The statement is given so matter-of-factly, almost comedically with the onomatopoeia, that it takes time for the irony of the situation to sink in. The unpolished forms of the interviews add to encapsulating some of the most central themes of war, and the abruptness and disjointedness of the interviews help to link those themes to the overarching surrealism shrouding modern warfare. For those affected, war started with the overturning of what had been ordinary. Jean Wood remembers the beginning of the second World War.
And I doubt whether I will again equal the balance, the mood, of April Morning, and personally I like it better than most of my work. Howard Fast, Counterpoint April Morning, first published inhas gone through almost fifty editions in hardcover and has sold millions of paperback copies.
Fast lists it in his bibliography as a "book for young readers," and it is most certainly a fine story for middle-school students -- it is read in almost all of the fifty state school systems -- yet it is a tale for adults as well, a very sophisticated portrait of the first day of the American Revolution and the varying reactions to violence and the start of a new era.
Of it Fast says that generations of children "have taken from it a deep feeling of what America is and how it came into being" Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series April Morning partakes of many of the techniques and themes found in Fast's earlier books, but, possibly because it came after the turmoil of his Communist party years, it has a quieter, sweeter, almost nostalgic tone quite different from the earlier Revolutionary War books.
A Novel of Valley Forge and The Proud and the Free both include young men, initially in their teens, as central characters, and both indulge harsh, bitter sentiments about the war and their fates. April Morning, in contrast, is characterized by moderation and balance.
There is a virtually perfect relationship between literary character and research, with the sights and sounds of April 19,effectively integrated into the narrative.
What Adam eats, drinks, wears, uses, says, thinks, and so on ring completely true, and become a touchstone for the character of Adam himself: Characteristic Fast messages about the Revolutionary War are present but moderated. The war, like all other wars, was messy, nasty, and brutish, fought by the young sometimes the very youngthe poor, and the old, not just the fit and hearty.
The American forces were characterized by a nearly total lack of elementary discipline and order but made up for this lack of professionalism with their spirit, their sometimes wild improvisation, and their capacity to retreat -- the British would say to run away -- to fight another day.
Most of all, the Americans were defending their own land and were thus true citizen-soldiers inspired by the ideal of liberty, in contrast to the conscripts and mercenaries of the British, who formed the best-disciplined armies in the world but were inferior as individuals.
Our vision of the complex series of events that made up the opening of the Revolution, the shot heard round the world, comes through the innocent eyes of Adam, and the great achievement of the book is that neither Fast's underlying message nor Adam as a character suffers.
Just as in the earlier books, we see here that war is bloody, terrifying, and disgusting, yet we understand that the colonists had little choice and that some wars are more justified -- or are at least more inevitable -- than others.
We learn this complex paradox through Adam, yet the limits of his fifteen-year-old understanding are never transcended. Among a distinguished set of novels about the conflict, April Morning is probably Fast's best Revolutionary War book. He is criticized by his father for laziness and disrespect, and then he argues with Levi, his eleven-year-old brother, about Adam's saying a spell to remove a curse from the well water.
Adam goes into his house and talks to his mother and then his grandmother. The family sits around the dinner table, and Adam's father again dresses down his son; we begin to see him as a man of strong opinions, firmly expressed.
Joseph Simmons, a relative, stops by. He has been chosen to write a statement on the rights of man by the committee, the men of the village acting to define their positions on their hopes for liberty from Britain.
Adam at fifteen is a year too young to participate in the committee meeting that night -- he has gone to visit his girlfriend Ruth Simmons -- but he recounts his father's version of events. We find that his village, Lexington, is in emotional and intellectual turmoil about the exciting events of the incipient revolution.
Lexington is awakened in the middle of the night by a lone rider with the news that the British army has left Boston and is marching on the village. Adam slips out to join his father and the reverend, who are discussing with the committeemen what their response should be if a thousand or more British troops march in to be opposed by the seventy-nine-man local militia.
Adam, carrying his weapon, a fowling piece, signs up with the militia and joins his father on the village common. The British army marches in just before dawn. There is a brief standoff; a shot is fired, redcoat soldiers shoot dead Adam's father and several others, and there is chaos on the village green.
Adam and the militia scramble to escape, and the youth hides out for the night in a smokehouse. Almost caught the next morning by a British patrol, he escapes into the countryside, where he meets an older man, Solomon Chandler.The Red Badge of Courage Topic Tracking: Maturation Topic Tracking: Maturation.
Chapter 1 Maturation 1: The Red Badge of Courage is a story of a psychological growth into manhood, through the medium of war. The characters, for the most part, remain generic nameless and faceless portraits of men.
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