The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage

byStephen Crane

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The Red Badge of Courage was published in 1895, when its author, an impoverished writer living a bohemian life in New York, was only twenty-three. It immediately became a bestseller, and Stephen Crane became famous. Crane set out to create "a psychological portrayal of fear." Henry Fleming, a Union Army volunteer in the Civil War, thinks "that perhaps in a battle he might run....As far as war was concerned he knew nothing of himself." And he does run in his first battle, full of fear and then remorse. He encounters a grotesquely rotting corpse propped against a tree, and a column of wounded men, one of whom is a friend who dies horribly in front of him. Fleming receives his own "red badge" when a fellow soldier hits him in the head with a gun. "The idea of falling like heroes on ceremonial battlefields," Ford Madox Ford remarked later, "was gone forever." Shelby Foote, author of The Civil
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Title:The Red Badge of CourageFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 3, 2004Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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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