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Charleston From the years of war to the Ragtime Era Elizabeth Tradd is the center of an unforgettable family She is a woman who experiences the horrors of life a passion that comes to but a lucky few

  • Title: Charleston
  • Author: Alexandra Ripley
  • ISBN: 9780446360005
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the years of war to the Ragtime Era, Elizabeth Tradd is the center of an unforgettable family She is a woman who experiences the horrors of life a passion that comes to but a lucky few.

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    1. Misfit on said:

      Don't be fooled by the cover, this is NOT a historical romance. Although it's also not the most engaging piece of historical fiction I've read either. Which is unfortunate, as there are so few books written about the Civil War and it's aftermath on the people and their families. Charleston is the story of the Lizzie (Elizabeth) Tradd and her brother Pinny (Pinckney) Tradd of Charleston, South Carolina and starts just prior to the end of the war. Pinny is injured in battle and returns home with S [...]

    2. Sara Jo Schmidt on said:

      Ahhhother historical fiction to please my soul. First I will say, do not plan on reading this unless you decide to read the sequel titled "On Leaving Charleston". I will start on the sequel this evening, and hoping it provides wrap up of a previous plot line in this book. It's 19th century. The story begins at the end of the civil ware Yankees take Charleston. How will these upper class Charleston families survive their traditions and way of life under military rule? By pretending it's not happe [...]

    3. Kelly on said:

      Ripley was trying to do for Charleston what GWTW did for Atlanta. Everything was set up like Charleston was this mysterious, complicated society and the reader is getting a rare view. Many of the characters Ripley establishes in her Charleston book she later plonks into "Scarlett." That doesn't seem sporting, somehow.

    4. Katy M on said:

      I'd rate this somewhere between a 3 and a 4. There are a lot of great characters, but nobody ever gets to be happy. Elizabeth is one of the few characters all the way through the book, as the time span goes from 1862 to 1898, and I think she's supposed to be the main character, and I'm not entirely sure I like her. I feel like there's a mystery that never gets solved, but maybe I'm just reading too much into an incident.

    5. Barbie on said:

      I loved this book the moment I picked it up. My attention isn't usually grabbed very quickly in the beginning of books but seeing how I'm from Charleston I wanted to see where the plot of the book was going to go.It was definitely one of those books I couldn't put down unless I absolutely had to. And the copy I have of the book is like super old. It's been in the family for years so I had to be super careful with it and that's super hard because when I get into a book I tend to get a little roug [...]

    6. Elizabeth Ruth on said:

      So this obviously isn't any great work of literature, but it holds its own as a southern novel of a certain type, where the characters are all stereotypes but that 's kind of the point. An excellent summer vacation read, easy to start and stop a zillion times. I enjoyed this thoroughly until the end, which isnt an end. It races up to a tantalizing page-turner and thenops. Apparently Ripley has written a sequel that finishes the saga called On Leaving Charleston. Obviously annoying. But I will be [...]

    7. Julianne Dunn on said:

      Suggested by Holly ColemanThis is a 4.5 star book. I was struggling with the first chapters. The characters were so cliche that I couldn't deal with them. But I pushed through because it was a recommendation. Somewhere in the first part of the book, I found I was completely sucked in. At one point I was actually holding my breath in anxiousness. I laughed and I cried. The ending is abrupt and I kept turning the page back and forth, trying to figure out why it had ended where it did. I could have [...]

    8. Lara on said:

      It took me 2 years to read this book, so my review should probably be ignored. I learned a lot about Charleston and the South, especially in the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. I liked Ripley's characters, and I liked how she wove their story into history. But the book never held me spellbound, thus taking 2 years to finish reading it.A year later, I find that I still remember 80% of this book, so I have changed my review from 2 stars to 4. Any book that leaves that strong of an impre [...]

    9. L on said:

      I am not really sure how I feel about this book. Ripley has the same Charleston characters in this book as in her sequel to Gone with the Wind, Scarlett, and that was strange. I was taken aback by the familiar characters. Despite that feeling of déjà vu, I really fell in love with Lizzie, Pinny, Lucy, and Shad. The story was frustrating, and it ended abruptly. So back to my original conclusion, I am not sure how I feel about this book.

    10. Carrie on said:

      Alexandra Ripley wrote the sequel to "Gone with the Wind" and I think that this book is her way of rewriting the ending of GWTW to her own satisfaction. There were some remarkable similarities between the two stories but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was reading GWTW Lite. Not a bad read, mind you, it certainly kept me amused for over a week and Ms Ripley is a wonderful writer so I was quite happy with it.

    11. Jennifer on said:

      Ripley wrote a 2-part saga tracing several of Charleston societies oldest families, and following them through about 70 years of history, overlapping the Civil War both novels were excellent, written very, very well.

    12. Stacy on said:

      Another great bookOld Southerner Families and their struggles.You will live the characters lives and fall in love with some and hate some toowas excited to find out that there was another book after this one and the saga continueslove love love this book and Alexandra Ripely

    13. Carole on said:

      I really enjoyed the mix of fact and fiction. Ripley really makes it sound as if Charleston really is a place unique.

    14. Jan Lloyd on said:

      Well-written saga of the Civil War era city of Charleston. Characters are very well-developed.

    15. HeavyReader on said:

      Another one that I remember nothing about except that I really liked it at the time, "the time" being high school or maybe even junior high.

    16. Linda Visser on said:

      Alexandra Ripley writes historical fiction. I am always attracted to that. Her books are easy to get lost in. Nice escape with a history lesson attached.

    17. Lindsay on said:

      I was very interested in the characters and the depiction of post-war Charleston. Couldn't put it down.

    18. Lauren on said:

      I read this in high school for a book report or something and thought it was a great account of Charleston pre and post civil war. Good characters and a good story.

    19. Vikki on said:

      Starts in Civil War times. Excellent book. One of the best novels that I have read in a long time.

    20. Tammy on said:

      The only good part was the murder in the middle of the book. I thought it was getting better at that point, but it wasn't.

    21. Tracy on said:

      I read this as a teenager, and it made such an impresion that I still recall the names of the streets, architecture, and neighborhoods in Charleston. A good, easy historical read.

    22. Barbara Wiley on said:

      This is among my favorites over the years. I read a many types of books, this is at the top of my Historical Fiction for Entertainment list.

    23. Caryn on said:

      Good book. A little slow at times, but good enough to keep going. Not crazy about the ending. Have to read the sequel to find out Elizabeth's decision!

    24. Laura Millerick on said:

      sstarted reading on 6/1/94, i really love reading historical fiction.

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