Little Women – Reading Recommendation

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.

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Little Women: Louisa May Alcott

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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