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Writing was excellent. Subject was unsympathetic.
on January 18, 2013
I don't mean to sound so harsh. I love Geraldine Brook's writing. She doesn't disappoint. Her words paint a vivid picture of the setting and history of the Civil War -- from the March's house in Connecticut to the Virginia farm where he struggles to survive.
My problem with this book is just that I am not really interested in Mr. March. I find him to be whiney, boring and just not compelling. I think Louisa May Alcott was right to focus on the girls and ignore Mr. March. I understand that he's the vehicle by which we experience the real hardship of the war and the social upheaval of slave ownership, but I think the attempt to make him a conflicted person turns the book a little melodramatic.
That said, it was definitely worth reading. If we are comparing, I liked Year of Wonders much more.