March Criticism

Geraldine Brooks
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March, which received widespread positive reviews, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. Writing in Publishers Weekly, one reviewer calls the novel “luminous,” “affecting,” and “beautifully written” as it “drives home the intimate horrors and ironies of the Civil War and the difficulty of living honestly with the knowledge of human suffering.” Brooks’s characters, the review claims, “speak with a convincing 19th-century formality, yet the narrative is always accessible,” an assessment echoed by a reviewer for the Economist, who asserts that “the novel’s voice captures well the flowery, elegant prose of a bookish 19th-century reverend.” However, Marta Segal Block in Booklist argues that while “the nineteenth-century writing style is accurate and entertaining, . . . it may be too ornate for some readers. The best moments in the narrative are the peeks inside the mind of...

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