I gave up on my April ER book “Two Brothers: One North, One South” by David H. Jones. I simply do not understand the audience. It seemed that the author was using big words just for the sake of using them, yet the dialog was almost insulting in its assumption of the reader’s intelligence. Minus the unnecessary vocabulary, which made the dialog in particular stilted and wooden, the writing seemed more appropriate for a book geared towards middle school audience as a way to teach them the basics of the Civil War. I didn’t get as far as I wanted, but I couldn’t stand to continue reading a book that was so silly and yet insulting to my intelligence when I have so many good books in my TBR pile.
Do not read this book. Don’t even think about it. See an example of why below.
The excerpt that made me give up. Really? This is really written for adults?
“You know, son, Sarah was right. The election of Abraham Lincoln last November practically guaranteed that our country would face this terrible predicament.”
“Clearly, South Carolina seceded from the Union in December for that very reason,” Clifton replied. “Sadly, they were soon followed by the other cotton states of the Deep South.”
“And how quickly thing deteriorated from that point!” exclaimed his father. “In no time at all, the Confederate States of America was formed in Montgomery, Alabama, and Jefferson Davis elected president, all before Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated in early March.”
This exchange was completely typical and the last straw.
However, if you’re a bit of a sadist, or if you don’t believe me, you can buy this book from Amazon – Two Brothers – One North, One South