Charleston: A Novel

by John Jakes | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0451207335 Global Overview for this book
Registered by DreamworldBooks on 8/26/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by DreamworldBooks on Friday, August 26, 2005
I purchased this book from the thrift store specifically to share through bookcrossing. I hope you enjoy it! :)

Released 14 yrs ago (10/7/2005 UTC) at Book Relay in Book Relay, A book trading site -- Controlled Releases



Sending off to aceofhearts. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, November 03, 2005
received today. What a nice surprise!!!! Can't wait to read. These surpises are sure nice to get and it certainly brightens a day

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, December 07, 2013
My mom, AceofHearts, passed away from breast cancer on September 17, 2013. Aside from being one of the best people I know, she was an avid reader and took immense pleasure in Bookcrossing, her book club, and reading many great books. Unfortunately she didn't get around to reading this book.

We had similar tastes in books and would share them whenever we read something we enjoyed. This book sounds interesting so I'm going to keep it to read.

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, February 02, 2019
This epic tale of the Bell family spans three generations. The Bells are from Charleston, South Carolina in the time leading up to the Civil War. One side of the Bell family is progressive and believes in the emancipation of slaves, the other side of the family treats their slaves horribly and are incredibly racist. The story of this family starts in Charleston during the revolutionary war when the British controlled the city, then the time period between the revolutionary war and the civil war while racial tensions ran high, and finally the Civil war.

The focus is on the more progressive side of the Bell family. They free their slaves, treat them well, and one of the family members ends up travelling eastern USA to speak out against slavery. This makes no friends in Charleston, including with the other side of her family, and makes returning to Charleston hard for her.

This book has a lot of Charleston history in it, much of it I was not aware of. However because of this history, there were problems with pacing of the novel sometimes. Jakes would start talking about generals and presidents and governors which had nothing to do with the characters for a full chapter, taking you away from the characters he was trying to get you invested in. Because of this, the 530 page book took me 3 weeks to read, which is a pretty long time for me.

Released 1 yr ago (4/13/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, Centennial Drive in Burlington, Ontario Canada


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