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The Red Badge of Courage (original 1895; edition 2004)

by Stephen Crane

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Title:The Red Badge of Courage
Authors:Stephen Crane
Info:Prestwick House Inc. (2004), Paperback, 152 pages
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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1895)

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Written near the end of the 19th Century, this is a classic story of the Civil War. The "youth" leaves his farm and mother as an idealistic soldier wanting to fight the good fight for the Union. War is Hell, especially in the 1860's. But it also means long stretches of boredom. After much waiting around, the Youth's regiment meets the enemy on the battle field. He finds he is overwhelmed and has a crisis of faith and confidence and runs away, a coward. He eventually returns to his unit, after much soul searching, the next day, crisis resolved, determined to become a good soldier.

This war story is, perhaps, the prototypical war story. I recognized many tropes of modern war stories (both in film and books). The unsure, untested youth, who rises to be a hero. The gruff veteran leader who cajoles and inspires his troops to fight on to victory.

A classic story that is engrossing, despite being almost 125 years old. Despite being that old, the language wasn't that dated, and very readable.

"In the darkness he saw visions of a thousand-tongued fear that would babble at his back and cause him to flee, while others were going coolly about their country's business. He admitted that he would not be able to cope with this monster. He felt that every nerve in his body would be an ear to hear the voices, while other men would remain stolid and deaf."

"In the present, he declared to himself that it was only the doomed and the damned that roared with sincerity at circumstance.... A man with a full stomach and the respect of his fellows had no business to scold about anything that he might think to be wrong in the ways of the universe, or even with the ways of society."

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  mahsdad | Jan 20, 2017 |
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  desertbloomlibrary | Dec 18, 2016 |
A boy's perspective at the horror of the American Civil War. ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Sep 21, 2016 |
The U.S. is at war, this time a Civil War. The battle is right here, and it compels many young men to join the military to defend their homeland and their core beliefs. Henry Fleming is one such man. The Red Badge of Courage follows this young man, his heart filled with patriotism and passion. Though his mother is certain he is making a mistake, he knows he must have his part in the destruction of the Confederates. But what happens when a passion-filled young man meets battlefield reality? This book does a remarkable job of capturing the feelings, sounds, sensations, reactions and common dialect of the 1860's in a fast paced book. Highly recommended. ( )
  BrannonSG | Apr 4, 2016 |
I read it, finished it, and actually enjoyed it for the most part. I might recommend it, but am not putting it on my "must have" shelf. It was quite well written and kept me interested, even during bloody battle scenes, which don't normally catch my imagination. It's amazing Crane had not been in battle prior to writing about it, as it was as if he were describing something not from his imagination, but from memory. ( )
  MahanaU | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Crane, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berryman, JohnContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Bottino, PatNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bowers, FredsonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gibson, Donald B.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Long considered the first great modern novel of war by an American author, this classic work is set in the time of the Civil War and tells a powerful, psychological story of a young soldier's struggle with the horrors--both within and without the war.

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During his service in the Civil War, a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.

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