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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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Sep 23, 2009

it was amazing
Read in January, 2009 , read count: 1

So this could be written off as mere childhood nostalgia, save one little problem--I've encountered this now for the first time as an adult. Not sure what took so long--the sequel of sorts, Little Men was my favorite book growing up and remains one of my most treasured texts, and I've even read the next book, Jo's Boys, several times as well--but one way or the other, this is a new favorite. Perhaps it helped that I was well aware of what I was getting, so nothing took me by surprise--I fully expected the sturdy, rather artless prose, the homespun-y Americana of a very New England sort, the neat little message serving as the summation of each chapter, the relentless good cheeriness of it all...

It did get me to muse a bit of what exactly has been gained (and what has been lost) in the unsentimental Postmodern dumping of didactic literature... I made a coworker laugh one night when I burst out during a conversation "it makes me want to be a better person!" and that's exactly it: despite myself I was as roused by Marmee's well-meant preaching as much as her daughters and Laurie were. And I was quite startled to find how many of Amy's lessons mirror my own.

A book I hope we never outgrow as a society, as a species. Or, at the very least, I hope I never do.

"That's just why, because talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a common-place dauber, so I don't intend to try anymore."

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