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The March chapter 1 The March, meaning The March, genre The March, book cover The March, flies The March, The March c402f46a45958 In , Union General William Tecumseh Sherman Marched His Sixty Thousand Troops Through Georgia To The Sea, And Then Up Into The Carolinas The Army Fought Off Confederate Forces, Demolished Cities, And Accumulated A Borne Along Population Of Freed Blacks And White Refugees Until All That Remained Was The Dangerous Transient Life Of The Dispossessed And The Triumphant In E L Doctorow S Hands The Great March Becomes A Floating World, A Nomadic Consciousness, And An Unforgettable Reading Experience With Awesome Relevance To Our Own Times Back Cover


10 thoughts on “The March

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    Although it is not an overly lengthy novel, Doctorow paints a very wide palette It may be too wide His cast of characters is broad, including the mandatory historical personalities Most prominent among these is William Tecumsah Sherman Uncle Billy to his troops , of the eponymous March Pearl is a white skinned black, a slave fathered by her master If there is a central character here, I suppose it is her, but not by a large measure Arly is a petty criminal, who along with his partner, is released from prison by a Confederate general in return for his value as a soldier He follows a twisted path to what becomes, for him, a glorious end A photographer, or at least his assistant and his equipment, figure in this tale, as does a family Two sisters in search of different things, one looking for her lost sons, another for a purpose in life E.L Doctorow from The New York TimesThe March is an image of the road, a literary metaphor as well as a physical one While all the characters walk the path blazed by Sherman to some degree it is the paths each blaze personally that resonate Pearl is on her way not only to Washington Square to deliver a letter to a dead soldier s family, but to make a new life for herself, journeying from slavery to freedom A German doctor travels a path to give his life meaning, but is unable to engage in his experience in a meaningful way emotionally, and so, in a way, remains where he is A rou of a colonel enjoys his life as a ladies man while proving his mettle in the field, until he is undone by his own desires When this is made into a film, and it most certainly will be, barring a significant rewrite it will be populated with an ensemble cast No one character leads the way here Sherman himself is not introduced until page 74 Whites of both the north and south share our attention with diverse black characters Leaders occupy the same pages as the lowest on society s ladder A brief Lincoln appearance is mesmerizing Doctorow offers a tableau of an America on the march from a slave to a modern society, with a peek at many of the issues entailed in that transition I was reminded of Whitman while reading this Doctorow seems in Whitman s way drawn to the sinews of the real America He paints a very real image of a major event in a significant time And while one might feel a desire for a singular character to whom to relate, it makes sense in this work to step back and take in Doctorow s pointillist approach, as the many individual specks add up to a very compelling image Highly recommended


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    The March, E.L DoctorowThe March is a 2005 historical fiction novel by E L Doctorow It won the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction 2006 and the National Book Critics Circle Award Fiction 2005 2015 2013 413 9786006846170 21 1864 1865


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    Many shifting points of view tell this big story of General William Tecumseh Sherman s famous March to the Sea 1865 which ended the American Civil War in the south Literary compression is the wonder here Full characters are brought forth in half a page It is for the most part a lean and uncluttered style, though with a propensity to swell briefly at times into overwriting Fortunately, these interludes are few, but they lowered the achievement in my estimation to a mere three stars The tragedy to both sides, especially the South, which provides the novel s setting, is most affectingly told There is Pearl, daughter of a white master and slave mother who like Joe Christmas in Faulkner s Light In August has trouble knowing exactly who she is She is drawn to white people because she is white, but feels she is black since she was raised in the plantation slave quarters Will and Arly are young Confederate soldiers who, in the mayhem of the March, put on the uniforms of the Union dead to save themselves Then there is Sherman himself, a brilliant, brooding loner respected by his officers but resented for his bond with the rank and file There is the surgeon Wrede Sartorius the name is almost certainly an homage to William Faulkner whose Colonel Sartorus appears in The Unvanquished and other novels who works with an almost inhuman intensity to save the dying and thereby drives a woman he deeply cares for from his arms The doctor is dehumanized by the war, not to the point of madness Instead, he retreats into cold intellectuality where it is less possible to feel He is numb The dispensary scenes where the casualties await Sartorius s saw remind me very much of similar scenes in mile Zola s La D b cle, about the Franco Prussian War 1870 A Pyrrhic victory for the Union A terrible, interminable war of brothers killing brothers The U.S Civil War continues to shape the identity of America to this day.


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    La gran marcha es una novela coral enmarcada en la fase final de la guerra de secesi n norteamericana No obstante, aun siendo importante, no es esta guerra la protagonista La novela se centra en la cotidianidad de diversos personajes en una situaci n tan fuera de lo cotidiano como es un conflicto b lico y, para m s inri, de guerra civil, sus reflexiones, sus reacciones en esa gran marcha hacia la gloria de unos, la muerte de otros, y el anonimato de casi todos Est n presentes el amor y el odio, la responsabilidad y la ambici n, la fortuna y la desventura, la crueldad y la piedad, y todo contado con una sobriedad exquisita donde no falta el humor Un gran libro.


