My second book this year, and this time it’s Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I started reading Little Women shortly before Christmas, to get into this cosy, pleasant Christmas vibe. I couldn’t wait to start it as it’s one of the books that’s been on my very personal TBR list for so so long. I finished it now, and… what did I think of it?
“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden.
“That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the blot on her nose.Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Little Women is an ultimate classic, telling a story of four sisters – Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth, their daily adventures and struggles, their dreams and aspirations, their personal battles in terms of being poor, romantic relationships as well as friendships, family relationships and even neighbour relationships.
How can I start this review without sounding cliché?
I most definitely think that I have never read such a heart-warming book before. Little Women is simply such a remarkable and pleasant book, carrying at the same time an immense amount of lessons and preachings. It’s said to be targeted at children and teenagers and I kind of regret not having it read earlier, just because I would have learnt so much from it back in a day, but also because it’s a fantastic book and not having it read earlier means I’ve got less time on this planet knowing it exists!
I absolutely loved the portrayal of the four sisters. They’re brilliant characters, with diverse and independent personalities, and their own, unique stories. Jo, an aspiring writer, is somewhat of a tomboy and a wild spirit; Meg is the mature one, being the oldest of the sisters and a lover of a bit of luxury; Amy, an artist, who is a bit self-centered and materialistic, yet very kind-spirited; and Beth who is the shy and sensitive one. Personally, Jo is my favourite – I just couldn’t help relating to her so so much! But there are so many characters you can root for, and every single one of them is perfectly likeable in their own way. Simply amazing. Also, I am definitely in love with Laurie.
There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
I loved how the book is about, basically, everything. It’s about girlhood and womanhood, childhood and adulthood, richness and poorness, friends and family, love and marriage, education and work, adventures and failures. I love how everything worked so well in the book, and how the characters develop over the years, and how from such trivial and simple adventures of four girls, we end up with a beautiful story about four women and their lives.
Also, the never-ending struggle of marriage and finding-you-suitor theme. It’s interesting how every single of the four sisters has different views on the matter, and how the author’s personal views influenced the characters (Jo is basically Louisa May Alcott on the pages of the book). The question of love is the most important theme in Little Women, which is why it makes it such a universal book, even 150 years later.
You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one… if he’s the right one.Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
I could probably go on and on about Little Women. I just loved the book, that’s it. I had a bit of a slump when it came to reading it, I’m not gonna lie. But overall, after looking forward to reading it for so long, the book has met my expectations, and I think I have met the book’s expectations too! I am just the right audience for it 😉
I said “I love” way to many times in this review! And even though the book gets a bit monotonous sometimes, I got over it, finished it, and couldn’t be more happy with it! It’s definitely going to be one of my best books in 2021. I hope it’s a sign that 2021 will be actually amazing! 😉
Also, I’ll be shipping Jo and Laurie for the rest of my life.