North and South (North and South Trilogy #1)

North and South (North and South Trilogy #1)

by John Jakes
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North and South 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The North and South trilogy introduces readers to two families, one from the North and one from the South....I felt I became members of these families as I read of their lives before, during and after the Civil War. When I reached the last page of the trilogy I felt sad I had to say good bye to 'family.' I felt like I truly was there back in the 1800s.
LillMagill More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! When I first read it, I couldn't put it down! John Jakes is one of my favorite authors!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down. You get to follow the Hazards and the Mains before, during and after the war and get a great idea of what the war was like and how it affected people. This is a truly moving book. When you are done with it you feel like you became a part of the families. I recommend this book to anyone who just loves to read.
steve_y1594 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book ive read written by author, John Jakes. He has a good writing style, and good use of detail. This book is one of a series including Love and War, and Heaven and Hell. I might go on to read other books in this series because this book is an enjoyable one. Ive never been too into the civil war, or any war genre, but this is a good book. If you have not read any of John Jakes writings, his books are based on war genres. This book is based on the civil war and it follows a young man on his experiences in the civil war. It is very realistic with good details on whats going on. At first the book was a little confusing because of a small story at the beggining of the book on how his family got to South Carolina. After this the story gets better and better. The main character is a tall, 16 year old boy. The book follows him throughout the book and his experiences. He goes off to West Point Acadamy for military. Here he learns and studies about war, techniques, and trains for the upcoming war. Although he lives in South Carolina he heads north a fights for the Union. Although the book has a slow start, it gets better and better as you read. If you havent read any of John Jakes, you should try reading his work. He has a good writing style and it's hard to stop, this book is thrilling. His plot and setting goes with the book great. All of the elements of the book combined make this book and exciting, and thrilling book about the civil war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire trilogy and it is wonderful. Would recommend that everyone read this trilogy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has you literally on the edge of your seat while your reading it. It's just amazing to read about a story of two great friends who will do anything to keep their friendship. One's from the south, and the other is from the north.And to be friends during the civil war was astonishing. It gets interesting the more you read it.The story is so incredible you'll want to read it over and over again. It's remarkable and you'll LOVE it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved North and South and found it hard to put down. The only reason I gave it four stars is because of all the sexual situations in it. I am a very conservative person and found it, well,... anyways, it was still an outstanding book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is truly outstanding. Jakes's description of West Point and the rest of the country at this time period is discriptive enough you actually feel like you are there. Furthermore, the idea that friendship is more important than political ideals is very applicable to this time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As daunting as it is with so many pages, this book really does a great job of taking hold of you and not letting go. Jakes does a fantastic job describing the settings and putting you inside the minds of the characters. There are so many different characters in the novel, many in the same family. The initricately weaved relationships they all pursue with one another makes for an amazing journey! You really feel like your in the middle of the all the heated arguments and conflicts during this time period. I'm only halfway through the book and I'm already looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want a really good book you should read this trilogy! it hooks you to the 2 families and make it hard to say goodbye at the end. Patrick Swayzee and James Read star in the epic movie that is such a good movie that gets you hooked in so you can't say ok its getting late better turn the movie off. my kids were saying leave it on leave it on because the loved it so much. my daughter is reading the books because she loved the movie so much and she is 8! so i recommend this book to anyone and everyone who can read and loves the Civil War time period!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i have seen the trilogy on the miniseries but i would recomend the novels to anyone who wants a good trilogy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all of the North and South trilogoy when I was 12 and absolutely loved each of them being a history fan. Now I'm 18 and would read them again in a second. I would recomend these books to anyone. The story is so true of the struggles of war and different ways of life and how to make a friendship work in the midst of them.
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Loved it
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Profi More than 1 year ago
Nice job on the accuracy of the period, but the romantic bit was not particularly interesting, and style is more attuned to an 8th grader than an adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read! I could hardly put it down!
Sailorsteve More than 1 year ago
While I am about a fourth of the way through this book I am sure I will read the other two volume's of this trilogy. I read Mr. Jakes Bicential series on the Kent family through the ages and it led me to this series because of his writing style. I recommend this trilogy to all history buffs.
MarieBirman More than 1 year ago
The best trilogy I have read. Admittedly, each book is pretty long but it doesn't feel that way as you're reading them. If you like historical fiction - this is THE trilogy to read. I put off reading North & South for years because it seemed like it was geared more towards men. (I'm a lady!) But, I was very wrong. Enthralling, well written, keeps you wanting more. I felt as if the characters were my friends by the time I was done! Highly recommended!
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A very good read. it lets you get lost in time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a very good read. I like the it was written.
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