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by Dennis McFarland

  • ISBN: 0307908348
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Dennis McFarland
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1st Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Pages: 336
  • ePub book: 1488 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 422


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Dennis McFarland's new novel Nostalgia, is the product of an outstandingly empathetic mind. Nostalgia is either the third or fourth book by McFarland that I've read. I liked the others but I loved Nostalgia

Dennis McFarland's new novel Nostalgia, is the product of an outstandingly empathetic mind. This is a writer who truly knows us, especially the unanswered questions that manipulate our lives. As a work of historical fiction, this stands in a very select company. I liked the others but I loved Nostalgia. It's an introspective Civil War novel told from 19 year old Summerfield Hayes's perspective.

It’s no surprise Dennis McFarland chose the Battle of the Wilderness as the contextual scaffolding for his searing, poetic and often masterly new Civil War novel, Nostalgia

It’s no surprise Dennis McFarland chose the Battle of the Wilderness as the contextual scaffolding for his searing, poetic and often masterly new Civil War novel, Nostalgia. The intense three-day campaign, fought in Northern Virginia in May 1864, was the first showdown between the armies of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, and the casualties on both sides were staggering. It marked the beginning of Grant’s Overland Campaign, a strategy that eventually led to the sieges of Petersburg and Richmond and the defeat of the Confederacy

Dennis McFarland is the author of six previous novels: Letter from Point Clear, Prince Edward, Singing Boy, A. .

Dennis McFarland is the author of six previous novels: Letter from Point Clear, Prince Edward, Singing Boy, A Face at the Window, School for the Blind, and The Music Room. His short fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Th. ore about Dennis McFarland. Nostalgia deftly explores an aspect of war little understood in Whitman’s time or in our own-the invisible wounds combat inflicts upon many of those who somehow manage to survive it. -Geoffrey C. Ward, coauthor of The Civil War and author of A Disposition to Be Rich Emotionally harrowing. McFarland manages to find something new to say about a war that could have had everything said about it already.

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Dennis McFarland is an American novelist who is known for his blend of literary elements. McFarland has authored several novels including The Music Room and School for the Blind. McFarland attended Brooklyn College where he earned his . He also attended Goddard College and Stanford University. McFarland taught at both these institutions later in his life. At Stanford, McFarland was a teacher of creative writing from 1981 to 1986. He married Michelle Simons and fathered two children

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Nostalgia,’ by Dennis McFarland. By any name, it’s the entirely human instinct to retreat - in one’s own mind, at least - from horror. Young Summerfield Hayes lives in an earthly paradise. Although he’s remarkably intelligent for his 19 years - well educated and well brought up - he’s too innocent to appreciate the real nature of his circumstances.

**Washington Post Best 50 Books of the Year**This stunning Civil War novel from best-selling author Dennis McFarland brings us the journey of a nineteen-year-old private, abandoned by his comrades in the Wilderness, who is struggling to regain his voice, his identity, and his place in a world utterly changed by what he has experienced on the battlefield. In the winter of 1864, Summerfield Hayes, a pitcher for the famous Eckford Club, enlists in the Union army, leaving his sister, a schoolteacher, devastated and alone in their Brooklyn home. The siblings, who have lost both their parents, are unusually attached, and Hayes fears his untoward secret feelings for his sister. This rich backstory is intercut with scenes of his soul-altering hours on the march and at the front—the slaughter of barely grown young men who only days before whooped it up with him in a regimental ball game; his temporary deafness and disorientation after a shell blast; his fevered attempt to find safe haven after he has been deserted by his own comrades—and, later, in a Washington military hospital, where he finds himself mute and unable even to write his name. In this twilit realm, among the people he encounters—including a compassionate drug-addicted amputee, the ward matron who only appears to be his enemy, and the captain who is convinced that Hayes is faking his illness—is a gray-bearded eccentric who visits the ward daily and becomes Hayes’s strongest advocate: Walt Whitman. This timeless story, whose outcome hinges on friendships forged in crisis, reminds us that the injuries of war are manifold, and the healing goodness in the human soul runs deep and strong.


