Friday, February 6, 2015

What I've Read: March by Geraldine Brooks

I picked up March by Geraldine Brooks after seeing that it was a story about Mr. March, the father in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women was one of my favorite childhood books, I desperately wanted to be Jo March and was devastated every time she turned down Laurie (I was secretly wishing the story would magically change just one time). One character whose story was not fully developed was that of the father, Mr. March. For so much of the book he is gone fighting in the Civil War, and we only really know that he fights, he's an abolitionist, and that he was wounded and sent home.

March fills in the gap of his life, while also giving a somewhat graphic insight into the Civil War. It begins with a battle scene in which Mr. March loses a friend, and goes back and forth between telling his story of what led to the war, and his actual experiences within the war. He befriends and tries to help slaves, teaches some to read and write which was extremely dangerous, but he was rewarded with loyalty and friendship from his actions.
I never know exactly how much is too much to tell when writing these. I don't want to spoil the story but I will say it was intriguing and kept me wanting to read more! If you enjoy reading spin off books and historical fiction, or if you just loved Little Women you should pick this up!

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