The Civil War: A Narrative, by Shelby Foote: Reflection. V1.a
December 5, 2013
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Yesterday I finished listening to Volume 1.
There is a beautiful stretch at the tail-end of the volume that describes Lincoln as a writer. I cracked the book open today in the office to inspect it with my eyes in addition to my ears. The beauty of Foote’s prose, as he is conjuring Lincoln the artist and prose craftsman, almost made me cry.
Foote calls Lincoln’s words the “Lincoln music.” In a way, his volumes are an epic tragic opera. Foote is the orchestra conductor, conjuring battles, persons, and scenes. Politicians, soldiers, and citizens are the singers and choruses. Lincoln’s voice is the most magnificent and towers over all.