Sunday, September 12, 2010

Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

It takes a real man, who is secure in his manhood, to admit to reading a book like Little Women. I am such a man. A few months ago I read Pride and Prejudice, although to be fully honest, the reason I read it was so that I'd appreciate this more. There are certain books that I feel should be read by everyone. This is one of them.  It's classic literature and has stood the test of time.

That being said, I can't say that I particularly enjoyed reading it. Was I on the edge of my seat wondering if Meg would learn how to make fresh jam or not to spend her husband's earnings on frivolous things? No. Did I cry when Beth was on death's doorstep with Scarlet Fever? Not quite. Was my heart warmed when Jo sold her hair to help with the family's finances while their dad was away at war? Please. Nevertheless, it's an excellently written book. I can see why it's considered a classic. But before I'd be able to read another book like this, say Jane Eyre or something, I'd need to read 25 or so books for pleasure.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


  1. Finally a book that we can somewhat agree on. Well, actually I haven't read the book, but this is one of my all time favorite movies! I always watch it around Christmastime. Read Jane Eyre. GREAT book.

  2. It's been ages since I read Little Women, but thinking back on it and the movies, I find it a bit insipid. I did cry when Beth was on death's doorstep, but in my defense, I'm definitely the sentimental sort and I was a teenager when I read it. I'm old now and doubt I'd tear up. I could be wrong though, since I'm still sentimental.