White Doves at Morning

White Doves at Morning

Large Print - 2003
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Despite their misgivings about "the Cause," Willie Burke and his best friends, three young men from New Iberia, Louisiana, enlist in the Confederate Army and head off to war, in a novel drawn from the author's own family history.

Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2003.
ISBN: 9780786249244
0786249242
Characteristics: 503 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 07, 2016

James Lee Burke is one of my favorite living authors and I've read almost everything he's written. Many of his books are mysteries and he has a long running series with detective Dave Robicheuax. "White Doves at Morning" is something of a change of pace as it's a historical novel set during and after the Civil War. As with many of his novels, Burke explores injustice, racial tension, and male anger and violence. This is a more direct treatment of racism than most of his books and as such is one of his most penetrating and profound. With its sense of the burden of the past it recalls Faulkner, although Burke's clear, hard prose is the opposite of Faulkner's. I don't know why this didn't win any awards, as it's deeper and better than just about anything those bespectacled, bottled water drinking New York boys named Jonathan have produced.

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