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March by Geraldine  Brooks
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Mar 26, 10

bookshelves: based-on-folksong-myth, historical-fiction
Read from March 25 to 26, 2010

At the beginning and 2/3 of the way through Little Women the daughters talk about their father away at Civil War and in a hospital, hurt, in Washington, then at the end, when he comes home to them in Concord. This novel is his off-stage story. It’s harder to read than what I usually read, for it is told in the first person voice of Louisa May Alcott’s actual well-known Abolitionist school teacher father whose journals and speeches were preserved. He was also an intimate of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and John Brown, who as well as everything else, had a bit of the Madoff to him and the Marches lost all their money to his swindles. March goes off to war as a transcendentalist minister, but few want him around and he is reassigned as a teacher to a plantation of "Contraband" former slaves, farming for the Union.

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