The characters in "Little Women" are not perfect, and therefore realistic- and their foibles are endearing. Amy is rather selfish and vain, Beth is painfully shy, Jo is precipitous ,and Meg is perhaps a bit bossy. Laurie and Jo are not suited because Laurie as a rich young man, needs, Jo explains to him, a wife who is a show-piece. He has done the right thing in marrying the beautiful Amy. Furthermore, Laurie isn't intellectual and Jo is. Jo gets her professor and all is well. "Little Women" is about love and it succeeds wonderfully in gathering up the reader and bringing him into the fold.
What is it about this book that still captivates me? I first read this book when I was just a girl and I remember being entranced by the relationship that grew between Laurie and Jo March. For years I wondered why Alcott chose to keep Jo and Laurie apart when they seemed like such a great couple. Now I know it was to keep me reading, which was very clever on Alcott's part, I guess :-) Still, part of me never cared for Professor Baer … more
In the nearly a century and a half since it was first published, Little Women has continued to captivate its (mostly female) readers. Rare is the young woman who first picks it up who doesn't want to be Jo March. A contemporary tale when it was first published in 1868, Little Women has become the ultimate historical, and feminist, novel. The story of four sisters growing up in genteel poverty during and just after the American Civil War, Little … more
No young woman can read this book without relating to it in some way. Alcott brings her readers through the highest points of joy, the lowest valleys of disappointment, fear, happiness, triumph, confusion, and sadness. There is nothing perverse or questionable which make it appropriate for readers of all ages. Though the focus remains on the four March sisters, Alcott provides lovable male leads as well: the boyish Laurie, firm yet tender John, and playfully sophisticated … more
This book captivates regardless of gender. It's a story of friendship, love and family. It shows you how by staying close to each other you can get through anything together. It's a nice story, not much direct plot, episodic mostly, but it's the tale of a family during one year.