Charleston

Charleston In Charleston a master of historical fiction spins a tale of a th century southern aristocratic dynasty divided by love murder betrayal and family secrets A memorable and realistic multigenerati

  • Title: Charleston
  • Author: John Jakes
  • ISBN: 9781101209646
  • Page: 484
  • Format: ebook
  • In Charleston, a master of historical fiction spins a tale of a 19th century southern aristocratic dynasty divided by love, murder, betrayal, and family secrets A memorable and realistic multigenerational epic.

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    1. Im Vorgängerbuch Mut der Wahrheit hat sich John Jakes selbst übertroffen, der Einteiler über den Bürgerkrieg übertrifft sogar Fackeln im Sturm. Der Versuch die Kent-Family noch mal als eine Art Einteiler mit fünf Generationen aus Charleston zu erzählen und die Geschichte der Stadt vom Unabhängigkeitskrieg bis in die Wirren nach dem Bürgerkrieg aufzuziehen, ging leider vollkommen in die Hose.Wenn man nett zum Autor sein will, könnte man sagen, Sturm über Charleston sei eine umfangreich [...]

    2. Good John Jakes novel. It certainly wasn't his best but I found the story to be engaging and it easily kept my interest through all 400+ pages. I am disappointed that a glaring error made its way into print. If you look at the always present John Jakes genealogy timeline in the beginning of this book you will see a character listed as the protagonists arch enemy's GRANDMOTHER. The character during the entire first part of the book is described in the same manner. This character was attacked duri [...]

    3. This is the first book that I have read by John Jakes. As a fan of Charleston and historical fiction I decided to not let its size daunt me and found it quite hard to put down. Me. Jakes clearly has an impressive knowledge of US history in the Deep South during the 18th and 19th centuries. I found his weaving of historical facts into the fictional narrative well done and most of the characters were quite enjoyable to follow. This is a tale of 4 generations. I also found his writing very honest a [...]

    4. I really enjoyed reading this historical novel, "Charleston," by John Jakes. After reading a couple of not so easy to read books, reading "Charleston" was pure pleasure. The book was particularly poignant because while I was reading it America's first African/American was sworn in as our 44th President of the United States. It is a great day for all Americans. I wonder if the author through his research and writing had any idea that this day would come?

    5. I enjoyed this book, lots of history woven through generations of the same 3 families. The book begins with the prologue in 1720, continues through the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Those were tough and violent times. When I finished reading Charleston, I felt like I needed to go back to the beginning to sort out all of the relationships and family members.

    6. According to the little background history that I have found, the actual historical parts are true to reported historical information and interesting. The fictional parts are very predictable. So I would say at this point, Jakes makes history readable for the average know-nothing, but his attempts at fiction "leave something to be desired."The part that I have read is about The Swamp Fox - Francis Marion. (Historians seem to disagree about his actual battle ethics.)

    7. We read Savanah for last month's book club and decided to focus on John Jakes other stand alone book, Charleston, for this month. What a difference. While Savanah was a fun little book (if you can call anything about the brutality of the Civil War fun), Charleston was a completely different sort of novel. Beautifully written, full of action, pathos, and, at times, pandemonium.It begins with the family's "founding father" in 1720 deciding to marry his pregnant girlfriend who agrees on the conditi [...]

    8. This is the second John Jakes book I have read and I am fast becoming a fan. It's obvious that I'm years behind, given that his books seem to have been puplished in the '80's and '90's so I'm guessing I'm going to have fun catching up!Charleston, as the title suggests is about the Southern US city, mostly during the Civil War, and centres on the lives of two branches of a family who really do not get on and who sit on different sides of the argument during the sessesionist conflict, whilst not a [...]

    9. I read this in anticipation of visiting Charleston, SC, but it took me months to finish. Although I learned so much about the rich history of this beautiful city, from the Revolutionary War period to post Civil War, I felt like the family story and drama was very much contrived to fit in with the historical aspects. I was disturbed that so many characters died violent deaths, even main characters. And there was a glaring error with the timeline. One of the characters in the book died earlier tha [...]

    10. John Jakes is one of the masters of multi-generational American family sagas. Here he has chosen to focus on Charleston, South Carolina, starting some time before the American Revolution and going into the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Most of the narrative focuses on the branches of the Bell family, although the Larks and the Strongs are also prominently featured.I was a bit disturbed that so many characters experience violent or grotesque deaths; offhand, I cannot recall even [...]

    11. The stories of the characters are interesting with the historical background. But the writing style is boring. Jakes tried to cover too much history and it read more like a chronicle than a historical fiction, at times.There are not enough character development to have a person vividly presented with his/her thoughts, beliefs, sentiments. More often than not, a single incident changed a person; which is hardly believable. It was also rather predictable of the fates of the characters. I guess it [...]

    12. A historical novel about several generations of several families in Charleston, SC, from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Quite long, but an easy read. Would not want to have lived in those times. Some of our ancestors came to SC, landing at Charleston before the Revolution. They settled in Fairfax District near Columbia.

