Savannah, or A Gift for Mr. Lincoln

  • Title: Savannah, or A Gift for Mr. Lincoln
  • Author: John Jakes
  • ISBN: 9780451215703
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
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    About John Jakes


    1. John Jakes, the author of than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today s most distinguished writers of historical fiction His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy Jakes s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of the godfather of historical novelists from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.Also writes under pseudonyms Jay Scotland, Alan Payne, Rachel Ann Payne, John Lee Gray Has ghost written as William Ard.


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    1. The only other work of Jakes that I have read was Charleston. Savannah is a completely different type of book. The main character is a young girl, which makes the book feel like it is geared toward the teenage crowd. Descriptions are not very detailed and all of the action that takes place is void of any feeling of excitement. I was expecting something similar to Charleston with its complex families and detailed descriptions of places and events. My main purpose for reading this book was the hop [...]

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    2. John Jakes is one of my favorite authors but this book didn't do it for me. It was slow reading and I forced myself to finish the book. The concept of a young girl and her mother during the Civil War during the siege of Savannah was good but her relationship with Sherman was unbelievable. However I am looking forward to reading Charleston by John Jakes next. I hope that it will match up to all of his other books

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    3. I have read approximately a dozen of John Jakes' historical novels and enjoyed them all. After reading fifty pages or so of Savannah I thought, "This is not the John Jakes I remember." In addition to the "historical novel" label you could also add his previous novels to your "thriller" list. It started rather slowly, in my opinion, and never did develop into a "thriller;" it served up action but is not a thriller. The protagonists include a relatively young widow and mother, her daughter, and th [...]

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    4. As a quick and easy read, I found this book enjoyable. It also covers a portion of the Civil War which I knew little about, the end of Sherman's "March to the Sea" in Savannah at Christmastime 1864. In contrast to the destruction that he wreaked through other parts of Georgia and later South Carolina, he took it easy on Savannah, and sent a telegram giving it to President Lincoln. Beyond the historical background, however, the story itself was pretty unbelievable and the characters were stilted. [...]

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    5. A very uncharacteristic John Jakes book, Savannah never seemed to get going, and I didn't find myself drawn into the characters and time period of the book. Rather than an in depth (though fictional) account of historical events, this book was quite simply a "light read." From the young girl (the main character) having a pig as a pet and taking it for walks on a leash to the very fact that the book had pictures (drawings like a kid's book), I just couldn't take it seriously and cannot consider i [...]

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    6. Start with the good: I liked the historical details, I liked learning about the Civil War time period and specifically about city I would love to visit someday.But this story was also cheesy and somewhat predictable. The characters were skin-deep, stereotyped, and superficially developed, and I found Hattie's character to be unbelievable as a 12-year-old girl. Meh! There's gotta be better historical fiction out there, maybe just not on audio CD at my local library (which is where I got this one) [...]

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    7. I love Savannah, so I really looked forward to reading this work of historical fiction. I enjoyed the historical details, Sherman's march on Savannah, and his Christmas gift to Lincoln of preserving this beautiful city, yet conquering it. The book and its characters just seemed shallow and trite to me, though, and on the whole, I was disappointed.

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    8. If you are looking for one of John Jakes sweeping sagas, then Savannah is not the book for you. This quaint little (by Jakes' standards) Christmas story, if you can call any book set during Sherman's March to the Sea "quaint", Is a somewhat quiet interlude lasting from the newly established Thanksgiving, 1964, through a couple of weeks into the new year. Yes, there is looting and destruction by both Yankees and Rebs, but Savannah plays the perfect host, welcoming their enemies hoping to avoid th [...]

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    9. I think this is my first John Jake's book. I loved that it was set in Savannah during the Civil War at Christmas. But overall the story seemed a bit cheesy.It is a story about a young widow, Sarah and her daughter, Hattie and their pet pig Anabelle during the Sherman March to Savannah. They lived in Silverglass Plantation, 10 miles SW of Savannah. Tales of characters in the war. Concerned with Sherman's soldiers Sarah, Hattie, and Anabelle move to downtown Savannah off Wright Square with Miss Ve [...]

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    10. Entertaining But Reads Like Historical Fiction Targeted To Pre-Teens/Early Teens!I had been a very big fan of John Jakes' The Kent Family Chronicles and of his North and South Series. I also enjoyed, but to a lesser extent, Charleston, which did a decent job of marrying historical fact with fiction. Having finished Savannah, I found it entertaining enough to finish but not good enough to recommend to anyone other than the most die-hard Jakes fans or young readers ranging from, perhaps, 10-14 yea [...]

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    11. I think I can understand why some who have read this book are disappointed in by it. It isn’t the usual sort of sprawling blockbuster one expects from John Jakes, rather, it is a quiet, unassuming, humorous, quiet novel with beautifully drawn characters and a simple, engaging plot. Jakes calls it a tale for Christmas to highlight some light in the darkness that was the American Civil War. His aim is successful. His novel is a delight and was a joy to read.

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    12. I bought this book at the library's used book sale because I'm interested in history and I've been to Savannah a couple of times. I wouldn't recommend this book. The historical aspects were interesting, but I felt like a was reading a made for TV Christmas movie. I thought John Jakes could do better.

