Monday, August 4, 2014

What Did You Think of MARCH by Geraldine Brooks?

We will meet next Monday, August 11, at Noon to discuss March by Geraldine Brooks. See details at

In the meantime, let us know what you thought of the book.

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this well-written historical fiction even tho at times it was “hard” to read about war and death, especially to innocents close to someone trying to “do good.” I never thought deeply about how bad the Civil War really was. I thought the author’s use of structure (with Marmee narrating Part Two) was clever. However Grace was a bit of an unrealistic “super” character, as was her father the slave owner’s desire to pair her his own daughter, with his son, her step-brother.

    In terms of Question 1, I think that there is a lot of misunderstanding in any close relationship. Often the complete truth is withheld, short of outright lying. “What you don’t know doesn’t hurt you,” as long as you can get away with that.

    Q4. I didn’t approve of Mr. March OVER-investing in John Brown, causing his family such dire financial bankruptcy.

    Q5. The nature of war is unjust. But after Mr. March recovers from his injuries he wants to go back. Perhaps he has “survivor’s guilt.” Grace is right to tell him to go home and be a father and preach to spread the word of what is actually taking place in the South. Letting people know the truth is a worthy way for him to spend the remaining years of the war (Question 8). No relationship stays the same. It was unclear to me if Marmee was satisfied that nothing really took place between her husband and Grace.

    Q6. Mr. March was brave to put his principles ahead of his family obligations and go to war.


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