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N/A Images of Warfar in Tina Whittle's BLOOD, ASH & BONE Barbara Leavy
Abstract 1

This delightful book is being categorized under Crime Fiction and Culture because it is the very distinct culture of a very specific part of the United States that is its setting. The tourists who flock to Savannah, Georgia, are seeking the same kind of exoticism as they might look for in a foreign, remote land. And the southern citizens are ready, sometimes with amusement, to cater to them.  At the same time a serious aspect of southern life is the attachment to a time past, that is reflected in the Civil War reenactments that not only entertain the visitors but satisfy the needs of those who idealize the southern past.  Whittle's serial characters, Tai Randolph and Trey Seavers are in the meantime engaged in what is essentialoly their own war, immersed in a passionate love affair in which Trey's past and Thai's present uncertainties have yet to be resolved.

Abstract 2

Writing beautifully, Whittle has managed to combine a wonderful story that is at times amusing, at times frightening, and at times probing of the disparity between illusion and reality in her Savannah setting.  It is amusing to see how tour guides play to the imagination of those they show around.  It is also amusing to watch those who come to a fair think they are visiting a past time. It is frightening, however, to realize that the Ku Klux Klan has created a new illusion, operating as a visible (not invisible) empire taking advantage of their freedom of assembly and speech to appear respectable so that their doctrines are sanitized for unwitting persons attracted by their rhetoric.  The illusion the new Klan creates does not, however, completely mask an old reality concerning their crusade.  The illusion of a war re-enactment somehow manages to hide the reality that in battlefields such as Vicksburg and Gettysburg hundreds of thousand men were killed, some of them brothers fighting on opposite sides. And with great knowledge and skill, Whittle reveals that beneath the illusion that always accompanies momentary passion, the human brain sometimes creates a reality that cannot just be ignored.   Read More...
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