Band of Angels (2019)

Band of Angels Robert Penn Warren Band of Angels Amantha Starr born and raised by a doting father on a Kentucky plantation in the years before the Civil War is the heroine of this powerfully dramatic novel At her father s death Amantha learns that
  • Title: Band of Angels
  • Author: Robert Penn Warren
  • ISBN: 9780807119464
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
Band of Angels Robert Penn Warren Amantha Starr, born and raised by a doting father on a Kentucky plantation in the years before the Civil War, is the heroine of this powerfully dramatic novel At her father s death Amantha learns that her mother was a slave and that she, too, is to be sold into servitude What follows is a vast panorama of one of the most turbulent periods of American history as seen throAmantha Starr, born and raised by a doting father on a Kentucky plantation in the years before the Civil War, is the heroine of this powerfully dramatic novel At her father s death Amantha learns that her mother was a slave and that she, too, is to be sold into servitude What follows is a vast panorama of one of the most turbulent periods of American history as seen through the eyes of this star crossed young woman Amantha soon finds herself in New Orleans, where she spends the war years with Hamish Bond, a slave trader At war s end, she marries Tobias Sears, a Union officer and Emersonian idealist Despite sporadic periods of contentment Amantha finds life with Tobias trying, and she is haunted still by her tangled past Oh, who am I she asks at the beginning of the novel Only after many years, after achieving a hard won wisdom and maturity, does she begin to understand the answer to that question Band of Angels puts on ready display Robert Penn Warren s prodigious gifts First published in 1955, it is one of the most searing and vivid fictional accounts of the Civil War era ever written.
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  1. Colleen Lynch

    A book like this reminds me why I love Robert Penn Warren He is without a doubt my favorite writer, and this book wrapped me up in its time period and beautiful wording to the point I never wanted to leave If you want to read about the Civil War from an interesting perspective outside the battlefield, pick this up I went in not knowing what to expect and was captivated Warren creates a compelling story here, and his writing brings it along beautifully, and I was not disappointed Some people are [...]

  2. Kerry

    I am genuinely upset by how this book has disappeared from this day and age I thought is was fascinating, some of the characters, although with bad streaks and moments, I liked for the way they came off the page, how they felt like real people I never felt like it was just a character, these were people who made mistakes, people who I could relate to, who struggled to say and name how they felt, who struggled to find the right words It didn t feel planned, the story and the dialogue felt natural [...]

  3. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

    Motherless Amantha Manty Starr grows up white in Kentucky in the mid 1800s She is coddled by her father and adored by his slaves Her father dies when she s a teen, and she discovers that her mother was a slave Without her father to protect her, she is then sold into slavery herself in New Orleans She has it pretty easy compared to most slaves She marries a Union soldier she met during the Civil War and spends the next 25 years agonizing over her half black identity She passes for white, but blam [...]

  4. John Edvin

    Since I didn t grow up in the US, I don t know much about the actual history of the Civil War, but it looks to me that the fictional story is entwined seemlessly with some of those events and historical figures As a period piece, it is outstanding I rate it 5 stars, but before the last 10 pages I was thinking 4 The whole novel is well written, by a master of the English language, let me make that clear In American lit few authors have equaled the greatness of Robert Penn Warren The main problem [...]

  5. Kfiscus

    Do not read this book if you are looking for a romance novel Get one with Fabio on the cover Do not read this book if you are a Civil War Buff Not enough battle to get you rattled Do not read this book if you are looking for a plot line that will reward you with heroes and villains neatly defined, or if you are unwilling or unable to believe that we are all heroes and villains in the same person at the same time Do not read this book if you are unwilling to think and analyze and examine yourself [...]

  6. Denis

    Penn Warren is remembered mostly for All the King s Men, but Band of Angels was one of his big commercial successes and even became a colorful Hollywood epic A beautiful movie, by the way, but which takes a lot of liberties with its source, and which does not give full justice to the author s prose, nor to what he was trying to do Plus, the film only retains a few elements from this dense book a faithful adaptation would have required many hours Band of Angels the novel disguises as a romantic [...]

  7. Jim Puskas

    Ah, truth, I thought, it isn t enough just to be true, we have to SAY the truth to make it a living truth So says Manty in confronting the truth of her own reality, her own identity.Manty spends her chaotic, troubled life searching for answers about truth, about who and what she really is and especially about the possibility of being free In the end, she does discover the secret of who it is that can set her free.In Amantha Starr, Warren has given us one of fiction s great personalities sheltere [...]

  8. B. Spencer Edwards

    I could be wrong, but I think one of the reasons this great piece of literature failed to survive decades onward was due to the fact that the movie starring Clark Gable was deemed a great a disappointment People at the time expected an offering not unlike Gone With the Wind, but they got something different Joining Amantha Starr on her journey is a rewarding dive into rich prose and authentic history from a different point of view Following Ms Starr on her journey to not only freedom, but to her [...]

