Monday, December 14, 2009

Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott, reviewed by Palak

Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

Reviewed by
Name: Palak (12 years)
School: Golden Heights School, Gurgaon, Haryana

The author of this novel ‘Little Woman’ is Louisa May Alcott. Louisa May Alcott was born in German town, USA, in 1832. Her father was a Bronson Alcott, an educator and Philosopher, who was however, an impractical and eccentric man.

The second of four daughters, Louis learned from an early age to support herself and her family who were quite poor. She taught at country school, she worked as a seamstress governess and as a companion to an elderly lady and above all, from the age of sixteen, she wrote. Anyone who reads Little Woman can find in Jo’s early experience the story of Louisa painful beginnings as an authoress.

While in her twenties, she wrote under various pseudonyms, a variety of thrillers, poems and ‘sensation stories’. Then in 1862, during the civil war she went to Washington as a volunteer nurse in the military hospital at George town.

Little woman, made her name and gave her fortune. Though meant for the gang, grown up men and woman can completely identify with the exploits of the March family. No one knows Jo as well as Louisa, as the tom boy who grew up into the tall girl with chestnut hair and dark flashing eyes. The simple, everyday events of the four sisters and the warmth of their family life have influenced every generation since 1668, the year when it was published.

It is a book worth reading for all generation to come. It is a classic for all times.

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