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White Doves at Morning

White Doves at Morning

Written by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Will Patton


White Doves at Morning

Written by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Will Patton

ratings:
4.5/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Nov 1, 2002
ISBN:
9780743541183
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In a startling departure, James Lee Burke has written an epic story of love, hate and survival set against the tumultuous background of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
At the center of the tale are James lee Burke's own ancestrors, Robert Perry, who comes from the slave-owning family of wealth and privliege, and Willy Burke, born of Irish immigrants, a poor boy who is as irreverent as he is brave and decent. Despite personal and political conflicts, both men join the Confederate Army, determined not to back down in their commitment to their moral belirfs, to their friends, and to the abolitionist woman with whom both are infatuated.
Willie's friend, Flower Jamison, a beautiful young black slave is owned by -- and fathered by, although he will not admit it -- Ira Jamison. Owner of Angola Plantation, Ira Jamison returns after the war and transforms his plantation into a penal colony which houses prisoners he rents out as laborers to replace the emancipated slaves.
Against all local laws and customs, Willie teaches Flower how to read and write. She receives the help and protection of Abigail Dowling, the Massachusetts abolitionist who has attracted both Willie and Robert Perry's attention. These love affairs are fraught with danger and compromised by the great and grim events of the Civil War and its aftermatch.
With unforgettable battle scenes at Shiloh and in the Shenandoah Valley, White Doves at Morning is an epic masterpiece of historical fiction.
Released:
Nov 1, 2002
ISBN:
9780743541183
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-nine novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.


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  • (3/5)
    I liked the plot of this book, but the dialogue was a little bland and the 21st century words and phrases in it made me lose interest.
  • (5/5)
    Of the 12 books JLB I've read, this is his best work so far. The love pours out. The love for his heritage, his forefathers, the human feelings among the townspeople, the love of the community that transcends the political issue of Negro slavery or freedom. If one reads to learn differeing points of view, this is a must-read for any American interested in any way in the South and its history.
  • (4/5)
    I liked this book - it focuses more on the characters and their development than actual battles/strategies in the war. The story moved along fairly quickly (the book is less than 300 pages.) The main character is based on an actual Confederate soldier who was the author's ancestor. This was the first book I had picked up by this author, and I would try another one.
  • (5/5)
    A brilliant historical novel of Louisiana in the Civil War. Great characters - the book is sometimes harrowing, sometimes deeply descriptive, and definitely one to re-read. Does for 1840's Deep South what Steinbeck does for 1930's California!
  • (5/5)
    White Doves at Morning is a historical fiction novel, published in 2002 and set around New Iberia, Louisiana, during the Civil War. Of course, since it occurs during the Civil War, it does not include Burke's reknowned Dave Robicheaux. Instead, this book focuses on Burke's ancestry. Willie Burke is the son of an Irish immigrant who joins the Confederate forces more out of fear than support for the "cause." Robert Perry, Burke's friend, is the son of slave owners and is a staunch supporter of Secussion. Perry and Burke are both in love with Abigail Dowling, an abolitionist who came south from Massachusettes to help fight an outbreak of yellow fever. Abigail befriends Flower Jamison, the black slave daughter of Ira Jamison, the owner of Angola Plantation.White Doves at Morning follows these characters during the Civil War and into the beginning of Reconstruction. As with James Lee Burke's signature series, this book lulls the reader into another world through the colorful depiction of character, the vivid development of setting and the captivating plot. When closing the book, I would have to remind myself of the present day since I was so focused and present in the Nineteenth Century.Burke's characters are as rich and complex as Dave or Billy Bob Holland. I had the opportunity to briefly discuss this book with Jim Burke while I was reading, and he expressed pride in the characters of Abigail and Flower. And proud he should be. These two female characters are outstanding. Neither one is immune to pain and suffering, both are "outsiders" in their homes. But Abigail and Flower are strong characters who rely on eachother and find ways to perservere.Burke's villans are also dynamic characters. And much like the antogonists in his series novels, these villans make your skin crawl and remind you to check the locks at night when you go to bed. From Ira Jamison at the top of the "food chain" to Rufus Atkins and Clay Hatcher, the preverbial "white trash," through them we see the birth of such groups as the Klu Klux Klan and the Knights of the White Camellia. And of course, it wouldn't be a James Lee Burke novel without an accute sense of place. Burke's amazing gift of transporting his readers to places completely unknown to them and making them feel like they've lived in the place all their lives is like no other. White Doves at Morning is a magnificient departure from Burke's signature characters and time period but definitely a book that we should not forget is part of his great works.