Sunday, 11 October 2020

Little Woman by Louisa M Alcott


 This is one of my favourite classic books. Louisa used the pen name, A.M. Barnard. Little Women is based on her relations with her three sisters. This book is directed towards children and teens.

The four sisters are Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.   The setting is during the American Civil War (1861-1865) in Concord, Massachusetts. Their father is serving in the army. All four sisters are different from each other. The adventure of these four is given.

Meg the oldest wants a marriage with no worries. She is the most beautiful of the four. Jo wants to be a writer and travel the world. 

Beth is taught by her father at home. By nature, she is timid hence homeschooling. Amy wants to be an artist and is good at drawing. She does not consider her noise to be pretty.

The novel central theme is about the dreams and aspirations of the girls. The feelings of each character are shown in a wonderful manner. As a writer, I found this useful. According to Regina Barreca, professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut, autonomy, creativity, freedom, and community are the legacies of Little Women.

The writing is simple and I felt like the book should never end.

other books are 

Part Second of Little Women, Good Wives

Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys 

Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to Little Men

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