The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stephen Crane's tale of Civil War hardships is a fascinating plunge into the fog of battle.
The author's technique of withholding key information about the identity of the protagonist helps draw you in as a reader, making your imagination work to piece together context clues to paint a picture of his stature and mindset.
Raw, appealing details about the difficulties and trials brought on by combat abound, with a philosophical struggle between self-preservation and patriotic valor lurking at the forefront.
I wasn't expecting to be as moved as I was by the brutal and intelligent writing. Crane's work is a moving monument to the jarring tribulation of service and combat.
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