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Allan Gurganus's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All became an instant classic upon its publication. Critics and readers alike fell in love with the voice of ninety-nine-year-old Confederate widow Lucy Marsden, one of the most entertaining and loquacious heroines in American literature.
Lucy married at the turn of the twentieth century, when she was fifteen and her husband was fifty. If Colonel William Marsden was a veteran of the "War for Southern Independence," Lucy became a "veteran of the veteran" with a unique perspective on Southern history and Southern manhood. Lucy’s story encompasses everything from the tragic death of a Confederate boy soldier to the feisty narrator's daily battles in the Homecomplete with visits from a mohawk-coiffed candy striper. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is a marvel of narrative showmanship and proof that brilliant, emotional storytelling remains at the heart of great fiction.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Vintage Contemporaries Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.47(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.18(d)|
About the Author
Allan Gurganus is the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a finalist of the PEN/Faulkner Award. Adaptations of his fiction have earned four Emmys. He lives in a small town in North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
OK a bit tedious a times but so was life then - I kept looking at the author's name to see it was really a guy ... such incredible insight and expression of Lucy as a child and young lady in the old South -a wonderful story and great history of the times - I read it years ago but was about to order it to read again.
If this story had happened in this century the hero would be in prison for molesting a child. Both the movie and the novel are my favorite to come out of the Civil War. The story gives a peek back into the aftermath of the Civil War era. I loved it.
Peter Prescott of Newsweek summed up this book well as '...not a bad book, just an unendurable one.' I really can't remember reading a book with a bigger gallery of unlikebale characters. And Alan Gurganus seems less interested in telling us a story than exercising his hand at barely-readable colloquial monologues, lots of implausible tales, and the all-too-predicatble whining from the overworked Lucy (the window of the story) and her too-many children. Woven into this are such themes as 'men are bad, guns are bad, society is bad, women work hard and men have all the fun.' I tried hard to be amused but was mostly bored. It's an OK read during lunch at work, in little snippets that you digest as short stories, but in the end you just get tired of Lucy Marsden.