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Alida or, Miscellaneous Sketches of Incidents During the Late American War. Founded on Fact by Amelia Stratton Comfield, takes readers on a gripping journey through the tumultuous period of the late American War. Set against the backdrop of this historic conflict, the novel provides a unique perspective by recounting various vignettes and anecdotes, culminating in a captivating narrative.

One of the most captivating aspects of the book is the author's meticulous attention to historical accuracy. Amelia Stratton Comfield expertly weaves her fictional characters into the fabric of real events, creating a vivid and believable portrayal of life during the war. This level of detail helps immerse readers in the era, making it feel alive and tangible.

Comfield's strength lies in her ability to create compelling characters that readers can readily empathize with. Alida, the protagonist after whom the book is named, is a particularly well-drawn character. Her resolve, bravery, and resilience in the face of adversity make her story all the more engaging. Comfield masterfully avoids falling into the trap of idealizing her characters, ensuring they are flawed and relatable.

The use of vignettes and miscellaneous sketches provides a unique storytelling approach to the narrative. This format allows Comfield to present a diverse range of perspectives and experiences from different characters, effectively painting a multifaceted picture of the war. Each individual tale feels like a carefully crafted piece of a larger puzzle, adding depth to the overall narrative.

The prose in Alida or, Miscellaneous Sketches is beautifully crafted, highlighting Comfield's talent as a writer. She has a knack for vivid descriptions, enabling readers to visualize scenes and immerse themselves in the story. The dialogue is also well-executed, with conversations feeling natural and authentic.

While the book shines in many aspects, it does have its minor flaws. At times, the pacing can feel somewhat uneven, with certain sections meandering or feeling rushed. Additionally, some readers may find the multitude of characters and storylines overwhelming, especially those seeking a more focused narrative.

Overall, Alida or, Miscellaneous Sketches of Incidents During the Late American War. Founded on Fact is a captivating and enlightening historical novel. Amelia Stratton Comfield's meticulous research, well-rounded characters, and skillful storytelling create an immersive experience for readers. This book serves as a testament to the author's talent and historical expertise, making it a worthy addition to any historical fiction enthusiast's library.

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Having read the new work entitled "ALIDA," or Miscellaneous Sketches of Occurrences during the late American War, which abounds with elegance of language, sublime poetry, and useful lessons as an American, I have a pride in saying, that our press has seldom been honoured with a work as improving and interesting to the reader, and as well written as any to be found either among the older or modern authors.


It may be here proper to rectify a slight mistake in two of the complimentary pieces written on the contents of Alida, in which the work was innocently stated to have been expressly written for the aid of benevolent purposes; instead of which it should have read [expressly printed ] for the aid of benevolent purposes. The truth is, some part was written as a journal of incidents, and to amuse leisure hours somewhat usefully; other parts to commemorate some particular facts for the gratification of the author and near relatives, not expecting any other eye to meet a single line of it. But on being looked over by an affectionate pious friend, the author was solicited to allow it to be printed. It was at length acceded to, on the ground that the proceeds, however little over the expenses attending it, should be appropriated to charitable purposes.

It is but just to embrace this opportunity to express the reciprocal kind feelings of the author, not only for the friendly and encouraging encomiums above alluded to, with other kind approvals which have appeared in print, but for the call of a third edition so soon, being within the first year of its appearance... Continue reading book >>

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