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Delirium of the Brave

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A book by Dr. William C. Harris Jr.

The success of this gossipy but somewhat overwritten debut novel by a 51-year-old Savannah, Ga., podiatrist resulted from local media buzz rather than stellar literary qualities. Originally published by the small Savannah publisher Frederic C. Beil, … see full wiki

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Author: Dr. William C. Harris Jr.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
1 review about Delirium of the Brave

Dreadfully disappointing

  • Sep 9, 2001
It is with interest that I picked up this book based on the glowing reviews here on Amazon. I like novels of American history, and I am especially fond of generational sagas. However, I must confess that I was very disappointed, because even though the story holds a great deal of promise in terms of its plot and location, it is very badly written.

My chief gripe is the very poor character development. The reader gets to know very little of any of the characters because the author has attempted to cram so much into their lives. For example, one of our heroes loves a girl, loses girl, takes up with another, goes to war, suffers dreadful injuries, studies to become a priest, takes a break from this, miraculously recovers from injuries and finds girl again. Any of these elements of his life is worthy of closer scrutiny, but they are all glossed over in the unseemly haste to make this a sprawling epic.

Even the bad guys get a rush job. None of the elements of a truly evil character are really brought to the fore, and they are by far the most interesting people in this busy novel.

And to add insult to injury the ending was so predictable that I could have screamed. After all I had only perservered with it to find out how it ended. I could have given it 1 star for the writing, but I decided to give it 2 stars in order to acknowledge that it could have been a really magnificent novel.

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