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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Anna Karenina

By Leo #Tolstoy

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This is one of the #classics by #Leo Tolstoy. The #author has rightly displayed the hypocrisy of the high society of 19th century. The story goes through a series of emotions. In the beginning one feels sorry for Dolly and Levin as well as hatred for Oblonsky and Vronsky. In the course of the story one thinks that right treatment is given to Kitty and things seem bright when she finally marries Levin.

Leo Tolstoy has very nicely dealt with the character of Vronsky. One hates him in the beginning of the story but when his past is spoken about one feels pity for him. By the time he gets married to Anna one can’t help but admire him for his dedication. He stands by her through all the problems, doesn’t even bother about his career or money. Inspite of so much honesty he is left with nothing, not even his daughter in the end. Anna, the central character of the story, truely displays the problems that occur when young women are married off to much older than them. One also feels a tinge of hatred for her as she leaves her ever so faithful husband for a playboy and even forgets her son. She doesn’t ask for a divorse even though Vronsky was completely loyal to her. The hypocrisy of the society is revealed when Anna is boycotted by everyone. Towards the end of the story she gets completely frustrated as she doesn’t get anything that she wished for and ends up taking a drastic step thereby ruining Vronsky’s life and robbing him of his daughter.

This is a beautiful story but needs to be really patient to read this. In case you are planning to read while travelling then this is not the right book. Every character has been nicely described and has a story of his or her own. This makes the story really lengthy. The scene where Anna meets Vronsky is assumed to be closest when literature meets cinema. If you are on a holiday and want to read then this is the right book. This is also a perfect book to be kept on the shelf. Also it is one of the best books to gift. Also if you are on a long train journey then this is definitely the most perfect choice.