Title: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Publication Date: Originally published in two volumes – 1868 (Little Women) and 1869 (Good Wives). Published as a single work in 1880.
Brief Synopsis: Little Women is the heartwarming story of the March family that has thrilled generations of readers. It is the story of four sisters–Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth– and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display to survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil War. (Courtesy of Goodreads)
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 flowers!
Why I think this is a must-read: Some may call it old-fashioned or outdated, and the author herself famously described it as “moral pap for the young,” but there’s no denying the timelessness of this great classic. First published nearly 150 years ago, Little Women has taught generations of young girls that internal grace is more important than external elegance, that it is better to give than to receive, that sisterly love is stronger than any force known to man, and that everyone, even young ladies, should strive for independence and work diligently towards success in whatever they most desire.
To those who are quick to point out all of the outdated messages throughout the story, especially those detailing a woman’s place in society, I suggest doing some research about the life of Louisa May Alcott and then giving the book a second chance. It may read like a totally different story. And, if your daughter/sister/niece has questions about this book—written in the 1860s—it’s a great time for a history lesson.
Favorite Quote: “I don’t pretend to be wise, but I am observing, and I see a great deal more than you’d imagine. I’m interested in other people’s experiences and inconsistencies, and, though I can’t explain, I remember and use them for my own benefit.”
Have you read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott? What did you think?