  9. Tom

    I think about writers who wrote both great poetry and great novels, and in my humble opinion there are very few Only Hardy, Graves, and Warren comes to mind This alone has to make RPW one of the best writers to have ever lived Band of Angels is a good novel It s not as good as All The Kings Men but what is

  10. Tim

    Robert Penn Warren gets in a vivid All the King s Men like zone for the last quarter of Band of Angels, and that lifts this 1955 novel right near the top of Warren s non Pulitzer winning output This tale of race in the Civil War era, told by a first person female narrator, finishes like a champ.In Band of Angels, Amantha Starr grows up knowing only her father, her mother having died in childbirth and her body residing not in the cemetery but near their Louisiana home Amantha, who lives as and lo [...]

  11. Susanne

    This book is not like the movie Bad start for a book review, right It s relevant here because I saw the movie a romance starring Clark Gable that deals surprisingly frankly with sexual issues so I decided to see what the book was like I had no idea it was written by the same man who wrote All The King s Men That explains why 1 It is not a romance.2 It is Deep and Philosophical and our heroine struggles with Predestination vs Free Will.Personally, because I d seen the film, I was looking for to [...]

  12. Peggy

    Interesting story set before, during and after the Civil War, told from the perspective of a woman who was raised as a white plantation owner s daughter and, on his death, learned that her mother was a slave and that she herself was considered black She is subsequently sold and spends the rest of the book seeking her identity, not being fully comfortable in either the black or the white world.Nobody in this story is firmly good or bad Some of them swing wildly into both categories Extensive use [...]

  13. Lillian

    Robert Penn Warren was masterful at capturing the emotion and psychology of a wide variety of characters in different states of life Band of Angels offers insight into the world of slavery just before and during the Civil War, as well as a view of the politics of Reconstruction in Louisiana The book reveals the cultural assumptions that kept slavery going, as well as the cultural elements that challenged it I gained a richer perspective for the time period The internal journey of the main charac [...]

  14. Christine

    This story, at times tragic, tells about the life of a pampered daughter of a slave owner who, upon his death learns that she is the daughter of a slave and is herself sold into slavery What follows is her journey of self acceptance Her life coincides with the tumultuous history of our country Some of the book is gripping and easy to stay with Other parts are overly extended I was also frustrated by the last 100 pages of the book The main characters seem to be drifting apart in their marriage, b [...]

  15. Martha Earl

    I love Robert Penn Warren This one got on my nerves at times Manty was so naive but not unrealistically so Very accurate to the racism of the times, the failure of the moral superiority of the abolitionists, and the role of women in society, the author delivers a book that invites questions He remains for me a stellar talent, but this is no moonlight and magnolias idealization of the Old South Manty can pass in a white society but is tormented by the deceptions of her father and the hypocrisy of [...]

  16. Richard Epstein

    If you re bound by contemporary pieties regarding the use of historically accurate but currently and properly offensive epithets, you may want to turn your attention elsewhere I found the book too episodic and too dependent on coincidence to be among Penn Warren s best but Penn Warren at his worst is better than most novelists at their best and I am not offended by a novelist s use of words which offensively portray offenses Cf Huck Finn.

  17. Jack Goodstein

    Story of a woman brought up as white, who discovers when her father dies that she is black by definitions prior to the Civil War Follows her from Kentucky to Ohio to New Orleans and out west to Missouri and Kansas from the middle of the century to the period after the war and an eventual spiritual awakening.

  18. Irene

    This book is a fascinating exploration of race in the context of our not so distant history Civil War era While it is uncomfortable and painful at times, this is only because it portrays the deep injustice and pain that have been inflicted on African Americans, exposing even subtle forms of racism that one can still see today.

  19. Gina Whitlock

    Interesting novel set during civil war period, where the story is told not from a battlefield perspective but from a political perspective There is a female narrator who passes as white, but was sold into slavery when she was a young woman Her father had died and could not protect her Her story deals mainly in coming to terms with her own identity.

  20. Attycorcoran

    Was very good, but the main character came across as less than likable She was better as a witness to interesting times 1850s to 1890s living in the American South Not sure if that was intentional by the author I d read another of his books.

  21. Sallie Dunn

    Picked this up at my local library s used book store because I thought ALL THE KING S MEN was such a great book This one did not disappoint Told in the first person with an introspective flare that makes for a slower story but very powerful.

  22. Nancy

    A compelling historical novel about a girl who learns her mother was a slave when her white plantation owner father dies and she is sold into slavery A profound examination of the civil war and reconstruction.

  23. Ellen Johnson

    very interesting idea for a story about slavery, loved the main character too much historical politics toward the end

  24. Molly

    I picked this book not knowing a single thing about it The plot a a little slow but it had potential never fully reached that potential to be great.

  25. Linda

    Read it so long ago, but I remember I really liked it It s about the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner.

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