DAY 21: Little Women

I recently had the great pleasure of reading a novel entitled Little Women. Many of you have probably heard of it before, and, perhaps, even read it; if you haven’t, I encourage you to pick up a copy right now and read it. It’s an excellent book, and I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a good read.

Little Women follows the moving story of the four March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy), as they struggle through life in the absence of their father (who is away as a chaplain for the Union Army in the Civil War) and in the clutches of party. The story opens with the four of them,

Louisa May Alcott, the author of "Little Women", at age 25

gathered around the fireplace, conversing about their terrible circumstances, how the following day’s Christmas would be terrible, and how they wished things were in the olden days, when they had plenty of money and things. This desire for more is a key aspect of the first part of Little Women, and, towards the end, the girls learn that they already have enough as it is – a family, love, a home – and that those who have more are not as happy as they may seem.

But Little Women is about much more than greed or desire; it’s about love, family unity, discipline, and faith. The girls are being instructed, without cessation, by their diligent, wise and benevolent mother (affectionately known as “Marmee”) who teaches them how to “carry their burdens”, how to love each other in spite of their faults, and how to lean on the Lord. Indeed, each of the sisters has their own fault which they improve as the story progresses, through a series of difficult occurrences and hard lessons learned.

And that’s just the first part.

The second part was originally written separately from the first. It was written in 1869, one year later (after Little Women had achieved such admirable success, it was apparent that another ought to be written; eventually, a total of four books were written about the March sisters) and was entitled Good Wives before it was combined with the first part. The book, as its name implies, follows the March sisters journeys as they, one by one, find husbands, and learn how to be good wives to them. Along the way, tragedy, of course, strikes, and there are many other hardships that plague them on their individual roads, but, in the end, everything turns out well. I won’t tell you how it ends, as that would ruin the whole experience, but I can tell you, without hesitation, that this is a very worthy read.

A 1947 edition of "Little Women", published by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.

Louisa May Alcott wrote the book, and she is a very talented writer. Her style compels the letters to flow off of the page, giving a sort of indescribable light to the peace. Every word is well placed, every character fleshed out and attended to with the utmost detail. The story is well paced, and everything seems to fit together like a puzzle. Extremely well executed; God certainly blessed this woman with a gift.

That’s all I can say, really. It’s a great novel. READ IT. You won’t be sorry, and won’t regret the time you spend delving into it. It is a book that attempts to, and commendably achieves, a portrayal of some of the beautiful things in life: Family, maternal wisdom, friendship, and tender love for all.

Four and a half stars.

In Christ,

Ryan

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