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The Civil War, with brother pitted against brother, is perhaps the most traumatic event in U.S. history. Of all American novels, The Red Badge of Courage most powerfully captures the sights and sounds of that conflict, and the emotions of those who fought. Seduced by dreams of military glory, Henry Fleming enlists in the Union Army, only to discover that real warfare is raThe Civil War, with brother pitted against brother, is perhaps the most traumatic event in U.S. history. Of all American novels, The Red Badge of Courage most powerfully captures the sights and sounds of that conflict, and the emotions of those who fought. Seduced by dreams of military glory, Henry Fleming enlists in the Union Army, only to discover that real warfare is radically different from his fantasies. We see every incident from Henry's point of view--from his anxiety before battle and confusion and terror of actual conflict--giving us a particularly vivid sense of a soldier's experience. A truly classic work of American literature....

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  • Emily
    2019-04-24 15:10

    I feel almost guilty about how much I disliked this book. I know it's an important piece of literature, that it changed the way people viewed war, it's an American classic, etc. etc. But I could NOT stand it. I thought it was boring and I didn't really care what happened to the main character. I was totally distracted by how the author called him "the youth" instead of his name and I had to have my brother-in-law explain to me what the point of it was since I just couldn't tell. Maybe my tastes will mature someday, but I wouldn't count on it.

  • Henry Avila
    2019-05-02 11:30

    The Battle of Chancellorsville in northern Virginia 1863 , one of the bloodiest 24,000 casualties of the war between the states, is the focus of this novel. Henry Fleming a naive , restless farm boy not yet a man, from New York State, goes off to fight during the American Civil War. Against the tearful pleading of his widowed mother not to, Henry out of patriotism or boredom wants to join the Union Army. Many months pass of training and marching, before Fleming gets into action. Some of his friends, boys he grew up with are in the 304th regiment with him. Camp life is very harsh living , mostly in dirty tents, little food and nothing to do, unsanitary living conditions , the constant marching to different sites, the veterans call the newcomers "Fresh Fish". Wondering if he'll be brave or a coward in the conflict dominates his thoughts, finally the youth see's the ugly war. The charging , yelling mobs of rebels, from out of the woods brings fear to his very soul and Fleming caring little about glory, his friends or the regiment runs away , runs like the little boy he really is, only just wants to survive...Meeting many wounded soldiers in the back of the line. Some who will not live long, including his close friend who Fleming watches fall mortally down on the ground, they ask him uncomfortable questions, where was he hit ?...Leaving them as fast and unobtrusively as possible, wandering around aimlessly, Henry heads for a nearby forest trying to get away from the savage war. The sounds of brutal battle are muted by the trees only a short distance from the struggle, as if all the world , was a peaceful quiet place, a sanctuary for him to calm his nerves. But Henry can't get far from reality, a Union soldier propped up against a tree, stares with his dead eyes at the miserable deserter. An insect crawling over his ghastly face, Henry decides to get back to his regiment yet ironically is hit in the head, with a rifle butt by a vicious man fleeing in a blue uniform, Fleming was in the way, causing blood to flow freely...His desired ," Red Badge of Courage". Arriving home helped by an unknown soldier, nobody had noticed his cowardliness they thought he was dead, bandage his "war wound". Next day another scrimmage, Fleming feels different , comradeship with his fellow soldiers close as brothers now, Henry never experienced such emotions before, even leads the charge, has he become a man?

  • matt
    2019-05-06 11:31

    This book made my heart race and made me hear gunfire.I think Crane manages to create the perfect visceral novel. Sure there is symbolism if you want it, but at its core this book is about experience.Like a delicate flower, this book is easily ruined by too much prodding attention. Just read it, take it in, let yourself get dragged into the story and imagery. Don't think, don't read it closely to prepare for a paper or discussion, just experience it.I would never teach this book in a class. I would just mention it as one of my favorites and possibly leave a few copies around.

