Monday, 13 February 2012

Brooks, Geraldine “March”

Brooks, Geraldine “March. A Love Story in a Time of War” - 2006

Who hasn't read “Little Women” and wouldn't mind reading more about the March family. Well, here's your chance.

I am not a big fan of any “sequels” written by other people than the author him/herself, especially not decades or even centuries later. However, Geraldine Brooks is an exception, she writes her novels more like biographies. As in this case. The protagonist of her story is John March, the father of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, Marmee's beloved husband. A lot of his work is told in the background in “Little Women”, here we can see the man himself, his ideals, his politics, he was an abolitionist as well as an advocate for women's rights, a dreamer of a better world. As Louisa May Alcott has really told the story of her family, this is the story of her father, Amos Bronson Alcott. He was quite a remarkable man, way ahead of his time and his story is worth reading.

Geraldine Brooks received the Pulitzer Prize for "March" in 2006.


  1. I've always liked "Little Women" - the only disturbing point is in my eyes Alcott's treatment of the Civil War. It's treated as a simple opportunity to show Yankee patriotism and sense of duty - there's no allusion to the war cruelties nor to the inner conflicts within the Yankee States (the "copperheads", the anti-draft riots etc.).

    1. I totally agree about that but I guess American readers and especially LM Alcott's contemporaries had a different opinion about it.

      It still is a great story about a family that lived at the time and was happy to read this book about the March family that shows a lot more.