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    The march.In E.L Doctorow s capable hands it becomes than a collective activity, than a military composite The march becomes a thing, a great living mass, whose arms and tentacles extend out for miles, though forests and across streams and down city streets Each soldier in the march is a cell in a living organism of seek and destroy, a great sprawling entity of military might and objective, but diverse and chaotic enough to encompass stragglers, hangers on, passengers and parasites.Describing General William Tecumseh Sherman s 1864 march to the sea from burning Atlanta, novelist E L Doctorow illustrates a vision of history that comes alive for the reader Following several characters on the march, including the General himself, the reader is carried along this flowing river of humanity bent on conquest and destruction, but also alive with individual purpose and reason The march as a collective is a heterogeneous amalgam of moving and sometimes contradictory parts, but each distinctive person as a part of the whole has a clear and separate story of its own and Doctorow masterfully brings the mass to vivid life.Sherman was shown to be a destroyer and also a threat of destruction His burning of Atlanta, Savanah, Columbia and much of Georgia and the Carolinas was meant to be a fatal coup de grace to the South, but worse, a promise of penultimate blows if ever his latest act of total war was not sufficient The author shows the devastating result of the whole but also intrinsic and divergent cause and effect of the single players in the tide that is the Union army thrusting a killing blow into the heart of the Confederacy.Doctorow has long been on my radar to read and this first read will only be the first The March does much to define the American Civil War but transcends this war as a piece of American history and goes on to thoroughly and minutely provide for the reader a great history I think only Tolstoy s War and Peace matches Doctorow s ability to, in a single literary work, describe both a great event and also the microscopic human details of that experience I will read much from this virtuoso craftsman.


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    Questo inferno, il mio inferno, senza attribuzione E la vita quando non pi capace di tollerarsi La marcia quella che sul finire della guerra di secessione americana, nel novembre 1864, compie il Generale William Tecumseh Sherman alla testa di un esercito di 62.000 giacche blu da Atlanta a Savannah Georgia , per poi proseguire attraverso il Sud e il Nord Carolina, fino alla resa dell esercito sudista.Durante l avanzata nordista tra saccheggi, scontri a fuoco, incendi, distruzioni molti civili che hanno perso tutto, completamente allo sbando, si aggregano in coda alla carovana dell esercito, nel tentativo di sopravvivere in qualche modo alla tragedia che li ha colpiti In questo romanzo la guerra vista soprattutto attraverso i loro occhi, gli occhi di chi la subisce e cerca disperatamente di restare vivo, di non perdere la propria umanit in quell inferno.Tantissimi i personaggi illuminati dall autore e, di volta in volta, portati in primo piano nella narrazione Pearl, negra dalla pelle bianca Arly e Will, disertori e spie, uniti dalla sorte in una fuga perenne e trascinati in situazioni sempre pi paradossali Emily, travolta da eventi che cancellano in un attimo ogni certezza, in cerca di un nuovo punto d appoggio Wrede Sartorius, chirurgo tedesco, dotato di conoscenze e capacit molto superiori per quel tempo, ma freddo, un uomo tremendamente solo nella sua spietata lucidit il Generale Sherman, dotato di un istinto quasi infallibile per tutto ci che riguarda tattica e strategia militare, ma perseguitato da un senso di insicurezza che affiora nei momenti di calma, e per questo temuta pi di qualsiasi battaglia Una miriade di personaggi storici e di finzione che ci accompagnano per tutto il romanzo e altri che vivono e muoiono nello spazio di alcune pagine, se non addirittura di pochi paragrafi Nessuno di loro, alla fine, uscir intatto da questa esperienza, da questa marcia, dalla guerra.Un romanzo corale, drammatico, in cui Doctorow ci fa passare attraverso atroci sofferenze con una prosa raffinata, mano ferma e sguardo pietoso.http youtu.be Iw8YjVrRNRU


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    This was good, not great.Such has been my feeling about all three of the Doctorow novels I ve read, Billy Bathgate, City of God and The March All of these novels are well structured, technically proficient works, and all contain something that makes them above average.But nothing quite makes them extraordinary.Some credit has to go to Doctorow, however, just for picking Tecumseh Sherman s march as his topic This is a controversial subject, even 140 years later Truthfully, I most enjoyed the parts where Doctorow a writer who proved in City of God that he has a top notch brain tried to lead us inside Sherman s mind.The novel may have been better for me if it had been about marching and obligation and mania than bit players The Pearl character, specifically, just felt like Doctorow was trying too hard to make a somewhat tired social commentary the ending of the book with Pearl being ahead of her time was uncharacteristically trite.Going into this novel, and knowing the abandon with which Doctorow tackled the existence of God in a previous novel, I expected marching and Sherman and all the horrific choices an otherwise decent, but empirical thinking, man had to make.Finally, the supporting cast of The March is what makes me hesitate to recommend this novel to historical fiction fans For now, let s just let contemporary fiction fans enjoy it as an entertaining read that uses very interesting scenery in a pretty good way.


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    Coming to this novel after Ragtime I was disappointed It is a far conventional story that tracks along Sherman s march through Georgia and then up through South Carolina during the American Civil War Hanging about the story are two dastardly brothers, sinister but also comical who desire to have sex with their half sister, this would be socially acceptable view spoiler at least in certain places hide spoiler


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    Totally mesmerizing, hallucinagenic almost Creates that feeling of being unmoored from the shore and swept along a in a current At any moment, someone or something else can float by you as you re carried along by the water against your will, just hoping to keep your feet up so as not to get pulled under by a hidden rock or branch and drown He s a really good writer.


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