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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Chapter Summary & Analysis - "Book Report" (1956) Summary

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"Book Report" (1956) Summary and Analysis

Assuming the persona and voice of a middle-aged woman addressing a roomful of book-clubbers, Vidal employs a bit of droll tomfoolery in reviewing Band of Angels by Robert Penn Warren. An historical novel, the book tells the story of Amantha Starr, a 16-year-old girl sent by her wealthy Kentucky plantation owner father to be educated in Ohio. Her father dies and she learns that he died bankrupt, and that she is the daughter of one of his slaves and must be sold to pay off his debts.

Amantha is bought by a kindly older man named Hamish Bond who lives in New Orleans. When the Civil War breaks out, Amantha meets her girlhood sweetheart, Tobias Sears, now an officer in the Union Army. Vidal, as the middle-aged student, reports that "everything ends all right with Tobias and Amantha...

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