Book review by Miss Mowat
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I can’t recall just how many times I have read this book but I always enjoy it. A tale of 4 girls, set at the end of the American Civil War, it is a simple story of a family. The girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, are the daughters of a middle-class couple. Their father is away at the war and is a chaplain in the Army. Their mother spends her time helping the poor families nearby and wants her girls to be kind and considerate women once they are adults.
We meet them at Christmastime and they have a new neighbour- a young man and his grandfather. The boy is ill when he first arrives and is not allowed to brave the cold weather. The girls decide to be friendly and bring him some food to help his sore throat. They meet and become lifelong friends- but saying any more would give the story away.
Each girl is very different and the book weaves their stories through a series of events and occasions; each one gives you another part of their character so that the reader builds an image of a complete person, not just a book character.
Little Women is the first of 4 books about the March girls but the others are very much lesser well-known novels. They are all easy to read and entertaining and as a reader you become tied up in their lives and want to know what happens to each girl. Definitely a favourite of mine and I recommend it to anyone who likes a family saga.
P.S. There is a new version of the book coming out in cinemas at the end of December. My favourite is the 1949 version with Elizabeth Taylor and June Allyson. I will try to watch the new one and make a judgement.