If you are looking for a timeless classic to read this is the book for you.
There is a character for every girl to relate to.
“Watch and pray dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”
Written by Louise May Alcott, Little Women is loosely based on the events of the author’s childhood. Little Women tells the tale about four young women, having to deal with issues like love, death, sacrifice, trust, friendship, sickness and the hardships of the 1800’s.
Because this book was published in 1880, some people may struggle with the difference in writing styles. But do not let this stop you. Once you are a few pages in, immersed in the story, the different way stories were written in that time period, will become numb to you.
The four sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, each are dealing with different situations, because of their age groups, and each struggle with the gender constraints of the time. It was very interesting to read this book, remembering when it was written, because of the openness it had with a women’s opinion on the gender inequality.
Each sister is very different, and as a female reader, you will find someone to relate to. Even though from two centuries ago, you will be amazed at how similar our problems still are.
The second child, Jo, is the one looking to defy society’s expectations. Rejecting the idea of romance ever, and she is happy to live off her own earnings. It is the sort of thinking that was not expected of a young women in the 1800s and she risked a lot of social embarrassment to not only her, but her family.
Beth is more than happy to forever live with her family and friends, who she adores. She is extremely close with her older sister Jo. She is the more delicate of the four and loves to play the piano. Beth has multiple health problems after catching the fever at a young age, and is forever unwell.
Amy, the youngest child, carries her gold locks and blue eyes with poise and always acts like a respectful young lady. At the tender age of twelve, when the story begins, she is much like Meg and wishes to marry into riches and be pampered.
Not wanting to spoil the book, this is definitely a recommended read. Once you overcome the difference in writing style, there are no criticisms. This is a timeless classic, and this is one of those books you will probably read more than once in your lifetime and be thinking about once the last page is turned.
Hint-> I found watching the 1994 version of the movie helped with understanding the book a bit better, which made me re-read the book.