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Bring the Jubilee (1955)

– tekijä: Ward Moore

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What if the South Had Won the Civil War?The landmark alternate history novel by "one of the best American writers" (Ray Bradbury). In the world of this novel, said to be an inspiration for Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, the Confederacy has triumphed and become an imperialist nation. What is left of the United States has been drained of its resources and is trapped in a depression. Hodge, a young man living in a village in rural New York with his parents, decides to head to the city to escape his otherwise inevitable future of poverty and indentured servitude.   But the specter of war between the Confederacy and the other great global power, the German Union, haunts the entire region, and a nationalist terrorist group has other plans for Hodge. Before long, he is swept up in the politics of the day and becomes involved with a beautiful physicist who is working on a machine intended to change his fate--and the fate of the world.   Long before Harry Turtledove's The Guns of the South, Bring the Jubilee was the first novel to pose the question "What if the South had won the Civil War?" A counterfactual classic, it was included in renowned science fiction editor David Pringle's list of the 100 Best Science Fiction Novels.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ward Moore including rare images from the author's estate.  … (lisätietoja)
  1. 10
    How Few Remain (tekijä: Harry Turtledove) (stevetempo)
    stevetempo: Another approach on the civil war alteration.
  2. 21
    Oraakkelin kirja (tekijä: Philip K. Dick) (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alt history
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    Pavane (tekijä: Keith Roberts) (Bushwhacked)
    Bushwhacked: Alternate History set in 20th century England consequent to Spain defeating England in 1588 and the subsequent domination of Catholicism.
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This is a strangely compelling and powerful alternate history novel, where the South has won the American Civil War. It has a leisurely pace, spending time developing the lead character, a historian named Hodge Backmaker. He is a not-entirely likeable character, and a rather passive one, which may turn off some readers. However, his character traits are essential to the novel's conclusion, which is extremely, but quietly, powerful. ( )
  aickman | Dec 7, 2019 |
Published in 1952 this novel has been collected in the SF Masterwork series. I have read that it is the earliest book in the alternative history sub genre, but whatever its claims it is a very good novel and excellent science fiction.

“Although I am writing this in the year 1877, I was not born until 1921. Neither the dates nor the tenses are error - let me explain:”

So Hodgins Backmaker starts the account of his extraordinary life. During his adolescence he lives in a small rural community in the United States - United States with just 13 member states because the Union lost the American Civil war. The Confederacy agreed to the union keeping much of its territory but extracted a huge indemnity that beggared the Union for the foreseeable future. This has not only resulted in the United States becoming a third world country, but also hindered the development of science and engineering on a world wide scale. There are still no aeroplanes and no electricity and many of its citizens are indentured to international companies, there are repatriation schemes for the black population and the country suffers not only from poverty, but also from mean spiritedness. Hodgins must find his own way in a difficult world and at 17 years old starts his four day walk to New York.

The story continues with a lucky encounter in the big city and he gets a position working in a book store. He is fascinated by books and wants to learn and so agrees to work for bed and board for a little pocket money and free access to the books. The book store is also a front for the rebel Grand Army and Hodgins faces a steep learning curve involving his education, life in the city, romance and steering clear of trouble. His studying leads to a dream of an academic life, he wants to be a historian, but there are no worthwhile academic centres in the Union, however he manages to become involved in a self supporting academic community who live out in the countryside, where he continues his education and becomes a leading historian specialising in the American Civil war.

Ward Moore writes well and easily, his characters are particularly well drawn and the novel for much of its length is a very good bildungsroman. It switches smoothly between its story telling to being a novel of ideas and a tableau of an alternative world. The world building itself is not attempted in any detail, but just enough to create a fascinating backdrop for the story. This is not anything like a typical male oriented 1950’s science fiction, it has an egalitarian undertow that sets it apart from much science fiction and probably much popular writing of that era.

It builds to a good climax and I was interested enough to do a bit of research on the battle of Gettysburg before the final denouement. Of course any member of the reading community would guess the ending, but it might have been different in 1952 when this book was published. No matter there is plenty enough in this novel even for non science fiction readers to enjoy. A bit of a gem this one and so 4 stars. ( )
3 ääni baswood | Aug 22, 2018 |
SF
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
Surprisingly well-written Alternative History/SciFi set in a brutish and blunted USA decades after the Confederate States won the War of Southron Independence. There are trenchant ruminations on the historian’s task, a Spinozan steampunk time machine, and a twist at the end. Good fun.

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  MusicalGlass | Aug 20, 2016 |
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What he will he does, and does so much
That proof is call'd impossibility
-TROILUS AND CRESSIDA

It is always the puzzle of the nature of time that brings our thoughts to a standstill. And if time is so fundamental that an understanding of the true nature is for ever beyond our reach, then so in all probability is a decision in the age-long controversy between determination and free will. -THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE BY JAMES JEANS
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For Tony Boucher and Mick McComas who liked this story
Ensimmäiset sanat
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Although I am writing this in the year 1877, I was not born until 1921.
Sitaatit
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The short walk to the river was through streets lacking the glamour of those of the day before. The tenements were smoke-streaked, with steps between the parting bricks where mortar had fallen out; great hunks of wall were kept in place only by the support of equally crazy ones abutting. The wretched things I wore were better suited than Pondible's to this neighbourhood, though his would have marked him tramp and vagrant in Wappinger Falls.
I recalled Tyss's, "You are a spectator type, Hodgins." And once I had called him out of my memory I couldn't escape his familiar, interminable, sardonic argument. Why are you fussing yourself, Hodgins? What is the point of all this introspective debate? Don't you know your choice has already been made? And that you have acted according to it an infinite number of times and will do so an infinte number of times again? Relax, Hodgins; you have nothing to worry about. Free will is an illusion; you cannot alter what you are about to decide under the impression that you have decided.
It was Catty's first excursion away from Haggershaven since the night I brought her there. Looking at the world outside through her perceptions, at once insulated and made hypersensitive by her new status, I was shocked afresh at the harsh indifference, the dull poverty, the fear, brutality, frenzy and cynicism highlighting the strange resignation to impending fate which characterised our civilisation. It was not a case of eat, drink, be merry, for tomorrow we die; rather it was, let us live meanly and trust to luck - tomorrow's luck is bound to be worse.
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This edition is the full length novel that was expanded from the original novella.
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What if the South Had Won the Civil War?The landmark alternate history novel by "one of the best American writers" (Ray Bradbury). In the world of this novel, said to be an inspiration for Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, the Confederacy has triumphed and become an imperialist nation. What is left of the United States has been drained of its resources and is trapped in a depression. Hodge, a young man living in a village in rural New York with his parents, decides to head to the city to escape his otherwise inevitable future of poverty and indentured servitude.   But the specter of war between the Confederacy and the other great global power, the German Union, haunts the entire region, and a nationalist terrorist group has other plans for Hodge. Before long, he is swept up in the politics of the day and becomes involved with a beautiful physicist who is working on a machine intended to change his fate--and the fate of the world.   Long before Harry Turtledove's The Guns of the South, Bring the Jubilee was the first novel to pose the question "What if the South had won the Civil War?" A counterfactual classic, it was included in renowned science fiction editor David Pringle's list of the 100 Best Science Fiction Novels.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ward Moore including rare images from the author's estate.  

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