So this is a book club book that I read at least six months too late. No biggie. It's very intense! Mostly it made me feel incredibly ignorant about the Civil War. This I think is a very bad thing, given how important it is for our history, and especially since it's so easy to be very high-minded about it because of where I live. The book gives an incredibly detailed picture of life in the North and the South wrapped around the literary context of "Little Women." It's a lot, but it's very very good.
Are there any two words in all of the English language more closely twinned than courage and cowardice? I do not think there is a man alive who will not yearn to possess the former and dread to be accused of the latter. one is held to be the apogee of man's character, the other its nadir. And yet, to me, the two sit side by side on the circle of life, removed from each other by the merest degree of arc.
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