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Work by Louisa May Alcott
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Feb 11, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

I went into this book expecting to feel as I usually do with Alcott novels - a kind of apathy. I was truly impressed with this read. Alcott is still didactic as ever, and there is a wee bit of condescension here, but that is overwhelmed by the truly wonderful aspects about this novel. There is a sweetness mixed with ideas on the verge of "radical", which make for an interesting read. The text seemingly contradicts itself and yet I feel like that there may be a kind of dialectic here? Maybe? I don't know, I am rambling...but I really think the book quite brilliant. I think it significant that the protagonist's life (the novel) does not end with marriage. It is intriguing and, as a last confession, it touched me. I cared about these characters.

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