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The March

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,534 Ratings  ·  795 Reviews
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
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
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Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Will Byrnes
Jul 29, 2015 Will Byrnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bart
Aug 28, 2007 Bart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary fiction fans
This was good, not great.

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
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Miss Ravi
Jan 07, 2016 Miss Ravi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
باید این را همین اول بنویسم که پیشروی یک رُمان تاریخی است و بالاخره ممکن است محدودیتهایی برای نویسندهاش به وجود بیاورد اما گویا دکتروف/داکترو علاقه دارد پای شخصیتهای واقعی را به رمانهایش باز کند.

بله! جوابم به همهی آنانی که رگتایم را خواندهاند همین است. بله، پیشروی به پای نثر دلنشین و پُرکشش رگتایم نمیرسد. اصلاً آن طنزی که در رگتایم وجود دارد، اینجا به چشم نمیخورد. و آخرهای کتاب، جایی که دیگر میدانید اتفاق تازهای نمیافتد و پیشروی حالاهاست که به پایان برسد، فکر میکنید چرا باید تاریخ جنگ داخلی امر
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allison
Jun 16, 2007 allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally mesmerizing, hallucinagenic almost. Creates that feeling of being unmoored from the shore and swept along a in a current. At any moment, someone or something else can float by you as you're carried along by the water against your will, just hoping to keep your feet up so as not to get pulled under by a hidden rock or branch and drown. He's a really good writer.
Adam
May 24, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Confidence Man era Melville, Whitman, Joseph Heller. McCarthy, Kurosawa (Hidden Fortress), Chaucer, Dos Passos, all come along on the march. Primal, poetic, American this book of the total war we unleashed punctuates the mayhem with moments of absurd comedy and character warmth. A collage of characters some of which appear for a few pages others are wound throughout the entire book create an effect between a tapestry and documentary with the feel of epic poetry and the drive and grit of a novel.
John
I'm a big fan of Doctorow, and we go way back; he's probably the first serious contemporary novelist I read, thanks to a copy of Ragtime acquired when I attended Ragtime Night at Comiskey Park sometime in the late 1970s (I find the notion that copies of a Doctorow novel were given away by the thousands at a White Sox game only slightly more mystifying than the fact that I was attending a White Sox game to begin with). This, however, is not his strongest work. Doctorow used Sherman's March to the ...more
Ed Mestre
Jun 30, 2010 Ed Mestre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read and with so many characters and plot lines it is perfect if you like to channel surf or have ADHD. We follow these characters, from the lowliest freed slave to General Sherman, as they march through Georgia, South & North Carolina. A fascinating cross section of Northern and Southern society we see the Civil War through a very human perspective. Even Sherman emerges from the chiseled daguerreotype image we grew up with into a real human being. At times funny, at times heartbreak ...more
Amy
Dec 22, 2007 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like Ragtime, The March portrays a historical episode through a diverse group of characters (including Coalhouse Wallker, Sr.). In this case, the piece of history is centered around Sherman's Union Army following the burning of Atlanta. Characters include Union Officers, confederate soldiers, former slaves, and Southern women who join the march as nurses. Although it was well-written, I found that the number of characters made it a little difficult to follow, and I didn't really get attached to ...more
Karen Alexander
Jan 29, 2015 Karen Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E. L. Doctorow is a master storyteller. The Civil War is the main story of this novel, but there are smaller personal stories as well. Some characters are sad and broken, others are strong and perform their assigned tasks with honor, and some are funny and provide comic relief. In the beginning it was a little confusing trying to understand what commander was marching where and if they are marching north, south, east or west. Then the main characters become more defined and you become more inves ...more
Mana Neyestani
Nov 16, 2013 Mana Neyestani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رگتایم را نخوانده ام همچنین بیلی بتگیت را. در واقع پیشروی اولین تجربه داکترو خوانی من است. کتاب را دوست داشتم هرچند قدری مکانیکی است و شخصیت ها همه یکاندازه جاندار و خوب از کار درنیامده اند. موفقیت داکترو این است که توانسته اصلی ترین شخصیت رمانش را خوب و قابل باور بسازد. این اصلی ترین شخصیت نه پرل دختر دورگه سیاهپوست است نه عاشق اش استیون والش، نه دختر قاضی تامپسن است نه ویل و آرلی سربازهای فراری و نه حتی ژنرال شرمن افسانهای . شخصیت اصلی، خود پیشروی است، حرکت ارتش اتحادیه به سمت سرزمینهای جنوب ک ...more
Geologe
Mar 15, 2011 Geologe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Der Amerikanische Bürgerkrieg kurz vor der Entscheidung -
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
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Jean Poulos
Doctorow turns his masterful writing ability to the 1864 March of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman burned Atlanta and then marched his Union Army of sixty thousand through Georgia and up the Carolinas. The troops lived off the land, pillaging and demolishing cities along the way.

Doctorow has provided the reader with an enormous caste of unforgettable characters, white, black, men, women and children. The key cast is Sherman, Colonel Sartorius a Union regimental surgeon, Emily Thom
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Mark
Jul 22, 2008 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of feel about this book the way I felt about the movie "The Departed". It certainly had the look and feel of a Scorsese movie, but without the heart; like he was going through the motions. This has the feel of a Doctorow book, it is historical fiction with real characters interspersed with imaginary ones, but it was vaguely unsatisfying. Stylistically he still creates an effective vehicle, and I read it from beginning to end fairly quickly; but very little in it either created real emotio ...more
Erik Graff
Oct 17, 2014 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: citizens of the U.S.A.
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
I have enjoyed everything I've read by Doctorow and, having just opened two histories about the American Civil War and finding this novel about the period for sale at a local bookstore, I picked this additional book by him up, adopting it as a bedtime supplement to the week's studies. I wasn't disappointed.

