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..