Book Review: Little Women | Enduring All Things

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Review: Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The classic story of 4 American sisters living in the mid 1800's. I'm sure most of you have read it. And if not, you've most definitely heard of it.
Growing up I was never too interested in Little Women. It wasn't that I was averted to the book, I just never sought it out. However, it was brought to my attention again earlier this year when Joey read it on F*R*I*E*N*D*S. I still didn't seek it out but, it was always in the back of my mind. Then one Saturday while Pearson was working and I was running errands, I decided to check out the Village Bookshop. I LOVED the bookshop but that's another story. I saw a brand new paperback of Little Women for only $3. I grabbed it and started reading it that day!
I love stories set in the 1800's so it really is a wonder that I hadn't read it before this. I often think I was born in the wrong time period. Of course, there are many things I would not like about the 19th century... But I crave the simplicity of life, the innocence of society, the proper language, and the emphasis on morals and family.

It's no secret that I love Pride & Prejudice. Unfortunately, that is the only work of Jane Austen that I have read. But there's something about Little Women that was more enjoyable to me. It was totally different. There was more of an emphasis on love and less on money. There was more playing and less sitting proper and reading. There was hard work. There was bubbling friendships. There was tragedy. Something about it just seemed so much more relatable.
I think this is due partly to the fact that it was set about 50 years later than Pride & Prejudice, but I think it was more due to the fact that it was set in America instead of England. Little Women embodies the American Girl. These girls were down to earth. They worked to make her own way in the world. They didn't need a husband, but it was a nice and welcomed addition.

Each of the girls have their own unique personality and desires. But they all love each other dearly and simply want to do what's right for themselves and their family.

If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. It's not as scary as it may seem to begin with. I can't wait to get my hands on Little Men and Jo's Boys!

Have you read Little Women? What did you think?
Thanks for reading!

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