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16 March 2008


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anna missed

Such a great and interesting review. Myself, having a small phone book of reviews of my own (art)work know the rarity of of such commentary - as to actually expand the scope and breath subtly implied by the work. When most often, even the simple facts are reflected bassakwards toward the reviewers vanity tics of the moment.

Most interesting, is the shot in the dark connection to the Bagge book. A theme most subtly addressed by works exploring the deeper psychological effects of war, but usually not as explicitly as in Baron Bagge - or in the film "Jacob's Ladder" (which scared the crap outta me) - as a metaphore for the effects felt by the survivors, as in survivors guilt, or for PTST in general.

Nonetheless, many thanks for LK's review in entertaining another layer of interpretation on to TBC - which like all formitable art, has an uncanny knack for doing so.

Larry K

Used copies of Lernet-Holenia's "Baron Bagge," coupled with his novella "Count Luna," can be found here:


and elsewhere.

One of my favorite novelists, Anthony Powell "(A Dance To The Music of Time") was an admirer of Lernet-Holenia's work and wrote of it in the fourth volume of his memoirs, "The Strangers All Are Gone."

Larry Kart

Cold War Zoomie

My simple mind concentrated on the story. Which shows what a good work it is - the reader decides how deep or shallow to keep it. LK, you went much deeper than I ever could. Very, very interesting.

Larry K

I concentrated on the story too, almost breathlessly at times, but the modes of telling began to speak in such unique and insistent ways that I had to bend an ear in their direction too, and when I did, the book seemed to open up a good deal more of what it had in mind. BTW it certainly helps to have maps and day-by-day good factual accounts of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg close at hand. They don't get in the way but serve as ready points of reference.

David Habakkuk

Larry K

Fascinating comments.

I very much hope you will post your view on Amazon.

Larry K

Thanks for the suggestion, David. Should have thought of that myself. I just posted it on Amazon, edited for space and with all "spoilers" removed. It should crop up there in 48 hours or so, they say.


Very well done, Larry K.


Asia Times' Henry C. K. Liu writing on US populism in two articles, with the second article delving into his view on the heritage of the American civil war. Interesting read.

THE SHAPE OF US POPULISM, Part 1 - A rich free-market legacy - for some
THE SHAPE OF US POPULISM, Part 2 - Long-term effects of the Civil War

The series will then continue on the progressive era.

Lars Moller-Rasmussen

Larry K's review made me even more eager to read "The Butcher's Cleaver", but he seems to be wrong on one point concerning Lernet-Holenias short novel, "Baron Bagge". I just re-read it, and it begins with the baron telling the whole story to some other people so he must have survived the storming of the bridge in Hungary. Towards the end, he describes coming out of a long coma at an Austrian field hospital.

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