White Doves at Morning

White Doves at Morning

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
Despite their misgivings about "the Cause," Willie Burke and his best friends, three young men from New Iberia, Louisiana, enlist in the Confederate Army and head off to war, in a novel drawn from the author's own family history.

Baker
& Taylor

Despite their misgivings about "the Cause," Willie Burke and his best friends, three young men from New Iberia, Louisiana, enlist in the Confederate Army and head off to war, in a novel that reflects the events and personalities of the Civil War from a Southern perspective and is drawn from the author's own family history. Reprint.

Simon and Schuster
A riveting evocation of the Civil War, drawn from the true family history of "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post), JAMES LEE BURKE

1861. Two young Southerners, friends despite their differing political views and backgrounds, enlist in the 18th Louisiana regiment of the Confederate Army: Robert Perry, wealthy and privileged, and irreverent Willie Burke, the son of Irish immigrants, face the trials of battle and find redemption in the love of a passionate and committed abolitionist, Abigail Downing, and in the courageous struggle of Flower Jamison, a beautiful slave. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, and penetrating a landscape of shattering Civil War bloodshed as few novels have, this epic from an American literary giant endows readers with the gift of experiencing the past through new eyes, while its timeless prose style -- at once luminous and brutal -- ensures the legacy of this bloodiest of conflicts will never be lost.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster : Pocket Star, 2003
ISBN: 9780743466622
0743466624
9780743244718
0743244710
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 25 cm

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Jul 07, 2016

James Lee Burke is one of my favorite living authors and I've read almost everything he's written. Many of his books are mysteries and he has a long running series with detective Dave Robicheuax. "White Doves at Morning" is something of a change of pace as it's a historical novel set during and after the Civil War. As with many of his novels, Burke explores injustice, racial tension, and male anger and violence. This is a more direct treatment of racism than most of his books and as such is one of his most penetrating and profound. With its sense of the burden of the past it recalls Faulkner, although Burke's clear, hard prose is the opposite of Faulkner's. I don't know why this didn't win any awards, as it's deeper and better than just about anything those bespectacled, bottled water drinking New York boys named Jonathan have produced.

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