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.

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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.