March: A Love Story in a Time of War

by Geraldine Brooks | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0007165870 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, July 19, 2008
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Journal Entry 2 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, October 03, 2008
Having enjoyed Year of Wonders earlier this year, this I found to be another winner from Geraldine Brooks. I'm so glad I persisted with reading her novels after the disappointment of The People of the Book last year. March relates the story of Mr March, the father in the classic novel from Louisa M Alcott, Little Women, as he goes off to fight for the north, and against the institution of slavery, in the American Civil War. But this really isn't a war novel, it's far more about people and the ways in which they act and react in both daily and extreme circumstances. The lead characters are superbly drawn, each having layer upon of layer of dimensions which are sometimes slowly peeled away and sometimes brutally ripped off, as when March witnesses the cruelty inflicted on the negroes he has come to know, and the death and destruction wantonly inflicted. True to Little Women, the story matches perfectly, sometimes touching in with the plot we all know so well, and sometimes ranging much further, but never betraying the logical of time or place. A read which is both troubling and delightful. It will make you think about your own motivations and determination. How would your principals hold out when tested to extreme? And how well do you really know the people you love? And are your acts always as unselfish as they seem? Big questions, but March deals with them deftly without a hint of heaviness. Read it.

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