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 fami...more
1. I hate it in historical fiction when... the author seems to cling to one or two details in history and repeat them over and over again. In this book, the author seems intent on measuring everything in rods, no matter how short or long t ...more
Set during the Civil War, MARCH is filled with slavery's abominable cruelties that test a man's faith in humanity and unmask shortcomings that haunt him during a life threatening illness.
As the father in Alcott's Little Women this 2006 Pultizer Prize winner depicts Mr. March's tumultuous life during wartime with only b...more
"I am not alone in this. I only let him do to me what men have ever done to women: march off to empty glory and hollow acclaim and leave us behind to pick up the pieces. The broken cities, the burned barns, the innocent injured beasts, the ruined bodies of the boys we bore and the men we lay with....more
The waste of it. I sit here, and I look at him, and it is as if a hundred women sit beside me: the revolutionary
I've thought about reading this book off and on for years, since it a) won the Pulitzer, and b) is about Mr. March, the mostly absent father in LITTLE WOMEN, one of my favorite books. Two good recommendations, right? But I've never really been all that curious about Mr. March, and I heard some mixed reviews from friends, so I put it aside. Enter my new book club, and this is the first book we're reading. And so I'm working really hard on finding some ways t ...more
There is March, the main character, an abolitionist, who leaves his family to join the American Civil War as a chaplain. Then again, March is but a speck in the book, as there is an intricate plot wh ...more
The first seems a recip ...more
ACLARACIÓN: lo que a continuación he escrito, no es una reseña, sino un desvarío lleno de sentimientos encontrados. Todavía no estoy segura de que me haya gustado esta novela. No sé si una novela que te angustia a la vez que te produce ganas locas de querer saber que hay más allá, pueda calificarse como un éxito o una pasión inconclusa--insatisfecha.
Fue difícil leer sobre March desde su propio punto de vista. Me sentí incómoda, triste, furio ...more
The mostly absent father from Little Women takes center stage and confronts the prevailing moral crisis of the day-slavery and the abolitionist response. Real historical figures are introduced and ...more
The writing style is exquisite, with beautifully structured sentences and lively expression. Using a slightly antique, formal style, Brooks ha ...more
I think Brooks' writing style is fabulous, I really enjoyed that. The beginning of the book was relatively gripping, but I got increasingly irritated with the main character March. For one he remained the very naive yet proud dreamer throughout the entire book, and while I found it endearing at first, he did not develop as a chara ...more
In this novel she recreates the environment of one of o ...more
I respected Geraldine Brooks as a journalist and a writer of non-fiction for many years before she started writing novels and I’ve long meant to read this novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2006.
Having only recently re-read Little Women for the first time in many years, this seemed the ideal time to tackle a book which draws on that novel for its inspiration. Brooks notes in the afterward to the novel that Little Women is concerned with the way a year lived at the edge of war wo ...more
دائمًا الحرب أمتع ما تقرأ عنه، ولكنها الأسوأ على الإطلاق إذا تخيلت نفسك للحظة تعيشها،وهي رواية دارت عن الحرب، الحرب الأهليلة الأمريكية والتي تنافس الحرب العالمية الثانية في كم التفاصيل الملهمة وتتفوق عليها من حيث الغاية النبيلة وهي الحرب التي جُرمت على إثرها العبودية، حرب قامت لأسباب تخص دولة ونتجت ما أفادت الإنسانية جمعاء.
الكاتبة استوحت شخصية الأب الغائب من رواية(نساء صغيرات) لتنسج حوله رواية متكاملة الأركان وحياة كاملة ورحلة إنسانية بكل مراحلها، وكل ذلك يدور في آتون الحرب ومتغيراتها المكثفة وم ...more
This is my favorite quote from March:
"Who is the brave man---he who feels no fear? If so, then bravery is but a polite term for a mind devoid of rationality and imagination. The brave man, the real hero, quakes with ...more
My only knock on Brooks' writing is that she sometimes falls ...more
However, I was sorely disappointed. The story was not written in the same spirit or style as the original, which can be expected with a different author. However, the main character did not have the morals and character that you would hope, gleaning from an optimistic book like Little Women.
I feel like ...more
This is a very typical way to start a review but I just can't help it since only a book this bad could have finally compelled me to write a review. It's not that this is the worst book I've ever read, undoubtedly there are far worse. But Geraldine Brooks had a decent track record until this! What is this? It's fan fiction at best. Which would be cool if say it wasn't done by a Pulitzer Prize winning author and didn't completely besmirch a beloved fictional family of the Marches. Mr. March's cha ...more
Starred Review. Brooks's luminous second novel, after 2001's acclaimed Year of Wonders, imagines the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. An idealistic Concord cleric, March becomes a Union chaplain and later finds himself assigned to be a teacher on a cotton plantation that employs freed slaves, or "contraband." His narrative begins with cheerful letters home, but March gradually reveals to the reader what he doe ...more
March is a beautifully written book, and M ...more
When I read Little Women, I couldn't help but wonder where the real hardships of war or poverty were. The author told her readers that the family was poor, but they never seemed effected by it. The father was at war, but there was no serious concern for the thousands of men fighting and dying not so far away.
Brooks reveals the story behind the smiling faces and constant calm in March. The temper that we are told Marmee has is demonstrated in full force, and the reader sees ...more
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Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issu ...more