Friday, August 26, 2005

Little Women


As i begin this blog wholly dedicated to books that i have enjoyed reading, there is no more a perfect beginning than "little women". Little Women, by Louisa M Alcott, is one of the best loved books of all time.. the story reloves around the March family.. the four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are the central characters. They grow up in Engalnd during the Civil War and their poverty is heart-wrenching.. It is a very close knit family and affection flows freely here though money doesnt.. the girls are cheerful, playful and fun loving and somehow as you read this book, without your knowledge you tend to become a part of it.. a part of the lovely family.. you laugh with them..cry with them..pray with them.. and when you finish the book and put it away, its like you've lost a part of yourself..
This is undoubtedly one of my all time favourite books.. The most amazing part of the book is how it lets you interpret it.. when i first read it as a little girl, i saw the affectionate sisters, the pranks played by them, the plays they put up, the joy of falling in love etc etc..and then i grew up a little and got to read the book again.. this time, i saw a more complicated picture.. Responsibility, decisions, sacrifice, etc etc surface throughout the book but under no circumstances gives it a melodramatic nature..
Its been over 5 years since i read this book and i am looking forward to reading it again in sometime.. i am really curious to find out if i would find something new this time or just understand it better..

6 comments:

Vee said...

Little Women is my favourite book of all time as well. I think it is one of my first books ever as a "grown-up" and I have loved it ever since. I always fancied myself as Jo :) Louisa May Alcott is a master story teller and I love how we become a part of these characters lives so easily.

Ramya said...

vee, we seem to have a similar taste!:) its the first grown-up book that i remember reading too.. and i loved it.. couldnt really identify with Jo coz she's the sensible, responsible one and i have never been like that but i love the book.. i want to watch the movie too..have you seen it? have they done justice to the book??

Vee said...

I did watch the movie. It wasn't bad. But nothing compares to the book and the cartoon movie they made. I loved that!

Ramya said...

there was a cartoon little women?? i didnt even know it existed!!:) gotta watch it!:)

Dar said...

Wow, 2005 Ramya. Time sure flies doesn't it. What a wonderful review. You know that's what I'm hoping with the book-that now, being an adult, I'll experience it in a different way then I did all those years ago. I'm going to have to make a point to link your review when I finish with the book-my mind can be like a sieve though so I hope I don't forget. lol.

Ramya said...

it was funny reading my own review after 3 years.. feels like i have grown up so much more now!:) all said and done, 3 years is a long time..:) i can't wait for you to finish the book now..:)