Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is set in the late 1800s, during and after the civil war, in New England, USA. Through books one and two we follow Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they grow from girls into women.. With their Father gone to war and being somewhat new to a life of poverty, the girls face several hardships and learn many useful life lessons with the help of their Mother, some kind-hearted friends and each other.
I can see why this book has held fast as a classic. Alcott wrote Little Women over 150 years ago now and although times have changed drastically, the March sisters are endlessly relatable. Through the eloquent language of the time and the beautiful descriptions, I was pulled right in to this narrative and felt like I knew the March family personally. I felt every emotion from pain and sorrow to hope and joy. The novel even brought me to tears at points and had me smiling at others. The lessons learned about life, love and money remain applicable today and I certainly took lots away from the book, including a fresh round of motivation that I was desperately needing.
I think this book is fantastic for women and girls of all ages to enjoy, learn from, relate to and feel like they are not alone in any hardships they may face. It could also be good for boys and men to get a little peak inside a woman’s head and help them better understand what we might be going through.
I have just read this book for the first time at 21. I kind of wish I had read it and learned the lessons sooner but I don’t think it would have meant the same to me then as it does now. I think Little Women is a story that should be revisited throughout one’s life as a reminder and to see how much we have grown since the last time it was read.
No matter the circumstances, I think anyone who identifies as female could learn from and find solace in this book. This times may be different but the story is everlasting, it has remained relevant for the last 150 years and will continue to be for another 150 or even longer.
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XOXO ~ Amber Rose