Bookworm’s Dinner reviewed March by Geraldine Brooks for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
My expectations as I began to read MARCH were high and as soon as I read the first few pages I knew this was another extraordinary novel by this author.
Alcott’s widely cherished classic, LITTLE WOMEN lends Geraldine Brooks the character of Mr. March, father and husband who was an absent father in Alcott’s story. Brooks styles an imaginative interpretation of his life as a young boy and later when he is marries Marmee and they have a family of four girls. Readers will recognize the scenes of Alcott’s story that are threaded in the plot as well as major historical events like Harpers’ Ferry and the clandestine efforts of the Underground Railroad. Brooks’ research and examination of diaries and other primary sources, provided a palette of the past that emerges in the scenes depicting chilling episodes surrounding the brutality of slave life, the primitive medical care and unsanitary conditions on and off the battlefield and how the Civil War altered all families lives forever.
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