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by Brian Emerson,Howard Bahr

Free eBook The Black Flower download ISBN: 0786114975
Author: Brian Emerson,Howard Bahr
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc; Unabridged edition (February 1, 1999)
Language: English
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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Set during The Civil War, the story focuses primarily on soldier Bushrod Carter and his friends' involvement.

Set during The Civil War, the story focuses primarily on soldier Bushrod Carter and his friends' involvement. Especially poignant about Bahr's novel is the level of consciousness he gives to war and battle.

The Year of Jubilo: A Novel of the Civil War by. Howard Bahr.

0 5 Author: Howard Bahr Narrator: Brian Emerson

0 5 Author: Howard Bahr Narrator: Brian Emerson. At twenty-six, Bushrod Carter is already an old soldier, a veteran of all his regiment's campaigns since Shiloh.

Howard Bahr (1946- ) is an American novelist, born in Meridian, Mississippi. Bahr, who served in the . The Year of Jubilo, like The Black Flower, was a New York Times Notable Book. Bahr's third novel, The Judas Field, was released in 2006. Navy during the Vietnam War and then worked for several years on the railroads, enrolled at the University of Mississippi in the early 1970s when he was in his late 20s. He received his . from Ole Miss and served as the curator of the William Faulkner house, Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Mississippi for nearly twenty years.

Praise for The Black Flower. A New York Times Notable Book. Winner of the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Novel of the Civil War. For Dada, who taught me to listen. Winner of the William Young Boyd Award from the Naval War College Office for Best Military Novel. I recommend it highly. Shelby Foote, author of the Civil War Trilogy. Bol. deeply moral boo. f startling originality. Part one. The band played.

Bahr has created a highly visual novel, describing all the minutiae of war and the ravaged countryside. Emerson’s monotonous tone drones on and on, never getting caught up in the action, fear and horror of the Civil War. Rather, Emerson echoes the weariness of the troops as they struggle to survive yet another day and continue to fight for their cause.

The Black Flower is a 1997 historical fiction novel written by Howard Bahr. It received numerous accolades, including being named a New York Times Notable Book. Shelby Foote, author of The Civil War: A Narrative, recommends it highly. The Black Flower was nominated for a Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, and won the . Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction in 1998. The novel is about Private Bushrod Carter's experiences in the Battle of Franklin. It was published by Picador.

Written with profound empathy and meticulous attention to historical detail, The Black Flower brilliantly portrays the staggering human toll of America’s bloodiest conflict. In his award-winning debut novel, Howard Bahr casts a tale of war as powerful as any you’ll ever find (Southern Living). To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Narrated by Brian Emerson. Books related to The Black Flower. America's Hidden History.

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This book is an example of historical fiction. As is typical of this literary genre, the historical figures are present but exist mainly off- stage. The story tells of the little known Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. The historical figure John bell Hood is never heard from directly. Nathan Bedford Forest pays token, meaningless visits. But the main characters, three confederate soldiers exist center stage and rate most of our attention. The advantage of a historical novel is the author can distance himself from the action, examining the larger issues without being bound by specific facts and without undue influence of politics or even history. And so Bahr has a lot to say about war and its corrosive effects on people and on society. If one is to understand war and its consequences, he could do no better than read this book

The book is unrelentingly sad. It is told using a somewhat complicated prose style, which is at once beautiful but is also challenging to understand. The language contributes to the feeling of unreality, which is contrasted periodically by cruel truth. The author loves words and plays with them in a unique and idiosyncratic fashion. He refers to the enemy as "Strangers" and the dead as the "Departed." He may combine words as Departed Strangers for enemy dead. He thus assigns a dignity and concern for them that stands in jarring contrast to realities evident during actual war. The author frequently incorporates unfamiliar vocabulary, and southern expressions, giving the impression that it was written in another time and place. We require a glossary to understand that "peckerwoods" are southern white trash.

Throughout, the story is punctuated by memory and dreams adding to the sense of mystery of a bygone era. The title hints at its meaning. The black flower does not exist in nature. It is a concept employed to evoke a sense of darkness and death. Hawthorne mentions it in the Scarlet Letter, evoking the notion of evil and a concealment of the truth. The author of this story fearlessly deals with the evil of war and in no sense is he concealing the truth.

The book begins with a strange story of a priest who is also a general. It is weird and puzzling. However, we soon realize that we have just eavesdropped on the dream of a character we have not yet met. The dreamer turns out to be Bushrod Carter, the protagonist of the story. It is partially through his dreams and memories that the story is told. The trope of the dream is repeated again and again in the novel and memories continue to intrude on the present until we must work to distinguish memory from dreams and dreams from reality.

The first half of the book consists of nightmarish vignettes lasting over a period of 48 hours. The story tells of three lifelong friends from Cumberland Tennessee who fought for the Confederacy over a period of three years. We become acquainted with Bushrod Carter, Virgil Johnson and Jack Bishop and are struck by the affection they have for one another. All manage to survive the war without a scratch until that fateful day in November 1864 when they take part in a charge against entrenched troops near the small town of Franklin, Tennessee. It is here that they meet up with the Black Flower. Two of the friends die for their country on that day. Death would await Bushrod a few days later.

