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About the Author
- File Size : 1327 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 292 pages
- Language: : English
- Publication Date : May 21, 2012
- ASIN : B0085CYLPA
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1491099895
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,079,855 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story follows George Washington Skipper for 85 years as he produces dozens of children with multiple women and two wives (simultaneously) over a very lengthy life. GW is a bigamist, and a serial pro-creater, but for some reason he also seems like a man of his time and place. Perhaps his life would have been different had he been born and raised in one of the Colonial cities, but he wasn't, and so it wasn't. Although a prudish reader may be outraged with the life of GW Skipper, the author is neither endorsing nor romanticizing GW. He is reporting, in a fictionalized way, on a part of his family tree. This is historical fiction that is based in hard core genealogical research that is supported with primary sources. You can't make up a character like GW Skipper, you have to discover him. And when you discover a character like GW in your family tree, the temptation to write out the "bad bits" must be overwhelming. Kudos to the author for revealing this part of his family history, and for doing so in an enjoyable read. I found this book a very interesting trip through the years before the Civil War, during the build up to the Civil War, during the war itself, and throughout Reconstruction. If you are a fan of books like That Dark and Bloody River by Allen Eckert, then I think you will enjoy this book.
In the Blood by Scott Skipper is a novel based on Scott's ancestor. He wrote the story of George Washington Skipper from facts gleaned from written records and filled in the gaps with fiction.
Scott's ancestor was a womanizer who had three wives and was true to none of them. He walked out on Marina after he came in drunk and she sewed him up in the bedspread and beat him with an iron skillet.
Later, he married Helen (while he was still married to Mari-na). After his neighbor died, he took his widow to Georgetown where he set her up so he could visit her every time he freighted produce down the river.
When the Confederacy sought to withdraw from the Union and the Civil War broke out, Washington joined the army and went off to fight.
While serving on the side of the Confederacy, George Washington Skipper did his fair share of the fighting, and after being wounded, he persuaded a nurse to have sex with him. The first time he got leave to go home, he visited Helen; the second time, Mary.
The novel traces Washington life until his death in 1907. His fourth wife, Winnie, a Negro, survived him. It is an interesting read as a sequel to Family Traits.
George Washington Skipper is amorous to say the least, swept up in the Confederate spirit of the American Civil war, enlightened about the true doldrums of that (and probably every) war, discouraged by the perceived injustices of Reconstruction, and eventually the father of dozens of children by a variety of women, very few of whom he ever supported in any fashion. Ultimately he is seen to be an even minded good man, but he systematically wrongs woman after woman throughout the book. However, given the time in which he lived it is unfortunately true that his actions may not have been as unusual as it seems to the modern reader.
For me there was also a special thrill. As a member of 'the 10th' in the Confederate Army, Washington and his cohorts march back and forwards through middle Tennessee. This is home turf for me and it was really interesting to hear about the skirmishes that happened in towns I've lived in and around.
For those who have an interest the Civil War and the life of the average man (ie not the famous names of the times) In the Blood is a definite recommended read. I think there is a tendency to idealize the past and this book provides a refreshingly realistic look at a difficult period American History. Check it out.