  • Thomas
    2019-05-17 15:28

    2.5 starsIntellectual Thomas thinks this story changed people's perception of war and made them think about the individual psychological processes involved in combat. He thinks that this book had a nice flow of thought that concluded with the narrator learning to be less whiny.Thomas Thomas - the college-student Thomas that has almost no free time to read for fun, and therefore only wants to read satisfying books - feels that The Red Badge of Courage was super frustrating in that its author, Stephen Crane, clearly had never gone to war before writing this book. Thus, the novel's imagery and overall characterization of the narrator came across as juvenile and simplistic. Thomas Thomas regrets that he has nothing novel to contribute about The Red Badge of Courage, and he apologizes for using the third person to entertain himself enough to complete this review.

  • Duane
    2019-05-16 13:21

    Most novels about war are broad, sweeping stories that try to capture the big picture of what happened. But what's it like for the individual? What were they thinking, feeling, and experiencing? That's what Stephen Crane brings to life in this book. He shows the fine line between courage and cowardice that exists in everyone. An American classic that has never been out of print.Revised December 2017.

  • Nathan Albro
    2019-05-14 07:11

    I found it disappointing that The Red Badge of Courage, an American classic, was dull, had poor pacing, and lackluster characterization. There might be historical value in this novel, written by Stephen Crane who was born nearly five years after America’s civil war ended, but there is little to enjoy. The novel does focus on the psyche of the protagonist – more so then on the war itself, but I found myself not caring. I didn’t care for the characters nor did I care about the battles or the war. I told myself that I would give the novel a fair review only by reading it in its entirety, which led me to gloss over the last few chapters as to end the torture.I debated giving two stars as there was one scene that I noted as compelling – the scene where Henry Fleming watches Jim Conklin struggle to continue marching while Jim is dying of wounds from the battle. This was a moment where Henry experiences firsthand that war is hell. However, one powerful scene cannot resurrect this lifeless corpse of a book. I pity the High School student that is assigned this book and question the teacher that does the assigning.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-10 14:14

    The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen CraneThe Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer, who carries a flag.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1998 میلادیعنوان: نشان سرخ دلیری؛ نویسنده: استیفن کرین؛ مترجم: غفور آلبا؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، 1335، در 245 صعنوان: نشان سرخ دلیری (متن کوتاه شده)؛ نویسنده: استیفن کرین؛ مترجم: جعفر مدرس صادقی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر مرکز، 1374، در 157 صنشان سرخ دلیری رمانی رئالیستی و جنگی است که به اعتقاد صاحب نظران نقطه ی اوج خلاقیت، و شاهکار بی نظیر استیفن کرین است، ماندگاری و شهرت آن گواه مدعاست، از عجایب روزگار این که در جایی خواندم، استیفن کرین، در زمان نگارش کتاب، هیچ جنگی به چشم خود ندیده بود. مطالعه ی جنگ و صلح تولستوی و دیدن عکس هایی از جنگ داخلی امریکا و نیروی تخیل قوی نویسنده کافی بوده گویا، کتاب یکی از بهترین رمان های رئالیستی جنگی دنیاست. ا. شربیانی

  • Moses Kilolo
    2019-05-01 11:09

    When Henry Flemming set off to join the war, he perhaps did not have a clear picture of what lay before him, what his decision meant. Like every other young man (across the divide of time and circumstance) he envisions his return as a hero - an achieved man. but does he pause to consider the damn hardship of the battlefield? Perhaps not! At some point he actually runs, but his conscience torments him. A series of happenings (accidental- i think) push him back to track, and there he tries to prove his manhood.I find that the power of this war novel is not really in the story, but in how it is rendered. Crane's prose (though at some point overly descriptive) is to the large extend exquisite. So also his portrayals of the internal conflict of this youth. The Language is beautiful, and makes this, a not so simple and straightforward novel, a worthy read.Cool line:He turned now with a lover's thirst to images of tranquil skies, fresh meadows, cool brooks - an existence of soft and eternal peace.

