Little Women and Little Men
Ignore the fact that’s it’s considered a classic and let me tell you something: Read it for fun. Hey, don’t look at me that way, I do that. My friend looked at me kinda funny when I said, “I’m going to take a break,” and took out Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. OK, I admit, it’s idealistic – the characters are perfect and their flaws are perfectly perfect – but it’s the earnest sincerity, purity, and innocence that really tell the story. In the Little Women, the first book, we follow the lives of the four poor but happy and contented March sisters. In the Little Men, we look at Plumfield, an experimental school for boys, where the scholars are brought up not by harsh words or raps to the knuckles, but brought up with love. I look up to the little women as my role models, and all the boys in this world should have the little men as their role models. I was touched at the children’s unconditional love for others, and what the book doesn’t have in terms of depth, makes up in terms of arresting optimism. They are human angels we can all take life lessons from. Now I will always try to heap coals of fire on my enemies’ heads by giving a kiss for a blow, and when people are mean, though I have a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it. Thank you, March sisters for all that you’ve taught me, and thank you wild Dan, ragged orphan Nat, and all the rest of the little men for showing me around Plumfield, a heaven on earth.
Posted on December 19, 2011, in Books Review, Star Rapture Blog and tagged Book Reviews, Little Men, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, March family, March sisters, Plumfield, ragged Orphan Nat, wild Dan. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.