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Remembrance Rock Unknown Binding – January 1, 1948


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Harcourt; First Trade edition (1948)
  • ASIN: B0000BN57G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,773,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Camperdude on December 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Well, you certainly cannot accuse Carl Sandburg of not being ambitious in his one and only novel.

Remembrance Rock is nearly 1100 pages, and weighs about 2 pounds (hardcover version). In it, Sandburg attempts to explain to the reader what freedom is (to Americans, anyway). What freedom is... the lengths people will go to get it, and, above all, the grave and sobering fact that freedom is not free; the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans have been won with the blood and suffering of many many of our ancestors - great and small - throught the ages from before our country was born, to the dropping of the atomic bomb. The book explores 3 of these American ages.

In the first 'book' Sandburg follows the trials and tribulations of the Pilgrims; not just the well-documented problems that they faced once they got to Plymouth in 1620, but a whole host of problems during the 12 years prior to their leaving! Like I said... Sandburg is nothing but thorough. We follow in particular the Spong family, who try to hold to their religious faith as their little community of Plymouth grows, faces Indians, hordes of uncouth newcomers, and the threatening ideas of Roger Williams.

The second book takes place during the Revolutionary War. In the years leading up to the conflict, Loyalist loyalties are tested, reinforced, and cast aside, a small band of printers stirs up trouble, and Marintha Wilming - a seamstress in a Loyalist dress shop - must decide how far her loyalties go with her rebel beau, Robert Winshore. William Pitt and Thomas Payne's ideas lurk in the background while Sam Adams and John Hancock make cameos.

The third book deals with - you guessed it - the Civil War. Brother against brother. This part is really the strongest part of Sandburg's book...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Carl Sandburg is best remembered for his poetry and his multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. In addition, he also wrote an excellent memoir about his childhood years and this 1,000 page novel (among other things). The theme of the book is America, mainly the Pilgrims, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. It's a sprawling book as it deals with each period, so sprawling that the characters, and there are many of them, never really come to life. Sandburg writes well, and much of the novel takes on a poetic feel. But the novel seems more about the American Dream than the flesh-and-blood people who actually dream (and live) it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Crawford on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you like historical fiction you will love this novel. Carl Sandburg's saga of America covers four major eras of our history: the Puritan's founding of the Plymouth colony;the Revolutionary War; the Civil War; and World War Two. Sandburg makes the characters come alive as they struggle with individual life circumstances and major issues of their respective historical periods. As a reader you will be saddened by their failures and revel in their accomplishments. This is one of the best novels I have ever read.
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