Title: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Classic Literature
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
In a Nutshell: Emotionally beautiful story with a charming, close-knit family who focus on appreciating the simpler things in life
Synopsis from Goodreads:
In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.
I attempted to read this book as a child, found it boring and did not finish. As an adult, I decided to give it another chance and made it part of my books to read for the Classics Club. I absolutely loved the book and what surprised me most is the lessons it taught about being a mother. I admired the patience and love that exuded from the girls’ mother, whom they call Marmee. She was very relatable and admitted in the story that she did not always have patience, but worked hard on it for years to achieve. Marmee allowed the girls to learn their lessons themselves rather than preaching to them how to act. She helped her daughters develop into caring, thoughtful young ladies who were not obsessed with status and marrying well as their peers did. Although they lived poorly and simply, the little women valued their lives and each other. If I could be like any mother in fiction, Marmee would be it.
The “little women” themselves are charming and as different as kids could be. I face the same looking at my 3 sons and marvel at how their individual personalities shine. The closeness of the sisters was beautifully touching and poignantly written. The kind of closeness we hope our kids have with their siblings. The author drew me into this family and I felt as close to them as if I was their aunt.
The narrator of this audiobook was wonderful. Her soothing voice fit perfectly with the patient and loving Marmee and she handled the male voices with equal ease and drama.
This is a wonderful coming of age story and the trials and tribulations of a family fighting their poverty to learn the valuable lessons in life. While it’s considered a young adult book, I think it’s timeless and I certainly appreciated its value more as a mother myself. One of my favorite classics, it’s heartwarming, emotional, charming and happy. When I need a pick me up or a reminder of the finer things in life, I will be re-reading this one!
“I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”
“…the love, respect, and confidence of my children was the sweetest reward I could receive for my efforts to be the woman I would have them copy.”
“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”
“Beth ceased to fear him from that moment, and sat there talking to him as cozily as if she had known him all her life, for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.”
“My dear, don’t let the sun go down upon your anger. Forgive each other, help each other, and begin again tomorrow.”
“…we all have our temptations, some far greater than yours, and it often takes us all our lives to conquer them.”
1. Young Adult/Children’s selection for the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge
2. April monthly keyword “Little” for the Monthly Keyword Challenge
3. Young Adult/Children’s selection for the the Classics Club
Have you read Little Women? Did you read it as a child or an adult? How did your age impact your enjoyment of the book? What did you read as a child that stuck with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and as always happy reading!
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