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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Richard and Judy pick. From the author of the acclaimed 'Year of Wonders, and 'People of the Book,, a ...Show synopsisWinner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Richard and Judy pick. From the author of the acclaimed 'Year of Wonders, and 'People of the Book,, a historical novel and love story set during a time of catastrophe on the front lines of the American Civil War. Set during the American Civil War, 'March, tells the story of John March, known to us as the father away from his family of girls in 'Little Women,, Louisa May Alcott,s classic American novel. In Brooks,s telling, March emerges as an abolitionist and idealistic chaplain on the front lines of a war that tests his faith in himself and in the Union cause when he learns that his side, too, is capable of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near-fatal illness in a Washington hospital, he must reassemble the shards of his shattered mind and body, and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through. As Alcott drew on her real-life sisters in shaping the characters of her little women, so Brooks turned to the journals and letters of Bronson Alcott, Louisa May,s father, an idealistic educator, animal rights exponent and abolitionist who was a friend and confidante of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. The story spans the vibrant intellectual world of Concord and the sensuous antebellum South, through to the first year of the Civil War as the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats. Like her bestselling 'Year of Wonders,, 'March, follows an unconventional love story. It explores the passions between a man and a woman, the tenderness of parent and child, and the life-changing power of an ardently held belief.Hide synopsis
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.
You don't know when a book will become a classic when it is written. What makes it a classic? Read March and you will understand how a book becomes one. This one will stay on my bookshelf. It is a book I will give as a gift to dear friends. It should be a must read for high school book lists. Brooks story writing has depth and beauty the likes of which comes naturally to few writers.
March is written from the point of view of the father who went to war in Louisa May Allcott's Little Women.Mr March is an army chaplain during the U.S civil war, writing letters to his wife and daughters at home and showing us a much less saccharine side of the war and the March family than was portrayed in Alcotts' novel.
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