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The March (original 2005; edition 2006)

by E.L. Doctorow

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Title:The March
Authors:E.L. Doctorow
Info:Abacus (2006), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 384 pages
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The March by E. L. Doctorow (2005)

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    whymaggiemay: Both novels show the medical side of the war, from the surgeon's and nurses points of view, albeit that the view in Mary Sutter is much grittier.
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    Limelite: General Sherman's scorched earth policy as seen from a Southern plantation owner's view as opposed to the perpetrators'.
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A pleasant read with pages of death and dismemberment thrown in. The good characters do well (mostly) The bad ones get it (mostly). A 21st century imagined look back at race and the Civil War built with the famous Doctorow cast of a thousand characters (It seems that way). But (good news) the cast is memorable (they fit old stereotypes or seem modern) so unlike in War and Peace, you can remember who's who without much trouble.

I have trouble with the imaginings of authors trying to sell books to middle-class, book-reading suburbanites, imaginings of slaves, masters, strong women, and horses of another era. (OK the horses seem real) The characters sound like something to please us present-day bookpeople.

Also,it helps a bit to know the geography of the Carolinas and GA too.
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  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
Various characters stories intertwine during General Sherman's march through the southlands. Pathos and comedy mix to create an enjoyable tour through this era. ( )
  charlie68 | Aug 8, 2016 |
And a half. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
And a half. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
I confess to only reading the first half of this book. I like E.:. Doctorow's writing so much, but I just didn't connect with the plot at all. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
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At five in the morning someone banging on the door and shouting, her husband, John, leaping out of bed, grabbing his rifle, and Roscoe at the same time roused from the backhouse, his bare feet pounding: Mattie hurriedly pulled on her robe, her mind prepared for the alarm of war, but the heart stricken that it would finally have come, and down the stairs she flew to see through the open door in the lamplight, at the steps of the portico, the two horses, steam rising from their flanks, their heads lifting, their eyes wild, the driver a young darkie with rounded shoulders, showing stolid patience even in this, and the woman standing in her carriage no but her aunt Letitia Pettibone of McDonough, her elderly face drawn in anguish, her hair a straggled mess, this woman of such fine grooming, this dowager who practically ruled the season in Atlanta standing up in the equipage like some hag of doom, which indeed she would prove to be.
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As the Civil War was moving toward its inevitable conclusion, General William Tecumseh Sherman marched 60,000 Union troops through Georgia and the Carolinas, leaving a 60-mile-wide trail of death, destruction, looting, thievery and chaos. In The March, E.L. Doctorow has put his unique stamp on these events by staying close to historical fact, naming real people and places and then imagining the rest, as he did in Ragtime.

Recently, the Civil War has been the subject of novels by Howard Bahr, Michael Shaara, Charles Frazier, and Robert Hicks, to name a few. Its perennial appeal is due not only to the fact that it was fought on our own soil, but also that it captures perfectly our long-time and ongoing ambivalence about race. Doctorow examines this question extensively, chronicling the dislocation of both southern whites and Negroes as Sherman burned and destroyed all that they had ever known. Sherman is a well-drawn character, pictured as a crazy tactical genius pitted against his West Point counterparts. Doctorow creates a context for the march: "The brutal romance of war was still possible in the taking of spoils. Each town the army overran was a prize... There was something undeniably classical about it, for how else did the armies of Greece and Rome supply themselves?"

The characters depicted on the march are those people high and low, white and black, whose lives are forever changed by war: Pearl, the newly free daughter of a white plantation owner and one of his slaves, Colonel Sartorius, a competent, remote, almost robotic surgeon; several officers, both Union and Confederate; two soldiers, Arly and Will, who provide comic relief in the manner of Shakespeare's fools until, suddenly, their roles are not funny anymore.

Doctorow has captured the madness of war in his description of the condition of a dispossessed Southern white woman: "What was clear at this moment was that Mattie Jameson's mental state befitted the situation in which she found herself. The world at war had risen to her affliction and made it indistinguishable." And later, " This was not war as adventure, nor war for a solemn cause, it was war at its purest, a mindless mass rage severed from any cause, ideal, or moral principle."

As we have come to expect, Doctorow puts the reader in the picture; never more so than in recalling "The March" and letting us see it as a cautionary tale for our times. --Valerie Ryan

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Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's devastating march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the final years of the Civil War has a profound impact on the outcome of the war.

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