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March: A Novel Kindle Edition
From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story "filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man" (Sue Monk Kidd). With "pitch-perfect writing" (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks's place as a renowned author of historical fiction.
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- ASIN : B0029WILXU
- Publisher : Penguin Books (January 31, 2006)
- Publication date : January 31, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 2835 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #98,407 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Published 137 years after Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," this is the story of Mr. March, who was largely absent from Alcott's timeless classic as he was serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. The first part is written from Mr. March's point of view, while the second part is written initially from his wife's point of view when she is in Washington caring for her extremely ill husband and then switches back to him. (You will see a new and somewhat shocking side of Marmee!)
While Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy learn how to become kind, caring ladies while living in their small New England village—visiting the poor, mending their bonnets, taking walks, writing letters and playing small, harmless pranks on each other—their father is sent to Virginia to serve as a war chaplain where he witnesses horrific and gruesome brutality that will forever change who he is and how he views the world. This, along with some of his actions, will threaten his and Marmee's marriage in surprising ways no innocent reader of "Little Women" could imagine.
The contrast between the two books—"Little Women" and "March"—could not be more extreme. The one shows us sweet, genteel, mannerly girls who love greatly and seek to do good as they learn how to live moral, upright lives. The latter shows us the other side of life that is occurring at the exact same time but one that is brutal, dark, violent, cruel, vicious and evil.
And here is the sheer genius of "March": Brooks writes in the style and language of the 19th century, even though she is a 21st century author.
A Reading Recommendation: This is very much a companion book to "Little Women," albeit one that Louisa May Alcott never envisioned. I highly encourage you to read (or more likely reread) "Little Women" before reading "March." There are numerous nuances, details and references to the little women living in New England that will have far greater meaning for you as a reader of "March" if "Little Women" is fresh in your mind.
While I was smitten with the lyrical, historically credible quality of Brooks' writing and her often seamless ability to carry me along in this clever story, there were episodes in which I felt rather directed by her -- directed to look at Thoreau and Emerson and other prominent figures of the day. It felt a little didactic at times (yes, I know that Thoreau liked to fish), and perhaps even pedantic. I also lost a bit of patience with March himself, as I do not care for male protagonists who have bouts of profound wimpiness. His character flaws were all part of Brooks' grand design, showing him as a man with much to learn about himself and the cultural disparities of his day. I finished the book with respect for Brooks as a writer but glad to be done with March and his wearisome vanities.
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Choice comments: “Good story, bit of American history, sympathetic characters”
“An interesting account of slavery/ war, but got a bit annoyed with the sanctimonious self-absorbed goon that was Mr March after a while.”