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March by Geraldine Brooks
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Sep 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: pulitzer
Read in September, 2011

Oh, so good. Like "The Hours", it's a take-off on an existing novel (in this case, "Little Women") that benefits from (but does not require) knowing the original novel. It seems very thoroughly researched and from what I remember it dovetails quite smoothly with the Alcott. But that's not what makes it recommendable. What made me like it is how simple and clear and lovely it is. It explores a few themes that are of recurring interest to me: first, when we conceal ugly truths from people, either because we want to spare them the ugliness itself or because we want to avoid changing their opinions of us -- is that lying? does intention matter?-- and second, the breakdown of communication when "She said X, which clearly meant Y" is countered by "I said X, which clearly meant Z". It was a lot to think about, and meanwhile these lovely turns of phrase ("extravagant liberality") that hold you firmly in a place and time, listening raptly to a clear voice (well, two voices, but).

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