Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1895, 117 pages)

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I last read The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1870 to 1900, New Jersey, USA) several decades ago.  I as motivated to reread it by Edmund White's novel about the last year of Crane's life, Hotel de Dream.  I wish I had a book blog post from long ago so I could see what I thought of the work  when I read it first.   Crane never experienced a battle before writing The Red Badge of Courage when he was barely twenty one.  The work follows the military career of a young New York man in the American Civil War.  By consensus it is one of the classics of American literature and it considered comparable to the very best world wide of battle literature depicting war from the point of view of the foot soldier.  Much of the power of the book is seeing how the battles take the man, really a boy, from callow youth eager for battle against demonized enemies to a much different person as the work closes.   Crane's descriptions of the horrors of war and its absurdity are very powerful.    

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Edith said...

I read 'The Red Badge of Courage' a while ago and although I remember hardly anything of the plot, I know that it impressed me a lot and tit left me with a positive feeling about the read (not the topic!). 'An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge' by Ambrose Pierce was similarly impressing.

It's good to be reminded of it!

Anna said...

I read this one back in junior high school. I'd wanted to revisit it for the Civil War Challenge, but I didn't have a chance. It does sound worth revisiting, especially since I don't remember anything about it now.