If you are a fan of Little Woman you need to read this book. It tells the story of Mr. March who joined the Union Army as a chaplain. Readers will find the afterword vey important because in this the author tells how she based the character of March on Louisa May Alcott’s father. She shares where she deviated from the facts. If you are considering handing this to a young Jo March fan, read the book first. Life on a battle front is much different than life in Massachusetts. I came away feeling that March was a likable character, sort of a early Jimmy Carter, in his strong moral views and his need to make things right.
4 1/2 star read. This book won the Pulitzer Prize and was a Richard and Judy Book Club selection and it's taken me a while to get to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Brooks has taken her inspiration from the book "Little Women" about the women of the March family and has written a story about Mr. March, who went off to be a chaplain in the Civil War. Basing his story partly on the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott's father, Brooks weaves a fascinating tale of a man's journey to do the right thing. From his early days as a traveling salesman to his time as chaplain in the Civil War, the idealistic Mr. March tries to be a good man, but his high standards have him believing that he has failed everyone. War tests his faith in himself and March feels he lacks courage when tested. This was a very interesting read and Brooks is a very good storyteller as she kept this reader interested until the end.
Civil War book, to go with Little Women
Historical fiction from the point of view of Mr. March (the father) in Little Women. It follows his journey as a chaplain during the Civil War and offers an interesting perspective and insight into the lives of the beloved Little Women characters.
An okay novel. I read this like eight years ago and the main thing I remember is that the MC could have been a little less weak. But some good historical stuff and perspective on issues I've never read before.
This book lead me to circumnavigate the foreign country called, The State of Mississippi.
With her thoroughly engaging novel March, Brooks achieves a tremendous feat of imagination. She has taken the largely absent father of Mr. March in Alcott’s classic Little Women and explored his trials during the Civil War. March’s odyssey exposes him to the carnage of battle and also the harrowing institutional practices of slavery in the South. Using the voice of both March in the first part of the novel and his wife Marmee in the second, Brooks does an extraordinary job of investing you in the atmosphere of the era. Her language is rich and moving, and she pulls off with seamless precision the interplay between the past and present to provide backstory. She counters horrifying images of war with gorgeous descriptions of the countryside and scenes capturing the dalliances of romance. Her blistering discussions of the cruelty of slavery’s institution give the novel a political edge. Her characterizations of famous historical figures such as Thoreau and Emerson were wonderfully captivating. March is an outstanding historical novel that had me engrossed with the allure of every memorable detail. It is an immersive and compulsive reading experience.
As I was about 100 pages into this book I was thinking I'd give it three stars, tops. But that all changed as the characters became more entwined and propelled me towards an AMAZING ending.
Only criticism: the author has a habit of telling a story backwards, meaning you feel like you missed something and then after a few pages she'd fill you in on the back story. If she followed a consistent timeline the story would have flowed better.
Love Geraldine Brooks
Loved it. Love history and this was fascinating fictional account. And wonderful writing
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