Anticipating Little Women

“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”
Louisa May Alcott

Anticipating Little Women

Usually it takes something to pique my interest in the classic books. The New Yorker magazine printed How “Little Women” Got Big last month and I have to thank my brother for paying for my annual subscription.

I’m long past thinking that “girl books” are not for me. I enjoyed The Secret Garden, published in 1912, quite a bit. Someday, when piqued, I’ll read Little House on the Prairie.

Because of the fine article, I want to read this book. It is free to me via Amazon to my Kindle.

Little Women was published in 1868, which was the dawn of the Modern Art movement for writing. Black Beauty came out in 1877 is considered “modern”. The mark of the modern art movement is from the freedom of time via the Industrial Revolution when the common people, if you will, delved into the arts with their new free time.

I’ll confess, I’ve already read the first two chapters. I’m delighted at how the author inserts herself into the story. It is different than having a narrator, it is a bit of awareness. Examples are “readers will want to know what our four girls looked like” and “I am sure that they were the happiest girls at that moment in the city”.

This type of author awareness inserted into the reading is fairly unique and I’m looking forward to many more charming examples.

Wish me luck on my journey!

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