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March (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Geraldine Brooks

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Member:Chris-86
Title:March
Authors:Geraldine Brooks (Author)
Info:Pymble, N.S.W. : Fourth Estate, 2005.
Collections:Your library, Read 2012
Rating:****1/2
Tags:adult fiction, female author, Australian author, American Civil War

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March by Geraldine Brooks (2005)

  1. 111
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (infiniteletters, kiwiflowa, Booksloth)
  2. 74
    Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (1Owlette)
  3. 10
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Classic stories (Little Women/Jane Eyre) re-imagined through the experiences of characters who are important to the plot while being almost entirely unseen.
  4. 21
    Property by Valerie Martin (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Another award winning work that sheds light on the full horror of the results of slavery.
  5. 10
    American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever (bibliothequaire)
    bibliothequaire: Gives an historical account of the life of Bronson Alcott (who was Brooks' inspiration for Mr. March) and the transcendentalist community in Concord.
  6. 11
    The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks (bnbookgirl)
  7. 12
    In The fall by Jeffrey Lent (1Owlette)
  8. 13
    Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Anonymous user)
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    Redemption Falls by Joseph O'Connor (1Owlette)
  10. 03
    Hester by Paula Reed (KatyBee)
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Tthis is the only book by Brooks that I don't like. I think she wrote this for sensationalism. Everyone knows that March is based on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, which was based on Alcott's family. Brooks states that she heavily researched "March" before writing it. But she admits to making up one part, which seems to be the basis for March's abolitionist ways. I strongly disagree with the author's motive and method, therefore I hated the book. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
A very fine novel that tells the reader about Mr March, the father of Alcott's [Little Women], and how his service in the Civil War changes him and affects his family. (Pulitzer Prize for fiction) ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 19, 2016 |
An interesting concept. I liked the switch in point of view. I didn't really like Mr. March so it was difficult to keep reading. ( )
  lkarr | Feb 6, 2016 |
A brilliantly imagined novel, telling the story of the largely absent father from Little Women. It spectacularly evokes the civil war period and tackles big issues of morality, principle, love and duty. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
Alcott's Little Women occurs during a one year absence of the father, Mr. March, when he leaves to minister to Union troops during the Civil War. This Pulitzer Prize winner imagines how March is changed during this year. Although I thought her later books were better, this novel is still a good read. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Brooks is capable of strong writing about the natural world and nicely researched effects about the human one (on the eve of a battle, March sees ''the surgeon flinging down sawdust to receive the blood that was yet to flow''), but the book she has produced makes a distressing contribution to recent trends in historical fiction, which, after a decade or so of increased literary and intellectual weight, seems to be returning to its old sentimental contrivances and costumes.
 
Fascinating insight, don’t read if you’re a Little Women purist.
 
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For Dorleen and Cassie -

By no means little women.
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October 21, 1861 This is what I write to her: the clouds tonight embossed the sky.
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As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark, first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143036661, Paperback)

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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From Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, and has added adult resonance to portray the moral complexity of war and a marriage tested by the demands of extreme idealism.

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