As March is the 2006 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, I was inclined to buy and read this novel as I am out of ideas on what to read next.
Against the backdrop of the Civil War, I found it interesting to read about the happenings in Virginia (where we moved from), especially when towns / cities are named and their conditions given: racism, discrimination and hatred.
Most appealing: the character is the father from “Little Women” and in this book (no I haven’t read it nor care to actually) upon the father’s return, all his daughters sit around him, joyous upon his return from the war and ask the most inconsiderate questions such as, how different do I look to you? what about so and so … how different does she look to you? how have I changed in your opinion? notice anything different about ME?
Not once do this little brats ask their father how different he feels, or how fighting the Civil War has changed him personally.
In March, all these questions are answered as it follows him from youth to the moment he returns home to Concord, MA. It is told from the perspective of the father who leaves for war, experiences so much (pain, hatred of whites, love for blacks, adultery, failure and in the end, self-doubt).
The idea is not unlike Wicked by Gregory Maguire where the perspective is the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Finally, a voice for the unspoken, miffed yet wholesome and monumental characters silenced by the author’s opinion of whose voice the audience wants to ‘hear’.
Good read indeed but not one I’m hanging onto …