daughters about WWI, and Confederate [...]

    8. I thought I'd better read some of this guy - as it was one of the many gaps in my author knowledge - so I got this and something about the WW1 Armistice. Yep it sure is a page turner but it is purely narrative driven. Although there is much written about how it realises how ugly and bloody were the effects of the American Civil War, I found that this became just another element of the book and if he was trying to make a point about the tearing of the south apart like the tearing of bodies apart, [...]

    9. Thomas Keneally is one of Australia's most celebrated authors. He is know in the US as the author of Schindler's List. The book is a reprint of the original published in the 1980's when Keneally was doing a sabbatical in the US. The fact that he would attempt such a book, a historical novel of the American Civil War from the southern point of view, shows both great skill and a great intellect. The language can be difficult (accurate?) and a few of the situations off beat, but in toto this is a v [...]

    10. I remember exactly where I was and with whom when I read this. I even remember my grandfather nodding at the novel as I read it and saying, "That was a bloody one" - meaning the American Civil War. And it was.It's difficult to put something like a war into fiction. Thomas Keneally does it through following the stories of three people. At the age of sixteen I knew nothing of the American Civil War (having opted to learn German instead of History). What astonished me was not just the brutality, bu [...]

    11. Mr Keneally did his homework. His research was right on and yet he was able to weave several "fictional" plots into this segment of the War Between The States. This is not a read for the faint of heart, as Thomas Keneally tells it as it was. Nothing glorious about the slaughter that occurred on both sides of the lines. This tale related by the Confederate view. The descriptions of the condition of the troops, their heart breaks and trials are right up there with the account of "Andersonville" by [...]

    12. The US Civil War has always been a subject I've wanted to understand better and this was a great novel to do that. The book covers a relatively short period in the war and follows several characters, from lowly foot soldiers through to the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Kenneally manages to capture the horror of the battles along with the minutiae of human experience as well as explaining the rationale for the South wanting to secede from the Union. The characterisation is really good an [...]

    13. As good as fiction can be about this awful war, particularly the common men fighting a useless war they never understood. On a par with All Quiet on the Western Front. Beautiful and sad and awful. No sense of glory no sense of the worth of the pitiful cause. But a heartfelt study of the best and worst of each of us caught in an insane river of destructio

    14. This is mainly the story of a company of Confederate soldiers in the Stonewall Brigade during the 1862 campaign from Cedar Mountain through Antietam. The supporting cast includes one soldier’s family, two civilians passing information to Union authorities, and Stonewall Jackson himself. Abraham Lincoln has a cameo, too. There is no great derring-do here; just ordinary people trying to get by as best they can, and there is little to see of grand strategy. The dialogue seems real enough; this wr [...]

    15. This is a wonderful book. So well written that it literally is almost impossible to put down. A very unique and personal look at how it was like to be a common Confederate soldier, the soldiers' families, and everyone that lived during that terrible time. It has great dialogue, incredibly descriptive everyday experiences of a myriad of interesting fictional and actual historical characters and vivid battle scenes. Highly recommended.

    16. I don't quite understand all the five star ratings others have given this book. It was ok. I slogged my way through it. It did give some information rarely thought about about the war and camp life such as the smells of animals and excrement. The story of the Battle of Sharpsburg (or Antietam, as some call it) did a poor job of conveying awfulness the the battle.

    17. This novel was a bit long in the tooth for my taste. Wonderfully written and details the desperateness of the Civil War well. I had a challenging time keeping all of the characters straight but much like George R.R. Martin most of them don't make it.

    18. A great bookA remarkable picture of Sharpsburg in particular.I live near there and will look with new eyes when I visit. I've read a lot of civil war but this book added a lot for me.

    19. There were many points in this book, by the otherwise reliable Thomas Keneally, where I almost threw in the towel. The story concentrates on the days surrounding the battle of Antietam in 1862, and the feelings of the people on the front and at home during the days before and after the bloodiest day on American soil prior to 9/11. The problem with Confederates is that the most interesting characters, Mrs. Whipple, Mr. Searcy, Ephie and Aunt Sarrie, are only visited rarely and for too brief a per [...]

    20. 'History is a river which you and I are the fish. Have you ever caught a river perch and when he lay panting wondered if he'd had a happy morning before you hauled hime ashore? Did you wonder what his passions were?Neither does God or history enquire such things of us. Yet without us, God and history would not be a river.'This book gave me what I wanted it to: a bit more of an understanding of the kind of men who made up the Confederate Army, and what their reasons for fighting were. The battle [...]

    21. A great book!I thought this a wonderful account of ordinary men and extraordinary men, all struggling to survive another battle on the noise, dirt and confusion of the Civil War.

    22. This is the first book by Thomas Kenneally I have read. What a cracker!He traces a few confederate soldiers through various campaigns culminating in the battle of Antietam. It is also the story of women left at home and Union spies and Stonewall Jackson. Quite a mix. For me the best part was that there was a real sense of the ordinary soldiers really having no sense of where they were, where they were heading and what awaited them, that and the quite startling descriptions of death in combat in [...]

    23. Stunning. Captures the fighting at Sharpsburg with imagery that no movie camera or CGI could ever hope to. This is the definitive civil war novel. History only makes sense and comes alive with fiction. Reading this book was a turning point in my life and I only began to understand the real nature of war from this novel. Whenever I am in trouble I put myself in that terrible field of corn with General Hood's ragged and starving troops. After the fighting had subsided, General Lee asked Hood where [...]

    24. My husband and I read this one together, as we are both American Civil War buffs, as well as fans of Australian author Thomas Keneally. It was very absorbing, believable, interesting and worthwhile. Mr Keneally has really done his research on this war and its cultural setting, and is knowledgeable about the various generals and other personages, and it all rang true. The various fictional characters were all well drawn, and their stories gripping. Our hearts ached for those on both sides of the [...]

    25. It's a good book but not a great one. It rattles along at a good pace. There's evidence of considerable research and he's comfortable with the era. I'm not convinced by the characterisation - some of the historical characters were odder and more interesting than they're portrayed here. Some of the characters border on caricature and the women are very unconvincing. It's a good diversion but much more than that.

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