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Posted January 2, 2000
Contrary to the glorious images of the antebellum south depicted in and conjured by 'Gone With The Wind', the majority of southern people lived far more simple, sometimes very difficult lives. As a native Georgian, I have relished every opportunity to hear the stories passed down from past generations, especially within my own family. 'Lamb in His Bosom' captures vividly what I've come to appreciate about the rugged existence of my own Scots-Irish forebears. They were single-family farmers who owned no slaves. They struggled to make it in a strange new world. Still, they were real people, with passions, fears and intense pride. Caroline Miller grew up in the same region as my folks. With a rich and wonderful style, she captures the wonder - the important fine points of real daily life in the south during the early to mid 19th century. As far as I'm concerned, this book should be a must-read for anyone who genuinely wishes to understand southern people. It should also be selected by those who may have accepted age-old prejudices about life in the south before the War Between the States. No matter what anyone else may say, Caroline Miller got it RIGHT!
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Posted February 18, 2012
Of all the Civil War era novels winning awards, this may be the least satisfying.
Way too much bad drama. Way too much poetic writing. Far too little compassion.
The story is not bad, although painful.
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Posted January 16, 2001
Beautiful and painful, this winner of the 1934 Pulitzer Prize, has the power to bring forth memories of things which one has never experienced. Though set among the Georgia country folk of the mid-nineteenth century, the universality of hope and despair and hope resurging victorious, of character and motive and temptation and struggle against self and circumstance will speak to anyone willing to stop and listen and absorb from those who though dead 'yet speaketh'. Going far deeper than a mere period piece (though the historicity is fascinating of itself), Lamb in His Bosom evoked in me, at some level, sympathy, understanding and even degrees of identification with the bared souls of each of the major characters. This book is not for the faint of heart or those who confine their swimming to safe and shallow waters, but for those who are willing to dive deep into the pool of sense and emotion, of depths of contemplation which Lamb in His Bosom provides, you may be profoundly affected and saddened ... yet wonderfully pleased by what you discover.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2010
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