I've been on a bit of a classics kick the last few days and I've loved it!
Little Women is one of those books I felt I should read even though I wasn't keen on the idea of it. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised. .
It shows us one year in the Marches life, focusing on sisters Jo, Beth, Amy and Margaret.
Like most people, I loved Jo. She's a bookworm but she also has a goddamn pet rat called Scrabbles. I am all for that rat appreciation!
It's charming and cosy and I can see why it's such a classic.
I had a couple of gripes though. It's quite heavy on the old religious symbolism. Actually not symbolism because Alcott straight up tells us to love god and trust him etc. So a little less would be nice.
Also at times, it's a bit idealistic. The girls will cheep in chorus saying "yes mother" and an experiment that sees them do no work but all play, backfires and they realise that doing chores is the best! I mean, they are all young girls. Would they really all hate having a break from work? It's all a bit twee at times
Mostly I really enjoyed it. I do have a question though!
My edition ended when they are all kids still as only a year goes by. Do some editions have the entire collection, e.g. Little Men?
Anyway. A lovely read! 3.5
Day 9 #instagramworthy challenge: what would you regret not doing at the end of your life? *having not appreciated every single moment to the fullest.*
*I will never stop smelling the flowers, collecting rocks, communing w animals, photographing adventures, staying inspired, cherishing my parents/friends/partner, writing my thoughts, watching the clouds, being grateful, relishing opportunities, trying to live like the nature-loving social justice activist Henry David Thoreau whose Walden Pond, hometown of Concord, & final resting place I got to explore with my dad today*
If you're at the U of U today, look for this classic!
About the Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.