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Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All

Allan Gurganus

Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All

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Published by Random House Value Publishing .
Written in English

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  • Nonfiction - General

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL7675693M
    ISBN 100517088274
    ISBN 109780517088272

    Much of it, she relates with extraordinary vivacity, was spent as the wife of Civil War veteran Willie Marsden, 35 years her senior -- a private who'd raised his rank to captain as the years went on. She sounds like a jazz singer trying to do opera, or maybe an opera singer trying to do jazz. Updated Thursday, January 21, He is a traveling livestock dealer who is rarely home. In spite of this, Lucy remained dedicated to her husband until the day he died.

    But perhaps the worst weaknesses of the book lie in Gurganus' construction of race and gender. As such, it's a great book, and instead of telling you any more about it, I recommend that you read it. Perhaps director Scardino has let her down by not finding additional opportunities for Burstyn to take over the stage. Select a valid country. But all of this is to little effect. Recognizing his pain, Lucy sets out on a reclamation project.

    In the end, Confederate Widow is readable and engaging enough, but since there are so many ingredients in the mix, coming away from it, I just don't know what to think of it. Women were expected to do certain things and to behave in certain ways whether they wanted to or not. Imagine listening to your mother talk non-stop for two weeks, and if that sounds exciting to you, then rush out and get this book at the first opportunity. The reader sees how Lucy's life long friendship with Cassie began. Their B-for-effort work only serves to suggest that more energy on everyone's part might have been expended. Adammmmm Sep 10, You had better be ready to make a tree list of all the characters but it is amazing how they all connect in the end sbuttry Jul 1, Lucy at the age of 15 marries Capt Marsden, a 50 year old Confederate veteran of the Civil War.


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Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All book

Gurganus imagines her story in fanciful and mythic ways, but she never really feels believable--not that she's a stereotype; rather, Gurganus goes so far to keep her from being one that he seems to create her out of whole cloth. These graphic stories are full of grit and guts, all right, but Tahse's and Burstyn's combined exertions and those of the creative team supporting them -- including director Don Scardino -- are pallid.

Picture a piece of cloth being embroidered on over and over again until it's too heavy to be practical. Narrated by year-old Lucy Marsden in a distinctive voice brimming with colorful images and sassy, ribald asides, it tells of her marriage at 15 to year-old Civil War veteran "Captain" Marsden, who, permanently traumatized by events he witnessed when he and his best friend enlisted as teenagers, makes a lifetime career of reminiscing about the conflict and collecting weapons to memorialize it.

For every epiphany there are a dozen doldrums, which, multiplied by Lucy Marsden's 99 years, gives you the oldest living Confederate widow in the longest imaginable Confederate novel.

But Lucy herself admits that she does ''have this tendency to embroider on the decent muslin truth. These texts may not be archived, printed, or redistributed in any form for a fee, without the consent of the copyright holder.

Their dramatic moment in New York history might've been a collaboration begun, as a toast, by Cole Porter and finished, as pure elegy, by Poe himself. Women were expected to do certain things and to behave in certain ways whether they wanted to or not.

He can deal with the past; the present troubles him. Lucy and Will fight the eternal male-female battle, which begins on their wedding night. Most of these period pieces involve pints and half-pints of tears and not infrequent screams.

ISBN 13: 9780394545370

In the end, Confederate Widow is readable and engaging enough, but since there are so many ingredients in the mix, coming away from it, I just don't know what to think of it. It took me a long time to read this novel because parts of it lacked interest for me and took away from the main narrative.

The descriptions of life in the Confederate Army were gut wrenching. He proceeds to get her pregnant continually for years until she has nine children.

To a journalist who has come to interview her, she says: "Folks expect me to act all cute and all. Through Lucy we learn how the Capt. In her own invented history, Castalia uses Reba, an outcast witch of sorts, to voice her ideas of why slave traders are in business.

In the narrative present, in the scenes in Canada, it becomes clear that he is a maladjusted man, suffering from some sort of PTSD, although he is not a veteran himself.

He went to war with his best friend who he saw killed. Her husband, Will Marsden, was thirteen years of age when he and his best friend joined the battle for the South.

Their B-for-effort work only serves to suggest that more energy on everyone's part might have been expended. He now turns that comic intensity and historical vision to another war zone: entry-level artistic Manhattan Owen is a martyr; the text repeatedly sets him up as a Christ figure.

Also occasionally, lighting designer Kenneth Poser dims various sections of the stage and even turns the windows Atlanta-is-burning red when necessary. Friends are soon questioning how much they really owe each other; they're left with the ancient consolation of one another's company and help.

A few of the texts we publish are in the public domain.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/5(6).

Free download or read online Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published in October 1stand was written by Allan Gurganus. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format/5.

Mar 20,  · Lucy Marsden. Minus one section, Lucille Marsden narrates all of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells sylvaindez.com voice, humor, and insights make each paragraph a delight to read. Though not traditionally educated, she’s acquired her wisdom through hardship, experience, and an innate ability to understand how people tick.5/5.

Allan Gurganus's first novel, ''Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,'' is a vast pudding full of raisins and nuts, a page opus, 2 pounds 7 ounces of book. It started seven years ago as just a spoonful, a page short story that was supposed to tell the simple tale of a violent death. A long ( pp.) first novel—partly grand entertainment, partly hobbyhorse—about a century-long battle between the sexes.

Told mostly as oral history, it's occasionally garrulous, but it's also full of lore and a voice at times worthy of Eudora Welty. Lucy Marsden, born in or thereabouts, tells the tale at age 99 from Lane's End Rest Home, and she takes the book's epigraph to heart.

How Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All got its name

With the meteoric success of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Allan Gurganus placed himself among America’s most original and emotionally engaged sylvaindez.com his first comic novel mapped the late nineteenth-century South, Local Souls brings the twisted hilarity of Flannery O’Connor kicking into our new century.