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
"[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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"An honest portrait"
This is a book written for lovers of civil war history and the harmony orchestrated by James Lee Burke in every novel he writes.
"James Lee Burke at his best"
Even though my favorite narrator didn't narrate this book, I was able to get into this narrator as well. Burke's language flows so beautifully and the descriptions are beautiful mind pictures. The subject matter is harsh but truthful and depicts such a sad part of our history - a must read for any Burke fan!
Staying true to history
he is easy to listen to - articulates beautifully and keeps the momentum
Willie - he is a Burke
"If you love James Lee Burke...don't buy this book!"
A complete re-write with logical dialogue and characters that I could care about.
Do a much better job of developing the story line, and characters.
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.
Incredible disappointment. I have enjoyed all of Burke's other novels...some more than others but this book is TERRIBLE!
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.
Narrator made it difficult to distinguish dialogue between characters. Books about the South are more enjoyable when narrated with an accent.... Will Patton would have been perfect.
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