Beloved characters revisited May 24, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised by "March," by Geraldine Brooks. Not that I expected a Pulitzer prize winner to be a lousy read, by any means, but I think I was expecting something a little more heavy-handed. Instead I got a character study of a deeply naive Union chaplain whose eyes are opened to the horrors of war and to the entrenched racism of his country which extended even throughout the North. It also was a treat to see the beloved characters of "Little Women" painted once more, this time from a father's perspective. Marmee also gets a new examination, as an abolitionist who still struggles with her own prejudices despite her good intentions.