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
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 ...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
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 ...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
"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
I'm planning to read more by this author.
The setting seems post-apocalyptic and it’s themes regarding self-sufficiency make this book feel unive ...more
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
Does that mean I am less invested, identify less with the characters? Possibly, ...more
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 ...more
Arly and Will alternated roles between Confederate and Yankee -- ...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
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’ ...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