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North and South by John Jakes

North and South (original 1982; edition 1983)

by John Jakes

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Title:North and South
Authors:John Jakes
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1983), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 736 pages
Collections:Your library, Modern Fiction, Read but unowned

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North and South by John Jakes (1982)



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It's always hard reviewing a long, chunkster book, because so much happens. I try to just share my general thoughts about it as compared to a more formal review.

1. The book is well written, and the style is engaging, though the plot does get a little slow at times (especially when reading characters you don't really like, which often happens with a large multi-volume series like this one. You can't possibly be interested in following every single character's whole life in great detail). Especially towards the end, I did tend myself skimming through long passages with characters whining about the same thing for the tenth time in so many minutes.

2. The characters are very, very two dimensional, but I think Jakes does it on purpose. The "good" characters are very very good, and the "bad" characters are very, very bad. No one in real life is that one sided, but I think Jakes does it to make a point. It does get frustrating after a while.

3. I'm not big into romance & there's a tiny smidge of it here, as characters meet and fall in love. There are some sex scenes but most are rather brief.

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  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
Saga of two families - Northern Hazard from industrialists; South - Main plantation owners, West Pointers, 2 generations

Part history, part novel, this book chronicles two great American dynasties over three generations. Though brought together in a friendship that neither jealousy nor violence could shatter, the Hazards and the Mains are torn apart by the storm of events that has divided the nation.
  christinejoseph | Aug 30, 2015 |
Although I got a little frustrated in the middle of the book, this was just one I couldn't wait to pick up again. I felt that some things were sort of skimmed over in the middle (all of a sudden Cooper is married, Billy is no longer into Ashton but is now in love with Brett...), but John Jakes did an amazing job portraying the feelings, both in the North and the South, leading up to the Civil War. He made the reader empathize with both sides, which in my opinion, is no easy feat. ( )
  carebear10712 | Jan 8, 2015 |
After reading this first book of the North and South trilogy, I'm wondering if the mini-series writers ever bothered to read the books, because the characters are completely different than those portrayed on-screen. I am certainly enjoying the "true" story of the Mains and Hazards. ( )
  silva_44 | May 20, 2014 |
This is a pretty good book. Some of the characters are a little stereo-typical; but definitely good enough that I bought the next two before finishing this one. ( )
  cbrown1000 | May 1, 2014 |
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Lover and friend has thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness. - Psalm 88
In memory of Jonathan Daniels - Islander, Southerner, American, Friend
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"The lad should take my name," Wisdom said after supper. "It's long past time."
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A novel of two families during twenty turbulent, troubled years that culminate in the shattering Civil War.

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