Download Epub Format í The Widow of the South PDF by í Robert Hicks This is a little weird The beginning is fantastic, opening with the Confederates on their way to Franklin where they meet the Union army and a bloody battle ensues What I love about this is the alternating narratives In the beginning, it isn t just Carrie, but also Zachariah s narrative on the Confederate side and a Union soldier gets his two cents in as well When the battle is over, the book goes downhill for me Carrie is gothic southern belle than widow of the south She is obsessed with death to the point that she has worn nothing but black since she was sixteen and spends all her time mourning her three dead children while neglecting her live ones Naturally, when over a thousand wounded Confederate soldiers are literally dumped on her porch, she is right in her element She seems to thrive on the death and suffering around her and takes a strange and unexplained liking to Zachariah This is where I really started getting bugged The basis for their strange, morbid romance is never made clear to me Why do they love each other What do they see Despite their constant analyzing of each other and themselves and conversations about death, I never did understand the connection between the two of them.
In the last quarter, Carrie tries to save the remains of the dead from a very angry, bitter landlord Will she succeed If so, at what cost Carrie was too weird for me to like or relate to Perhaps I would have enjoyed it if it had been narrated from Mariah s Carrie s slave maid viewpoint.
This book has stayed with me for years Today I am writing reviews for many of the best I ve read in the last 15 years and for those I remember to this day And I am a eclectic reader For work and for pleasure I read about 15 or 20 books a week.
This is one of my most remembered of the Civil War So much so that I have highlighted Franklin TN for a visit.
Addition to reaction above 2016 experienced the three docent lead tours for Carnton Plantation, Carter House Lotz House 3 tours over two days of two hours plus each Only two of us as audience These were the best tours I have experienced in long traveling years, including Europe and other hemisphere of lengthy days November 30, 1864 starting just before sunset Not in a field but around and in dwellings a last pitch and desperate effort At this very time development is pushing in and the center of the 117 acres becoming artefact for preservation Too much to tell Never omit the Carter House experience if you ever have a chance to do it.
Another entire skeleton and a jaw bone found by a tourist near Lotz House went into Carrie s cemetery recently.
I had previously read and struggled with it However, many reviewers of that book mentioned the superb quality of this one They were right Our book begins with two women walking through a cemetery and discussing the men buried there Who are these women What is so significant about this cemetery Robert Hicks unveils the story of a Southern woman long forgotten in American history who desired to remember the men that had taken part in a bloody civil war and lost their lives because of it.
The premise of this book had great potential, as it s based on the true story of Carrie McGavock whose plantation home Carnton was confiscated as a battle hospital during the Civil War s bloodiest conflict the Battle of Franklin in 1864 Through the tragedy Carrie, who was already having hardships of her own including the deaths of three children and a marriage slowly eroded by grief finds strength in offering aid to dying soldiers, love by caring for Zachariah Cashwell, who has received a grave injury, and purpose by spending her after war life having 1,500 soldiers exhumed from the battlefield and buried in her family plot which she maintained until her death With such great material and a strong heroine who surely deserves recognition, I expected from this book which is still a worthy read 3.
5 stars June Selection On The Southern Literary Trail.
In Robert Hicks s gorgeously written story of Carrie McGavock, a real life woman whose plantation s proximity to the deadliest encounter of the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin, caused her home to be commandeered as a hospital and thrust her into importance as she cared for thousands of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers, we are given a searing look at our savagery against each other and the transformative effects it wreaks on our souls.
Hicks does not take the easy path as a writer alternating his multifaceted story between the viewpoints of Carrie, a wounded soldier, Zachariah, whom she befriends, her slave and companion Mariah, as well as several other characters, he presents an all encompassing portrait of the South s disintegration into the final hours and aftermath of the war a time when the past is torn apart and the nation struggles to comprehend what has happened to it Hicks s novel is based on research into actual historical events, and it shows his careful attention to detail and the haunting, tragic circumstances his characters face are masterful However, it is his ability to render the depths of their sundered hearts which proves most riveting.
In Carrie, he has created an allegory of grief and resilience, a woman already crushed by loss who unexpectedly discovers purpose in the chaos and unimaginable suffering delivered at her door She is not the archetype of the Southern belle so popularized in our minds Neither feisty nor particularly gifted, she struggles for solace in a desolate existence, a nascent core within her awakened only by her unexpected rapport with the soldier Zachariah, who has survived the battle due to one reckless act that he himself doesn t understand.
In Zachariah, Hicks depicts an unforgettable character every downtrodden, aimless Southern man conscripted into duty without recognizing the price he will pay, someone who has never been much of anything, now swept up in circumstances that require him to rise above himself Zachariah commands the narrative when he s present, as he overcomes his plight and embarks on a journey into the devastation and opportunism of a new world rising from the cinders Likewise, Hicks embeds the soul of his story in the character of the slave Mariah, whose devotion to her troubled mistress renders her both enigmatic and courageous, the one person who realizes that the sudden emancipation of her people will not change her Other characters such as Carrie s husband, John, are equally well rendered, people whose gutted lives will either liberate or destroy them.
