[Harry Turtledove] ☆ The Guns of the South [world-of-darkness PDF] Read Online ✓ January General Robert E Lee Faces Defeat The Army Of Northern Virginia Is Ragged And Ill Equpped Gettysburg Has Broken The Back Of The Confederacy And Decimated Its ManpowerThen, Andries Rhoodie, A Strange Man With An Unplaceable Accent, Approaches Lee With An Extraordinary Offer Rhoodie Demonstrates An Amazing Rifle Its Rate Of Fire Is Incredible, Its Lethal Efficiency Breathtaking And Rhoodie Guarantees Unlimited Quantitites To The ConfederatesThe Name Of The Weapon Is The AK It Is Absolutely Unique Without Question The Most Fascinating Civil War Novel I Have Ever read Professor James M McPherson Pultizer Prize Winning Battle Cry Of Freedom
The best evil racists from the future supply AK47s to the South so they can win the Civil War novel I have read.
Despite my fondness for alternate history, I ve never gotten around to reading much of it, and Harry Turtledove s work in the field was virgin territory to me until I read this book I know, that s pretty shocking, since his name is practically synonymous with the sub genre in U.
S book circles But I ve recognized this novel as a must read for years, and finally decided long story to read it now rather than later I m very glad I did it s early in the year, but this might well be my favorite read of 2017.
As is often the case, the Goodreads description of this book is copied from the back cover and it explains the premise very well Here, the alteration in history isn t caused by a change of events or decision within the historical setting, but by the intervention of time travelers from outside of it a fanatical bunch of South African white supremacists from 2014 this book was written in 1992 , who come bearing a supply of AK 47s for the Confederate armies, which they hope will turn the tide of the war Their world has developed time travel technology, which they ve stolen to use for their purposes, but it only works in 150 year jumps hence, from January 2014, they couldn t go any further back in time than January 1864 Since the cover of this edition proclaims across the top in capital letters, THE MASTER OF ALTERNATE HISTORY DEPICTS THE ULTIMATE REVERSAL THE SOUTH WINS THE CIVIL WAR, I m hardly guilty of writing a spoiler in quoting it But the meat of the novel lies in the scenario of how the South wins and importantly, what happens after that, since this tale spans the years 1864 68.
The Civil War was the bloodiest war, in terms of American deaths, in our history despite the facade of postwar sectional reconciliation, it left a legacy of grievance and hatred on both sides that s been the province of demagogues to exploit for political advantage ever since And like the war itself, this legacy is inextricably bound up with the unqualifiedly pernicious institution of slavery, which many Southerners though not all went to war with the goal of protecting, and which some Northerners though not nearly as many as modern Northern pundits would like us to believe went to war in the hope of destroying So inevitably, it s a legacy that tends to be seen differently, and with a lot less detachment, by black Americans than by white ones even by whites who abhor slavery, as practically all living whites in America do today This isn t a moral climate that lends itself to appreciation of nuance and a desire to understand the perspectives of others, historical or contemporary rather, it s a climate that fosters stereotyping and demonization of the hated Other, whether they actually have or had demonic beliefs or not All of this makes a premise like Turtledove s an absolute minefield for an alternate history novelist to tread.
Yet Turtledove treads it without flinching, and does so with precisely the appreciation of nuance and desire to truly understand where his characters were coming from historically that tends to be the first casualty of wars whether they re the shooting kind that we had in the 1860s or the screaming kind that we have now He does this while putting the issue of race slavery squarely at the heart of his novel, and as the central question that has to engage his characters moral growth and decisions And his characters are almost entirely Southerners, and mostly white Southerners His perspective is the same basic one that all decent and educated people have today that race and skin color have nothing to do with individual intelligence and character, and that no human being has the right to own another though he shows that perspective naturally by the unfolding of his story, rather than by long sermons and didactic passages Obviously, though, not every character he s dealing with has that perspective His two viewpoint characters, General Lee and Sergeant Nate Caudill of the 47th North Carolina, start with somewhat enlightened views of blacks than some Southerners Lee s being a bit advanced than Caudill s , and have essentially decent instincts, but even they are people of their time with lessons to learn Virtually all of his white characters have some racial prejudices some, like Andries Rhoodie and his cohorts, based on hate, but most simply based on the ignorance that comes when whites and blacks never really get to know each other No punches are pulled here in depicting the ugliness of the whole slavery culture that these people take for granted the description of a slave auction is nauseating , and the frequent use of racist terminology grates like a vegetable grater over flesh The book got its stars despite those characteristics, not because of them But the realism is necessary to what the author is trying to do.
Turtledove s day job is an academic historian he has a PhD in the subject and author of serious nonfiction history books written under his pen name of H N Turtletaub He bases this novel on massive research almost all of the characters who populate the book, as he explains in the historical notes, were real people whose depictions stick as close to known facts as possible, and the locations except for the town of Rivington are mostly real places and described accurately as they were in the 1860s The behavior of Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Gen Grant and the other political figures is entirely consistent with their known personalities and attitudes, and the developments of his alternate history are entirely plausible given the changes to the timeline that he posits This is a long book 556 pages of text , but it s a gripping page turner all the way, where the length is a plus that just serves to build a fascinating world fascinatingly, and give you time with believable, flawed, but mostly likeable people you come to really care about Apart from the racial epithets, there s some profanity and scatology many of these characters are soldiers, and they talk like many of their real life counterparts actually did , but no obscenity except on one occasion from a South African and while there s some unmarried sex, none of it is explicit The plotting is spot on perfect, IMO You Southerners may have made the Confederacy into a nation, General Lee, but what sort of nation shall it be Lord Richard Lyons, British minister to the U.
The best alternate history novel Hell, I don t know, I haven t read that many, but this one was pretty damn good.
SPOILER ALERT In this book, the South wins the Civil War OK, so not that much of a spoiler, I think that s on the cover But HOW that happens is how Turtledove makes this interesting.
A group of racist South Africans goes back in time and equips General Lee s army with AK 47s The added firepower was all the crafty old tactician needed to turn the tide on Grant and Lincoln.
So what happens when the CSA lasts beyond 1865 Lots And Turtledove follows Lee, an educated North Carolina First Sergeant returning to his civilian career as a school teacher and four score and seven other interesting characters both historic and imagined who populate the CSA that might have been.
The most obvious theme explored in this sideways history is racism For those easily offended by a certain racial slur, this may not be the book for you Turtledove strives for and achieves narrative historic accuracy but in doing so drops N words than The Dude dropped F bombs in The Big Lebowski Turtledove examines the peculiar institution in terms of those most affected, those who have grown to accept that way of life, those who insist on maintaining the status quo and the Apartheid terrorists who started the whole mess.
This was a good book and I enjoyed reading it, but WAY WAY too long Damn Tell your story and then stop typing, this could have been so much better a hundred pages less Still, very good and I ll revisit Turtledove and this sub genre again.