  • Beth F.
    2019-05-18 13:14

    Here is a recreation of my brain while reading this book: "Alright, it's about time I read this and so far, okay. I like the prose, I like the prose, I like TALKING! Stop talking to each other! Shutup! I can barely understand you! UGH. Thank you. Nice prose...nice...okay, nevermind. Boring. Boring. Boring. Boring. Gross. I hate fight scenes. Boring AND gross. Gross AND boring. Stop fighting. Stop talking. Get on with it...this is boring..."Overall, I'd have to say that the dialogue between the characters was a little too realistic and I found it difficult to switch between Crane's lovely prose and the uneducated, written dialect of the Union soldiers (or sojers, depending on who you ask). The last time I remember struggling so much with written dialogue was when I read Beloved by Toni Morrison, except in the case for that book, I was utterly enchanted by the characters and this time around...??? Not so much. So in all, it became an issue of not caring enough to WANT to understand what they were saying.Also, I hate battle scenes and fight scenes. I generally skim or skip fight scenes in almost all the books I've ever read (the one exception probably being Gabaldon's description of Culloden in Dragonfly in Amber) because I don't LIKE to picture gore. I'm not comfortable with violence, real or imagined because it gives me nightmares. I don't read or watch horror that involves excessive amounts of blood pouring out of bodies and pooling on the ground and/our punching people out and whenever my husband watches a war movie, I have to cover my eyes during the battle scenes.Unfortunately, 80% of this book WAS a battle scene or related to battle in some way, shape or form so I couldn't skim. The fight scenes bothered me and the parts that weren't about battle were boring. I have no desire to read this particular classic ever again.

  • Roy Lotz
    2019-05-17 07:10

    Tolstoi made the writing of Stephen Crane on the Civil War seem like the brilliant imagining of a sick boy who had never seen war but had only read the battles and chronicles and seen the Brandy photographs that I had read and seen at my grandparents’ house.—Ernest HemingwayI think Hemingway’s quote sums up the book pretty well. The Red Badge of Courage was written when Crane had never seen battle; it is the product of a young man’s imagination (he was only in his early twenties), trying to vividly capture the experience of war. As a result, the story has elements of both realism and impressionism; it alternates in a space between dream and reality, seeming by turns prosaic and surreal.It is a decidedly well done piece of writing, though I can’t see it evoking much feeling in modern readers. The prose is stylish and forceful; the dialogue is consistently good; the portrayal of the protagonist’s emotional state is done with skill. Still, all told, it does feel a bit more like a writing exercise than a piece of literature. I can imagine the young Crane setting himself the challenge of mentally constructing a battle as vividly as possible, feverishly writing down his daydreams. For such a young man, the writing is done with considerable polish and verve; it’s a shame he died so early.If you listen carefully, you can hear aspects of both Hemingway and Steinbeck presaged in this work. At the time, writing battles this way—as a phantasmagoric sequence of images—wasn’t really done; and since its publication, the book has had a tremendous influence. I think one of the reasons a modern reader will feel numb to its charms is that this book had a huge influence on the modern war movie. As in so many cinematic battles, the political and strategic aspects are deemphasized completely, leaving only the soldier with his gun, his guts, and bullets whirring all around him. It’s a shame Crane didn’t live longer; this is no masterpiece, but it shows enormous potential.

  • Teresa Proença
    2019-05-23 11:10

    Não gosto nada de livros sobre guerra; mas como de Stephen Crane adoro O Monstro e releio muitas vezes No Deserto, achei por bem ler um seu romance do qual se diz ser um "livro que se tornou um estudo clássico da psicologia do medo.". E lá me alistei como leitora da primeira obra escrita sobre a Guerra da Secessão. Como dizem que não se deve desistir dos livros, aguentei, corajosamente, até cerca de 73 batalhas, mas na 74 soçobrei e, gravemente ferida de tédio, desertei. Fico sem saber se o herói morreu, ou se teve a coragem de fugir; mas não me importa porque gosto de mistérios; de guerras é que não...

