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on March 14, 1997
I'm familiar with other Cornwell novels (the Richard Sharpe stories), and he's a wonderful writer, so the problems with this series don't have anything to do with writing ability. Part of my problem is that, to my taste, Cornwell picked the wrong side to write about. But what I can't get around is that given Prof. James MacPherson's recent scholarship on the writings of Civil War soldiers, Why They Fought, WHY would Cornwell, who is I'm sure very much aware of MacPherson's research, create a protagonist who doesn't have much of an opinion on the war and joins up just to spite Papa? Civil War-era soldiers were among the first really literate modern armies. They thought about the war, they argued it out among themselves, they wrote about it to their loved ones. Most of them, on both sides, knew exactly why they were fighting. I just can't buy a hero who doesn't know or care why he's there, and I think the "callow youth who grows to learn of honor and true courage on the field of battle" is just too, too obvious. Hit us over the head, why don't you. I have better hopes for The Winter King
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