- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 18 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 26, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004L0MIK0
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I'm presently about 3/4 finished with the book. And while the characters and events are interesting, I find the accuracy of the historical representation is flawed. A better title for the book might be "Why the Civil War was all about the Evils of Slavery and Nothing More." The word "Charleston" shouldn't be in the title... it could have been set in Atlanta or Raleigh or anywhere in the South.
The main character is a white woman from a leading family who [Oh! the Shame!] falls in love with a freed slave. He is brutally killed by the ignorant, evil, hateful, TYPICAL Southerners. She goes off to the North to become a leading abolitionist, with all the intelligent, decent, compassionate, TYPICAL Northerners. Everybody is a stereotype. Slavery is the one and only issue mentioned that leads to secession and war.
To me, it would have been more realistic to examine to some extent all the other issues that divided the States. Are we supposed to believe that every single southerner simply wanted to enjoy having the ability to freely abuse and mistreat people? And presenting almost everybody as a stereotype was pretty unimaginative and shallow. Next time I want a history, I guess I'll have to avoid the "fiction based on actual events" category.
Now... my next problem: I got all enthusiastic and bought the "Love and War" trilogy at the same time I bought this one. I hope it's better!
If you like the Civil War period, this is a good book to read.