The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Note: At the time I was assigned to read The Red Badge of Courage, I had a private tutor. She went on at length every session that she had never had a high school student understand it as well as I did. I always found that quite amusing since I never actually read the book. It had a study guide in the back and I read that. Having read the entire book now, I can honestly say I was smart not to read it all those years ago. I really could’ve lived my whole life having never read it.

In the middle of the Civil War, a young man discovers war isn’t quite what he thought it was. It’s terrifying and makes him want to run away. He is a bit jealous of those who are wounded and get the “red badge of courage.”

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane is a horrible book. It is boring. The writing style is dreadful. The conversations are all written in dialect which gets annoying. In short, I hated the book more than I’ve ever hated a book before. The only positive about it is it is pretty short.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 94
Pages Read in 2015: 27,282
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Applied to Category for Special Reading Challenge: A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t

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3 responses to “The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

  1. This is the best book review I have ever read!! Thank you so much for being so real and honest. ❤️❤️

  2. Commenting again because I forgot to click, “notify me of new comments.” 😛

  3. Ann

    After reading your review, I will pass on reading this book. It sounds like one that I wouldn’t enjoy as well.

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