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Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 2000
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He convinces his mother that he can handle himself as a soldier and tells her the eleven dollars a month he'll be paid will help her out, and she agrees to let him go. He signs up, lying about his age so they will let him into the army, and begins his training.
At first things are horribly boring. The volunteer military spends much of its time sitting around, doing drills that don't use up their ammunition, and eating really bad food. Charley is considering deserting and simply going home, when finally his unit marches into battle.
Their first battle is a bloodbath--his unit tries to march across an open field while rebel soldiers shoot at them from above. Charley isn't sure what he thought a shooting war would be like, but it was certainly nothing like this. As the war continues and Charley is a part of more and more battles, he learns what war really is, and sees more than his share of the horror of it.
I liked that war wasn't glamorized at all in this book--the narrator spoke of the boredom between battles and the horror of the battles themselves. Nothing was made out to be fun about it. I also liked that Charley was so shocked and couldn't get over what he had seen. He was just a kid when he went into war and it wouldn't have been realistic for him to handle it well.
However, this book was a little too simplistic. It didn't give any of the nuances of Charley's thoughts and feelings, and didn't explore the feelings of anyone except this one main character. I would have liked a bit more depth.
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I enjoyed the book "Soldier's Heart." I would recommend for other people to read it, as it's very interesting. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
Very interesting quick read. Provided insight into conditions of civil war lifePublished 19 days ago by Jim H
“Soldier’s Heart” is the story of Charley Goddard, a fifteen-year old boy from Minnesota. This excellent book follows Charley from the beginning of the Civil War, when he lies... Read morePublished 23 days ago by James Vachowski
It is June 1861, and Charley Goddard of Minnesota joins the army, so as not to miss what is certain to be a short war. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
My son needed to read this book for school. He doesn't always like to read but when he started this book he said it became interesting enough that he kept reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ms busy
Paulsen has written yet another masterpiece about a teenage boy becoming a man. I first read "Hatchet" twenty years ago, as a pre-teen girl, and I never forgot it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AslansLily
I enjoyed reading this because the book had made me think about war and how brutality goes further than death and tourture, but also goes to the soldier's sadness during and after... Read morePublished 5 months ago by jessica patton
A great book on a soldiers life. But it doesn't tell you the names of battles he's in. But it is all well researched.Published 7 months ago by Kristen S Figge