Hello everyone 🙂 I recently finished yet another re-reading of one of my all-time favourite books – Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women. First published in 1868 it was wonderfully forward thinking, and remains as fresh as ever 152 years later.
Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are four very different sisters on the brink of womanhood. The novel follows the girls humble lives through merriment and tragedy, as they make mistakes and grapple with their vices. Though the story seems simple, it really follows one of the biggest adventures we encounter in life (and one we are all bound to undertake) that of growing up.
On reading, one finds a little of oneself in all of the sisters, both the more attractive qualities… and the less so! Thus all the girls act as guides, and as we follow them through their small lives we find parallels between our own in the situations they encounter – such as studying, working, sisterly squabbles, and first love. Little Women is always a comforting read for me as it inspires one to be a better person. The girls live through their hearts and consequently a warm and welcoming glow surrounds them, bathing all who encounter them in its love.
Every reading of this beautiful novel offers me something new, with age bringing new perspectives. What struck me this time was Marmee’s strength of character within the historical context. I have always been inspired by her morals and the guidance of her girls, but this time I found myself reflecting on how she brought them up as practically a single mum (while her husband is away at war) in the 1860’s. Not only that but she encouraged them to be independent, strong women – a school of thought considerably before the time, and often much frowned upon. What an incredible woman.
Full of goodness and enthusiasm, the girls never fail to touch my heart as they look for the best in everything. Each time I get to the final page I want to go right back to the first chapter and begin all over again! …and I usually do 🙂
Meg Readz xx