The Unlikely Bookworm

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

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I read Little Women a number of years ago when I was in Cuba. My intention had been to read Catch 22, but 300 pages in I gave up with little understanding of what had happened thus far. Far better, I figured, to admit temporary defeat (Catch 22 still remains unread) and start another novel from the BBC Big Read that I was yet to read.

And so I began Little Women, perhaps one of the only novels whose film adaptation I had seen prior to  reading the book itself. Originally published in two parts in 1868 and 69, Little Women is Alcott’s best known novel and follows four sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March as they emerge into womanhood. Loosely based on Alcott and her three sisters, I read it when a degree of familiarity, being one of four girls myself. 
 
The tale follows the sisters who are living in genteel poverty, while their father is away fighting in the civil war, as they settle in a new neighbourhood. Between them they encounter illness, death, marriage, birth and heartbreak but remain close as both sisters and friends throughout, despite their ups and downs. 
 
A charming, poignant read that has touched a wealth of readers the world over, there’s little doubt that this tale will continue to do so for many years to come.
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