  • Tara Ferrin
    2019-05-19 11:22

    I actually finally finished the book last night. I say finally not because I didn't enjoy it, because I did, but it definitely was a tougher read than I'm used. The language is older more descriptive, and at times hard to figure out, but in the end I think it made me appreciate it more. I'm not going to pretend that I understood even half of what the author was trying to say, but It did affect me, and spoke to me personally at times. In my opinion he's a brilliant writer. It's a story of a very young and inexperienced soldier in the civil war named Henry. It tells of his inward struggles finding courage and making sense of this terrible thing called war. It is disturbing at times to read some of the horrors he describes, not because it's graphic, but just emotionally heart wrenching. I love this paragraph:"As he gazed around him, the youth(Henry) felt a flash of astonishment at the blue pure sky and the sun-gleamings on the trees and fields. It was surprising that nature had gone tranquilly on with her golden processes in the midst of so much devilment."After reading this, I could really feel myself in his shoes. Here he is in this captivatingly beautiful place, listening to the stream running by and the birds singing, how can life go so peaceably on for nature, when something so horrible and ugly as war is raging at the same time.It was sad to read how insignificant he felt at times, his lieutenant called his regiment a bunch of slow "mule-drivers" and sent them off to charge the enemy stating that few would make their way back. How would that feel? Like being sent off as one of the unimportant masses to be slaughtered for the greater good. I can't imagine. I hope our soldiers understand how important they are not just collectively. but individually. They are each heros to me, for just being there.I loved this novel. It wasn't an easy read for me, but it was worth it.side note: I read the New Edition, it's I guess the complete edition restored from the author's original manuscript. The version first published and the one most people are familiar with is supposedly different. " It was altered in many key passages and an entire chapter was removed in order to make it a simpler, less realistic picture of war-more acceptable to the readers of the time." As stated on the back of my book. Hope you enjoy!

  • Sticherus
    2019-05-14 14:18

    So, hey. There's this guy. His name's Henry, but that's not really important. He really wanted to join the army, cuz, well, that's what all the cool kids were doing. So he did. And hey, who doesn't wanna blow shit up? I know I'd wanna blow shit up. Everybody loves blowing shit up.Anyway, so yeah. That happened. They all sat around for a while, and then there was this one fight, and then there was this other fight, and some stuff happened. Nothing to get excited about. And oh yeah, after that there was this other thing. And now, I'm gonna describe the way the MAGNIFICENT SUNBEAMS HIT THIS BEAUTIFUL SHARD OF DECAYING, MAGGOT-INFESTED TREE BARK IN GLORIOUSLY POETIC DETAIL. Y'know. Because this is a good book, and they do that kind of thing in those. ...Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.I hate this book. I really do. Maybe I missed something, but I found no emotion, dimension, or depth in it whatsoever. And maybe that makes me ignorant, but hey, so be it. I had to force my way through this droning, monotonous mess just so I could then be made to write a paper on how supposedly brilliant/amazing I thought it was.I guess I can respect it for what it is, but personally, I'm just thankful that it was a quick read.

  • Wolfman
    2019-05-04 10:06

    Stephen Crane died at the turn of the century in his late 20's, making him a rock star. I bet all of the college kids in the 1910's and 20's had posters of him on their walls. Or maybe portraits. There isn't that much time in The Red Badge of Courage for you to get too attached to any characters, not even our hero The Youth, Henry Fleming. But you can totally empathize with his Desire to do Something Grand, his fear, his sense of accomplishment, and generally fickle human nature. Plus, Stephen Crane can totally turn a wicked awesome phrase, like, whenever he wants. You can't teach that. It's a gift. Nurture your gifts, kids.

