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The March

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Slow and confusing

    There are too many characters to keep track of. I spent most of the book waiting for the climax.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    Doctorow's 'The March' Staggers

    Without a controlling central or sympathetic consciousness, the 'intentionally' fragmented narrative of this epic tour of the Civil-Wartime South offers stirring parts without achieving fictive depth or an integral whole. Like much of Doctorow's work, this book is historically illuminating & well crafted. However, it is only occasionally compelling, adding up to less than the sum of its parts, and thus, better to browse in than read through. Fans of some of Doctorow's previous narrative patchworks, like 'Ragtime' & 'Loon Lake' might demur, but those, like me, who prefer either distinct short pieces like the author's, 'Sweet Land Stories' or sustained narratives like 'Billy Bathgate' & 'The Book of Daniel' may want to skip this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Sorry, but it wasn't like that.

    Mr. Doctorow did a superb job of researching his subject. His command of historical detail and descriptions of Sherman's March were first rate, but still he got it wrong. It's too bad that he felt compelled to apply the belief system and biases of 21st-century Manhattan literary society to the events of 1864/65 in Georgia and the Carolinas. In this mindset, white Southern men are inevitably venal, white Southern women are kind of clueless, and all freed slaves are noble, or at least dignified. I'm sure there's a Greek word for this. In any case, I lost interest about half way through when I realized I was merely reading the Civil War as Mr. Doctorow thinks it should have been conducted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006

    It could have been a powerful novel

    Doctorow missed the chance to write a fabulous novel. Considering the impact Sherman's march had on the south, it seemed somewhat minimized in this book. The characters were interesting and well-defined. Because of the title I was expecting a powerful depiction of this defining period during the Civil War. Unfortunately I found it was quite a disappointment. Instead, it was just another book about scoundrels and theives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    Disappointedly disjointed

    I respect the author for the research that he did. There are numerous interesting historical facts about the people and era he wove into his novel. However, as a historical writer, the author does not successfully spin a coherent tale from his findings. I found myself numerous times trying to connect with the different characters, wondering which side I was viewing...where, and how the characters at present related to the others. Also, importantly, I found the author's writing style confusing. Not following regular English convections, like not using quotations for spoken words in the context of a descriptive paragraph, only added to my confusion of the plot.

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