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I don t think this book was written with people like me in mind Not that I want to crap on an old story just because it is old, but there is a reason this was so hated in many high schools My main issue was the hero of our main story he is not likeable at all Not only does he embellish the truth but he is also in a way a coward Now you might be saying, Of course he is a coward It s war, the horrors he has seen are uncomprehending I am inclined to agree but war is war You fight for your friends and country, not for yourself I was never a soldier, so maybe I have no right to say anything but our hero was not a hero He scraped by and somehow things turned out OK Also, while it didn t bother me, the dialogue was written almost as a slang or was shortened Some people might find this annoying Anyway, I didn t have fun reading this book I am going through some things work wise and this book did not help me feel any better At least it was short R.S Surprise, surprise I disagree with what the masses have told me about this book Although, I don t actually know too many of my peers who have read this it seems the schools near me skipped this classic , the adults I ve known have always told me that this was very DRY book, hence making it not high on my priority list I ve read Stephen Crane s poetry for many years now and never understood how someone could write such beautiful, bittersweet poetry but boring, dry historical novels Well, the answer is that his book was not boring or dry The Red Badge of Courage is a short novel, perhaps a novella, brimming with poetic prose and haunting effigies of men at war It follows the main character of Henry Fleming as the youth experiences the many shifting psychological developments of one at war It was shocking for me that Stephen Crane published this book when he was 24 years old and especially that he had no experience of war, the military, or anything which could substantiate the very powerful depiction of war and human psychology which this book delivers Although, I admit to finding many war stories a bit dry at times because battle movements and war stories are not of interest to me I feel compelled to share that I found the writing beautiful and devastating I think overall, this is a war story I would recommend to others and I will add that it is than a war story, it is also a coming of age story as well for both the protagonist and the country. #DOWNLOAD EBOOK ß The Red Badge of Courage ⚤ The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction, by Stephen Crane, is part of theBarnes Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes Noble Classics All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest Barnes Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works Young Henry Fleming dreams of finding glory and honor as a Union soldier in the American Civil War Yet he also harbors a hidden fear about how he may react when the horror and bloodshed of battle begin Fighting the enemy without and the terror within, Fleming must prove himself and find his own meaning of valor Unbelievable as it may seem, Stephen Crane had never been a member of any army nor had taken part in any battle when he wrote The Red Badge of Courage But upon its publication in 1895, when Crane was only twenty four, Red Badge was heralded as a new kind of war novel, marked by astonishing insight into the true psychology of men under fire Along with the seminal short stories included in this volume The Open Boat, The Veteran, and The Men in the Storm The Red Badge of Courage unleashed Crane s deeply influential impressionistic style.Richard Fusco has been an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Joseph s University in Philadelphia since 1997 A specialist in nineteenth century American literature and in short story narrative theory, he has published on a variety of American, British, and Continental literary figures. Classics Book Club video coming Sunday. A good lesson in history, but I didn t connect with the characters or stories very much While Crane s descriptions are very vivid, the plot itself of Red Badge is rather uneventful I don t know, but besides being shot at, shooting at others, and carrying a flag, nothing much seems to happen Of course I am not downplaying the brutality of war, but Crane just didn t get me very invested in the characters lives It felt devastating in a general sense, rather than in a personal sense But perhaps that s what he was going for Also included in this edition is The Open Boat another one of Crane s most noted works Perhaps it was because I d studied it in school, but I like this story even better There s something about mankind driving against the impersonal force of nature that s captured well in this story. The introduction to this collection compared Stephen Crane to Conrad and did a whole lot of talking about literary impressionism This both gave me unfair expectations I m a Conrad lover and, likely, put me off I ve never quite understood the concept of literary impressionism, though I know it is something that Conrad is similarly often equated with Given that I didn t love any of this book s selections nearly as much as the Conrad I ve read, I m going to assume it s due to a heavy dose of literary impressionism which I don t understand That said, I can accurately detail a number of other things that put me off what was otherwise a largely beautiful story that, at moments, felt like a fairly evocative portrait of war though I ve never been to war, though nor had Crane Things that bothered me dialect I have difficulty reading it I wish this weren t the case, but I get distracted by all of the apostrophes and spend inordinate amounts of brain power trying to imagine just how the author wanted the characters to sound, to the extent I don t ever register what it is they are saying War I have difficulty reading about it My eyes gloss over the instant a battle starts being described Try as I might, I could care less about the details of the war front I m endlessly fascinated with war policies, or its effects on the homefront, or the psychology of war, but put guns or muskets as the case may be into characters hands and you ve lost me So, maybe it wasn t the impressionism at all, but rather the heavy dose of these elements that saturated Crane s stories that resulted in my not liking them very much All of this criticism rendered, I would never dissuade someone from reading these stories, particularly if they don t share my hang ups The parts that didn t contain dialog and weren t about fighting were lovely They were just few and far between. Yet another book I loved in high school I enjoyed it just as much here