Though not a simple or comforting read, particularly in its portrayal of the horrors of battle, The Widow of the South is a masterpiece of American literature, its searing truths about our human condition and the depths to which we can descend, as well as the seemingly impossible heights we can achieve, lingering long after the final page is read.
This was one of the best books I ve read this year It was a beautifully written book about a woman in the south whose home is commandeered and turned into a hospital It wakes her up from a deep depression and changes her life In the end, her acreage becomes the cemetary for the thousands of soldiers killed in Franklin, Tennessee She cared for their graves and mourned for them the remainder of her life I loved this book and the value the story placed on the lives of those soldiers who fought for their beliefs, and the woman who would never forget them Beautiful Tennessee, On A Late Autumn Day, Near A Little Town Called Franklin Men Will Soon Lie Dead Or Dying In A Battle That Will Change Many Lives For Ever None Will Be Changed Than Carrie McGavock, Who Finds Her Home Taken Over By The Confederate Army And Turned Into A Field Hospital Taking Charge, She Finds The Courage To Face Up To The Horrors Around Her And, In Doing So, Finds A CauseOut On The Battlefield, A Tired Young Southern Soldier Drops His Guns And Charges Forward Into Yankee Territory, Holding Only The Flag Of His Company S Colours He Survives And Is Brought To The Hospital Carrie Recognizes Something In Him A Willingness To Die And Decides On That Day, In Her House, She Will Not Let HimIn The Pain Filled Days And Weeks That Follow, Both Find A Form Of Mutual Healing That Neither Thinks PossibleIn This Extraordinary Debut Novel Based On A True Story, Robert Hicks Has Written An Epic Novel Of Love And Heroism Set Against The Madness Of The American Civil War A touching story that addresses the aftermath of the Civil War in terms of the loss of so many young men for reasons that no longer seemed as compelling as they once did It is told largely from the points of view of Carrie McGavock, the owner of a home that was turned into a hospital during the tragic battle at Franklin, Tennessee, and Zachariah Cashwell, a Confederate sergeant who was taken there after the battle Most of the characters are very well developed I was particularly taken by the descriptions of this senseless battle and its immediate aftermath but the story did tend to lag a bit in the middle Overall, it is still a good read and I recommend it for fans of southern literature and historical fiction My thanks to the folks at the On the Southern Literary Trail group for giving me the opportunity to read and discuss this and many other fine books.
May 7, 2008 I went to the Carnton Plantation 2 years ago and have been wanting to read this book since then The visit was amazing and seeing all of the headstones in the cemetary was unbelievable 1500 I believe of them on the property all from one brief battle The wood floors in the house still contain the bloodstains from this battle that lasted a short time a few hours I believe The floors were completely destroyed by all of the injured and dying soldiers that were brought into this estate to be cared from by the owners What a shock it must have been for them to realize that this deadly battle was going to be fought right off of their front porch The tour guide made the history of the place come alive, and I can t wait to see how the book compares to my visit May 12, 2008 I finished the book while on a trip to Tennessee this past weekend Having been to the plantation really made it come alive for me I would love to go back to the house again now that I have read the book I did go to the Carter house on my trip and learned about the Battle of Franklin It lasted only 5 hours and in all about 9,000 men died union and confederate than any other battle of the Civil War This house really helped me with my understanding of the book too The Carnton Plantation was off to the side of the battle where as the Carter House was in the MIDDLE OF THE BATTLE FIELD Thie Carter House is the most heavily bullet damaged house still standing today from the Civil War As for the book, it was good, but I think the plot and the characters could have been a little better developed It hinted that Carrie and her husband, John were not very happily married, and that he had had an affair with her slave, Mariah many years earlier This was never really fully explored Carrie s mental affair with the soldier Zachariah was not really well developed well either Why did she beat him up at one point I wish there had been written about the family s feelings and thoughts as the battle approached and while the battle was raging on their land The Baylor boy who died in the battle, and used the pen name Cotton Gin seems to me to have been based on Ted Tad Carter This book is historical fiction, but the author did a lot of research, and so I am sure that he went to the Carter House and heard the story of their son who died fighting in this battle right on his own property where he grew up Ted Carter also wrote political propaganda under a pen name during the war like the Baylor boy This was an interesting insight that I gleaned of my visit this past weekend Good book Interesting slice of history.
After Carrie McGavock beat a wounded soldier with a crutch, I couldn t bring myself to finish this book If you want a good Battle of Franklin read, pick up one of Howard Bahr s books The Black Flower is his best.