Sunday, February 06, 2011
March by Geraldine Brooks
This is the story of Mr. March, the father in Little Women, who was a chaplain for the North during the Civil War. He was a very idealistic man, and went to war to support his anti-slavery convictions. Once he got to war, he became disillusioned, not about the cause, but about how blurred the lines were between right and wrong, good and evil. I enjoyed this book much more than Little Women, in large part because the characters felt more real to me (ie, not perfect but flawed, with real feelings and emotions). Most of the book is narrated by March, but part of it is narrated by Marmee, March's wife and the mother of their four "little women." March had a very small part to play in Little Women, so most of the story is completely new. But the parts that overlap Little Women remained true to the original. Now I'm glad I read Little Women first, as I knew the characters, even if I didn't enjoy it that much. I rate this book 4 out of 5. It is the second book for two of my reading challenges this year: US Civil War Reading Challenge and Off the Shelf Reading Challenge. And it is the first book for another of my reading challenges: I Want More Reading Challenge.