The author of Ragtime, City of God, and The Book of Daniel has given us a magisterial work with an enormous cast of unforgettable characters: white and black, men, women, and children, unionists and rebels, generals and privates, freed slaves and slave owners. At the center is General Sherman himself; a beautiful freed slave girl named Pearl; a Union regimental surgeon, Colonel Sartorius; Emily Thompson, the dispossessed daughter of a Southern judge; and Arly and Will, two misfit soldiers.
Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E.L. Doctorow's hands becomes something more, a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.
Enjoy The March? Listen to an interview with E.L. Doctorow on The Bob Edwards Show.
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"In this powerful novel, Doctorow gets deep inside the pillage, cruelty and destruction, as well as the care and burgeoning love that sprung up in their wake....On reaching the novel's last pages, the reader feels wonder that this nation was ever able to heal after so brutal, and personal, a conflict." (Publishers Weekly)
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I love a good historical novel, and Doctorow is my favorite in this genre. Ragtime and The March both illustrate periods in American history that are much easier to feel and understand through his eyes. The reader was superb.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It gave me a good understanding of this part of the war.
Charley Rose today includes a retrospective on this work:; Doctorow tells us he does not write historical fiction. He writes novels. Rose then presumes Sherman is portrayed from research and Doctorow corrects him. "He is my Sherman." Rose then persists; this novel shows the chaos of war!
But It does not. I read non-fiction and recommend Don Carlon's "Ghosts of the Ostfront" podcast for thar. Perhaps his "Wrath of the Khans". Novels show an outflow of the author's own mind and this is a novel. A light hearted one at that. I stopped listening just after Pearl finds the lieutenant with his letter.
Back to the Rose show. The claptrap on war and how this apparently 'important' literary work boldly shows the defects and promise of America now makes me smile. Its why I decided to try this piece of fiction. And glad to have done so though I could not go on with it to the end. Perhaps later.
Right now I am behind on my Plato and Aristotle ;) Seriously! That simply happens to be the case just know. In humorously true.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
What is emanication.
Maybe. Storyline is readable(listenable) but weak.
Morton is quite good. Moved the overall grade from three stars to four.
No. Just not that much umph.
What is it about our (U.S.) civil war. I have read/listened to a dozen histories (including all of Shelly Foote's the Civil War - which was phenomial) and four stories with Civil War backgrounds; yet one would think the horror of it all would cause one to stop reading about it and avoid having to live through the agony that episode of history wrought on people. Yet, when envisioning that human struggle that put brother against brother and enslaver against slave, that upheaval seems to always give us hope that no matter how horrible we think we are as humans, we may, just by small progressions - very small progressions - be making ourselves better creatures. What a massive toll it took to cause the damnation of slavery.
One of the better historical novels that greatly conveys the grinding horror of Sherman's march that helped end the Civil War. There were several parts of the story where I gasped out loud. E.L.Doctrow uses language so well to communicate mood and theme. A truly great author.
Pearl is my favorite character. She helps convey the feelings of a slave while telling the story of the promise of a country evolving into a new social fabric.
Joe Morton is a 10/10 narrator. I will actively seek out other books he's narrated for listening. There are many characters in this book. Male, female, southern, northern, poor, wealthy.... Mr. Morton makes this book come alive - it's like listening to a multi-actor radio play. It's hard to believe this was all done by one guy. Just Excellent.
Tearing apart a country to help it heal.
Wonderful story of the civil war and Sherman's March. Being a southerner I even understood why the violent dispatch of the such a large area of geography. It suredly helped to end the war sooner than later. Great listen.
The March, had lots of great characters, and the narrator was a very good reader. It was jus ok in my mind. It is very short, but it is a little but hard to get into.
If you enjoy war and civil war time period there maybe redeming value here. I did not get much out of this story but there is much here to entertain. It was a very easy read and worth the time.
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