3. Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women (283 p.)
4. Alcott, Louisa May. Little Men (315 p.)
February total: 598 pages
2015 total: 873 pages
Two months in, and I still haven't cracked 1,000 pages. Sheesh. (March's reading will definitely change that, though.)
All Alcott this month. I'd never read either one of these before. Both are very good reads, though they suffer a little from a dollop of naivete & rose-colored glasses--not fatally so, but it's noticeable nonetheless.
Little Women is the story of a year or so in the life of the four March sisters, especially Jo (a semi-autobiographical verison of Louisa herself). Little Men is set a few years later, and is the story of a year or so in the life of the children in Jo's boarding house school. I vastly preferred the story of the latter, but thought the former was better-written. (Though I read an abridged edition, which might have made a difference.) While Little Men can be read without having first read Little Women, there are undercurrents in it that reference the earlier story whose importance & relevance would otherwise be missed by a reader.
All in all, I would very definitely recommend both of them, but I suspect non-teenagers will probably get the most enjoyment out of them. (Younger, because they haven't lost their own rose-colored glasses yet, and older, because they have a better chance of being able to place them in their proper historical context while enjoying the character studies, rather than eye-rolling at the "old-fashionedness" and giving up rather than trying to get into the story.
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