This is by far probably one of my very favorite books in the entire world. I can’t say enough good things about it! I will also say this: Even though I’ve read this book a bajillion times, I get so lost in the world of Little Women that it’s almost impossible to have a conversation with me, or to even get my attention. I find it hard to put down, and I get so lost in the lives of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy every time I read this book.
This book is based in Concord, Massachusetts, during “the war.” There isn’t any indication of which war, but I speculate it was during world war 1 or 2. The book has no specific narrator, because every daughter, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, receive almost equal attention. Jo receives just a little more, as she is the glue that seems to carry the story forward.
Jo, short for Josephine, is the tomboy second daughter. She aspires to be an author, and as such, can be quite melodramatic. Jo is the daughter that writes plays, and the other girls help her put them on for neighbor children. Jo is also a companion for her Aunt March, a crotchety old lady who falls asleep at the most opportune times. While she sleeps, Jo devours book after book in Aunt March’s massive library. Jo wishes she were a boy, so she could “go fight in the war with father.” Her one pride is her hair, which is long, thick and wavy. At one point in the story, she sells her hair to buy a gift for her sister. While she misses her hair, she thinks her short bob makes her look more like a boy, so she’s pretty happy with it.
Meg, the oldest, is the only one who remembers life before their father lost his fortune. Her burden is looking at all her friends’ fancy clothes, and wishing she could be just as fancy. She goes to a friends house for a weekend, and they dress her up so much she doesnt even look like herself. It takes a friend (more like a brother) telling her she looks awful for her to realize she’s just not like those other girls anymore; and that she really doesn’t want to be.
Beth is the shy one. She is so afraid of the world that she home schools. Hannah, the housekeeper, teaches her. She only starts to come out of her shell when their next door neighbor allows her to play the piano in their conservatory. She’s like a little ghost, though, because no one ever sees her coming and going, but all enjoy the music that floats around the house.
Amy, the youngest, is the one most likely to “put on airs.” She goes to school, and she is always trying to act better educated than she is. She uses big words, but never uses them correctly. It’s pretty cute, actually. She gets in trouble at school for breaking the rules, and is so broken hearted about the whole situation that her mother allows her to stay home and learn with Beth.
Overall, these girls simply live life the best they can. We can actually learn a lot from the lessons they learn, and the things that happen to them. I will never forget this book, and read it as often as I can. If you have read this, please let me know below what you thought! I know I’ve only told you about the little women, but it would be at least 7 more posts to actually give a basic synopsis of this book. The author shoves so much in the book, that it’s impossible to tell everything. Please read this book. I promise you will thank me 🙂
Until next time, bookworms!