“Gives an interesting view of the pre- and Civil War-era in the life of a man.”Stephen wrote this review Friday, January 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is fun read if you've read Little Women.”Roz wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful albeit disturbing book about the war against slavery. Mr. March is the father from the book "Little Women" and part of the Concord, Mass group of Transcendentalists like Emerson and Thoreau. As an abolitionist minister he goes to war, completely unprepared for the hard realities of slavery, the cruelty of slave owners, and the torment of war that is forever haunting. Well written and moving.”Dawn G Lennon wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At the time I read this book I didn't realise that Mr March was the Mr March from Little Woman. A clever historical account and an interesting read!”Lisa Kalanjis wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Terrific historical fiction and an incredibly creative plot. The life of the father in little women as he struggles through his service as a chaplain for the Union in the Civil War. ”Rob Mathewson wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The April 2012 selection for my book club. Wow!
p. 4. No wonder simple men have always had their gods dwell in the high places. For as soon as a man lets his eye drop from the heavens to the horizon, he risks setting it on some scene of desolation.
p. 8. And yet what manner of man would I be, who has had so much to say in the contest of words, if now I shirked this contest of blood?
p. 14. . . . . the great think about being alway among people of noble manners was the inevitable elevation of one's own.
p. 26. To manage the Negro without an excess of passion, this is the Christian challenge. In this way no one mistakes personal malice for what is mere necessity of good husbandry.
p. 127. I now felt convinced that the greater part of a man's duty consists in abstaining from much that he is in the habit of consuming.
p. 174. The people who came to us were often in a sort of trance, brought on by fear, exhaustion, and, I imagined, a kind of mourning for what they had left behind - family, perhaps; friends, likely, and the certainty of all that had ever been familiar.
p. 184. One day, I hope to go back. To my wife, to my girls, but also to the man of moral certainty that I was that day; that innocent man, who knew with such clear confidence exactly what it was he was meant to do.
p. 266. . . . while I, brimful of philosophy and book learning, was unable to still my heart into patience.
p. 268. I do not ask for your absolution. I simply ask you to see that there is only one thing to do when we fall, and that is to get up, and go on . . .
p. 268. A free people must learn to manage its own destiny.
p. 270. You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.
P. 270. For I was a fool, a coward, uncertain of everything.
p. 273. I would do my best to live in the quick world, but the ghosts of the dead would be ever at hand.”
“http://anakalianwhims.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/march/”A.K. Klemm wrote this review Tuesday, January 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ This book is going into the category of "Faves" ... I enjoyed every delicious word of this wonderful story. Being a fan of Louisa May Alcott's, "Little Women" - I was intrigued by the premise of Mr. March taking center stage as the main character. In "Little Women" he is gone ... off to the Civil War and Ms. Brooks skillfully takes us into his world and his perspective on the changing society, family, marriage, slavery, religion. The story brings to light much about the circumstances in "Little Women" - we understand more fully why Mr. March has chosen to leave his wife and four daughters for this noble cause. It also stands on it's own as a tale about a man and his deepest convictions.
March is an idealist. He has seen the injustices of slavery and he wants to help. His beliefs are so strong that he leaves his famiy to join the Civil War as a Chaplain. March ends up on a majestic, abandoned southern plantation full of runaway slaves under a man who in his own way wants to help them. It's hard to fathom that a man could believe in a cause enough to leave his own beautiful family, but these were changing times and March was influenced by the free thinkers (Transcendaltists) and writers in Concord, Ma (Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne) who were also a big part of the underground railroad.
The story is riveting. The details of the war itself, the plight of the slaves, the relationship March has with his beloved wife, Marmee and his daughters ... There was a lot of history here too, but the historical "fiction" aspect allows Brooks to use her writer's license to make this tale even more moving and rich - It's a book that I will read again and again.”
“A well written imagining of the story of Mr. March of Alcott's Little Women.”wiley wrote this review Monday, October 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“March follows the story of Lousia May Alcott's famous book, Little Women. It tells the story of their father, who is fighting in the Civil War. He tries to do the right thing as his Christian background has taught him but is up against very conflicting times. It reveals the terror of war and the helplessness of so many young men that thought the Civil War would be only a short and galant stay.”Margie S wrote this review Thursday, September 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No