  • Faith
    2019-05-07 08:19

    DNF. Read through chapter 2. I just...I'm legit so bored, y'all. I cannot do this. Worst classic I've ever read/tried to read and that's saying something. (My amazing teacher is letting me swap and read a different classic in place of this one. Thanks, Mom. <3)

  • Darwin8u
    2019-04-30 11:15

    “It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws.” ― Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of CourageProbably 3.25 stars. Bonus points for the fact that Crane elevated war novels to a more modern level, but doesn't quite measure up quite to Conrad, Tolstoy or Remarque. Maybe, maaaaaybe, 4 stars as a novel and 3 stars as a war novel.

  • Stenwjohnson
    2019-05-18 13:26

    There is surprisingly little 19th century American fiction that describes the Civil War combat experience. Contemporaneous memoirs, poems, and histories abound, but Ambrose Bierce’s short stories and Stephen Crane’s “The Red Badge of Courage” are likely the most prominent examples of literary war narratives from that century. Both are remarkable for their combination of stylized lyricism and brutal, near-cynical unsentimentality. Bierce was a seasoned war veteran but Crane was only 24 when his novel was published to commercial and critical success in 1896. Ironically, Bierce was one of its few detractors.The title of “Red Badge” deceptively suggests conventional, portentous themes of honor and valor, which are reliably de rigueur in war fiction. Crane’s performance both satisfies and subverts expectations: This is one of the most atypical and atmospheric war novels ever written.As the novel opens, young recruit Henry Fleming (referred to as “The Youth”) waits for action in his encampment, the kind of purgatorial semi-permanent collection of tents captured in scores of Mathew Brady photographs. In this brief respite, Fleming reflects abstractly on the combat experience, and he’s soon tested as his regiment moves into battle.What follows borders on prose poetry. Crane's narrative takes a densely rhetorical and descriptive turn, capturing a profound introspection as the novel transforms into an evocative, unbroken battle sequence in a nameless landscape. Like Shelby Foote’s “Shiloh,” which must owe at least a subconscious debt to Crane, Henry fights in a swirl of surreal chaos that provokes a torrent of inward reflection in dramatic synchronicity with Crane’s seemingly continuous evocation of fog, smoke, and any other imaginable form of airborne detritus. The turmoil of battle ebbs and flows, with victory or defeat virtually unknowable in the bedlam of combat; when violence periodically subsides, there is little empirical agreement on what has occurred or whether the regiment has achieved success. Crane wisely keeps this dense, unremitting novel short. This is a controlled, mature performance from a writer who tragically died only four years after its publication. Based on this work and the great short story “The Open Boat,” he might have produced an unqualified masterpiece. “The Red Badge of Courage” remains a remarkable artifact.

  • Kellyn Roth
    2019-05-21 09:24

    Finished this book wishing the main character would just die. Just really hated him. Like, it's been a while since I've hated a character as much as I hated this one. I was just sitting there hoping he'd blow up or something so the world would be rid of him.Was also very boring. Could barely stand it, but had to finish it for school. :-/

  • Jacqui
    2019-05-22 14:14

    I have no idea how this average review can be 3/5. The Red Badge of Courage is one of many books that address fear in the face of death. Henry, a brand new and young soldier in the Civil War, doesn't know how he will react to battle. When his regiment charges the enemy, Henry defects. He is ashamed, but through a variety of circumstances and enormous personal growth (we love this in our novels) becomes a hero among the soldiers of his regiment.This book made popular the term 'red badge of courage' as it applies to an injury received in battle. It is recommended for all new Marine recruits because it examines how first-time soldiers, most who have never shot a rifle at another man much less killed someone, would feel thrown into battle. The main character, Henry, likely reacts as many of us would and many did, so most readers relate to his series of events.Though published in 1895, this book remains an icon of American literature. It is a standard allusion in other writing (akin to 'waiting for Godot'). To be considered educated, adults must read this book to fully understand other writing they'll face. Not only the allusion to 'red badge of courage', but the need of warriors to appear brave in the face of battle, to claim courage as a means of bolstering their reputation and personal identity. We see it often in political figures. I can think of two (I'll leave them unnamed, but you know who I mean) whose prowess in battle is questionable though they claimed the mantle of hero. It's safe to say that mankind's roots remained entangled with our battles, our courage, and our ability to be damaged and survive. I guess relevancy to people dropped their rating. If we can't relate to mind-numbing fear and how we would move forward under its influence, I suppose it would be considered 'boring' or 'irrelevant'. To men, even if I may never face a circumstance where I must do the right thing even when every nerve in my body wants me to do something else, I think this book is important to read. How else would I understand the allusions to it in news articles and conversation?

