In Oliver Wiswell, Kenneth Roberts portrays the view of the Loyalists (those colonists who supported the British monarchy) in the American Revolution. Though branded by U.S. history as cowardly traitors, many of them were people of strong convictions and fierce bravery.In Oliver Wiswell, Kenneth Roberts portrays the view of the Loyalists (those colonists who supported the British monarchy) in the American Revolution. Though branded by U.S. history as cowardly traitors, many of them were people of strong convictions and fierce bravery.Read Less
Good. No dust jacket. Ex-library. 6 p., 1., 3-836 p. 22 cm. Maps on lining-papers. "First edition after the printing of a limited edition of one thousand copies." "First published Nov. 26, 1940." Bibliography: 3d prelim. leaf.
Good. No Dustjacket. 1943. 704 pages. No dust jacket. Burgundy cloth boards with blue lettering to spine. The pages are clean and clearly legible although mildly yellowed throughout. The boards are mildly tanned along the spine with bumped corners and general rubbing on all sides.
This book about the American Revolution viewed from the side of the Loyalists is not only fascinating, it has about it a ring of truth. Roberts has brought a great sense of the time and the people whose lives were torn apart because of their dissenting views and their disagreement with the patriots/rebels. As always Kenneth Roberts has written a book which does not glorify war or make light of how the lives of ordinary men and women are turned upside down in such times.
Aug 19, 2010
Getting used to the no hurry style takes a bit of effort, but is quite worth it. Before long you are there, back at the beginning of the revolutionary war- but with a twist - you're one of the loyalists. Kenneth Roberts, as usual, crafts a fine story.
Dec 10, 2009
revolutionary war historical novel
I read the book because of a "class" I took this past fall. I thought the writing was ponderous but the information provided was thought provoking. I hadn't read a historical novel from the perspective of a Loyalist during America's Revolutionary war.
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