Bull Run

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Fleischman, Paul. Bull Run. New York : HarperCollins, 1993.

A kaleidoscopic, multivocal picture of the early days of the War, told in flash-fiction-short chapters by many narrators from camp followers to Union General McDowell. Though this is a juvenile novel for young adults, the gore is extreme and the fog of war is total. Dispositions of many characters after the battle of First Manassas are left up in the air, and many loose ends remain. It's an interesting example of the domestication of postmodern narrative in late 20th-century fiction, and a distinguished entry in the long list of fine juvenile Civil War novels.


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