  • Laura
    2019-04-23 08:16

    I always seem to write reviews for books I love. That really is a tragedy, because books I hated should be acknowledged here too.This review is a warning to all. Especially the younger set that may still encounter this book in school. If you have a choice, do not read this book, sometimes they offer an array of books to chose from. I am still baffled at how this book was ever deemed a good choice for use in schools. It is the most boring and painful book I have ever read, to this day, and I read it back in 9th grade. It has left that much of an impression on me for how awful it is. It was my own fault. It was for a project and I liked to read and so I picked this book. The book is short, but that doesn't make it go by any faster. Essentially the story of a young soldier in the civil war, and that's the entire plot. I mean, there HAVE to be much more engaging and interesting books out there about the civil war that are relevent to a history course. Maybe the fact that I'm not a great fan of civil war history worked against me (so I've never sought out an alteranative book). One could even go so far as to say this book potentially ruined my relationship with American history in the 1800's. Though the torture of having to read Quaker sermons in college did not extinguished an interest in colonial America. Maybe those reinactment buffs out there think this book is the bomb. I don't know. Either way, I loathed this book when I had to read it, and if it's assigned as required reading in class for either of my children I will send a note requesting alternate material be used, as I think this book is a waste of brain power. (BTW, as a parent, you have a right to do that for any book, in case anyone ever needed to know that tidbit)Consider yourself warned.

  • C.B. Cook
    2019-05-04 09:08

    This is a relatively short book, and although there is some hard-to-read dialect, it's certainly enjoyable. The tale of war is a hard, bloody one to read about, but definitely something that we should all think about. This book won't leave my mind any time soon (since I'll still be answering questions about it for American Lit. ;) ).High ViolenceLanguage: (view spoiler)[Multiple uses of both d*** and h*** (hide spoiler)]

  • Steven Peterson
    2019-05-04 09:24

    The difference between cowardice and courage. What is it? Where is the dividing line? Can one be both a coward and courageous? Stephen Crane addresses these issues in "The Red Badge of Courage." The exploration of these issues is competently done, set in the context of the Civil War. The protagonist learns from his cowardice and becomes an effective soldier, removed from the romanticism of battle. . . .

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    2019-05-11 10:30

    Certainly Stephen Crane was not a minimalist. He seemed to have treated straight expressions, simple words, directness and the pared down style as undesirable. I could imagine, for example, Hemingway describing a prisoner with a non-fatal foot wound as one who was angry and who had told his captors to go to hell and to fuck off. Stephen Crane preferred to have it like this:"One of the prisoners was nursing a superficial wound in the foot. He cuddled it, babywise, but he looked up from it often to curse with an astonishing utter abandon straight at the noses of his captors. He consigned them to red regions; he called upon the pestilential wrath of strange gods. And with it all he was singularly free from recognition of the finer points of the conduct of prisoners of war. It was as if a clumsy clod had trod upon his toe and he conceived it to be his privilege, his duty, to use deep, resentful oaths."The principal protagonist, Henry Fleming, he constantly called simply "the youth." Perhaps so that the readers will not forget how young he is. In one battle his was the rallying cry for a brave, heedless charge of his regiment. It could have been done with one, short sentence like that, crisp and economical. But Stephen Crane would have none of that. He'd make big words come stumping the ground to match the drum-like beating of the reader's heart:"The youth kept the bright colors to the front. He was waving his free arm in furious circles, the while shrieking mad calls and appeals, urging on those that did not need to be urged, for it seemed that the mob of blue men hurling themselves on the dangerous group of rifles were again grown suddenly wild with an enthusiasm of unselfishness. From the many firings starting toward them, it looked as if they would merely succeed in making a great sprinkling of corpses on the grass between their former position and the fence. But they were in a state of frenzy, perhaps because of forgotten vanities, and it made an exhibition of sublime recklessness. There was no obvious questioning, nor figurings, nor diagrams. There was, apparently, no considered loopholes. It appeared that the swift wings of their desires would have shattered against the iron gates of the impossible."He got away with this almost inimitable style and molded a coherent story which had been quite exciting when this was first published in 1894 as a serial, and in 1895 as a complete novel.But if you really want to see how good a storyteller Stephen Crane was, I highly recommend his "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky."

