Band of Angels Amantha Starr born and raised by a doting father on a Kentucky plantation in the years before the Civil War is the heroine of this powerfully dramatic novel At her father s death Amantha learns that

  • Title: Band of Angels
  • Author: Robert Penn Warren
  • ISBN: 9780807119464
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • Amantha Starr, born and raised by a doting father on a Kentucky plantation in the years before the Civil War, is the heroine of this powerfully dramatic novel At her father s death Amantha learns that her mother was a slave and that she, too, is to be sold into servitude What follows is a vast panorama of one of the most turbulent periods of American history as seen throAmantha Starr, born and raised by a doting father on a Kentucky plantation in the years before the Civil War, is the heroine of this powerfully dramatic novel At her father s death Amantha learns that her mother was a slave and that she, too, is to be sold into servitude What follows is a vast panorama of one of the most turbulent periods of American history as seen through the eyes of this star crossed young woman Amantha soon finds herself in New Orleans, where she spends the war years with Hamish Bond, a slave trader At war s end, she marries Tobias Sears, a Union officer and Emersonian idealist Despite sporadic periods of contentment Amantha finds life with Tobias trying, and she is haunted still by her tangled past Oh, who am I she asks at the beginning of the novel Only after many years, after achieving a hard won wisdom and maturity, does she begin to understand the answer to that question Band of Angels puts on ready display Robert Penn Warren s prodigious gifts First published in 1955, it is one of the most searing and vivid fictional accounts of the Civil War era ever written.

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    About "Robert Penn Warren"

    1. Robert Penn Warren

      Robert Penn Warren was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic, and was one of the founders of New Criticism He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers He is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry He won the Pulitzer in 1947 for his novel All the King s Men 1946 and won his subsequent Pulitzer Prizes for poetry in 1957 and then in 1979.Warren was born on April 24, 1905, in Guthrie, Kentucky He graduated from Clarksville High School in Tennessee, Vanderbilt University in 1925 and the University of California, Berkeley in 1926 Warren later attended Yale University and obtained his B Litt as a Rhodes Scholar from New College, Oxford, in England in 1930 That same year he began his teaching career at Southwestern College now called Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee He also taught at Vanderbilt University and LSU In 1930, he married Emma Brescia they later divorced in 1951 He then married Eleanor Clark in 1952 They had two children, Rosanna Phelps Warren b July 1953 and Gabriel Penn Warren b July 1955 Though his works strongly reflect Southern themes and mindset, Warren published his most famous work, All the King s Men, while a professor at The University of Minnesota and lived the latter part of his life in Fairfield, Connecticut, and Stratton, Vermont He also received a Guggenheim Fellowship to study in Italy during the rule of Benito Mussolini He died on September 15, 1989, of complications from bone cancer.

    850 thoughts on “Band of Angels”

    1. A book like this reminds me why I love Robert Penn Warren. He is without a doubt my favorite writer, and this book wrapped me up in its time period and beautiful wording to the point I never wanted to leave. If you want to read about the Civil War from an interesting perspective outside the battlefield, pick this up. I went in not knowing what to expect and was captivated. Warren creates a compelling story here, and his writing brings it along beautifully, and I was not disappointed. Some people [...]

    2. I am genuinely upset by how this book has disappeared from this day and age. I thought is was fascinating, some of the characters, although with bad streaks and moments, I liked for the way they came off the page, how they felt like real people. I never felt like it was just a character, these were people who made mistakes, people who I could relate to, who struggled to say and name how they felt, who struggled to find the right words. It didn't feel planned, the story and the dialogue felt natu [...]

    3. Motherless Amantha "Manty" Starr grows up white in Kentucky in the mid-1800s. She is coddled by her father and adored by his slaves. Her father dies when she's a teen, and she discovers that her mother was a slave. Without her father to protect her, she is then sold into slavery herself in New Orleans. She has it pretty easy compared to most slaves. She marries a Union soldier she met during the Civil War and spends the next 25 years agonizing over her half-black identity. She passes for white, [...]

    4. Since I didn't grow up in the US, I don't know much about the actual history of the Civil War, but it looks to me that the fictional story is entwined seemlessly with some of those events and historical figures. As a period piece, it is outstanding. I rate it 5 stars, but before the last 10 pages I was thinking 4. The whole novel is well written, by a master of the English language, let me make that clear. In American lit. few authors have equaled the greatness of Robert Penn Warren. The main pr [...]

    5. Do not read this book if you are looking for a romance novel Get one with Fabio on the cover. Do not read this book if you are a Civil War Buff Not enough battle to get you rattled. Do not read this book if you are looking for a plot line that will reward you with heroes and villains neatly defined, or if you are unwilling or unable to believe that we are all heroes and villains in the same person at the same time. Do not read this book if you are unwilling to think and analyze and examine yours [...]

    6. Penn Warren is remembered mostly for All the King’s Men, but Band of Angels was one of his big commercial successes and even became a colorful Hollywood epic. A beautiful movie, by the way, but which takes a lot of liberties with its source, and which does not give full justice to the author’s prose, nor to what he was trying to do. Plus, the film only retains a few elements from this dense book: a more faithful adaptation would have required many more hours! Band of Angels the novel disguis [...]