    13. I listened to the "audio condensed version" on my 8 hour drive from Charleston to Falls Church after a mother/sisters weekend. Jakes does such a great job of historical research and really sets the stage. Plus he delivers the human emotional element. It was a great story that pulled on my heartstrings.

    14. This is a decent historical novel, but not one of my favorites. As mentioned in several reviews, the characterization is lacking, and I didn't feel too much involvement with most of the people in the book. I was interested in the unknown (to me) history of Charleston, so found that quite compelling and worth the read for that.

    15. Very informative me a better insight to the ravages of an unneccessary war.Cruel and futil WAR. I am more. Knowledgeable of the horrors the blacks were subject to! The arrogance and unchristian attitude of the wealthy landowners

    16. Very long, and a bit graphicbut fantastic historical fiction telling the story of Charleston in the late 1700s. Fun to read if you're spending any time in downtown Charleston.

    17. I picked up this book because "back in the day" it seemed that EVERYONE was reading John Jakes. (And also because I found a really nice hardback copy of it in the Half Price Books discount bin for $1.00.) I remembered watching the mini-series of North and South on television, I have been to Charleston and found it interesting, etc etc BUT I did not like this book. (Though to be fair, I would probably rate it 1.5 points if I could, because for a brief few chapters, I did want to know what would h [...]

    18. I did not know the history of Charlestondid not know it played a role in the Revolutionary War, nor the early influence of this southern city. I had just spent a week in Charleston; the narrative descriptions of the city truly made my visit even more memorable. The story was filled with conflicts, family against family. It is a bit of a soap opera, woven together with the common themes of Charleston and slavery. The reality of the southern land/slave owners mindset amazes me, but the author does [...]

    19. Let me say two things before I go super in depth: a) I'm a character person, and b) I didn't pick this up because I'd think I'd enjoy it.This book does not cater to character people. The thing with this book is that it covers such a long period of time in a relatively short book (500-some pages) that you just - it's hard to get attached. I was attached to the first protagonist we had, but then people started dying left and right and it was like "oh my." It was like I really enjoyed the first 150 [...]

    20. This book brings you the classic Southern family, torn into two parts—one obviously virtuous and one completely unscrupulous. The novel takes you on a journey after the splitting of the family through the American Revolution on past the Civil War, all with the backdrop of slavery in Charleston, South Carolina. Lives on all sides of the wars were disrupted, and the city itself could not escape the destruction. Jakes details the fall of this once important city to a town of rubble and decay. Whi [...]

    21. Jakes follows the Bell family from the early 1700s to around 1880. He breaks it down into three mini-books. The first deals with Charleston during the Revolutionary War. I never realized that Charleston was an occupied city controled by thte British. The seond book deals with those years leading up to the Civil War. It covers the tension building between the north and south regarding slavery. The final book deals with the Civil War and the destruction of Charleston.Lots of Charleston history. To [...]

    22. Historical Fiction, with more accurate History about Charleston & the State of South Carolina than one would imagine. The characters are used to move the historical narrative along.I am from Low Country so have a bias toward this book. When he started talking about the Huguenots that settled near Santee, my people, I wanted to pack up and move back.Think I probably will as this book made me homesick. I'd heard all these stories growing up how the "Swamp Fox" fought here and Sherman burned th [...]

    23. This book is a continuous loop of finding love and losing love. It is filled with stories about family against family. It is a true soap opera in a book woven together with the common themes of Charleston and slavery. My eyes were opened to the fact that adultery probably has not increased in our society as much as I originally thought. It has just become less acceptable and therefore more visible as an issue. It also amazes me how you can degrade the life of humans. It had to be extremely hard [...]

    24. Not quite finished but this is another classic by John Jakes. It goes through the Revolutionary war, Civil War and Antebellum. The book is in three parts and is told with a different main character for each of the first two parts I have finished. The harshness of slavery and torments slaves suffered when there masters were out of sorts was gruesome and shameful. The flipside was some slaves who were treated better by their owners were afraid to see slavery end as they couldn't read or write and [...]

    25. This book is close to my heart.e history of Charleston my next door neighbor and some of the actual people who lived there mixed in with fictional characters who have bits of truth to them. The real struggle of slavery.e "owners" and the slaves who were life long friends to their owners.d the historic events of the British invasion.e war of the North and South. The rebuilding of families and cities and the results of a fallen economylots of lessons to be learned from this book and an exciting ta [...]

    26. Read by the talented George Guidall who has a gift for southern voices, including women. Historical fiction following the Bell family from prerevolutionary South Carolina to post Civil War. Characters are flad and predictable. All the villains have only bad thoughts -- one man had the same lustful thoughts of his cousin though he hadn't seen her for 20 years. The 'heroes' all have modern values despite the era. Sex is a crude part of the book as is the bad language. Heroes inadvertently cause th [...]

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