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March by Geraldine Brooks
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Dec 17, 2012

really liked it
Read in December, 2012

Great historical fiction piece centering around Mr. March the erstwhile father of Alcott's Little Women who is off at war as a chaplain. There are several aspects that Brooks infuses regarding the Civil War that are spot on. March's path takes him from a river crossing to the front door of prejudice to an all-to-brief triumphant lesson in the psyche of true freedom. The last few chapters peter out slightly as March comes to grips with his decisions and must face life again off the war stage, a reality he does not wholly embrace. A character, difficult to visualize, March lets his heart wander in places that do not coincide with his mission necessarily, and the reader is left to bear the uncomfortable encounters in its wake. But as I said, many great references to the Civil War for the history buffs and to Little Women for the Literaturists.

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message 1: by Alison (new) - added it

Alison Dave, Brooks' novel THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK is my new favorite book. I just finished her first novel this week and I plan reading MARCH at some point. Let me know what you think.

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