I was wondering how I missed this one before. A classic in my book list after a long time.
One of the most widely-adored classic by Louisa May Alcott, this book tells us a story of a society and family, which almost sounds unreal in today’s turbulent lifestyle, with surprising lucidity. It is a believable record of a time when consumerism didn’t gobble up the poor earth yet… but the tragedy of war is ringing as a melancholic background score.
The story goes around the little world of teenager March sisters, their loving mother and their wonderful neighbors, Mr. and Master Laurence. The characters are well built-up manly due to the loose resemblance with Alcott’s own family members. One of the most important characters, the second sister Josephine “Jo” March, is based on the writer herself!
More importantly, the character of Jo is an unconventional portrayal of woman of that time, breaking the norm. The idea of being aloof of fancy clothing, ignorant to the idea of marriage, liking outdoor sports, desire to join soldiers in war… all these adds up pretty well to make it an early example of feminist characters in classic literature.
The love, the concern for each other and joy of life being spread by this book is somehow very comforting. ‘Little Women’ fills a reader with warmth like a place beside the fireplace on a cold night after a long day and reminds you of that simple but true lesson: “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.”