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Audiobook CD - 2005
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From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. To evoke him, Brooks turned to the journals and letters of Bronson Alcott, Louisa May's father--a friend and confidant of Emerson and Thoreau. In Brooks's telling, March emerges as an idealistic chaplain in the little known backwaters of a war that will test his faith in himself and in the Union cause as he learns that his side, too, is capable of acts of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near mortal illness, he must reassemble 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.
Publisher: Hampton, NH : BBC Audiobooks America, p2005.
ISBN: 9780792734734
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD BROOKS G
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (10 hr., 21 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: March


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Dec 10, 2014

There were moments I loved and moments I simply couldn't take seriously at all. Overall, a dark novel that suprised me in multiple ways.

Jan 01, 2013

"March" is well-written, certainly. Brooks does an admirable job of capturing the inner struggles of a man who too frequently makes decisions based on self-centered motivations, then finds himself in a situation he didn't intend and for which he isn't prepared. I also understand that Brooks based her Peter March on Louisa May Alcott's father's journals. Still, his character doesn't ring true to the original character Alcott created, who seemed much more certain and less conflicted. I couldn't reconcile the difference, and that kept me from liking the book more.

Jul 17, 2006

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. It's so well written, and the tie-ins to Little Women are masterfully done. I loved how Brooks told the story mostly from Mr. March's point of view, but near the end Marmee got a turn to tell her story. Highly recommended historical fiction.


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