Posts Tagged ‘Literary Fiction’

WHITE DOVES AR MORNING by James Lee Burke is 305 pages in hardback form. This would be considered historical fiction and was written about the Civil War period.


Brief description:

861. Two young Southerners, friends despite their differing political views and backgrounds, enlist in the 18th Louisiana regiment of the Confederate Army: Robert Perry, wealthy and privileged, and irreverent Willie Burke, the son of Irish immigrants, face the trials of battle and find redemption in the love of a passionate and committed abolitionist, Abigail Downing, and in the courageous struggle of Flower Jamison, a beautiful slave. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, and penetrating a landscape of shattering Civil War bloodshed as few novels have, this epic from an American literary giant endows readers with the gift of experiencing the past through new eyes, while its timeless prose style–at once luminous and brutal–ensures the legacy of this bloodiest of conflicts will never be lost.
I loved this book and would recommend if you like to read about the Civil War period and like a little grit.  I feel that this was a true depiction of the life and times of all the people in that period.  Not just the Southerners, but the Northerners as well.  I felt moved by some of the words in this book.  To me he writes with words of a poet and very literary in nature.  It is even quite possible you may need a dictionary at times, but if read in the context can surely figure it out.
I have read most of the books that James Lee Burke has written and I think this is one of my favorites.  Very poignant, and left me with a feeling of woe.  I know from reading this book that these were not easy times and everyone worked for what they owned, even those that came from affluent parents.  Because it appears everything was taken from them and they literally had to start over.  A very interesting period in our history.  I am appalled at the conditions of that time and am glad I live in a more tolerant period.
I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars.  I feel that it is one of the best books I have read so far this year.