A 19th century period book written by Louisa May Alcott is a fascinating story about the March’s family. Four sisters bonded by love go through war, separation, loss, and poverty, yet manage to create many happy memories as they grow and join womanhood. Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth each possess individual characters which you grow to love and admire so much so that I can almost guarantee that you will be talking back at the book while reading it. The story itself is an entirely lovable one. It begins with the family suffering from many financial problems and their father being away at war. It covers the majority of the issues woman had to face back in the days. One sister, for instance, has to sacrifice her independence and freedom as a writer when she has to marry. It is a key point in the novel that shows no matter how independent a woman may be she must be self-sacrificing to fulfill her duties as a woman.
This book is written as a children’s book, and it contains gender roles and religious references. However, I am not sure that our children today would understand the style of literacy Ms. Alcott has deemed appropriate for this book. The plots and the pace are not as fast as our nowadays novels, and sometimes you do feel like wanting to skip some pages to get to the exciting parts.
Little Women provides the reader that ambitious, wanting to do anything your heart desires, feelings, and I think that is what great writing is about. The Author actively induces you into the story, making you feel warm towards each and every sister in a way that you rarely feel disconnected from the plot. In fact, come to think of it, it may have been the reason why I was so desperate to find out what happens that I was skipping pages!
In summary, I rarely give five stars to a book, but this one totally deserves it. If you are a fan of English literature and fancy a heartwarming story, then this book is yours.
Written by Jeyran Main
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