Author: Geraldine Brooks
Yearly Count b: 65
Awards: Selected by the Washington Post as one of the five best fiction works published during the year. In April 2006, the book earned Brooks the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
March is the alternate story of Little Women by Alcott, it is the same story told from Mr. March's (the dad) perspective. In Little Women not very much is said about the father, gone at war. March picks up the story and embraces all that Mr. March, the army chaplain does. In the beginning he is idealistic, goal oriented and driven. As the war drags on and he witnesses violence and decay his spirit fades. The luster of all that he was set out to conquer and accomplish hides under the darkness of slavery, racism and war.
Geraldine Brooks is an excellent writer. I am just not so sure I agree with how she portrayed March, or the rest of the March family. I would call this "The Darkside of Little Women" or "How to Make Little Women a Nightmare". Geraldine follows the current trend of popular novels however, in that a happy life is too good to be true, or happiness is really never possible. I don't agree. The modern trend of not just making some unhappy endings, but marring them all is grabbing at me like a tick on a dog. I can't wait until this goes out of style. I guess I hope that after the happy ending era, and then after the horror endings....I really hope our literary society finds the happy medium. Things do not always have to be good, but do they always have to be bad?
If you are a lover of Little Women just the way that it is, please read this at your own risk. I did. I can still separate them, but I don't like what this did to my image of Mr. March. It does go along with another of the current trends all the rage right now : men are bad, much darker than we could ever imagine. PLEASE?! I do not agree with that. I enjoyed the brilliant writing of this book, it was captivating. Brooks really knows how to move the reader, she is excellent...I just didn't like what she said. But no matter what, I can see why shy won the Pulitzer for this, it is good writing, I can admit that no matter how much I dislike where she took me.
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