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Red Badge of Courage (Great Illustrated Classics) Library Binding – June, 1993
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From Library Journal
Like the Carroll volume above, this edition of the seasoned veteran provides a new twist. Crane's Badge was originally serialized in the New York Press in 1894, a year before the story was published in novel form. This volume offers both the slightly different serial version and the finished work. Though every library no doubt has numerous copies of Red Badge, academic and public libraries supporting American literature curricula should pop for this one, too, especially at the price.
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"The Red Badge Of Courage has long been considered the first great 'modern' novel of war by an American—the first novel of literary distinction to present war without heroics and this in a spirit of total irony and skepticism."—Alfred Kazin
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I find Crane's writing choppy and stilted. But it is perhaps this writing style that adds a sense of realism to his novel. The young Crane, who never saw battle and was writing more than a decade after the end of the Civil War, displays an astonishing talent for introspection. He creates with Henry Fleming a timeless protagonist in a coming of age novel that remains an American classic.
I asked if he (my husband) had ever read this story and he didn't know what I was talking about.
This book was required reading for me in high school (1994-95) and I LOVED it.
Many people in their reviews talk about the characters, plot, etc so I won't do that.
I will say that when this book arrived it was in great condition, brand new.
HOWEVER!! The print is SO TINY! If you are purchasing this for an older person I would recommend trying to find an edition that has larger font or maybe a Kindle edition so that the reader can enlarge the words.
I enjoyed this novel, even though I was not very fond of Henry himself. I think Stephen Crane gave a great account of what it was like for a young soldier during the war. He starts with Henry worrying if he will be brave enough to actually take place in a battle, or will he run when confronted with the enemy. Once a battle begins, we see the confusion that occurs with all of the noise and smoke. Mr. Crane also brings out the isolation of each division and how they can not see the "big picture". The dialog is authentic and does not disrupt the lyrical flow of Mr. Crane's story-telling. I found it a beautiful telling of a not so beautiful subject. This story is not romanticized, nor does it espouse ideals or beliefs of the two warring factions. I think this is an fantastic book to be read by everyone, especially those who have not read much about the Civil War.
4 1/2 stars