A contributor to Harper’s, the New York Times Book Review, and many other publications, Madison Smartt Bell has also been a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Devil’s Dream is a rich, evocative work of historical fiction profiling the infamous Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
“Rich descriptions of battles … and the pure force of Forrest’s personality make this an engrossing read.” (Library Journal)
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A Civil War novel par excellence
Great historical account but diabolical in value
The account and narrative gives one a tremendous insight into the nature of life, conditions, and poverty during the period. I loved the way it is narrated. I believe it is realistic in word and dialogue the way people actually talked in West Tennessee, Mississippi valley.
The author jumps around too much chronologically. One chapter you are in 1864 and the next 1858. Hard to follow all the individuals names and relationships.
Excellent rendering of the worded book narrative. The reflection and accent appeared to be accurate
Sort of !! Sometimes I wished I would have just put it down and forgot it. The image of a schizophrenic, demon possessed individual jumps out when Forrest loses control upset me. He walked a fine line between a Hitler and a Robert E. Lee. Only two individuals have any control over him when he has become possessed. His wife and his mother.
- James E. Johnston