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
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Joy H.
_The March_ (2005) by E.L. Doctorow
"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
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Tung
Jul 21, 2008 Tung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner (as well as a Pulitzer finalist), The March is a vivid imagining of General Sherman’s destructive march through the south at the tail end of the Civil War. Doctorow describes the rampant pillaging and razing of southern towns from Georgia to South Carolina up through North Carolina in all their manic frenzy. What Doctorow does admirably well is his portrayal of Sherman’s army as this living organism. In one scene he descri ...more
Janet
Dec 14, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2009
Well-written novel about Gen.Sherman's march through the Carolinas,after destroying the city of Atlanta.It validates Sherman's statement that "war is hell", not only for the soldiers on each side but also for the civilians,freed slaves,the wounded,the medical staff.
I'm planning to read more by this author.
Ricardo
Apr 10, 2016 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-fic
One of the best novels I’ve read about the American Civil War. We follow a wide range of characters as their worlds are upended as General Sherman sends his army across the South. Despite the large cast, every character felt like individuals. We even get inside the head of General Sherman and it never felt like glorification or vilification. Just a real person going through a troubling episode.
The setting seems post-apocalyptic and it’s themes regarding self-sufficiency make this book feel unive
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Jo
May 18, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The March- E L Doctorw

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’
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Michael Allan Scott
Mar 22, 2014 Michael Allan Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you have a palate for Civil War historical fiction, you won’t find a more engaging read.
Jude
Apr 17, 2015 Jude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read something by Doctorow, often years after its publication, I am startled and delighted once again to just be in the company of such prose. The older I get, the less story sometimes means to me - and this novel is like that. The nature of his observations, the range of voices in which he sets them - my pleasure in these things doesn't depend on what comes next or knowing what happens to each character.
Does that mean I am less invested, identify less with the characters? Possibly,
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Nate
Review #31 of "Year of the Review All Read Books"

The book was "read" via audiobook. Joe Morton is a rather pleasant voice for this particular book. In fact, I've read/listened to a good deal of Ragtime for a college class once and I think it must be something about Doctorow's work that lends itself to reading well.

The March deals with one of the pinnacle moments in the death of The South. And Doctorow deals with it in very Faulknerian fashion, the sentences dragging on with that mellifluous c
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CJ Bro
Dec 15, 2015 CJ Bro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Tecumseh Sherman's fateful and fiery march through the South altered lives with every step. E.L. Doctorow's The March gives us a behind the scenes glimpse into some of those lives. From Pearl, the spunky young slave girl born with the white skin of the plantation master who sired her to two shifty jailbird deserters who recognized opportunity when it knocked, we see the war as it truly was, raw, brutal and heart-wrenching.

Arly and Will alternated roles between Confederate and Yankee --
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Spencer
"You would like this," said my wife, "you're a southerner." My brain began cogitating this suggestion. "Uh, well, honey. . . Sherman actually burned down the south," came my retort having, somehow, become offended. This exchange sums up how I felt throughout reading The March, but now having been with Sherman, his troops, and the stragglers on the way I can say I liked the book. I can even call it good. I wanted to hate this book, finding a strange sense of "southern-ness" bubble up as the Union ...more
Bill
Dec 03, 2013 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doctorow is best known for Ragtime. He is also the author of several other historical novels including Billy Bathgate and The Book of Daniel. The March another historical novel describes Sherman's march at the end of the Civil War.

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
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Bill
Aug 10, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This brilliant but flawed work of historical fiction chronicles William Tecumseh Sherman's storied march to the sea and its aftermath until the end of the Civil War. The book is brilliant in its insight but flawed by an almost Dickensian sentimentality at times; for example, the noble African American photographer Calvin Harper is afflicted by blindness after he tries to foil an assassination attempt. Although there is death aplenty in this story, the way it is meted out suggests a poetic justic ...more
Terry
Oct 02, 2008 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am proud to say that when this book was in hardcover, I was in a cable-access-type show about new books for Christmas available at your local bookstore! What did I say about this book? PRESERVED FOREVER ON CAMERA? "This book is excellent historical fiction, so if you're looking for excellent historical fiction, this is the book for you." Yes, yes I really said that. And I hadn't even read the book! But now I have.

It's beautifully written, I think, in Doctorow's usual three-paragraph-long sent
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La marcia su Savannah

Ambientato nell’ultima parte della Guerra di Secessione, evento che per gli americani ha un valore storico e simbolico paragonabile a quello che per noi europei rivestono momenti epocali come la Rivoluzione Francese o la Resistenza, “La Marcia” ha il respiro epico dei grandi romanzi di Doctorow, ma secondo me difetta nell’ambito della Poesia che l’autore sapeva distillare anche in opere corali come Ragtime o Il libro di Daniel.

Gli avvenimenti descritti, col consueto e un po’
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Baseni
Mar 14, 2011 Baseni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der amerikanische Bürgerkrieg geht in sein 4. Jahr und William Tecumseh Sherman, General der Unionstruppen, beginnt nach der Eroberung Atlantas den langen Marsch durch Georgia, South und North Carolina. "Der Marsch" beschreibt dieses Unternehmen ohne direkte Hauptpersonen. Ineinander verwobene Handlungstränge und die unterschiedlichsten Charaktere zeigen die ganze Grausamkeit dieses ersten "modernen" Krieges. Soldaten die für ihre Ideale kämpfen oder auch solche, die nur 300-$-Ersatzmänner waren ...more
Bookmarks Magazine

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

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E. L. DOCTOROW’S works of fiction include Homer & Langley,The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, the Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidential ...more
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