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review 2017-07-07 21:30
Review of March by Geraldine Brooks
March - Geraldine Brooks

My second novel by Brooks and I am still in love with her writing.  There isn't much to say that has not already been said about this book, but I loved the reality brought to life in this story.  Outside of the clever way that Brooks told the story of the March family from Little Women, this story shows the harsh reality of slavery in the Civil War.  She does an outstanding job of showing the reader the ideas and flaws of abolitionism in the North as well.  Historical fiction at its finest!

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review 2017-05-11 16:01
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Secret Chord: A Novel - Geraldine Brooks

I greatly admire Brooks' works and the voice she gives to historical characters, so I looked forward to seeing what she would do with the Biblical King David. Considering the drama of David's life, this novel was surprisingly uninteresting. 

 

Told from the point-of-view of the prophet Nathan, David's life is full of contradictions that are not fully explained. He seems much more an irreverent philanderer than the "man after God's own heart." Of course, David had his issues, but he doesn't seem to have any positive attributes in this portrayal of him, leading the reader to wonder why God would have chosen him at all.

 

It doesn't seem to be a question that Nathan ever considers, though he does take it upon himself to ensure that David's son, Solomon, becomes a better man than his father. I enjoyed the part of the book with Nathan mentoring the young future king.

 

This novel closely follows the Biblical account of David with many additional graphic sexual encounters that I could have done without. Some Christians will undoubtedly be offended by the author's decisions regarding some of David's relationships, but I was not particularly surprised by any of it. Even with the scandalous attempts to add to David's known story, I found this book a bit bland. Definitely disappointing coming from an author of such great skill.

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review 2017-05-09 18:48
Powerful historical fiction
March - Geraldine Brooks

Historical fiction with a powerful grounding in both the fictive world of Louisa May Alcott ("Little Women") as well as the real history of the American Civil War. A pitiable and complicated main character (March) leaves his family to fight in the war as a committed abolitionist. As the father of Jo and Beth and Amy from Little Women, we get to hear his side of what was happening in this critical period in U.S. history.

I found the premise more intriguing than the execution, but I liked the way in which his life and decisions had complicated outcomes, not predictable ones that were clearly heroic. The story reflects the complications and horror of the Civil War itself, and capably demonstrates the terrible life of slavery and its affects on human beings in that period.

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text 2017-05-03 09:55
Reading progress update: I've read 168 out of 280 pages.
March - Geraldine Brooks

I so loved Year of Wonders that when I saw this at the library I picked it up on the off-chance. Somehow though, when I got it home, I kept looking at it and thinking 'I just don't fancy this', so it sat there as my only unread library book from March. It kept quietly nudging me though every time I picked up another book or walked past - read me, it kept whispering. So, before renewing it for another month, I finally picked it up. I'm not disappointed so far. I so love her writing, descriptive but no intrusive. I may try one of her non-fiction next but I hope she carries on writing fiction.

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review 2017-04-05 23:02
Review of People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

A new favorite! It is such a fantastic surprise when you start a book with no expectations and it becomes a top read. I had never read any of Geraldine Brooks' books before, but I am very much looking forward to the next one.

 

This novel alternates chapters between the main character who examines and repairs historical books, and the stories of how the book came to the main character throughout history. A wonderful concept that reads as a series of short stories in many ways. I loved the history, the writing style, and the character development throughout the book.

 

Highly recommended.

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