Americans recently added Little Women by Louisa May Alcott to their top 10 favorite books.
A bestseller from the time it was originally published in 1868, the story follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. The four girls belongs to a poor family with their father off to civil war they have only their mother left to encourage them to be the best version of themselves at all times. The sisters struggle to support themselves and keep their household running despite the fact that the family recently lost its fortune.
As they go through love and loss they truly do learn to become ‘little women’.
Margaret “Meg” March: the prettiest of the four March sisters, loves luxury, and nice things, she often addresses her younger sisters to ensure they grow to symbolize the title of “little women”.
Josephine “Jo” March : she is my favorite character in this book, a strong and willful young woman tried to be the man of the family when her father was at war, she may not be so pretty but she is a bookworm, writer, and she never goes by the rules and has a passion to follow her heart’s demands. Running into trouble and enjoying life without worrying about the other’s opinion of her.
Elizabeth “Beth” March : She is the sensible sister, the one who takes care of all, with her shy smile and the hymns she whispers, warmth will fill the house.
Amy Curtis March: the artist, and the delicate sister, who want things just to be like her friends in school.
Finally we have the neighbor:
Laurie: a handsome, spoiled boy, who was lonely until Jo became his friend.
Louisa’s writing was elegant yet emotional and melancholy at moments, and perfect for the era it was set in, whilst the sister’s personalities were intricately described throughout the whole book. The novel is amazingly poignant, sweet, and sometimes sad; Alcott masterfully writes the atmosphere of home warmth and fireside comfort. This is a story of friendship and love; of human vices and little women fighting with them every single day; of the childhood and adolescence, of children’s ability to make adult decisions as well as of the reluctance to grow up. The book, on the one hand, is very easy for comprehension, and on the other hand, full with educative and smart ideas.
Being perfect for teenagers it still can be interesting for adults to look at the girls growing-up and making mistakes already left behind and to gain the very mother’s wisdom.
However Young boys and girls might find the domesticity in the book off-putting but it was necessary for people to have domestic skills or they could not survive.
It’s exactly the sort of books kids should be raised with as an illustration of sympathy, empathy, and thoughtful. It may be innocent, boring and slow at certain points but full with moralization. The very goodness triumphs over heart of person who reads and makes them believe that universal values still mean something in this world. Crafting a book for girls Louisa Alcott displays her views towards feminism and demonstrates us that mawkishness is not always a evil; it can bring compassion sometimes. It is a sweet book, occasionally a bit too sweet, but there were many places where I felt quite moved
I know I will remember this book for years to come and it will always feel as if it were almost yesterday that I read it, as it is a book to treasure and keep on a dusty bookshelf to pass on for generations.