Two Brothers: One North, One South
By David H. Jones
Staghorn Press – Historical Fiction
317 pages, incl. appendix
What led you to pick up this book?
Even though I haven’t read much of it lately, I love Historical Fiction and the War Between the States is one of my favorite time periods to read about.
Describe the book without giving anything away.
Two Brothers is a fictionalized story based on the real lives of the characters. Obviously, there are two brothers who fought on opposing sides of the war. William and Clifton Prentiss from Maryland fought against each other – William was the Confederate and Clifton the Unionist. At the end of the war they are both in the same hospital with horrible wounds. The poet Walt Whitman is a visitor to the hospital and winds up comforting William through his final hours. Afterward, Clifton and his remaining brothers, invite Walt to his bedside to share what he had learned of William before his passing. Between these recollections are stories of the many women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help the Maryland Battalion of Confederates keep up a supply of firearms, uniforms, flags, mail from home and essentials, and risking their lives to do so.
What did you like most about the book?
There is a tremendous amount of detail. It is very well researched. I learned quite a few new things about the Civil War that I didn’t know previous to reading this book.
Is there anything you didn’t like about the book or topic?
Despite the terrific premise, the writing felt wooden and forced. Many times I was frustrated by the encyclopedia-life dialog coming from the characters mouths. Too often a character would bring up a specific date, month, year and time in conversation and it felt very unnatural. It felt like they were reading from a textbook.
What did you think of the characters?
Even though I was frustrated with the way they were written, I found them pretty interesting and even cared what happened to them. I enjoyed learning about their lives and the little extra details thrown in about them.
There is an abundance of history to learn here and it makes for a pretty enjoyable read; if you are willing to tough it out.
With reservations. It’s definitely not for everyone. I would recommend it more to history buffs and Civil War enthusiasts.
I just love that cover.
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