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The Gates of the Alamo af Stephen Harrigan
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The Gates of the Alamo (original 2000; udgave 2000)

af Stephen Harrigan (Forfatter)

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A full-scale fictional chronicle centered around the fall of the Alamo bristles with historical figures, including Jim Bowie, Santa Anna, and Davy Crockett, among others, as it provides a dramatic re-creation of an event that shaped the history and identity of Texas.
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Titel:The Gates of the Alamo
Forfattere:Stephen Harrigan (Forfatter)
Info:Knopf (2000), Edition: 1st, 592 pages
Samlinger:Adult Fiction
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Nøgleord:Texas, Alamo, historical fiction

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I was pleasantly surprised by this book, all 576 pages of it! Here is my full review. ( )
  hopebarton2014 | Jun 15, 2020 |
Stephen Harrigan has produced a fine novel centered on the siege of the Alamo, peopled by both fictional and historic characters from both sides. Along the way, he provides an overview of the political situation in Mexico at the time and takes several healthy swipes at some of the most prevalent Alamo myths.

By and large, none of the Texas Pantheon make it through with their historical haloes intact. Travis, Austin, Bowie, and Houston are presented as flawed, even vainglorious men. Of them all, Davey Crockett comes off as the most human, though even he is portrayed as driven not so much by a fight for some nebulous political freedom as he is by the opportunity to withdraw from a humiliating political defeat and make a fresh start with headright land in an independent Texas.

The fictional characters tend to come off as much more admirable, and are well-drawn and believable. The description of the final assault on the mission is grimly realistic, and Harrigan extends his story past the iconic battle, painting the aftermath in broad strokes that nevertheless provide a reasonably clear picture of the events that led to Texas independence. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Jan 26, 2019 |
An interesting take on a historical event which is very well known. This explores a little more of what happened in the build-up to the siege itself and the aftermath at the Goliad (the "other" Alamo) as well as offering a sympathetic look at a broad range of characters. Some other reviewers have pointed out that the last few chapters seem hurried- which they are, as if the author realized that he had got to a certain number of words and then needed to wrap it all up - and the framing device set in 1911 with a (fictional) last survivor. Some did not like it, but I thought it made the point of how very much San Antonio and Texas had changed over 70 years... and that it was possible for someone who had seen extraordinary things to live into the 20th century with all those memories ( )
  CeliaHayes | Dec 30, 2017 |
Remarkable book. So well written - this is great American literature. Characters are interesting and come alive. Even the descriptions of landscapes, usually just filler in many books, adds so much to the atmosphere. ( )
  rhbouchard | Apr 15, 2017 |
Good audiobook to tune into for the 8 hour drive from El Paso to San Antonio. As the story progressed, so did my awareness of the elements in it all around me. ( )
  mcquery123 | Jul 20, 2015 |
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A full-scale fictional chronicle centered around the fall of the Alamo bristles with historical figures, including Jim Bowie, Santa Anna, and Davy Crockett, among others, as it provides a dramatic re-creation of an event that shaped the history and identity of Texas.

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