It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 150 years since the beginning of the Civil War. Which means this year marks the sesquicentennial. In honor of that anniversary, the Main Street Book Club has chosen to read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel chronicles Gettysburg, the three-day battle that was one of the most important of the Civil War. Shaara managed to infuse myriad characters with life and personality, making them seem very real to the reader. Also, he did not get bogged down in the details of the battle. He gave just enough information to make readers feel as if they are there, but not too much so that it became too technical or boring. Here is just one of his many lush descriptions: “All that month there is heat and wild rain. Cherries are ripening over all Pennsylvania, and the men gorge as they march. The civilians have fled and houses are dark. The armies move north through the heat and the dust.” With just a few sentences, Shaara was able to so clearly paint a picture for his reader.
We hope you’ll join the Main Street Book Club at our new start time, 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 21 in the Library Community Room!