Books: When Brother Fought Brother

RAGS OF GLORY by Stuart Cloete. 631 pages. Doubleday. $6.95.

It has the standard ingredients for the big historical novel: dashing cavalry officers, stalwart frontier riflemen bearded, Bible-thumping farmer-soldiers, lovely widows in crinoline and lace, loyal servants hovering, a lady who is a whore and a whore who becomes a lady, and the whole rich gumbo stirred up by The War that sets brother against brother, section against section The Civil War? Well, no; for Author Stuart Cloete (rhymes with booty), it is the Boer War, but otherwise the formula is unmistakable.

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