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The March
The March
Author: E. L. Doctorow
Doctorow presents an historical novel that centers around William Tecumseh Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas and those he encounters along the way which include a freed slave girl named Pearl; a Union regimental surgeon, Colonel Sartorius; Emily Thompson, the daughter of a Southern judge; and two misfit soldiers.
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ISBN-13: 9780375506710
ISBN-10: 0375506713
Publication Date: 9/20/2005
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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natalexx avatar reviewed The March on + 52 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is one of those books you just have to say "well written, but..." about. A warning: Doctorow doesn't use quotation marks, and he writes in run-on sentences regularly. The first sentence takes up almost the entire first page. He employed the style well, but as a reader, I still miss punctuation. Other than that, the book is well written, but really brings nothing new to the Civil War genre. The real star of this story is Sherman's march, not the individual characters (there are so many narrators you may find you have a hard time sorting them out). So don't plan to get too attached. I'd recommend this to someone with a particularly strong interest in historical fiction about the Civil War.
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Helpful Score: 2
"In 1864, after Union general William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta, he marched his sixty thousand troops est through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces and lived off the land, pillaging the Southern plantations, taking cattle and crops for their own, demolishing cities, and accumulating a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the uprooted, the dispossessed, and the triumphant. Only a master novelist could so powerfully and compassionately render the lives of those who marched.

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 are 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 countelss 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." (jacket copy)
buzzby avatar reviewed The March on + 6062 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is the first of Doctorow's books I've read. I understand he specializes in bringing order out of chaos. He did a very good job of painting a verbal picture ofthe miasmic horde marching through the south.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great historical fiction about General Sherman's March through the South at the end of the Civil War.
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I really enjoyed this fictionalized telling of Sherman's march. The characters were engaging and the descriptive details brought history to life.
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Pure Doctorow using characters to hold one's interest as he incorporates them in a historical event which melds together into a well written book holding the interest of even those not historically oriented. I was particularly interested in the Georgia part of Sherman's march and found enough info to say well done. I can and have recommend it to others.
edwardb avatar reviewed The March on + 4 more book reviews
Very authentically written for what could best be described as speculative fiction. Doctorow really captures what I perceive to be the ambience of the losing South as General Sherman plowed his way through it to break the spirit of the Southern citizens. Incidentally, Sherman is not cast as an evil man at all. Instead he's depicted as a military strategist doing a necessary evil.
merina avatar reviewed The March on + 31 more book reviews
Really loved this book. One I thought would be hard to get into but was so interesting I didn't want to put it down. If you like books about war this is a must read in my opinion.
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Extremely intriguing book about Civil War history. Doctorow once again aced the job.
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Gripping, historically accurate but never boring - the characters and their stories jump off the page. I could not put it down - truly a work by a master at the top of his game.
michael avatar reviewed The March on + 42 more book reviews
great book. historical fiction of the civil war.

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