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Wonderful book, especially if you like historical fiction. The author surprised me with the complexity of her characters and turns of the plot.
posted Jun 9, 2006 at 9:09PM
I felt some of the events and scenes were a little contrived and predictable. I guess I was disappointed that it was not as good as her husband’s book Confederates in Your Attic which was of course non-fiction. But I did enjoy it anyway.
posted Jul 12, 2006 at 8:43AM
I was very disappointed with this book. I had high hopes for it going in, especially after seeing that it had won the Pulitzer. I thought the drowning scene at the beginning was really good, but after that the characters seemed flat and predictable, and parts of the story turned downright sappy. I thought her first novel, Year of Wonders, was much better.
posted Dec 14, 2007 at 9:57AM
In March, Geraldine Brooks takes on an intriguing and perhaps one of the most difficult genres: that of a companion novel to a better-known work. In this case, the original is Alcott’s Little Women.
Mr. March, the male head of the family who is absent for most of LW, here gets his own story as he serves as an army chaplain in Virginia during the Civil War and is ultimately severely injured by rebel outlaws ransacking plantations. In between chapters, the reader also learns a great deal about March’s youth before settling down. March is an interesting story on its own, and made more fascinating when combined with LW. Faithful LW readers will definitely find some surprises.
posted Mar 24, 2008 at 7:48PM
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an episodic, allegorical novel about the life lessons learned by a quartet of sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—living in New England in the mid-1800s. Their father is away fighting in the Civil War; the girls draw strength from their mother, Marmee. Little Women is pleasant and wholesome, domestic and sweet. March--which author Geraldine Brooks images from father March’s point of view--is not. Mr. March is idealistic man whose naïve trust in the goodness of his fellow men has left him and his family broke. When he joins the Union Army as a chaplain, he’s an ineffectual leader. A seeming indiscretion with a nurse lands him at a plantation managing newly freed slaves. Mr. March’s letters home are cheerful, but to us readers he shows the brutality of war, the cruelty of racism, and the weakness of men. He reveals his past history, including his friendships with scholars like Emerson and Thoreau and his courtship with Marmee, but when he falls ill the narrations switches and readers get Mrs. March’s varying side of the story. Brooks based the character of Mr. March on that of Louisa May Alcott’s own father; the research into the lives and times of the characters rings clear. Brooks paints a portrait of competing loyalties between husband and wife, duty and desire, right and wrong, North and South that is both poignant and true. March turns the light-hearted charm of Little Women on its head and delivers an introspective work that can stand solidly on its own.
posted Dec 18, 2009 at 2:36PM
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Petra's husband; born with a gentic mutation that enhanced his mind but took a toll on his body; can no longer remain living on Earth; discovers three of his children share the same mutation as him; he and his family journey to the stars to find a new place to call home.