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 as much. He was no Laurie Lawrence as far as I was concerned!
Still, I love the sisters in this book. I love how their relationships ebb and flow. I love how they all managed to have their own unique lives. This book has that strange power to take on a life of its own. I feel the same way about Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina. Truly great authors are able to create characters that we can relate to, that look and sound absolutely real. For a long time I thought this book was a true story! My point is that some books come and go. We vaguely recall plot elements, sometimes we remember a character or two, but this book made me care deeply about the March family. This book was a real treasure—and such a comfort to me.
Over the years there have been movies made of Little Women. My favorite has to be the one with Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. I thought Christian Bale was a brilliant Laurie Lawrence. Also, you may want to check out the soundtrack from this version of Little Women—it’s wonderful.
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
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 … 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.
I am currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing. I write poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. I live in Colorado Springs. To learn more about me and my writing visit my website at www.tashacotter.com … more
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