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Subject: Children's Classic
Date Posted: 12/12/2011 8:43 PM ET
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Returning to the world of the Marches through this childhood book (Little Women) was fun.  I realized that the book reflected the values of the time.  Of course, the first time I read it I was very young - a gift under the tree from my parents.  At that time it seemed very grown up and fascinating.  When I asked a 12-year-old member of the family what she thought she said she really liked it so I guess tastes haven't changed all that much.  Guess that is why this one has become a children's classic.

Date Posted: 12/15/2011 7:42 PM ET
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I thought it was a wee bit to sugary for my tastes, but I did enjoy "March" by Geraldine Brooks which features the perspective of Mr. March.

And I do like the film version with Susan Sarandon.

Date Posted: 12/16/2011 3:46 AM ET
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I hated Geraldine Brooks' March. I kept thinking: where is she getting all this from? Did she actually read Little Women?

I really do not believe her version of Mr. March rang true at all.

                                                                                                Rose

 

Date Posted: 12/17/2011 11:34 AM ET
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Don't hold back, Rose.

Date Posted: 12/21/2011 4:46 PM ET
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I loved March, but I wasn't cross-referencing it with Little Women -- mostly because, although I liked Little Women as well, I don't remember it well enough for comparison, being that I read it a couple of decades ago. I did find a couple of references (in March)  to events that supposedly happened before the war less than credible. However, I think Brooks' novel holds up well as a stand-alone work -- though that of course brings into question why Brooks chose to allude to Little Women at all. I suppose she needed someone for Mr. March to write to. :-)

Date Posted: 12/21/2011 5:40 PM ET
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It was a gimmick.

                   Rose