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Preview — The March by E.L. Doctorow
WINNER OF THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In 1864, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman marched his sixty thousand troops through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces, demolished cities, and accumulated a borne-along population of freed blacks and white re ...more
Such has been my feeling about all three of the Doctorow novels I've read, Billy Bathgate, City of God and The March. All of these novels are well-structured, technically proficient works, and all contain something that makes them above average.
But nothing quite makes them extraordinary.
Some credit has to go to Doctorow, however, just for picking Tecumseh Sherman's march as his topic. This is a controversial subject, even 140 years later. Truthfully, I most enjoyed the p ...more
im Jahre 1865 führt DER MARSCH von Georgia über South Carolina nach North Carolina.
Den Unionstruppen schliessen sich immer mehr (dann ehemalige) Sklaven an und es wird nur zu deutlich, dass dies nur der Schwächung der “Rebellen“ diente und kein hehres Ziel der Nordstaaten war (nachher wurde es dann so “verkauft“).
Letztlich sind sie nur zusätzliche Mäuler, die kaum gestopft werden können und es gilt sie loszuwerden.
Ihnen wird schmerzlich b ...more
"This is an historical fiction account of General Sherman's military march through the South during the American Civil War." (from a member review at LibraryThing)
Great read! Now I'm motivated to read Doctorow's other books.
I loved the characters in this book. I skimmed over the geographical details which mapped out the Civil War battle locations and the war strategies. I was mostly engrossed in the characters and their fate.
I found an interesting review of th ...more
The title refers to W.T. Sherman's 'march to the sea', specifically to the path of his army from Georgia through the Carolinas up through the assassination of Lincoln and Lee's surrender to Gr ...more
I'm planning to read more by this author.
It seems as though in Goodreads reviews, I spend much of the time confessing my ignorance on various topics and countries - I console myself by thinking - isn’t that why we read? Therefore, being almost entirely ignorant of the American Civil war, I had little or no knowledge of the events of this novel and am still not entirely sure which were real and which were simply literary license. Perhaps a little of both, either way, Doctorow, as with ‘Billy Bathgate’ and ‘Ragtime’ ...more
Writing an historical novel is difficult because, by definition, the author must stick closely with the historical facts and develop characters. The best historical novels also provide an excellent picture of the times. Without doing further research it must be admitte ...more
It's beautifully written, I think, in Doctorow's usual three-paragraph-long sent ...more
Critics call The March an unequaled success, reminiscent of Doctorow's classic Ragtime in spirit and The Red Badge of Courage, War and Peace, and Gone With the Wind in grand scope and "churn and boil of a plot" (Rocky Mountain News). Rather than focusing on the causes of war, Doctorow shows how the chaos of battle affected individual lives__from losing a limb to losing one's sanity. The character Pearl, who in a twist of fate wreaks satisfying revenge, appealed the most. Yet Doctorow paints all...more
I'd just finished ANDERSONVILLE which was so densely and authentically written, that this seemed a bit casual. There were deaths and rains and not enough food, but it didn't grab me in ...more
Such a book must be episodic and disoltury. It is. I believe this hurts the book for a good deal of its length, a ...more