The author of Ragtime, City of God, and The Book of Daniel has given us a magisterial work with an enormous cast of unforgettable charactersâwhite and black, men, women, and children, unionists and rebels, generals and privates, freed slaves and slave owners. At the center is General Sherman himself; a beautiful freed slave girl named Pearl; a Union regimental surgeon, Colonel Sartorius; Emily Thompson, the dispossessed daughter of a Southern judge; and Arly and Will, two misfit soldiers.
Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E. L. Doctorowâs hands becomes something moreâa floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.
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