Most of the quotations are only a sentence or two, some of which are very basic information (The war was less than a year old. We did not know yet what it was./Wild shrieks rang out./The night passed slowly; morning came, and Willie was worse./Willie Lincoln was wasting away./His eyes were bright, keen, and a luminous gray color./His eyes were bluish brown.). Even longer sentences or groups of sentences (About noon, The President and Mrs. Lincoln, & Robert came down and visited the lost and loved one for the last time, together. They desired that there should be no spectator of their last sad moments in that house with their dead child & brother. They remained nearly 1/2 an hour. While they were thus engaged there came one of the heaviest storms of rain & wind that has visited this city for years, and the terrible storm without seemed almost in unison with the storm of grief within.) don't really add up to any historical story. I almost feel the citations are a red herring. These are just sentences, sentences lifted out of other works which purport to be about the subject of the novel. For me the selecting and piecing together of these sentences makes a fiction. Even if all the quotations were real, they don't tell any story until they're put together in the way Saunders chooses, so they make a fictional narrative.
I finished the novel last night; I enjoyed it pretty well.
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