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    13. Another beach read by the prolific John Jakes about the taking of Savannah by Sherman in his 'March to the Sea' during the American Civil War. Jakes' books are not great literature, but they're easy to read and provide the reader with a modicum of actual history.

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    14. This was a fun read for me because I just came back from my third trip to Savannah and I could just picture where the streets and houses were explained in the book. Actually the book was very lighthearted for a book about the Civil War. I fell in love with 12 year old Hattie and her pet pig.

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    15. Interesting read, entertaining but now I want to read a more historical biography on Sherman. Some parts (clearly fiction) such as the pet pig and the interaction of the little girl Hattie with Gen. Sherman are uncharacteristic for a Jakes novel.None-the-less it was an enjoyable book.

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    16. Rate it three stars or four? For historical fiction, Jakes is heavy on the "fiction" but this short novel is a delightful read, with plenty of humor and interesting characters that seem to capture the contrasting personalities of the era.

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    17. Although I enjoyed this book, I didn't feel it measured up to other books he has written. A good read, but not great.

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    18. Disappointed He has written much better books than this

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    19. Not very deep. Feels like it was written for tween-agers.

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    20. This book offers an easily understandable view of the Civil War. Women are expected to be stronger than ever being taught to be. I never knew that Sherman was nicknamed GHOST for having the ablilty to hide his men and then appear from no where. The anxiety of the citizens of Savannah is strong and yet the reader is brought to understand both sides of the invasion. Sympathy, anger, rumors, gossip, and total panic are all active in the story. I learned a lot from this book. It was full of suspense [...]

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    21. The purpose of this book is to entertain the audience, which is whomever is reading it. Since this book is historical fiction, I believe that the purpose of this book is to also inform. If you don't know a lot about history then this could also inform you. You have to be careful what you take as fact, because this is still fiction.The theme of this book I believe is that in times of great sorrow and sadness there can still be happiness. This theme can be shown throughout the book especially in t [...]

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    22. This is the story of Sherman's occupation of Georgia from the occupants view point. It was a good thing that Sherman played a part in ending the Civil War but he was black and white about it. This black and white attitude of Sherman's carried on into his career with the Indians--he felt that all the Indians were to be on the reservations, end the story, period.So with Sherman's attitude and move forwardness no matter what the cost, the people of Savannah did have many fears, misgivings about She [...]

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    23. John Jakes is another one of "my" authors, or an author that I will pretty much purchase and read anything they publish. Over the years, these authors have changed somewhat, particularly if there is a downard trend in quality. "Savannah: or A Gift for Mr Lincoln" ranks on the lower end of Mr Jakes' work but still there is enough enjoyment here to keep him on my list. His last three books have suffered some so he's pushing it a little but his age would dictate there aren't too many novels left in [...]

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    24. Mailing it in…Jakes is totally mailing it ind frankly just grabbing at extra money. In the end notes of this, there is a little story about the editors discussing Jakes' next book…this book. That story should be rewritten to read: "we were brainstorming about how to best quickly cash in on your current base of knowledge with a hokey story, undeveloped characters and ridiculous plots and basically piss of your fan base. Oh…don't worry…your 73, this is probably the last time to cash in any [...]

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    25. Although I enjoyed getting a little more insight into the city of Savannah, particularly its Civil War past, this book by best-selling author John Jakes was kind of disappointing. We just visited Savannah for a quick 24 hrs enjoying a trolley tour and a nice evening on the Riverfront. That was enough to convince me to return some day, to explore the many public squares and historic buildings. Although like most Southern Cities, Savannah suffered damage during the Civil War, but nothing like the [...]

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    26. This book was interesting and a quick read, but I lost much of my interest in the book when the author repeatedly implied that one of the main characters (an overweight woman with apparently no male suitors) was secretly hoping to the possibility of "outrages" being committed upon her by the Union soldiers. I don't think any normal woman (which this woman appeared to be) in any way desires to be raped. I think that the author perpetuates a myth by repeatedly alluding to this in the book. (When I [...]

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    27. During the Christmas season of 1864 the city of Savannah was conquered by General Sherman and the Union Army. The city itself was the gift for Mr. Lincoln. This novel focuses on the plight of Confederate widow Sara Lester and her 12-year-old daughter Hattie. After being forced from their home "Silverglass" by the invading army they fled to Savannah to stay with family friend Mrs. Vastly Rohrschamp. Here they dealt with dwindling supplies of food, thieving soldiers and a nefarious cousin, Judge D [...]

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    28. This did not feel typical of a Jakes novel for me. I did enjoy the enjoy the story. The Lester women, mother and daughter have to leave their plantation outside of Savannah as Sherman's army approaches. And when the army reaches Savannah they have several skirmishes with renegade Union soldiers. They even personally encounter Sherman through the feistiness of the daughter which did for me was very unreal. The ladies (mom and her friend with which they are staying in town) meet Yankees and begin [...]

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    29. This book is an entertaining and easy read for those who like historical novels. The characters are interesting and the plot is light. It is set in Georgia in 1864 during the Christmas season as the Yankees approach Savannah. The jacket describes the book as follows: "This rousing tale of battlefield danger, wartime romance, and indomitable courage brings " I didn't see the book that way. I didn't find it rousing; my blood pressure never rose with passion, emotion, and enthusiasm. I did find it [...]

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