Little Women, By Louisa May Alcott

What’s This Book All About?

A simple masterpiece, Little Women is one of the most popular and widely read novels of all time. Based on the lives of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, this coming of age novel is intermingled with pearls of wisdom about life, love and happiness.

The Bigger Picture

One of my favourite childhood novel, Little Women brings together four sisters who have their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, illness, courtships and letters, the readers through the characters experiences the hard lessons of poverty while growing up in New England during the Civil War. The brilliance of this novel lies in its unflinchingly honest representation of sympathetic but flawed women. While Amy is vain, Meg is materialistic, Jo is headstrong and thoughtless while Beth is passive,these girls eventually grow up to be strong and independent women, with a little help from their mother and letters from their father, who is away fighting in the war.

Alcott’s writing in Little Women is sophisticated yet poignant and haunting at same time. In addition, this writing is perfect for the era in which the novel has been set in, as the personalities of all the sisters were described in a intricate manner, throughout the entire story. The author has managed to aptly convey the sentiments of growing up in a normal family in the 1800’s, making it a truly memorable read.

However, I do have a few complaints, in regards with the book. The author has tried to highlight the perfect nature of the characters, thereby reducing their relatability and drama content. The slow plot requires some level of patience on the part of the reader.  Also I felt that the author did not focus on developing the character of all the sisters in the same manner. While Jo, Amy and Meg, were well depicted, I felt that Beth was pushed aside. This is why I feel that her tragedy did not have a big effect on me, because I was less attached to her, in comparison to the other characters.

That being said, this novel is extremely good and provides us with a glimpse into the life of the March sisters as they go through love and loss in their struggle to become women of true worth and merit.

Final Verdict

A classic is always worth its money in gold. A definite buy

A classic in its own right, this book is a perfect gift for all teenage children. This is not to say that adults will not enjoy this book. I have reread this book multiple times and have enjoyed it on all occasions. It is a great book and deserves to be read by everyone and then passed on to the next generation as well.