March, by Geraldine BrooksAnyone who has read this book, can you tell me whether it is a good sequel to Little Women? I have read the reviews, but I need a teacher's point of view. I'd love to...

March, by Geraldine Brooks

Anyone who has read this book, can you tell me whether it is a good sequel to Little Women? I have read the reviews, but I need a teacher's point of view. I'd love to know your opinions.

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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I enjoyed March.  It filled in the back story of the absent father  of the novel.  Even though I was a huge fan of Little Woman as a child (It was a book I read on an annual basis), the differences in style and theme of March did not bother me at all.  March is a dark novel about the Civil War.  I thought it pretty realistic.  I liked the inclusion of other literary figures such as Emerson.

March is not really a sequel to Little Women.  It is more a story told from a different perspective.  I recommend it.

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I had no idea there was such a critter!  Little Women and Little Men have long been among my favorites, and I do generally enjoy sequels and prequels--if they're written by the same author as the original.  My experience, though, is that authors who try to write in someone else's style are rarely successful enough to satisfy me.  I'm thinking of Heathcliff and Wide Sargasso Sea.  They just don't cut it for me.  I think it's because if I loved the original enough to want to read more, I've bought in and want more of the same--not more of sorta the same.

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As to March it was a great book that really brought an new aspect of the Civil War to light for me.  I enjoyed the references to Little Women but the book very much stands alone.  Brooks has a talent for bringing to life historical periods -- I can't recommend Year of Wonders more highly -- and it is about the Plague!

As for sequels and prequels, I don't care how bad they are I am addicted to them -- especially the number that abound for Pride and Prejudice.  Sometimes the worse the better.  They just make me laugh.  I think that I just love the novel so much (and read it each summer in preparation for the start of my school year) that these other books remind me that this book still matters and is inspiring other writers -- some more successfully than others :)

 

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In my experience the majority of subsequent "sequels" that are written by other authors really are very poor, but I haven't read this one so don't know if it is any good. Is it? I have read a truly hideous and painful sequel to Pride and Prejudice for example that made me want to rip my eyes out and throw them into a volcano.

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cybil | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I think the vocabulary in Little Women is a little archaic. What about March? Does Brooks try to mimic Alcott? Yes, I'll read the book for myself, but there are a few in line before it.

No, I don't recalll that Brooks makes any attempt to imitate Alcott's style. March is written for a modern reader. It simply uses Alcott's book as a springboard for plot, in my opinion, and as a way to offer historical fiction about the Civil War from the perspective of a Northerner who wasn't a soldier enduring the war in the South.

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I think the vocabulary in Little Women is a little archaic. What about March? Does Brooks try to mimic Alcott? Yes, I'll read the book for myself, but there are a few in line before it.

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cybil | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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First, I have to say that I really enjoyed this novel. It's well written, and the story is gripping. Aside from the Wizard of Oz books (I read all of them!), Little Women was probably the novel that truly hooked me as a young reader, mostly because of the character Jo. I admired her enormously because she was a strong young woman, she was smart, and she had my name! I read everything else Alcott wrote as soon as I could.

March is a very good sequel in that it often makes references to Dr. March's family back home as he experiences the war. Eventually he and Marmee are united in, as I recall, Washington, and she brings him news of the girls. It's not essential to have read Little Women to appreciate Brooks' book, but knowing the background definitely enriches the experience. I recommend the book; however, I see it as far more than a sequel.

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