Little women

By Louisa May Alcott

I came across this book accidently in a book fair. The cover contained 4 ladies of different age groups dressed in 16th century simple clothes. The next thing I did was to go to the library and issue this book. I also came to know that Louisa May Alcott is one of the classic American authors.

The story is about 4 sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. All have different individual personalities and dreams. They come from a simple family. Their parents Mr and Mrs March try to bring up the sisters with best values yet give them the freedom to follow their wishes. Jo is the rebellion of the family. The story shows how a middle class family overcomes its problems by staying togather. The togatherness which makes every event special just makes one realize the importance of staying close to family. The family also faces the tragedy of losing one of the sisters as Beth falls sick and dies. Again coming out of such an event togather is something most of us can relate to. There are other characters like the rich boy in their neighbourhood Laurie. His attraction towards Jo shows infatuations of adolescence. How he gets motivated from the upbringing of the four sisters shows the influence of positivity. The way the sisters change as they mature is brilliant.

On the whole this is a beautiful story and the language is simple. Most of us would relate to one or the other sister. There is something to take for everyone. Even a movie has been made on it. It is a must for everyone from the age group of 11 years and above. So if you are going for a long journey then this is just the right book. As its a classic, it will also make an amazing gift.

Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

If there is one book which can keep an adventure loving reader hooked, it has to be Treasure Island by R.L.Stevenson. As the name indicates it is based on a voyage motivated by presence of treasure. The whole story is narrated by Jim Hawkins who is an important part.

Jim Hawkins runs a seaside motel “Admiral Benbow” with his father. One fine day a mysterious sailor comes to stay at their place. He keeps on speaking about his mates and some tresure. Within a few days some sea pirates come looking for him and threaten him which leads to his death. Jim finds a map in his belongings and takes it to the magistrate. They realize its a treasure map and that leads to a voyage in the hunt of the treasure. They get a ship Hispaniola. The interesting part happens when the different members of the ship enter the story. Most memorable is Long John Silver. He is very tall, one legged with a large face. He is described as a merry man. The author has added further life to him by his language in which he keeps on singing “fifteen men on the dead man’s chest, yo ho-ho and a bottle of rum”. They reach the island and a new struggle begins where many die.

The story has all the elements like treachery, murder, backstabbing, greed, honesty which makes a thriller. One has to pay more attention when the sailors speak as their dialect is different but that makes the book even more interesting. This is one book which you cannot leave if you start reading so if you are planning to read while travelling to and from work, think again. If you are going for that long journey this is the best companion. It is also an amazing story to tell your kids. This book will also make a great gift to anyone. So the next time you see it on the shelves of the library just get it and start reading.

The Diary of Anne Frank

By Anne Frank

This is the diary of a Jew girl, Anne Frank, who died during the Second World War. This is one of the most famous books on war. It was in a Radio broadcast that Anne heard diaries of World War II victims will be published and she seriously started writing this diary.

Anne belonged to a Jew family of Germany. Her father Otto Frank, was a businessman. During world war her family moved from Germany to Holland. Again when Germany invaded Holland in 1940, Otto Frank foresaw the risk to Jews and so found a place to hide with his family. It was at the top and back of a building that served as a warehouse. His wife and two daughters Anne and Margot, best friend Mr. Van Daan, Mrs. Van Daan and their 15 year old son Peter. They also invited a dentist Albert Dussel. The diary mentions the daily issues when people come to stay togather, the effect the fear of getting caught has on them and the trauma of giving up everything to save one’s life. Also her feelings towards Peter displays the feelings an adolescant faces. The book ends on a sad note when they are found.

It is true Anne didn’t survive to see the ultimate success of the book but she will always live through her work. In fact her school is known after her and there is an Anne Frank Foundation which works towards future by helping to promote better understanding among young people from every part of the world. Anne had made a wish “I want to go on living even after my death”. Her wish has definitely come true. The takeaway was never to give up on your dreams no matter how big they are. The writing style is simple yet effective. It is an amazing book to gift. This can be read anywhere from a long journey to daily travelling for work.

Sense and Sensibility

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By Jane Austen

One of the readers of my blogs recommended this book and I sincerely started looking for this book. It took me a while to get this book but once I got it, I just couldn’t give up reading it. The story revolves around three Dashwood sisters Elinor, Marianne, Margaret and their mother. This does remind one of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Here again the problem is they do not have a brother of their own and after their father’s death, the entire property goes to their half brother John Dashwood leaving them with a mere allowance.

Soon John and his wife move in their home. Also they are least interested in keeping the three sisters and their mother in their home and so John starts looking for a place to shift his half sisters and their mother. The eldest of the three sisters Elinor is very mature and sensible. She doesn’t let emotions rule her decisions. After her father’s death she takes up the responsibility of her family. Although she has feelings for Fanny’s brother she doesn’t immidiately jump into conclusions rather waits for him to commit his feelings for her. Marianne is just the opposite and easily gets carried away by emotions. She easily gets attached to Willoughby without even bothering to find out about his history. These two sisters go through a lot of emotional problems. Jane Austen has cleverly displayed the two ways of handling difficult situations through them. In case of a heartbreak Elinor concentrates on work and tries to meet new people wherease Marianne withdraws herself and keeps crying thereby making everyone around herself upset. The story goes through a lot of ups and downs but all the missing pieces fall togather and the reader is truely entertained.

Like all books of Jane Austen this too has the capacity to hold the reader’s attention. It is fine for all age groups. If you are fond of reading while travelling to and from work, this is a great choice. Similarly for long journeys this is an amazing companion. Also if you are going for an apointment where you might have to wait, then carry this with yourself. It will not only relax you but also cheer you up.Also it is a great book to be gifted.