While I admire his single-mindedness about ending slavery in America,I am also challenged by it. We're not even real sure if he did something else: helped spark the Civil War with his failed slave rebellion. Lindsey Graham came across as the arrogant buffoon he is. Th We know what John Brown didn't do. Back then, I hear, he was a Democrat. For whatever reason, Brown was some nebulous, haunting presence in my life.
The only place where I again found myself having a difficult time follow what was happening was on the raid of Harper's Ferry itself. The story of John Brown is disturbing in a democracy. And, we probably never will know the answers to many of the questions about Brown with the same certainty that we know other, documented, historical figures. Lee, Harriet Tubman, Horace Greeley and Frederick Douglass offer their impressions of Brown and his mission. The book is full of such descriptive niceties. However humans are much more sinister, brutal, strange and creepy in real life than fiction. Over 1,000,000 satisfied customers since 1997! John Brown has been a special presence in my life for more than half a century now.
Not that all of the passages are so dense with unusual verbs--they would lose some their power, stand int he way of description rathe than making it richer. His story is told in this novel, which is an odd mix of narrative, journal entries, newspaper entries, quotations from contemporaries and family members, collaborators and haters, and even poetry. Finally, Bruce Olds makes the reader understand the complexity of the issues. Olds strips down his language--it reminds me a little of James Ellroy's recent work--but he uses archaic words and sentence structure combined with impressive poetic imagery to achieve a convincing historical density. Yet it works beautifully as it Published in 1995, Bruce Old's Raising Holy Hell is a revisionist take on the life of radical abolitionist, John Brown. While one loyal supporter of LouisianaVoice says he wants the government out of his health care, he might well be taking a different position if he happened to be a low-income person with a pre-existing condition and unable to obtain health insurance.
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That was before I knew who he was, or what he hadn't done, or what he had done. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular. This writing style is confusing at times, making it difficult to separate fact from fic This book tells the story of John Brown, the staunch abolitionist, who led a raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, for which he was ultimately captured and hanged. Beautifully written: full of poetic language, internal rhymes, and carefully constructed passages. In every way, a superb piece of historical fiction. Kennedy, they did, Louisiana would lose even more…now what say you? Neither Olds, nor historians, have enough information to answer these questions with certainty. That was before I knew who he was, or what he hadn't done, or what he had done.
I find it interesting too how so many characters played into his downfall including Stonewall Jackson, John Wilkes Booth and Colonel Robert E. An intricate mosaic of alternating narrative voices, Raising Holy Hell is an explosive, multitextured evocation of the prophetic madness of the man who saw an America damned by the sin of slavery. I do not think that this should be the definitive style for popular history, but I can't deny that I am more likely to become engaged in the time and personalities if they are approached artfully and evocatively. Granted, you must be interested in the subject matter slavery, early American politics, race and culture, and examinations of spiritual and religious ideologies , but it is a good read full of mystery and suspense, even when some of the events come pouring back to you from middle school history lessons. It's worth noting that Olds drew from many of the same sources. This is a time of intense, moralistic political warfare and this depiction of intense pre-Civil War passions should be disturbingly familiar. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library.
Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. The two cockeyed clerics were then released without charges being filed. Historic figures like Robert E. There are viable solutions to the problem that do not involve a massive government takeover of the healthcare industry. Things that make me dislike the book: Historical novel: A negative right off.
I only wish that we had gotten more of the interaction with his own sons, for their role int he story is no longer clear--indeed, at times they seemed to drive the story, going to Bloody Kansas before him, one even becoming a politician for the free-soil party. It reminds us that those we saw as the good guys weren't really so good. We use this information to create a better experience for all users. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Olds is, as one would hope in a fictional biography of John Brown, especially good on his main character.
An intricate mosaic of alternating narrative voices, Bruce Old's Raising Holy Hell is an explosive, multitextured evocation of the prophetic madness of the man who saw an America damned by the sin of slavery. Martins Press-3pl, United States, 2002. Except for John Brown, who foresaw a time of mixed races, who warned that neither segregation nor deportation would work, but only cause more misery. He was a religious fanatic. Neither Olds, nor historians, have enough information to answer these questions with certainty.