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Die älteste noch lebende Rebellenwitwe erzählt : Roman (1989)

von Allan Gurganus

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"Exuberant...Unforgettable." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Lucy Marsden, is narrowing in on her 100th birthday. She had been married to her husband William More Marsden since she was fifteen. But Willie, a veteran of the Civil War, never recovered from his youthful foray into battle, and more importantly, the loss of his closest friend. And the stories Lucy has to tell of the war, Willie, her life with him, and the tales she heard from his one-time slave Castalia, call to mind a time and a place, a history and a legacy that is not soon forgotten, and a call to justice that never should be. "An old-fashioned book-lover's novel." CHICAGO TRIBUNE… (mehr)
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One of my favorite novels. ( )
  hcubic | Apr 22, 2021 |
Wow I am constantly amazed at how much I dislike books I have a fond memory of enjoying decades ago. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
I saw the movie years ago and fell in love with the story. When I finally got the chance to read the book, I was very excited. However, the writing style just wasn't my cup of tea and I'm sad to say I wasn't able to get very far into the book. ( )
  book_lady15 | Apr 3, 2020 |
(43) Yikes. This was quite a long book and took me forever to read. As one who loves literature from the Civil War period and who calls central North Carolina home; even knows some of the same people the author does - by all accounts, I should have loved this. But it was just so incredibly rambling. Lucy Marsden married a 55 year old veteran of the Civil War (he joined as a 13 year old bugle boy) when she was 14 - and now at almost 100 years old she carries her husband's eyewitness accounts of the War with her - in all its absurdities and tragedies. She and her husband are from a Mayberry type of small town peopled with characters, including her best friend Castalia Marsden, a former slave of the family. Castalia remembers Africa and her crossing on a slave ship, and Sherman's march through the Marsden's plantation burning all.

Over 700 pages of small print of detailed stories from Lucy, Cap Marsden, and Castalia's lives - all in a frame of the 100 year old Lucy in a nursing home telling some young author. The chronology jumps around and many stories become - well - tedious. Lucy is a fascinating and hilarious character - evoking pathos and admiration, and she is indeed a good story-teller. At times, I will say, I loved the book and certain images haunt - Ned shot from the tree; Lady Marsden playing with the slave children in The Lilacs; Baby Archie's story. But Gawd - some things just dragged - the Africa part, the Shirley interlude, the last weird War story with the Lieutenant that preened in the mirror - WTF.

I have such mixed feelings - I feel that 3 stars is both a stingy and a generous rating for this novel depending on which part I reflect on. Unlike some other books that have been a big time investment where I haven't felt rewarded, (I am thinking of Helprin's 'A Winter's Tale,' and 'Ulysses' to name a few. . .) I am glad I read this and don't begrudge the time. But I really do feel that at times, you can have too much of a good thing. ( )
  jhowell | Oct 5, 2019 |
This is just unbelievable. Gurganus is everything the dust jacket claims. ( )
  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
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What the American public always wants us a tragedy with a happy ending. --W. Dean Howells to Edith Wharton in conversation, A Backward Glance
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"Whoo," she gave a barricaded smile. "They can *do* it, can't they? But, Lucy honey, we gots to consider the source. Look around you at these men. Ain't never had to axe theyselfs one real question. They start out, they a little boy baby with a congratulations in they didies. They don't got to wonder much (like us). They start out like being a state-ment. They never gots to questions nothing. Gliding, like. They born--they name's already signed down at the bottom of the deed. But, Lucy? They the real losers. Those of us as had to start everything for ourselfs, as has woke up every day with questions right in the bed with us--'how to get through it,' '*why* to get through it'--we done turned ourselves flat *in*to somebody. We our own best answers, we a tribe of answers--we self-made."

"But it's so tir-ing honey, always reinventing the wheel , at the bottom of every blooming hill!"

She laughed, "That do point that out. But they tells me: we gone inherit Mother Earth, us meek. Well, semi-meek. Men like yours, like ours in yonder, why they ain't punished *for* they sins to others--they punished *by* they sins. Some justice in this world! He usually stay tied up, he done lost his mind, and us? why, we free. I free, you free, he all troubled in the spirits." (pp. 705-6)
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"Exuberant...Unforgettable." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Lucy Marsden, is narrowing in on her 100th birthday. She had been married to her husband William More Marsden since she was fifteen. But Willie, a veteran of the Civil War, never recovered from his youthful foray into battle, and more importantly, the loss of his closest friend. And the stories Lucy has to tell of the war, Willie, her life with him, and the tales she heard from his one-time slave Castalia, call to mind a time and a place, a history and a legacy that is not soon forgotten, and a call to justice that never should be. "An old-fashioned book-lover's novel." CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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