Mavivasa Mavivasa
Starts out very interesting. Good characters and baseball side story. Drags when the main character gets to the hospital and just dies after he gets out and home. Very disappointing ending. And the characters sick lusting after his sister is , well, sick and very poorly done.
Naril Naril
This is a good book, but it is a committment..This is not the kind of book you can read with on eye on the TV. The writer's style is very dense and takes concentration to full comprehend the story. Overall a good read, but not something you will burn through in a couple days.
terostr terostr
Let's be clear: "Nostalgia" is the nineteenth-century medical term for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There is nothing nostalgic in this book about the Civil War. This is the story of a short period of time in 1864 in the life of one Summerfield Hayes, a nineteen-year-old young man from Brooklyn. If he's anything, he's a good baseball player who is overly fond of his sister. When we meet him he has become orphaned by the shocking deaths of his mother and father in an accident while vacationing in Europe. He displays little emotion about their deaths, as men are not supposed to show emotion, but his guilt about his feelings for his sister leads him to enlist for the Union. After only a few days in combat, Summerfield is left for dead in the field by his commander. Wandering about in the wilderness, the same wilderness from which emerged hellish cannon shot, gun fire, and grisly deaths, he gives himself up for dead, but is found and transported to a hospital in Washington, DC. There Summerfield lies in shock in a poorly ventilated facility with his fellow sufferers to his left and right while an overworked staff of doctors and aides rush about.

Summerfield is subject to hallucinations, sees ghosts, and transports himself in his delirium back and forth to Brooklyn, to the battlefield, and to pivotal scenes from his childhood; he is rendered mute in his traumatized state. These extraordinary scenes sharply present us with the horrors of war and its awful aftermath. Dennis McFarland entirely enters the psyche of Summerfield and gives us his every thought and feeling. Enter Walt. Walt is the epitome of kindness and loving compassion. McFarland's portrayal sent me scurrying back to my ancient copy of "Leaves of Grass and Selected Prose," the Modern Library Edition from 1950. There I found "Specimen Days," Whitman's writings about the war and his journalistic observations from his time in hospitals as a nurse. McFarland's Walt is spot on. If anyone is faint of heart reading this book's scenes of war and death, he or she should hide from "Specimen Days" as well. Here's a brief passage that speaks to what Whitman did in those hospitals: "I am back again in Washington, on my regular daily and nightly rounds. ...Dotting a ward here and there are always cases of poor fellows, long-suffering under obstinate wounds, or weak and dishearten'd from typhoid fever. ...These I sit down and either talk to, or silently cheer them up. They always like it hugely (and so do I). ...The men like to have a pencil, and something to write in. I have given them cheap pocket diaries, and almanacs for 1864, interleav'd with blank paper." There is much more in "Specimen Days" worth reading.

This brilliant gift of a novel from Dennis McFarland rivals "The Red Badge of Courage" in its exacting prose and its uncompromising portrayal of war and its aftermath. Giving us a living tribute to Walt Whitman is another gift for which this reader is exceedingly grateful. I highly recommend this novel without any reservation. It deserves a lot more attention and praise than it has received.
Rias Rias
Abandoned, battered, and lost in the wake of the Wilderness Campaign, Summerfield Hayes,a 19-year old Union soldier,finds his way to a Washington military hospital. There, amid memories of his young life in Brooklyn and his recent ordeal in the Virginia woods, and surrounded by the horrors of the ward, Hayes encounters a wound-dresser known as Walt. Walt Whitman, as McFarland imagines him, is an enigmatic but completely convincing figure whose empathy and compassion offer some hope of recovery to the broken men he serves.
McFarland's sentences are beautiful: if you tend to read too fast, as I do, you stop and reread them in order not to miss anything. The inner and outer world of the young soldier come alive on the page, allowing the reader to experience civilian life in 19th-century Brooklyn (including its baseball fields) as well as the stink of a military hospital during an agonizing Washington spring. This is a wonderful book -- highly recommended.
Zeleence Zeleence
If introspection and PTSD are appealing to you then read this book. If not skip it.
Bluddefender Bluddefender
I really wanted to enjoy this book, I do like historical fiction in Civil War era, hoping this would follow in footsteps of Cold Mountain and Red Badge of Courage. Excellent writing. Book is really four separate themes, the protagonist's Civil War soldier experience, his amateur baseball career, the hospital recuperation and continuing flashbacks to life with sister and family in New York. The Civil War part was first rate. The 19th century amateur baseball very interesting. But I could never get too interested despite my best efforts in the hospital recuperation chapters. And the flashbacks to life in NY got tiring toward end of book. Maybe it was me, the reader, hoping for more of military historical fiction.
fightnight fightnight
excellent book . The author has done his research and everything about life in 1864 seems authentic, though the baseball did
surprise me. Scenes in the hospital are very affecting, and I learned something about the use of drugs.
This is the first of Dennis McFarland's novels I've read, and it's a masterful work. I really think it's a must read if you enjoy well-written fiction with sustained plots that keep your attention and character developments that illumine human life. In it you'll learn much about front-line combat chaos, post-traumatic stress syndrome, the early days of baseball, youthful yearning and longing, and the poet Walt Whitman. For its lyrical, insightful prose and superb storytelling, this book deserves a wide audience. It never disappoints.