The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

Paperback - 2014
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Stephen Crane's immortal masterpiece about the nightmare of war was first published in 1895 and brought its young author immediate international fame. Set during the Civil War, it tells of the brutal disillusionment of a young recruit who had dreamed of the thrill and glory of war, only to find himself fleeing the horror of a battlefield. Shame over his cowardice drives him to seek to redeem himself by being wounded--earning what he calls the "red badge of courage." Praised for its psychological insight and its intense and unprecedented realism in portraying the experience of men under fire, The Red Badge of Courage has been a beloved bestseller for more than a century.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Classics, 2014.
Edition: First Vintage Classics edition.
ISBN: 9780804168847
0804168849
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 150 pages ; 21 cm

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HujeBohoc
Sep 21, 2017

What I liked about this novel is that, instead of focussing on military battles, it describes the array of feelings that a young soldier goes through in a war: excitement, boredom, fear, shame. It is only when the main character is forced to fight in order to survive that he stops having feelings (in other words, that he stops being a human) and becomes a killing machine. And this is what horrifies Stephen Crane about war.

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mccannxgrande
Jun 24, 2016

This book was awful.

Kdmullerspy Jun 20, 2014

It was okay, but a little slow. It kept me interested, though.

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Doctor_10101
Jan 15, 2014

Loved it! The storytelling drew me in and had me reading till the end. Crane did a masterful job.

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andrewgraphics
Sep 02, 2012

A deeply psychological novel of a young man who decides to fight in the Civil War, it follows his thoughts as he is filled, in turns, with patriotism, doubt, fear, shame, cowardice, and heroism.
I wasn't quite ready for such a thought-filled story, expecting more of a narrative; it was not only quite engaging but also at times humorous and quite insightful.

An interesting trick Crane pulled was not using the main character's name throughout most of the book (since the first couple of chapters? something that's hard to go back and check with an audio book), but instead identified him as "the youth" or some such. Helped create more of an Everyman the reader (or listener) could identify with, no matter which side you might have rooted for.

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ilikeitrainy
Jul 06, 2012

I would recommend READING vs. LISTENING TO this book. I felt like a lot of thematic elements and the beauty of the language itself was lost in the reading. It was tough to pay attention to this particular reader.

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Chris_R
Nov 30, 2010

Excellent and quick read.

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kwsmith
Mar 11, 2010

Through highly vivid and visual prose, this novel provides a first-person description of a cruel American Civil War battle. Much of the story describes how the difficult battle affects the mental state of a young recruit on the front lines. In particular, the young hero vacilates between wanting to fight and wanting to flee.

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Blue_Cat_48
Nov 12, 2015

Blue_Cat_48 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

"The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting."

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