and found Muller s narration to be perfect aside from the mic sounds but that s not his fault, it s 1981 s The wild swings of emotion felt by the Youth were a bit extreme until you think of an 18 year old enough said right there who s seeing the grim and frightening realities of a war that he has no means of preparing for A wonderful read and I ll read it again. Within him, as he hurled himself forward, was born a love, a despairing fondness for his flag which was near him It was a creation of beauty and invulnerability It was a goddess, radiant, that bended its form with an imperious gesture to him It was a woman, red and white, hating and loving, that called him with the voice of his hopes When I think about reading The Red Badge of Courage in High School, I think about being incredibly bored I wanted to reread it as an adult, because it wouldn t be the first time I read a book when I was younger, but didn t appreciate it until I reread it when I was older.That was not the case here.I was just as bored now as I remember being then It could possibly be because war stories are not my thing this being the first war story I ve read since TRBOF and All Quiet on the Western Front both read in High School to tears of apathy and then immediately forgotten upon graduation Or it could be because the characters, to me, are all so forgettable I don t relate to them in any way And not because I m not a soldier I m not a witch Or a cancer patient Or a millionaire Or an animal But I relate to a lot of characters in books and stories who are those things, because there s backstory that s relatable, or you empathize with some aspect of them I felt none of that here. 4 1 2The edition I have is a Signet Classic, published in 1960 My incoming freshman class in college 1962 was assigned to read The Red Badge of Courage prior to matriculating I did read it, but have no recollection that there was any discussion of the novel that I participated in.Anyway, this review is about the Selected Stories part of the book, which I never read until recently.Four stories are included The Upturned Face 5 pp, mildly interesting The Open Boat 24 pp, hard to forget unless you have my leaky memory The Blue Hotel 29 pp, great and The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky 11 pp, even better.There s a little summary of Stephen Crane some is from Wiki.Intense, volatile, spontaneous, Stephan Crane lived violently, expending himself in a frenzied search for experiences about which to write Born in Newark NJ in 1871, 14th child of an itinerant Methodist minister Attended Hudson River Institute, Lafayette College, and one semester by Syracuse Univ Wrote first draft of Maggie A Girl of the Streets in college In 1895 published the work he s famous for Red Badge , never having experienced battle The book made him famous, and established his reputation as a war correspondent In 1896 he received an assignment from the Bacheller Johnson syndicate to cover the impending Spanish American war in Cuba While waiting for passage in Jacksonville, he met his future common law wife, the 31 year old Cora Howorth, who was a nightclub and bordello owner in the town, already married twice still married to her second husband On New Year s day, 1897, Crane was shipwrecked en route to Cuba, an experience that inspired Crane to write The Open Boat.Later assignments took him to Greece Turkish war and back to Cuba in April 1898 In January 1899, having returned to England where he and Cora were living, found himself threatened with bankruptcy He never got out of debt, and plagued by tuberculosis, collapsed and died at Badenweiler Germany in June of 1900 Writing over Age 29.Alfred Kazin On Native Grounds has this to say about Crane there emerged at the end of the century the one creative artist who sounded the possibilities open to his generation, though he fulfilled so few of them himself in the tradition of Chatterton, Keats, and Beardsley the fever ridden, rigidly intense type of genius that dies young, unhappy, and the prey of biographers Everything that he wrote in his twenty nine years seemed without precedent.Of course the plot lines and the characterization in these stories partake of that unprecedentness But so also does the narrative style, the materials he selected and arranged to make his strange sentences Some examples.The Open Boat A story about four shipwrecked men rowing for a distant unseen shore As for himself, he was too tired to grapple fundamentally with the fact He tried to coerce his mind into thinking of it, but the mind was dominated at this time by the muscles, and the muscles said they did not care It merely occurred to him that if he should drown it would be a shame.The Blue Hotel Three men disembark from a train to stay overnight in Fort Romper Nebraska They enter the Palace Hotel, which then, was always screaming and howling in a way that made the dazzling winter landscape seem only a gray swampish hush It stood alone on the prairie, and when the snow was falling the town two hundred yards away was not visible Five characters, not needing an author The three a cowboy, an Easterner, and a Swede , the hotel s proprietor Scully, and his son Johnnie A card game played for no stakes, paranoia, irrational outbursts, shouts and murmurs and a blizzard howling outside At six o clock supper, the Swede fizzed like a fire wheel He sometimes seemed on the point of bursting into riotous song, and in all his madness he was encouraged by old Scully The Easterner was encased in reserve the cowboy sat in wide mouthed amazement, forgetting to eat, while Johnnie wrathily demolished great plates of food The daughters of the house, when they were obliged to replenish the biscuits, approached as warily as Indians, and, having succeeded in their purpose, fled with ill concealed trepidation view spoiler Yup, wrathily Not a typo But I had to check hide spoiler The Red Badge of Courage is one of those essential books in the American literary canon I had read it while in high school just on my own When I got to The Citadel my first year of college I had to read it again, which I didn t mind At West Point I had to read it for the third time, but by then I had become such a rebel that I had become jaded with anything to do with the Civil War at least temporarily By the time decades later I read real histories of that period I no longer felt that way But many of us who read Red Badge, Stephen Vincent Ben t s John Brown s Body, Mitchell s Gone with the Wind book, movie, and that treacle of a theme song by Max Steiner was like wandering around a Savannah moss hung cemetery on an August night.Red Badge of Courage still stands out Every young person should read it before they volunteer to serve.