The story changes pace for the second half, which takes place at a makeshift hospital. Here Bushrod meets up with Anna who is a southern belle, now devoting her efforts to the wounded soldiers. Our image of southern civilians is promptly shattered. Anna is hardened by the war and is repulsed by the soldiers. All that was genteel about southern society was transformed by the cruelty of the war. Nonetheless, Anna represents an incipient love interest. It seems that there is perhaps hope for for Bushrod and possibly for the South as well. But it is only an illusion. His love is stillborn when he suddenly dies of infection after amputation of his arm. The author has no mercy for the characters or for the reader who is continually bathed in despair.

The author teases the reader with a brief reprieve in the epilogue. It is beautifully written with a meaning that is somewhat obscure. It tells of Winder McGavock, a non-combatant introduced in the second half of the book. He finds a pony in a field, which was previously the site of a battle. One is not certain as to whether it is a true event or a dream. The scene represents a return to normalcy after the havoc of the Civil War. But we know that the notion of hope is illusionary. In less than half a century, the entire world would once again know the grotesque havoc of war, and would once again see the Back Flower.

The book is multilayered with many meanings. It would appear to be primarily about pain and loss, but also about war, the corrosive effects of war and about human relationships. Ultimately it is about betrayal. It is about priests who become confused as to their roles and assume the title of general. It is about ordinary men who betray their humanity when they regard strangers as enemies. It is about military commanders who send their men into hopeless battles and civilians who betray those same men. But the ultimate betrayal is memory itself. It is said that memories change their meaning with each recall. Bahr indicts non-combatant women who concoct the false memory of the Lost Cause to serve their own needs, ignoring the realities of the men who actually fought.

"So the women would not forgive. Their passion remained intact, carefully guarded and nurtured by the bitter knowledge of all they had lost, of all that had been stolen from them... They banded together into a militant freemasonry of remembering, and from that citadel held out against any suggestion that what they had suffered and lost might have been in vain. They created the Lost Cause, and consecrated that proud fiction with the blood of real men."
Howard Bahr's The Black Flower is a well-researched, accurately depicted account of The Battle of Franklin. Set during The Civil War, the story focuses primarily on soldier Bushrod Carter and his friends' involvement. Especially poignant about Bahr's novel is the level of consciousness he gives to war and battle. He puts you right in the middle of the soldier's thoughts as he progresses and marches towards battle, and then takes you to the aftermath, where he thinks and experiences the effects. The gruesome aspects of war are depicted, yet the author also focuses on the effect and inner turmoil of the individual. Some aspects of war are romanticized, but these are quickly contrasted with the emotional and physical toll of war, the aftermath of those directly in fight or those who are called on to help the victims. The Black Flower doesn't go overboard with over the top war sequences, yet we feel--and experience--the devastation in a raw, almost too realistic, way.

While the novel shifts around in time, a good portion of it is devoted to the meeting between Bushrod and Anne, who is helping tend to the wounded in a makeshift hospital at the McGavocks' home. The first part focuses on Bushrod's team getting ready for battle, and then marching towards their destination. We follow their thoughts as they move onward, and then the narrative moves around a bit.

The Black Flower has a stream of conscious angle to its storytelling. We shift from time periods before, during and after the battle, from various character perspectives and places. Bahr also powerfully is able to use levels of consciousness to move to an almost "out of body" perspective (with characters looking at all angles of the war) and then back to real time. This adds to the blurred perspective, as line between life and death, the black flower, become intertwined. Bahr accurately depicts the fear and anxiety, hopelessness and uncertainty, yet courage and mettle all involved had to face both during and after the war.
If there is one knock, the book does get a little dogged down with melodrama at points. However, these moments are minimal.

The Black Flower is a compelling novel about The Civil War, one that illustrates what war does to the individual. Bahr also has such a lyrical way to his writing that make this a smooth read, giving each passage a poetic, powerful quality.
The closest I've ever come to believing in ghosts was one year around Halloween when my dad and I visited Gettysburg at dusk. The sunset silhouetted spiky, spindly trees in the distance and shone a scorched orange light across an open battlefield, tinting the dried-out grass red, and there was ... something ... there. I was reminded of that feeling reading Howard Bahr's Civil War novel "The Black Flower." For a chapter, Bahr takes a break from the main narrative of his debut and leaps years ahead to a scene in which a woman revisits a battlefield and has much the same experience I did at Gettysburg. All that bloodshed, all that death has to fundamentally change the land it occurs on. Bahr's plotting is open to many such digressions. It's loose but not in the scatterbrained way of an unsure first novelist. Bahr keeps a steady hand on the tiller while allowing the story freedom to flow in unexpected directions, jumping forward and backward in time, following various characters for long stretches or maybe just a few paragraphs. One chapter is even told from the point of view of a blood-drunk wasp in a horror-show battlefield hospital. Bahr's approach allows for beautifully quiet moments of observation such as this: "For a time after they were gone, nothing moved in the silent afternoon. Then, high overhead, a single leaf turned loose its hold and rattled down through the branches. When it broke free of the bottom branch, it spun for an instant, descending. It settled on the fresh-mounded earth of the grave -- the first of many to come, autumn after autumn, forever." I like that. So much that I went back and reread it a couple of times. I backtracked a lot in "The Black Flower." It's a good book for backtracking.