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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

little-womenThe book’s volume had me a bit concerned as my journey has been rather sluggish.  I still wonder if my goal of reading 1,001 books is unrealistic, yet I carry on, albeit with the pace of a snail.

I cherished every word of Little Women and am so glad it didn’t find its way to the bottom of my book pile.  It was refreshing to read an old-fashioned view of the world with so much going on in today’s uncertain future.  Some might find the book sexist, however, putting it into the context of its time, its best to not take offense.

Set in New England during the Civil War, we meet, and get to know very well, the March women.  A strong mother whose husband is away at war, is at the foundation of this  family.  She sees each of her four daughters as individuals and helps them grow into people they can both be proud of.

Josephine March, better known as Jo found her way into my heart.  While her short fuse and impatience get her into hot water, her loyalty to family saves her from much scorn.

Sweet Beth is selfless and the only joy she allows herself is playing piano.  Even in her darkest hour, she continues thinking of others.  Tears flowed for this gracious little soul.

The rich boy next door, Theodore Laurence, is affectionately called Laurie by the March women.  He becomes a fixture in the March home and becomes Jo’s best friend and confidant.  His generous and playful nature endear him to all.

I believe I’d get on famously with Miss Alcott.  Presumably, Jo March is her fictional self so there would be no issue getting along here.  Perhaps she’d share with me her very early work only she would deem inferior.

Quotes:

They did feel it, yet neither spoke of it; for often between ourselves and those nearest and dearest to us there exists a reserve which it is very hard to overcome.  

Simple, sincere people seldom speak much of their piety; it shows itself in acts, rather than in words, and has more influence than homilies or protestations.

Seldom, except in books, do the dying utter memorable words, see visions, or depart with beautified countenances; and those who have sped many parting souls know, that to most the end comes as naturally and simply as sleep.  

My rating for Little Women is a 9 out of 10.

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