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White Doves at Morning | [James Lee Burke]

White Doves at Morning

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 ancestors, Robert Perry, who comes from the slave-owning family of wealth and privilege, 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.
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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 ancestors, Robert Perry, who comes from the slave-owning family of wealth and privilege, 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 beliefs, 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 aftermath.

With unforgettable battle scenes at Shiloh and in the Shenandoah Valley, White Doves at Morning is an epic masterpiece of historical fiction.

©2002 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] Civil War blockbuster....Extraordinary.The Washington Post Book World Violent, lyrical, and engrossing....The man has a touch of the poet in him." (People)

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  • Richard
    apo, AE, United States
    28/01/14
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    "If you love James Lee Burke...don't buy this book!"
    What would have made White Doves at Morning better?

    A complete re-write with logical dialogue and characters that I could care about.


    What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Do a much better job of developing the story line, and characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ed Sala?

    I would "normally" suggest Will Patton---but I'm hopeful that Will looked at this poor, poor freshman high school novel and decided to take a nap instead.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Incredible disappointment. I have enjoyed all of Burke's other novels...some more than others but this book is TERRIBLE!


    Any additional comments?

    Why? Why? Why?...what a terrible experience. I stuck with it to the end with some sliver of hope it would have a surprise ending--like "surprise! It's not as terrible as you thought it would be!" But no...it was worse.

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