Phil_B, on 23 July 2012 - 05:59 PM, said:
I quite agree - Shaara should have stuck to the USCW. I enjoyed his (& his dad`s) books on that war but I wonder now if his attempts at USCW speak were realistic or just assumed to be like modern speak.
Indeed I wonder how many historical novels really get the dialogue right. Would a real Rhett Butler ever have said "Quite frankly my dear ..................."? I think that the late Partick O'Brian got it right in his Jack Aubery series for his dialogue does match that used in Captain Marryat's naval novels (and he served as a midshipman with Cochrane upon whom Aubery [not to mention Hornblower] is partly based). However if you look at some of Ambrose Bierce's ACW short stories his dialogue rings different from Shaara's (fils and pere). There is certainly enough WW1 material around not to excuse getting it wrong.