Books The March

Thumb_035aebd6002f5fbb85e8940f530d8d56 E. L. Doctorow
Random House
  • The March is stylishly written—his model, here as elsewhere, is F. Scott Fitzgerald—but it seems, despite its considerable length, a smaller, less ambitious book than one might have expected in view of his subject.

  • The novel shares with Ragtime a texture of terse episodes and dialogue shorn, in avant-garde fashion, of quotation marks, but has little of the older book’s distancing jazz, its impudent, mocking shuffle of facts; it celebrates its epic war with the stirring music of a brass marching band heard from afar, then loud and up close, and finally receding over the horizon. […] Doctorow here appears not so much a reconstructor of history as a visionary who seeks in time past occasions for poetry.

Our Thoughts

Doctorow’s clever historical fiction is well represented here. Perhaps to a fault. It is, at times, more impressive than enjoyable.

— Brian Flanagan