Monday, January 6, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: LITTLE WOMEN

Book: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Publisher: Puffin
Rating: *****

I remember a classmate of mine reading this book in grade five and our teacher raving about how my classmate had finished this big book. I had always meant to get around to reading it but it wasn't until now (at the age of 23) that I managed it.

This book is about four sisters (Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth) and their lives from mid-teenage hood to young adult. The book is set in rural America in the mid 1800's. The family is described as not having much money and being poor although I did not read about any impoverished conditions the girls actually lived in. I think the book portrayed the classic story of going from having a lot to not having as much instead of depicting an impoverished family.

What I absolutely loved when reading about the girls is just how much their quarrels and worries are things that my sister and I quarreled and worried about in the 21st Century. Their mother (Mrs. March) was a very calm and wise woman who remained steadfast in times of turmoil just like my own mother.

Meg is the oldest, then there is Jo, Amy, and Beth (I am not sure who is older, Amy or Beth) but I liked them all.

I particularly found Jo's character ever so reminiscent of myself. Jo was a tomboy growing up and her best friend was a boy just like myself. She prefers to read and write and doesn't spend much time on fashion or other frivolities. I found even the sad parts of her (she takes care of everyone else but doesn't get to partake in her life dreams as much) much similar to what I experience.

Overall, I was satisfied with the ending of this book and while it was a long read, I really enjoyed it. I think it would be considered one of my favourite classics (right beside Anne of Green Gables).

Let me know if you have read Little Women and what you thought of it.

Happy reading,
Tara

2 comments:

  1. I've had a copy of this book for the longest time, but haven't read it! I think I'll read it this year, though, since I really want to read more classics. It sounds like something I'd like, too!

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  2. Hi Jessica,
    You should definitely read it this year. I recommend around Christmas time (it has a Christmas-y feel to it). I did find it a rather long read though and it took me two weeks to get through. I loved the characters, especially Jo.

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