• Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

  • By: Allan Gurganus
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 49 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Allan Gurganus's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All became an instant classic upon its publication. Critics and fans alike fell in love with the voice of 99-year-old Confederate widow Lucy Marsden, one of the most entertaining and loquacious heroines in American literature. Lucy married at the turn of the 20th century, when she was 15 and her husband was 50.

If Colonel William Marsden was a veteran of the "War for Southern Independence", Lucy became a "veteran of the veteran" with a unique perspective on Southern history and Southern manhood. Lucy's story encompasses everything from the tragic death of a Confederate boy soldier to the feisty narrator's daily battles in the Home - complete with visits from a mohawk-coiffed candy striper.

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is a marvel of narrative showmanship and proof that brilliant, emotional storytelling remains at the heart of great fiction.

©1984 Allan Gurganus (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Run on/TMI/Mixed up never ending story!

Narration fine. Author a man wtiting a woman's point of view has more than few un needed storylines. Was really looking forward to this book...mixed up timelines made it tiresome to finish. Author had lots of detail but mixed it up and went on and on w it presented by a woman that had no way of knowing it all. If I was interviewing this woman I wouldn't have listened this long to it.

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Dated.



This book was written in the time when it was OK to write about the glory days of Southern white supremacy. Nowadays, It seems offensive to me. That's just my opinion.

The main character Lucy is an awesome woman. I don't know if she is fictional or not? Nevertheless, she had to bear a lot of pain and suffering in her long marriage to that awful man.

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I’m sorry…

This is an interminable “My Dinner With Andre.” In my opinion, dull, pointless and completely bereft originality or interest. If you want the so-called “reflections” of an imaginary character who only offers a meandering and disconnected…what? Commentary? then have at it…otherwise…spare yourself the almost migraine inspiring tedium.