Title: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Genre: Classic, Coming-of-Age Fiction
Read/ Not Read: Maybe…Read…?
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
It’s so dreadful to be poor! sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.
I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all, added little Amy, with an injured sniff.
We’ve got Father and Mother, and each other said Beth contentedly from her corner.”
-Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
In a first perusal, it felt like a pretty normal classic book where girls’ only employment was to stay at home, learn drawing, music, other languages, read books and just wait to be married. While reading it, it had such a nondescript flow and I went through it smoothly. Only after finishing reading it, I realized all the subjects the book touched on.
There are so many things in this book, death, poverty, passion, growth. The book captures the journey of how the girls grew to be little women.
The entire book is about how the lives of the women used to be in the past, and somehow I liked it, very much. The Marches family have four sisters, Beth, Amy, Jo, and Meg. They live in a humble way with Mrs. March while Mr. March is away at war. Theirs is a life bordering on poverty but still filled with humbleness, happiness, and satisfaction.
I love reading about marriages and courtships in classic books. I was expecting somewhat more of a courtship leading to marriage kind of romance from Little Women right from the beginning.
However, the beginning of the story mainly focuses on the daily lives of the sisters. Their mother is a very sensible and loving person who knows how to manage her daughters.
I get that it is meant to be a children’s book, but sometimes the chapters went on and on about what the sisters learned from this experience and that experience, which was kind of boring.
Each of the four sisters has a mind of their own and their own uniqueness.
Jo is an aspiring writer, and the journey of her being a successful writer and publishing her stories was an interesting aspect of the book for me. She is really a headstrong girl, with a fierce temper who wants to be independent. She was a refreshing character.
The rest of the girls were somewhat less interesting. Meg is a humble, pretty and satisfied creature who is liked universally. I liked Amy the least and she got the richest husband, haha. If not for her sisters’ influence and her mother’s she would have been a selfish and vain creature. Beth is the sweetest child.
It was the little and big things that help the flow of the book; how they celebrate Christmas and marriages, grieve the death of a loved one, help each other, cook their meals and go to dances.
I feel like I would have stopped reading this book halfway through if not for everything that was happening in their mundane lives. In each chapter, something was happening and I wanted to know how it all turned out.
Overall, I liked the book for the way the lives of the girls turning into women was portrayed with their flaws and everything.
There are lots of emotional and sad scenes along with plenty of moral lessons. However, I don’t think I will be continuing this trilogy.