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North and South (1982)

de John Jakes

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The first volume of John Jakes's acclaimed and sweeping saga about a friendship threatened by the divisions of the Civil War In the years leading up to the Civil War, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a nation. Orry Main from South Carolina and George Hazard from Pennsylvania forge a lasting bond while training at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Together they fight in the Mexican-American War, but their closeness is tested as their regional politics diverge. As the first rounds are fired at Fort Sumter, Orry and George find themselves on different sides of the coming struggle. In John Jakes's unmatched style, North and South launches a trilogy that captures the fierce passions of a country at the precipice of disaster. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.… (més)
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I remember reading this when I was a young teenager, shortly after the Book II miniseries aired on tv. I remember the librarian in charge of the summer book club not believing I'd read it, quizzing me on it then asking my mother who said that yes, I had dragged the book around the house for a couple of weeks and did indeed read it.

I also recall liking it a lot more then than I did this time around. I really enjoyed parts of it, but found other parts far too tedious and verbose. And there were just too many characters. Just when something with a character started to heat up, I found myself dumped into a side-plot with a random character I cared nothing about. (Mostly looking at you, Stanley, Isobel and James.)

This is the opener of a trilogy and a number of plot threads were left dangling to be picked up in the second book which I recall liking better than the first. I think.



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  lost_in_here | Jun 23, 2021 |
I chose to revisit North And South again to reconnect with the whole story because the producers of the mini-series cut a few key characters out of the story and physically altered other characters there by taking away a lot from the story. By reading the books I get visit with the real characters of the story not the so called ‘made for TV beautiful people’ that replaced them. Don’t get me wrong I love many of those actors, just not for North And South.

When I first picked up North And South I was supposed to be doing research for a psych paper at Portland Community College, needless to say I got a shit grade because I really wasn’t crazy about psych and preferred the book. Personally, I think I made the right choice 30 years ago, because reading this book was an amazing experience. I even got my Husband to read it at one point, he read all three and he isn't a big reader so I get really excited when I find books that suck him in.

Now I sit here wondering what I was thinking not pick up the book again sooner because the mini-series has truly distorted what I remembered. For example, where are Francis LaMotte or Cooper Main in the tv version, they are after all just as important to the story as Orry and George. Then there was the physical descriptions of a number of the characters, there was a huge discrepancy between how the tv version and the book version look, for example instead of Orry’s arm (in the book) it was his leg in the mini-series. Then there is Bent according to the book he is not skinny in the book but the tv did do a great job on his evilness. There was so much that I missed because it has been so long since I read the book and I promise to read it again more often.

This review posting contains the body of the review, which is only a portion of the original review which was originally posted here https://lauralusbookreviews.blogspot.com/2018/08/north-and-south-north-and-south... ( )
  LauraLusReviews | Oct 14, 2018 |
I didn't find this compelling enough to finish. I'm sad about that because I'd heard a lot of good things about it. The main characters weren't that interesting for me. In fact, I had a hard time remembering who was who for a long while between George and Orry. And then the same with Billy and Charlie. (I hope the names are correct; these folks were not that memorable.)

I did read ahead on Wikipedia, which I rarely do, and the direction the author takes in future books did not sit well with me. So what with life being too short... ( )
  Kuglar | Mar 28, 2018 |
After reading the Kent Family Chronicles I devoured this smaller series. My only problem was being a bit too weak-stomached for the very specific descriptions of civil war battles and the corpses strewn along the road. ( )
  Kim_Sasso | Mar 14, 2018 |
It's always hard reviewing a long, chunkster book, because so much happens. I try to just share my general thoughts about it as compared to a more formal review.

1. The book is well written, and the style is engaging, though the plot does get a little slow at times (especially when reading characters you don't really like, which often happens with a large multi-volume series like this one. You can't possibly be interested in following every single character's whole life in great detail). Especially towards the end, I did tend myself skimming through long passages with characters whining about the same thing for the tenth time in so many minutes.

2. The characters are very, very two dimensional, but I think Jakes does it on purpose. The "good" characters are very very good, and the "bad" characters are very, very bad. No one in real life is that one sided, but I think Jakes does it to make a point. It does get frustrating after a while.

3. I'm not big into romance & there's a tiny smidge of it here, as characters meet and fall in love. There are some sex scenes but most are rather brief.

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  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
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--SECRETARY JOHN C. CALHOUN
TO SYLVANUS THAYER, SUPERINTENDENT,
U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY
1818
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but human nature is true to herself.
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American Slavery As It Is
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--JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
On Burr's rumored secession conspiracy
1801
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have this day set a blazing torch
to the temple of constitutional
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have no more peace forever.

-- LAWYER JAMES PETIGRU
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The first volume of John Jakes's acclaimed and sweeping saga about a friendship threatened by the divisions of the Civil War In the years leading up to the Civil War, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a nation. Orry Main from South Carolina and George Hazard from Pennsylvania forge a lasting bond while training at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Together they fight in the Mexican-American War, but their closeness is tested as their regional politics diverge. As the first rounds are fired at Fort Sumter, Orry and George find themselves on different sides of the coming struggle. In John Jakes's unmatched style, North and South launches a trilogy that captures the fierce passions of a country at the precipice of disaster. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Jakes including rare images from the author's personal collection.

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