I never thought that I would fall head over heels for the March sisters! Just a couple of chapters made me care deeply for Meg, Joe, Bess, and Amy, and I wished to be their friend, to see them grow up and set foot into adulthood!
«Little Women» is a perfect book to read during childhood and early teens. And I’m actually sad for not reading it sooner. It is slightly “childish” in terms that the author feels the need to explain all the lessons to her audience, the hints and the acts would have been enough for me, but I do understand why the younger audience might need less subtle explanations.
Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?
Oh, how I regret not reading this book in my childhood. As much as I loved it now, I can imagine my-10-years-self obsessing over the March family, re-reading this book over and over, and dedicating an entire notebook to all life lessons Alcott brought to her story. And even picking up house chores, or creating new games similar to the ones played by the March sisters just so I could feel closer to my favorite girls.
WHAT I LIKED:
1 – «Little Women» can seem a little too long for children’s book, but that’s only because Louisa May Alcott included so many valuable and important lessons – from domesticity and household chores, to ambition and desire to achieve something splendid, the March sisters are a positive influence on any young girl.
And most importantly, they are all so different! So many young girls probably felt related to Jo and her wild spirit, but there were as many who preferred Meg’s elegance and Beth’s kindness or even Amy’s drive to learn something new.
If I would have to pick my favorite sister (which is very difficult to do!) I would probably go with Meg, but not because of her desire to get married or a fact that she paid too much attention to her appearance sometimes. But because of her gentle soul and responsibility that she carried for being the eldest of the four.
2 – Even though this book is a bit lengthy and does have a lot of explanations in it, there wasn’t a single moment when I felt bored or that it was a chore to read. In fact, the book ended way too quickly! I wanted to stay with the March sisters, learn more about day-to-day activities, see them fall in love and grow up.
After finishing «Little Women» I went looking for a sequel and (YES!) I found it – «Good Wives» was published in 1869, and I’m planning to pick it up as soon as possible. Although… maybe I should leave if for Christmas?
3 – «Little Women» was the perfect book to pick up during the Christmas season. The opening chapters take place a few days before and during Christmas and set the mood for the heartwarming holiday, accentuating the need to help each other and to be thankful for what we have.
This was such a heart-warming cozy read!
4 – Even though Louisa May Alcott uses simple words and a peaceful setting, this book does bring some darker topics to light as well – for example, women’s place in the society, financial struggles, war and the fear of losing loved ones.
I particularly loved how all girls worked together to overcome the hardships of life, and also how different their interests and life goals were. During the time of its publication, the Woman Suffrage movement was getting more and more attention, but I love that Alcott still gave girls the opportunity to choose not just the life of an emotionally and financially independent women, but also the choice of marriage and family.
One of my favorite books of 2019, «Little Women» was a delightful “manual” for little girls. Of course, some ideas are old-fashioned now, but ultimately the March sisters were trying to be and do better, and that’s one of the most important lessons any child needs to learn.
What do you think about «Little Women»? Wich March sister is your favorite? Have you seen the latest TV adaptation?
Let me know in the comments below!