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The Silent Paperback – August 3, 1999
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"A ferocious portrait of the Civil War's human toll....There is no doubt that Dann captures, in a way few other novelists have, the sheer bloody chaos of battle."
"Dann's breathtaking ambition joins hands with the deep confidence of a writer working at the top of his form."
"This is narrative storytelling at its best--so highly charged emotionally as to constitute a kind of poetry from hell."
Praise for Jack Dann's The Memory Cathedral:
"Impeccably researched...a fine historical work about Leonardo da Vinci, as well as a science fiction story of epic proportions."
--The Washington Post
"A grand accomplishment, a novel rich in ideas and characterization."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Reading The Memory Cathedral...is like stepping into a time machine and experiencing all the beauty and horror, intellectual excitement and romantic wonder of the Renaissance."
From the Hardcover edition.
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I was scarce twelve the day the damn Yankees invaded the valley. I seen a lot that day I ain't never gonna forget.
Men blown apart, screamin' and dyin' all around me. I was wandering in the woods like I wasn't supposed to and wound up right in the middle of the battle. And that's what I suppose saved me.
When I got back home the main house was burning to the ground. I saw two men wearin' bits and pieces of 'Federate and Yank uniforms. They killed Poppa right off, and Mother they dragged into the front yard before they killed her too. I reckon that was the day I
- Publisher : Bantam; Bantam Trade Pbk. Ed edition (August 3, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553380389
- ISBN-13 : 978-0732266417
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,190,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My copy had a series of questions in the back of it, as if the author thought his Civil War tome deserved to be some sort of literary classic studied in schools. I think it would be a good manuscript to be torn apart at a writers workshop. How to lose a reader's interest? How to develop paper thin characters and situations that are not fully resolved?