The War

The War Wartime in Perdido jolted the sleepy little Alabama town as new people entered the community Outsiders would invade the comfort of the wealthy Caskeys and take their daughters This though was the pa

  • Title: The War
  • Author: Michael McDowell
  • ISBN: 9780380827763
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wartime in Perdido jolted the sleepy little Alabama town as new people entered the community Outsiders would invade the comfort of the wealthy Caskeys and take their daughters.This, though, was the part of the master plan of Elinor Caskey, who would see the fasmily flourish amidst the deatruction and death she administered in a fashion awesome than the war itself.

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    1. As the 4th book in McDowell's BLACKWATER series, this is by no means a stand-alone novel. Without giving away any spoilers to the series, THE WAR, shows us the effect of the war on the town of Perdido and the Caskey family, in particular. Relations between some of the main characters are beginning to change in various--some substantial--ways. The youngest members of the family are coming into their own, and developing their own individual character traits.The entire series is enthralling, and im [...]

    2. this series is phenomenal. this book was the best so far. so much happens! why has it taken me this long to discover Michael McDowell?!?!

    3. The fourth book in this series is just as good as the others. (Though so far the first one holds the best book in the series spot.)It's hard to review a book from a series without spoiling anything, but suffice it to say, that I'm very late for a group read and I co-moderate that group! I'm also late on a couple of read to reviews. So this means, I have to set this series aside for a brief time while I fulfill my other reading obligations. I'm not happy about that. This type of story, written th [...]

    4. Blackwater is a series that just keeps getting better and better, and I enjoyed this installment of the series/long serial novel even more than its predecessors. ***************************************Here is the description:Wartime in Perdido jolted the sleepy little Alabama town as new people entered the community. Outsiders would invade the comfort of the wealthy Caskeys and take their daughters.This, though, was the part of the master plan of Elinor Caskey, who would see the fasmily flouris [...]

    5. The Great Depression is out and World War 2 is in! And that means there is money to be made. Again wartime profiteering only serves as historical scenery for the ongoing procession of marriages, deaths and baby thefts among the Caskey clan. Now that Elinor is the new lizard queen (frog queen?) of these Southern land barons, much of the family dynamics change, offering a kind of peace for the aging Caskey elders. Less cold shoulders and shade thrown for daily dinners together followed by long cha [...]

    6. The War The War is the fourth book in the Blackwater Saga and continues the story of the Caskey family from Perdido, Alabama. As the title implies, this book focuses on the effect that the war has had on Perdido, the Caskey's Mill and the residents. There have been numerous life changing events happening with the Caskey's including a birth, a separation, a coming out, a marriage and several deaths. There's also been a shift of power in the matriarchy which has substantially changed the family dy [...]

    7. The War is the 4th book in the Blackwater Series by Michael McDowell. The war has a great impact on this small southern Alabama town. With the lumber mill running at full strength, more workers are needed. The town of Perdido is being flooded by outsiders looking for work. The family fortune grows bigger and bigger everyday. James and Queenie become best of friends. They share a lot of the same interests. Relationships between some of the major characters are beginning to changes. The younger me [...]

    8. What I find most refreshing about this amazing work of Southern Gothic is McDowell's ability to work within such an insular microcosm as a small Alabama town within this time frame, with a cast of characters that, if one were to go out on a limb, could be called "stereotypical", yet manages, with a deft hand and honest view, avoid the label of stereotypical. His characters are, good and bad, true to themselves, "real" in the very best of ways.

    9. Despite the title, strangely the most gentle one yet. Oh, and Miriam Caskey is one of the greatest characters ever written.

    10. This book to me is really the set up piece - its a lot more subdued that the previous book but knowing that the series is starting its build up to its conclusion you realise that it is just that - setting up for the final act. The story revolves more around the second world war - its impact on the family and how it sets off the tone of generations coming in to and those going out of the spot light. You see characters start to rise to prominence and even new ones introduced - you cannot help but [...]

    11. "The War" is the fourth book of six in Michael McDowell's Southern Gothic saga "Blackwater".This installment takes the Caskey family through WWII and sees several more changes to the composition of the extended family and the family's lumber business.This one felt more emotional to me than the previous three books with a couple of harsher realities. I can't help but to feel that McDowell is building to some larger tragedy in the remaining two books.5 STARS

    12. Part IV of the Caskey family saga. The kids are growing up and World War II is going full blast. This is more about the lives of the women who stay at home in Perdido than the men going off to test themselves on the field of battle.

    13. The second half of the Blackwater saga begins with something of a slow-burn, with most of this installment devoted to slow character development and tying up loose ends from the first half. Never before has the Ryan Murphy American Gothic feel of the series been as prominent: this is decidedly campy, possibly trashy, but undeniably feminist, queer-friendly genre fiction, and Elinor remains a peculiar, morally ambivalent heroine/monster.

    14. I remain pleasantly and eternally surprised by the multifaceted nature of McDowell's writing within this series. What was marketed 30 years ago as a 'grocery store rack' paperback horror serial continues building towards a position as one of my favorite series ever, certainly within genre. Having just finished the fourth entry, I'm still marveling at the evocative presentation of unexpected pathos that underscores so much of this volume. I'm still a bit too overtaken with it to actually start th [...]

    15. Not a lot of horror in the fourth Blackwater book, but by now the good people of Perdido feel so cosily familiar I was happy to just settle down and follow their endeavours during the second world war. The sisters grow up, and we find out why it was so easy for Elinor to give up her older daughter to Mary-Love. Let's just say that Frances shares her mother's love of water, while Miriam inherited her grandmother's love of jewellery. Elinor rules wisely as the new matriarch, uncle James and Queeni [...]

    16. Less supernatural and more of a family drama, this book in the series did manage to surprise with a few character turns, and also the focus of the title “The War”. The story moved along nicely (and we did move glacially towards getting some more answers about Elinor’s background), but things really didn’t have the grip of previous volumes. Hope it’s a slow build up towards “The Fortune”!

    17. He's a great storyteller this saga is taking place during attack on pearl harbour there's new happenings and arrivals in the Town and some sad losses really gonna miss him in the story.Most of this episode is based around Frances and Miriam and their growing up and branching out. The story holds it in interest in this fourth episode.

    18. I now feel so close to the Caskey family, it seems I must have known them in real life. It is the family drama that keeps me reading. I am fully invested in their story. I care about each member of this oddly assembled family. There are times I completely forget about the supernatural scary stuff; which only makes the chills more chilling when they happen.

    19. Another home run from Michael McDowell and the Blackwater saga. My wife is getting tired of hearing me rave about this series, but every page is packed with thrills and scares and surprises. Fun, fun stuff.

    20. I'm loving this horror series for a number of reasons: southern gothic atmosphere, family saga, and creepy ambiguous horror to name a few, but the unexpected and progressive attitudes of the members of the Caskey family towards race, sexuality, and non-traditional families has really won me over.

    21. Generations come and go, but the Caskey family thrives.The author pulls you in to their lives and the secrets they hold

    22. Stephen King recommended author. He says: “McDowell must now be regarded as the finest writer of paperback originals in America.”

    23. Like Stephen King? Like Southern Gothics? Like bad guys getting their due. Or wondering really who the bad guys are? If yes, then start reading this here serial novel.

    24. The War is my least favorite in the series because it didn't have any spooky moments for ,e. Still a good read.

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