The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen CraneThe Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage

byStephen Crane

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...He would have liked to have used a tremendous force, he said, throw off himself and become a better. Swift pictures of himself, apart, yet in himself, came to him--a blue desperate figure leading lurid charges with one knee forward and a broken blade high--a blue, determined figure standing before a crimson and steel assault, getting calmly killed on a high place before the eyes of all. He thought of the magnificent pathos of his dead body. These thoughts uplifted him. He felt the quiver of war desire. In his ears, he heard the ring of victory. He knew the frenzy of a rapid successful charge. The music of the trampling feet, the sharp voices, the clanking arms of the column near him made him soar on the red wings of war. For a few moments he was sublime. He thought that he was about to start for the front. Indeed, he saw a picture of himself, dust-stained, haggard, panting, flying to the front at the proper moment to seize and throttle the dark, leering witch of calamity. Then the difficulties of the thing began to drag at him. He hesitated, balancing awkwardly on one foot. He had no rifle; he could not fight with his hands, said he resentfully to his plan. Well, rifles could be had for the picking. They were extraordinarily profuse. Also, he continued, it would be a miracle if he found his regiment. Well, he could fight with any regiment. He started forward slowly. He stepped as if he expected to tread upon some explosive thing. Doubts and he were struggling. He would truly be a worm if any of his comrades should see him returning thus, the marks of his flight upon him. There was a reply that the intent fighters did not care for what happened rearward saving that no hostile bayonets appeared there. In the battle-blur his face would,...
Title:The Red Badge of CourageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217764932

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from an Okay Read As one previous reviewer mentioned, this book is an interesting psychological study of the mind of a young man facing war for the first time. I did feel that I got into the main character's mind and how him (and many young men before him) must have felt facing such atrocities. However due to this novel's brisk pace and focus of the psychological, you find out little else about the characters, the setting or frankly why we should care about anything in this book. For example the author, despite knowing the main character;s name, is constantly referenced as the youth rather than by his name. I found this depersonalized the main character to the point you didn't care if he lived or died at the end. Since there was so little plot or character development I found it hard to be engaged with the story. Definitely not the worst read I've had, but I wouldn't recommend this novel. If you want to read how a war affects people try something like War and Peace.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Personal Look at War! This book came out in 1894 and the author revisited a battlefield in the US Civil War via the point of view of a young soldier. The inaneness and sterility of war is see as a mass act of irrationality, Not a long read but the prose may not be for all.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read An interesting look at the psychology of someone at war. More a look at a soldier's mindset and not a look at actual warfare. A bit wordy at time.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment Such a disappointment I would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must have! Every library needs to have this classic!
Date published: 2016-11-24