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  • Vinicius Monteiro

Little Women Book Review

Little Women Book Review

This text may contain SPOILERS.


Synopsis: Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy are four sisters who live in Massachusetts and spend their first Christmas without their father, who is serving in the American Civil War. Facing financial difficulties, their mother, Marme and March, supports the family. In the midst of these challenges, the sisters, who are so different from each other, must unite to learn together. As the years go by, they enter adulthood and fight, each one, for their dreams and ambitions. It's a novel that doesn't shy away from everyday life, but tackles it with firmness, humor and sensitivity, defending virtues, women's protagonism and personal achievements.


Review: Since its publication, "Little Women" has been described as a new kind of literature, a kind of realism ahead of its time. This book is aimed at young people with teenage characters, but it has something that novels for this audience nowadays don't have.


Modern teen novels, which always feature a love story between a shy girl and a bad boy who wears a jacket and is a vampire, a werewolf or a fallen angel, may be entertaining enough for a quick read, but they completely lack any deep message for young readers.

 

This work revolves around the problems, dreams and aspirations of the girls. "Little Women" is the first part of the story that shows the passage from childhood to adulthood of the characters, while the second, "Good Wives", allows us to see each of them trying to cope with the responsibilities and decisions of the adult world and find their way in life.


I found the plot of "Little Women" slow. There aren't many exciting events that helped me get stuck into the book. At times I found the characters irritatingly perfect, I think I lacked more arguments to like this work completely.


"Little Women" is a continuous exposition of family values, which are absent in most modern literary works. Despite all the difficulties they have to face, the March family remains united, even though they are so different in their problems and arguments.


The book is full of small, important themes. The character Jo believes that women don't need to be tied down and supported by men or other people. They can earn a living and choose their own careers. This is a virtue given to the March sisters by their mother and father. The characters Meg and Amy learn that they shouldn't pretend to be people they're not. At the very beginning of the book, Mrs. March shows her daughters how to be compassionate when helping German immigrants. Their grandfather, Mr. Laurence, also helps the community with his philanthropy.

 

The themes are expressed in Jo's writing skills, Beth's music and Amy's art. They are also seen in the dramatic skits written and produced by the four sisters. Although slow, I felt lonely when the book ended. Right from the start, the book has a strong Christmas atmosphere, so I recommend reading it at Christmas time. "Little Women is a classic for all ages and genders. Despite being an old work, it is thrillingly easy to read.


Rating: 8



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