  • Jim
    2019-05-02 11:09

    Another triumph of audio books, I finally managed to get through this one. I had to read it for school 40+ years ago & barely managed to skim enough to pass the test. As short as it is, I found it quite boring, even in audio format. Yet I find the book fascinating on several levels. That Crane could write this so well without ever having been a soldier is incredible. The chaos of battle & boredom of waiting comes through so clearly - just too clearly for far too long & too repetitively. I found myself drifting off more than once.This reader wasn't the best. I liked the overall narration a lot, but the actual soldier's speaking didn't impress me at all. While a better reader would have helped, this book will never be one of my favorites.

  • Alex
    2019-05-01 12:13

    Since I'm heading into a WWI segment, I thought I might take the opportunity to backtrack and cover this other nominee for "Best War Novel Ever." Only takes a few minutes anyway, right?The first half is pretty amazing. Crane deals with the concept of cowardice unflinchingly and with a ton of psychological insight. The way he describes exactly what's going on in his protagonist's head, minute by minute...this is pretty great stuff.I think it loses a little juice in the second half, which deals with bravery; I didn't feel like our hero's change of heart was explained terribly well. Still a pretty impressive book, though.

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-04-24 07:20

    Catching up with the classics #22

  • Andrew
    2019-05-18 07:23

    The Red Badge of Courage was a very meaningful book for me. This book is about a boy named Henry who thinks that when his squad gets into battle, he will not have the courage to stay and fight. He hasn’t actually been in a fight yet, his squad has been resting and he thinks that they are going to go into a fight soon. When he thinks that his platoon is going to all die, he runs from the fight. He sees a lot of injured men that he admires and can’t stand to be with them. He sees his old friend Jim wounded badly and Jim eventually dies. Henry then returns to his squad and fights like a mad man for Jim. He carries the flag through the battle after it falls to the ground. Henry makes his lieutenant proud and makes himself proud. The conflict in this book is internal and external because of Henry’s courage conflict and of course the conflict of the war. I enjoyed this book because it taught me about courage and bravery. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes war books and to anyone who is struggling with their own courage. (221 words

  • Christine
    2019-05-15 12:20

    I first read this as a very young kid (I was no more than 8 years old). I thought it was amazing then, and I re-read it when I was in my 20's and appreciated it even more. However I doubt I'll be up for another re-read anytime soon, because I can't handle harrowing stories of war the way I once could, even ones as beautifully written as this one. But there will always be a place for it on my bookshelf. Um ... or in one of my many boxes of books that hasn't yet been unpacked after 3 years in our house because we are out of shelf space. So I'm pleased to be able to give it a place of honor here in my virtual library.

  • Joey
    2019-05-08 15:21

    Re-read 10-10-15. 2.5 stars originally. I read this about 30 years ago in high school and I didn't care much for it. I'm glad I did a re-read. It has now become one of my all time favorites. The realism of the battles had me checking for bullet holes after every chapter. A truly great classic.

  • Ellie
    2019-05-18 15:08