Sunday, March 3, 2013

Little Women Review

Done!! The print on this book was soooo tiny (approx 390 words per page!) I thought I would never finish reading it  =D  I kept holding the book farther away  .... I can't remember the last time I felt so .... old *.*  While reading this book I kept the movie in my head and there were parts that I was thinking ... 'Oh - well now that makes sense' or 'I can see why they cut out that scene out'. The book was hard to follow in the beginning ...between the Old English and people speaking more poetically  ... I was like 'Geez spit it out already'!  But I LOVED the little notes of wisdom through-out the book and how in some ways the trials and heartaches of women haven't changed. I enjoyed the end ... to know how the 'Little Womens' lives blossomed. It makes me hopeful that with a mother's love and patience her children grow into the adults that she always knew they would be. I would think it would be hard for someone in Jr High to follow unless they were in class and I don't know if someone in High School would take away the wonderful wisdom that is spread through out the pages.

Side notes::this book was written in 1868 and Louisa did loosely write it about her own three sisters, changing all there names but her much beloved Beth, who really did die at a young age (23 yrs old). Her funeral was a small affair, with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Franklin Benjamin Sanborn serving as pallbearers. And her (what she felt) rivalry with her youngest sister, Abby May, who passed away at the age of 39 of an infection six weeks after giving birth to her daughter Lulu, which then was raised by Louisa for 11 years until her own death (then the child moved to Germany to live with her Father). Ralph W Emerson liked Abby May's work that he had one of her painting hanging in his home. Now this is an interesting tid-bit of history .... Daniel C French was a neighbor of both Emerson and Abby May and was influenced to persue sculpting by her work. She lent modeling tools to the young Mr. French and encouraged him ... French credits Abby May as one of his first art teachers. French is best-known work is the sculpture of a seated Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

I am almost done with The Long Winter and I 'think' I know which book I am going to tackle after ... but I might change my mind *giggles*


1 comment:

  1. Loved your information about French, Emerson and Thoreau. It was very interesting and something new for me to learn. I've always loved "The Little Women" book and movies. I named one of my daughters Amy because I liked that name so much.