Little Women have some of the best lives

Lately I’ve been into reading the classics. I don’t know why these books didn’t get into my reading classes at school; they definitely could have made class and books much more cheerful. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott took me through a range of emotions. It took a little bit to get into it and then I was in love. Time kept me away when I got half way through and then I was back to reading many chapters a day. The writer pulled a very unexpected trick and I was worried I’d end up hating the book, but she ended it very nicely. However, even with the nice finale, the twist a few chapters before the ending took me completely off guard. I found myself being a cheerleader for my favorite character Laurie and his actions took him from the high throne which I had held him. He went from being one of those men in books you wish existed in real life to just Laurie; more of a brother figure than a love interest. Perhaps I wore one of the four sister’s shoes a little too tightly.

The story follows the growth of four sisters who consider themselves poor even though their lives, as they later find out, are full of the best kind of wealth. The book was written in the late 1860s and takes place around this time. Little Women has a different type of writing from what I’m used to. I liked that in parts Louisa May Alcott wrote directly to and about her readers as though she were telling her friends a story about a family she knew. I was expecting this book to take place in England, but I was surprised that the family lived in New England in America. It was like a dip into history. I don’t remember learning much about this time in the US in school so reading this book was an insight into a typical American family of this time.

Little Women made sure to depict each of the four girls’ stories through their mistakes and the lessons they learned. There’s a part in the book where Jo, my favorite sister, writes stories that she isn’t too proud of and she realizes that she is teaching her readers to behave in the type of manner in which she portrays her characters. Perhaps Louisa May Alcott realized this herself in previous writing because I felt as though she was doing her best to teach each of her readers how to be a good daughter, sister, friend, wife, and mother. The novel is full of life lessons, heartache, sadness, dreams and love. I really loved this book and I can see why it’s considered a classic. It’s a must read!

Comments

Clare
25 January 2011 - 14:07

I love Little Women – coming from a family of four girls it was a much loved book in our house for a long time. Each of us at different times wanted to be a diffferent one of the girls, although I too think I might have worn Jo’s shoes a little too tightly at times

Eva
25 January 2011 - 14:25

That’s such a great story you have of you own about Little Women. Thanks for sharing. :) And it must be the writer in each of us!

Abby
27 January 2011 - 17:57

Eva! I don’t know why we didn’t read more classics in school, but we really should have! I recently read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for the first time and I really liked it. If you’re between books right now I’d suggest picking it up!

Eva
27 January 2011 - 18:32

Abby! What a nice surprise; thanks for checking out my blog! I’ve currently got one must-read book burning with its “READ ME NOW!” unwritten words all over it so once I read that, I’ll definitely see if I can get my hands on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I wasn’t a fan of the movie, but we all know books are so much better 99.9% of the time, ha! Since it’s a classic, I imagine the small English section in the city’s library just might have it! Thank you for the suggestion!!

Jeannie
28 January 2011 - 19:53

OH, Eva, so good to see your thoughts about Little Women. My sister-in-law sent me my grandmother’s copy given to her when she was ten years old. One fall I was ill and took that book in hand. Ahhh. So very special. I am glad you pointed out its historical setting. I hadn’t registered that myself. There is a wonderful film of this book, too. Cameron enjoyed it with me.

Blessings,
Jeannie

Eva
28 January 2011 - 21:19

Jeannie – It looks as though the classics stick with us and are close to our hearts. So many books these days seem to be written just for the money. I’m glad you liked my review and that I could write about something you hadn’t spotted in your reading. I keep hearing about the Winona Rider version of the movie and it’s definitely on my to-watch list of movies. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I hope you’re feeling better!