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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott June 6, 2009

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is a world-famous classic novel written in the mid-1800s and still cherished now, generations later. 

The story follows the four March sisters and their mother over the course of a year as they try to keep cheerful and remain hardworking despite their father being at war and the sudden poverty they wish they could overcome.

 The description on the blurb reads:

“Timeless in its evocation of idealised family life and robustly enduring, Little Women is recognised as one of the best-loved classic children’s stories of all time.

 Originally written as a ‘girls’ story’, its appeal transcends boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young readers. For this is a beguiling story of happiness and hope, of the joys of companionship, domestic harmony and infinite mother love, all seen through the life of the March family.

 But which of the March sisters to love best, for every reader must have their favourite: independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or, precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family?

 

Little Women was an instant success when first published in 1868, and was followed a year later by the sequel, Good Wives.”

 Every chapter uncovers a new adventure complete with moral lesson, which keeps you reading until the end, and makes you re-evaluate your own choices, as you aspire to be more hardworking, kind and caring like the March girls learn. 

The values are learned with much developed emotion and wonderful characters, all with faults and strengths. The characters are very well written, and although not as dimensional as ones in a novel with fewer main characters, there is certainly enough for them to be realistic and enjoyable companions throughout the novel.

 The style is maybe a little basic when at first read, as it is aimed at children, but after the first chapter or so, it is very easy to fall into the gentle pace and beautiful descriptions, enjoying the bildungsroman fully. The fun-loving Jop adds drama and humour with her best friend Laurie who we learn to love and cherish right from the beginning.

 This is an enchanting novel and definitely deserves to be read – it is rare to find such an inspiring novel without feeling like you are being lectured. 

KJ
theBookGirl 

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1. uninvoked - June 6, 2009

I really enjoyed little women when I read it. I didn’t like Beth’s dying at all, and waffled between annoyance at her being too good and confusion as to why the author decided she needed to go.

I did love Jo though. She was by far my favorite character, and so lifelike and real. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Little Women, I haven’t thought about this book in a long time.

2. theBookGirl - June 6, 2009

Thank you 🙂

I agree, Beth didn’t really have any proper flaws, apart from being too shy; she seemed a little too much like a plot device to make the other sisters realise they needed to be less Selfish and lazy (which is mad, because really they weren’t lazy compared to a lot of people at that time and now).
I think my favourite character was Laurie (in this book at least) because his moods were so mysterious and he was different – more realistic because he wasn’t this amazingly moral young girl fighting oppression. But I kind of pair him with Jo and like her almost as much as Laurie; they’re so similar!

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