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Martha Hodes - Mourning Lincoln - L Verge - 03-09-2015 05:58 PM

I began reading this book over the weekend and enjoyed the first 75+ pages that are filled with comments from diaries, letters, newspapers, etc. beginning with reactions upon the surrender of Lee to Grant. It's going to be interesting, however, to see if the author can hold my attention for another 200+ pages of similar quoting...

She's a good writer, so it may work. It has been many years since I read Tom Turner's Beware The People Weeping and also For Whom The Bells Tolled by _____(can't remember the author. I think these came out in the 1980s. Same basic principle of how Americans grieved the events.

RE: Martha Hodes - Mourning Lincoln - Anita - 03-09-2015 08:00 PM

Laurie, I'm near the end of the book and had the opposite reaction of the first 50 pages. Initially I found the quotes from several different authors all in one paragraph or two throughout the chapters very distracting. Then I began to get into the rhythm of the writing style and the method worked for me. Stick with it!