GOOD PEOPLE/GOOD WORK
HOME RANGE: Notes on Literature, Nature, Working Dogs, History, Other Obsessions and Sundry Annoyances by Henry Chappell
January 13, 2017
Texas Public Radio Interview I did a couple days ago with Dave Davies. I'm amazed and pleased to no end that Silent We Stood still gets a little media attention.Here's a little
November 30, 2016
Transcribed July 26, 1911
"Even after all that I have done and risked and supported, I remain suspicious of social movements, despite the good they sometimes accomplish. I doubt the purity of motive of those who embrace and carry out causes. Yes, some are driven by outrage at injustice. Others, equally efficient, are motivated by resentment of privilege. Still others seek to carry out religious imperatives. If their interpretation of the Scriptures condemns slavery, then slavery must end. What the religious feel toward the enslaved seems to matter little. Others love the pain of those with whom they hold stark ideological differences. Some take more pleasure in revenge against perpetrators of injustice than in aiding the oppressed. A good many seem natural Jacobins, born to disaffection. They chafe against any perceived power, any state of affairs."
November 2, 2015
A nice review of Silent We Stood in Southern Literary Review. I'm amazed that reviews are still coming out. I'm also amazed that SWS has been out for two years. The review is kind enough that I'll forgive the misspelling of my name.
My thanks to reviewer Donna Meredith! Here's a sample:
"Silent We Stood is no easy read, but it yields the pleasure of unraveling the threads of a complicated yarn. It is a testimony to the universal struggle of humans to find freedom, and the heroism of those who risk everything to ensure that liberty and justice for all is not simply an ideal but a reality."
November 3, 2014
This coming Thursday night, November 6, at 7:00, I’ll be at The Wild Detectives, Dallas’s new independent bookstore in south Dallas/Oak Cliff, talking about and reading from my latest novel, Silent We Stood. If you’re on Facebook, you can check out the store in general and my event in particular. TWD is one of the few bookstores with a bar, so if you find my talk less than enthralling, you can just sit, relax, and quietly get plastered. In any case, I’d love to see you there!
September 17, 2014
September 15, 2014
March 3, 2014
The indispensable Si Dunn, who works hard to bring a little exposure to regional writers, has written a nice review of Silent We Stood in The Dallas Morning News. My thanks to Mr. Dunn and the good folks (more…)
February 9, 2014
David Madden, novelist, historian, and all-around man of letters, just wrote a very kind review of Silent We Stood at Civil War Book Review. Here’s an excerpt:
“More than many Civil War novelists, Chappell is fully in command of the art of fiction. To contrast Joseph's response to violence against slaves, Chappell uses the device of juxtaposition. Feeling the eyes of maimed slaves upon him causes ‘the skin on his back’ to tighten ‘like scabrous wounds.’ Chappell juxtaposes that line to ‘Images flashed: thick, hard scars, the nubs on Bekah's hand,’ where two fingers had been hacked off. For Bekah the miasma from the river bottom is a metaphor for the ambience of slavery. “You breathe in that miasma and it gets all over your insides.’ To express a parallel of her feelings to Joseph's, Chappell juxtaposes that line to “Joseph, feverish and chilled, dreamed of being buried alive.’
“Especially memorable are the chapters describing the town on fire and the responses of the people; the torture of Bekah and Samuel, who is innocent of setting the fire but who confesses to save her; Joseph, Samuel, and Bekah hiding a runaway mother and child, both of whom die; and a chapter delineating the vacillating mentality of Reverend Boedeker.
“Ending on a personal note, I am eager to say that, as a Civil War novelist and historian, I regard Silent We Stood as being among the finest Civil War novels I have ever read.”
Thank you David Madden!
November 13, 2013
October 24, 2013