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The Civil War was moving toward its inevitable conclusion. Gen. Wm Tecumseh Sherman marched 60,000 Union troops thru Georgia & the Carolinas, leaving a 60-mile-wide trail of death, destruction, looting, thievery & chaos. Doctorow's The March puts his stamp on these events by staying close to historical fact, naming real people & places & then imagining the ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Random House (NY) (first published January 2005)
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Will Byrnes
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The March, E.L. Doctorow
The March is a 2005 historical fiction novel by E. L. Doctorow. It won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (2006) and the National Book Critics Circle Award/Fiction (2005).
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم ماه ژوئن سال 2015 میلادی
عنوان: پیش روی؛ نویسنده: دکتروف: مترجم: امیر احمدی آریان؛ نشر چشمه، 2013، در 413 ص؛ شابک: 9786006846170؛ موضوع: جنگ داخلی امریکا؛ قرن 21 م
وقایع داستان «پیش روی» در اواخر سال 1864 میلادی و اوایل سال 1865 میلادی روی میدهند. شخصیت اصلی داستان، ژنرالی به نام و
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William1
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, us, 21-ce
Many shifting points of view tell this big story of General William Tecumseh Sherman's famous March to the Sea (1865) which ended the American Civil War in the south. Literary compression is the wonder here. Full characters are brought forth in half a page. It is for the most part a lean and uncluttered style, though with a propensity to swell briefly at times into overwriting. Fortunately, these interludes are few, but they lowered the achievement in my estimation to a mere three stars. The tra ...more
Lyn
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The march.

In E.L. Doctorow’s capable hands it becomes more than a collective activity, more than a military composite. The march becomes a thing, a great living mass, whose arms and tentacles extend out for miles, though forests and across streams and down city streets. Each soldier in the march is a cell in a living organism of seek and destroy, a great sprawling entity of military might and objective, but diverse and chaotic enough to encompass stragglers, hangers on, passengers and parasites.
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Bart
Jul 22, 2007 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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Maryam
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
این رمان در مورد جنگ داخلی آمریکا است. در آخر کتاب مصاحبه ی کوتاهی با نویسنده انجام شده است که مپرسد چه فرقی بین مورخی که تاریخ می نویسد با یک رمان نویس است که جواب می دهد :مورخ به شما می گوید چه اتفاقی افتاد. رماان نویس می گوید آن اتفاق چه طور افتاد
allison
Jun 16, 2007 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.
Miss Ravi
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, 1394
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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Adam
May 24, 2011 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.
Steffi
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obwohl großer Doctorow-Fan (seine New York-Romane habe ich verschlungen), graute mir vor diesem Roman über den Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg. Ich befürchtete zu viel Militärstrategie, Kriegsgemetzel, Soldatenpathos. All das kommt auch vor, aber die Hauptrolle spielen die normalen Menschen, deren Alltag zerstört wird: Das hellhäutige Mischlingsmädchen Pearl, das der weiße Plantagenbesitzer mit einer Sklavin zeugte; Emily, die Tochter eines Südstaaten-Richters, die sich, nachdem sie alles verloren ha ...more
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
 amapola
“Questo inferno, il mio inferno, è senza attribuzione. E' la vita quando non è più capace di tollerarsi”.

“La marcia” è quella che – sul finire della guerra di secessione americana, nel novembre 1864 – compie il Generale William Tecumseh Sherman alla testa di un esercito di 62.000 giacche blu da Atlanta a Savannah (Georgia), per poi proseguire attraverso il Sud e il Nord Carolina, fino alla resa dell’esercito sudista.
Durante l’avanzata nordista – tra saccheggi, scontri a fuoco, incendi, distruzio
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Ed Mestre
Jan 09, 2008 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
Jan-Maat
Coming to this novel after Ragtime I was disappointed. It is a far more conventional story that tracks along Sherman's march through Georgia and then up through South Carolina. Hanging about the story are two dastardly brothers, sinister but also comical who desire to have sex with their sister, this would be socially acceptable (view spoiler) since she, Pearl, is a slave. She however manages to evade them in favour of Stephen a Union soldier of Irish ...more
Geologe
Mar 04, 2011 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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Mana Neyestani
Oct 16, 2013 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
Amy
Dec 22, 2007 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
Armin Hennig
Shermans Feuerwalze rast durch das mittlere Drittel von Vom Winde verweht und streift dabei das Leben von Scarlett und Co, bzw. führt zu gewaltigen Umwälzungen bzw. dem Ende des alten Südens. Doctorows Roman setzt dort ein, wo für Margret Mitchell Endstation ist und begleitet den legendären General und zahlreiche Menschen, deren Leben durch seinen Feldzug beeinflusst oder beeinträchtigt wird, auf seinem weiteren Weg bis Kriegsende. Das Konzept hat mich auf Anhieb angesprochen, auch weil ich neug ...more
Ankit Saxena
This Novel is Actually a Must read, for every native American, at-least.

This is my first full time war novel and I enjoyed it quite much but there was one thing that isn't suits to me was that the writing pattern. That was very hard to read when you don't understand for who was saying what? There was no Quoted statements as the pattern accustomed by now.

For rest the novel was worth reading if you need to understand the Civil war times and how the Confederate states of America become the part of
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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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Karen Alexander
Jan 08, 2015 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
Mark
Jul 22, 2008 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
Tung
Jan 09, 2008 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
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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Erik Graff
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Hadrian
I always seem to find myself enjoying Doctorow's technical proficiency and his beautiful writing, but his character writing falls flat. They almost seem cliched, which is a shame and they stand out horribly against the realities of war and the beautiful writing. It's a shame. I want so much to like Doctorow, but something keeps me from it each time I try.
Janet
Dec 11, 2009 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.
Michael Allan Scott
Dec 17, 2012 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.
Sean Chick
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a hard one to rate. Some passages soared with poetry, pathos, wisdom, and humor. Others were down right boring. Pearl is meant to be the heroine, but I never found her compelling. She reminded me of Jon Snow: a dull empty vessel the reader is meant to pour themselves into.

The novel is very accurate until the last 50 or so pages. It ends with an attempt on Sherman's life, the usual Christ symbolism associated with Lincoln, Sherman's un-Sherman like musings on the war, and the portrayal o
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Bill
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
 You can go months without hearing about many American wars and even when you do hear about them it's usually only as history. America's Civil War, however, is one that still defines America. As I write this, on Memorial Day of 2017, I can look at a newspaper within the past week that shows some people protesting as most others applaud the removal of statues of Confederate war figures in the South.
 It's good to know something about this war, and Doctorow's 2005 The March is a good way to learn
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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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