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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    Roberts is THE greatest author of historical fiction

    In 1966 a nun teaching my English class read off some titles of books for a required novel-reading unit. Because the title suggested something more exciting than the others, I took Rabble in Arms. A glance at the thickness of the book frightened me, for I had never tackled anything so big. But the book and the assignment did more to transform my life and career than anything since, even though it took years. For because of this book (and the other incredible Roberts efforts such as Arundel, Northwest Passage and the others), I became a history teacher. I have always checked up on the historical facts of Roberts' novels and am constantly amazed at how even small incidents (which I assumed he made up)really happened . . . yet Roberts could weave them into a believable and even humorous way. Roberts also takes great and misunderstood figures of history (Arnold and Rogers as examples) and permits the reader to look at things differently without questioning the value of patriotism or courage. Finally, the romantic element, which pollutes so many historical novels today, are actually a delight in Roberts' books, for they are as wholesome a tapestry as could be presented to any eight year old. Yet, they tantalize and agonize the reader, taking the story to a satisfying and realistic finish.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    Following the master

    Kenneth Roberts was the master historical novelist. With its dynamic characters (especially Benedict Arnold) and its unforgettable action scenes (especially the Battle of Valcour Island), Rabble in Arms greatly influenced my own historical novel, Horse Dreamer. Rabble in Arms is, in my opinion, the best of its kind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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