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اثر جرالدین بروکس از انتشارات تیسا - مترجم: یوسف سلیمان سالم-جایزه پولیتزر

An idealistic abolitionist, March has gone as chaplain to serve the Union cause. But the war tests his faith not only in the Union - which is also capable of barbarism and racism - but in himself. As he recovers from a near-fatal illness, March must reassemble and reconnect with his family, who have no idea of what he has endured. A love story set in a time of catastrophe, March explores the passions between a man and a woman, the tenderness of parent and child, and the life-changing power of an ardently held belief.


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This was a very good book. Her imagining of Mr. Marchs experiences in the war were realistic and her prose was punctuated by refreshing turns of phrase. The ideas and values linked with Transcendentalism are portrayed, but not really explored.

The last paragraph/tie-in note with Little Women was especially appropriate, I thought.

@All eyes were on her then, before anyone had thought to ask their father how a year at war had changed him.@

My only real disappointment with this novel was the fictional portrayal of the Emersons and Henry Thoreau. She does not simply allude to an affair between Thoreau and Lidian, she explicitly pushes the idea. I realize that she has the creative right to make what she wants of their relationship, but from what I understand, there is simply no ground for this speculation. I suppose since these @characters@ were real, the attempt to push these ideas into the public bothered me.

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Im hovering between 3 and 4 stars ... and why would that be, you might ask. Much of the book is told from the perspective of Mr. March, the absent father in the Little Women story, and on the battlefield or sidelines of the Civil War. Geraldine Brooks writes wonderful prose but there was something about this character that I found difficult to embrace. I think part of it was the long-winded sections the author uses to describe his experiences of life before and during the war. In contrast, the chapters told through Marmees voice have a good deal of energy and better pacing.

Another plus is the way Geraldine Brooks weaves letters from March to his wife Marmee with episodes from his past - his life before he married Marmee and afterwards when their children were born - and episodes of the present - on the battlefields and the cotton plantation where he spends considerable time teaching former slaves.

I think Im going to wait a while before making a decision on the rating.

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This book is a book based on the Mr. March of Little Women. I wish I had re-read Little Women before I read this. I liked it, and it made me think of some civil war issues, but didnt love it.
When the book switched from being Marchs voice to Marmees voice, I actually felt the voice was more likable--although it bugged me when it happened!

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This book is very well written and a joy to read in that sense. A different take on Little Women from Mr. Marchs perspective. A good anti-war, anti-slavery book. So many excellent quotes in the book, and definitely a book about faith.

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We read this for our May book discussion, and Im now passionately interested in Louisa May Alcott and her father. The story of Mr. Marchs service in the war was engrossing, leaving questions about the price of war, the meaning of service and family, and truth.

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