Little women is a really interesting snapshot into they way that women were viewed early in the 19th Century, and although one fellow reviewer thought kids might view it as “literary broccoli” I still think it’s really interesting in todays’ vampire saturated reading market (Jo could have taught Bella from Twilight something, that’s for sure.)
I found this edition when I popped into a local Oxfam bookshop, and there it was, sitting lonely on a bookshelf, and I couldn’t not give it a home.
The basis of the novel is the day-to-day journey four sisters coping with living, whilst they have family members away at war. The main character Jo “wasn’t a heroine; she was only a struggling human girl, like hundreds of others, and she just acted out her nature, being sad, cross, listless, or energetic, as the mood suggested”, her sisters – vain Meg, angelic but rather boring) Beth, temperamental Amy, and not forgetting the rich and handsome “Laurence” boy.
I read it a long time ago as a young ‘un and it’s really nice to reread books like these once in a while, they feel like a comfortable old sweater. You know the ones with just enough wearing to be luscious, warm and cuddly but not really wearable in public anymore? I digress (and probably need to clean my wardrobe out.
“a friend’s praise is always sweeter than a dozen newspaper puffs”
The author was asked to write a ‘book for girls’ and as was the norm, it has religious touches, but also has some really (if OTT as were the times) solid advice – marital advice, parenting advice and relationships advice – and to be honest with the state of the Jeremy Kyle generation, it could go a long way in this day and age.
It was a lovely nostalgic re-reading this, but the different and more critical way I viewed it as a grown-up compared to reading as a child was really interesting and really got me thinking.
Have you read Little Women?
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