Another Mark Twain
After seeing "Birth of a Nation" I was interested in reading an unbiased account of what happened in the South after the abolition of slavery. I searched the works of Mark Twain and while I read a lot of interesting prose he seemed to steer clear of this subject.
While reading "Rising Tide" by John Barry (about the great Mississippi flood of 1827, I saw that Barry used the book "Lanterns on the Levee" as a frequent source so I decided to read that. I was delighted. It is beautifully written and it gives a first hand and politically neutral (as neutral as possible ) account about such a difficult subject) Aside from the politics the book is really a very enjoyable read. I hesitate to compare Percy with William Faulkner, but I can't help myself. Faulkner would have given his right arm to write prose of this quality.