    7. "Ah, truth, I thought, it isn't enough just to be true, we have to SAY the truth to make it a living truth." So says Manty in confronting the truth of her own reality, her own identity.Manty spends her chaotic, troubled life searching for answers about truth, about who and what she really is and especially about the possibility of being "free". In the end, she does discover the secret of who it is that can set her free.In Amantha Starr, Warren has given us one of fiction's great personalities -- [...]

    8. I could be wrong, but I think one of the reasons this great piece of literature failed to survive decades onward was due to the fact that the movie starring Clark Gable was deemed a great a disappointment. People at the time expected an offering not unlike Gone With the Wind, but they got something different. Joining Amantha Starr on her journey is a rewarding dive into rich prose and authentic history from a different point of view. Following Ms. Starr on her journey to not only freedom, but to [...]

    9. I think about writers who wrote both great poetry and great novels, and in my humble opinion there are very few. Only Hardy, Graves, and Warren comes to mind. This alone has to make RPW one of the best writers to have ever lived. Band of Angels is a good novel. It's not as good as All The Kings Men but what is?

    10. Robert Penn Warren gets in a vivid "All the King's Men"-like zone for the last quarter of "Band of Angels," and that lifts this 1955 novel right near the top of Warren's non-Pulitzer-winning output. This tale of race in the Civil War era, told by a first-person female narrator, finishes like a champ.In "Band of Angels," Amantha Starr grows up knowing only her father, her mother having died in childbirth and her body residing not in the cemetery but near their Louisiana home. Amantha, who lives a [...]

    11. This book is not like the movie. Bad start for a book review, right? It's relevant here because I saw the movie - a romance starring Clark Gable that deals surprisingly frankly with sexual issues - so I decided to see what the book was like. I had no idea it was written by the same man who wrote All The King's Men. That explains why:1) It is not a romance.2) It is Deep and Philosophical and our heroine struggles with Predestination vs Free Will.Personally, because I'd seen the film, I was lookin [...]

    12. Interesting story set before, during and after the Civil War, told from the perspective of a woman who was raised as a white plantation owner's daughter and, on his death, learned that her mother was a slave and that she herself was considered black. She is subsequently sold and spends the rest of the book seeking her identity, not being fully comfortable in either the black or the white world.Nobody in this story is firmly good or bad. Some of them swing wildly into both categories. Extensive u [...]

    13. Robert Penn Warren was masterful at capturing the emotion and psychology of a wide variety of characters in different states of life. Band of Angels offers insight into the world of slavery just before and during the Civil War, as well as a view of the politics of Reconstruction in Louisiana. The book reveals the cultural assumptions that kept slavery going, as well as the cultural elements that challenged it. I gained a richer perspective for the time period. The internal journey of the main ch [...]

    14. This story, at times tragic, tells about the life of a pampered daughter of a slave owner who, upon his death learns that she is the daughter of a slave and is herself sold into slavery. What follows is her journey of self- acceptance. Her life coincides with the tumultuous history of our country. Some of the book is gripping and easy to stay with. Other parts are overly extended. I was also frustrated by the last 100 pages of the book. The main characters seem to be drifting apart in their marr [...]

    15. I love Robert Penn Warren. This one got on my nerves at times. Manty was so naive but not unrealistically so. Very accurate to the racism of the times, the failure of the moral superiority of the abolitionists, and the role of women in society, the author delivers a book that invites questions. He remains for me a stellar talent, but this is no moonlight and magnolias idealization of the Old South. Manty can pass in a white society but is tormented by the deceptions of her father and the hypocri [...]

    16. If you're bound by contemporary pieties regarding the use of historically accurate but currently (and properly) offensive epithets, you may want to turn your attention elsewhere. I found the book too episodic and too dependent on coincidence to be among Penn Warren's best; but Penn Warren at his worst is better than most novelists at their best; and I am not offended by a novelist's use of words which offensively portray offenses. Cf. Huck Finn.

    17. Story of a woman brought up as white, who discovers when her father dies that she is black by definitions prior to the Civil War. Follows her from Kentucky to Ohio to New Orleans and out west to Missouri and Kansas from the middle of the century to the period after the war and an eventual spiritual awakening.

    18. This book is a fascinating exploration of race in the context of our not-so-distant history (Civil War era). While it is uncomfortable and painful at times, this is only because it portrays the deep injustice and pain that have been inflicted on African-Americans, exposing even subtle forms of racism that one can still see today.

    19. Interesting novel set during civil war period, where the story is told not from a battlefield perspective but more from a political perspective. There is a female narrator who passes as white, but was sold into slavery when she was a young woman. Her father had died and could not protect her. Her story deals mainly in coming to terms with her own identity.

    20. Was very good, but the main character came across as less than likable. She was better as a witness to interesting times (1850s to 1890s living in the American South). Not sure if that was intentional by the author. I'd read another of his books.

    21. Picked this up at my local library's used book store because I thought ALL THE KING'S MEN was such a great book. This one did not disappoint. Told in the first person with an introspective flare that makes for a slower story but very powerful.

    22. A compelling historical novel about a girl who learns her mother was a slave when her white plantation owner father dies and she is sold into slavery. A profound examination of the civil war and reconstruction.

    23. very interesting idea for a story about slavery, loved the main character. too much historical politics toward the end

    24. I picked this book not knowing a single thing about it. The plot a a little slow but it had potential (never fully reached that potential) to be great.

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