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    DescriptionWith a new introduction by Thomas Keneally. 'The best novel of the Civil War since The Red Badge of Courage' Newsweek As the Civil War tears America apart, General Stonewall Jackson leads a troop of Confederate soldiers on a long trek towards the battle they believe will be a conclusive victory. Through their hopes, fears and losses, Keneally searingly conveys both the drama and mundane hardship of war, and brings to life one of the most emotive episodes in American history.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Keneally
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 199 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 313 g
    ISBN 13: 9780340431030
    ISBN 10: 0340431032

    BIC E4L: ADV
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 823
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.7
    BIC subject category V2: FJM
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC032000, FIC014000
    Illustrations note
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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    Publication date
    17 February 1994
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    Author Information
    Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published twenty-five novels since. They include SCHINDLER'S ARK, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, CONFEDERATES and GOSSIP FROM THE FOREST, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are THE WIDOW AND HER HERO, THE PEOPLE'S TRAIN and THE DAUGHTERS OF MARS. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his boyhood memoir HOMEBUSH BOY, THE COMMONWEALTH OF THIEVES and SEARCHING FOR SCHINDLER. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.
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    'A fine and compelling novel' Financial Times 'It compels admiration over and over for its energy and its insight into human character' Spectator 'Deserves comparison with the great war novels of the last hundred years' Observer 'Such a magnificent book that I count it a privilege to read and keep' Books and Bookmen
    Review text
    Keneally's best novel yet, ripest fruit of an imagination that has been grinding for years in an effort to energize history within its fiction - sometimes head-on. sometimes obliquely, but never with quite full success. Success has come. The book is about the American Civil War, about a few soldiers - Usaph, Gus, Cates, Colonel Lafcadio Wheat - belonging to the Shenandoah Volunteers that make up a section of the "Stonewall" troops under the command of General Tom Jackson. Jackson here is a nearly empyrean figure who brilliantly, woefully outclasses his Union counterpart McClellan; and by using Jackson as a near deity-figure, Keneally is able, very deftly, to give an overall shape (the shape of military tactics) to the senseless death of mere boys. Small scenes, then, can be concentrated on - and they range from the heartbreakingly idyllic (two Union soldiers, two Shenandoah Volunteers sitting down for a rest together in a glade) to the gruesome (limb-flinging carnage among the morning lupins at Antietam). But Keneally keeps his eye on the masterful Jackson, and the dartings of strategy - loops and salients - make an almost beautiful and plastic frame around the awfullest of particulars. A sub-plot involving a Union-spy pair - a British journalist, a Confederate nurse - is of less import; and Keneally occasionally overuses Americanisms. Yet these are minor objections in a book that keeps the reading heart astir simply by its resonant, plain eloquence, Tolstoyan at its best: "They were certainly proud but had never fought before today. This evening it seemed that God had been saving this hour specially for them. For if they looked at the sunset one minute, there was nothing but a proper golden radiance above a black line of forest. And the next there were batteries galloping out into the open to get an uninterrupted line of fire on them, and there were long lines of men, who didn't seem any better dressed or any more rushed than laborers, moving out of the woods there on that ridge." A grave and breathtaking book, a model historical novel by a writer growing ever better. (Kirkus Reviews)