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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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Sep 08, 15

really liked it
Read in August, 2015

I reread this for my 19th-century classics project. I read it as a child, when I was eight or nine and I absolutely hated it. The only thing I remembered about it into adulthood was the episode where they all failed to do their chores and the canary dies as a result. That carelessness infuriated me, and I hated that they were always lamenting their shortcomings and then failing to change them.

So, rereading it as an adult, I now get the didactic purpose and the references to Pilgrim's Progress in a way that I did not understand when I was eight or nine. And at age 40 I am more willing to keep an open mind about a book that I was then. I liked the second half of the first – the domestic nature of the first and its didacticism was still somewhat tiresome to me.

I followed this with the anthology Alternative Alcott, and not surprisingly, I found the feminist selections in that more to my liking.

I'm moving this from a childhood rating of one star to a rating of four stars.
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