• Noha Badawi

Little Women; the perfect classic!

This is officially my favorite classic of all times.

And I'm so happy that it made change my whole perception of classics; like now I'm finally more excited to pick up Pride & Prejudice and other classical stories. I see myself in the future picking it up again and again and never getting bored. I saw the movie first (the 2019 version) and I was so giddy in the theatre , laughing, smiling, crying and feeling all warm and cozy.

Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there's tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there's Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures - including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.

And as much as I feel in love with the movie; the book brought me even more joy ! Don’t get me wrong, the adaptation is uncanny and perfect. But what I loved is that book still made my imagination run wild, with more depth and details to the drama that is the March family. I found myself relating to every single character on a certain level but most of all I found myself in Jo March’s passion and fire. I wanted more on the romance side but I do appreciate still how undeveloped it was.

“I like good strong words that mean something…”

This is a book about strong women. A mother, unrelentingly raising and caring for her daughters while her husband is away. A young sister who’s so compassionate and calm and wants only to be with her family and play music. A elder sister who’s very content with her mundane dreams to fall in love and start a family. A sister who’s fire walking on earth, with passion that could fill up the entire world and a determination to prove herself. And lastly, the sister who loved silently and dreamed of being the best female artist the world has ever seen.

“Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”

I love how every woman is accented and given her space to flourish and grow. I love how Marmee chose to raise her girls with compassion, gratitude and patience. Her belief in them is what made them dream big and achieve more. I think that Marmee is one of the best mother figures in all the books I've read. I loved every single detail to pieces and I know that I’m going to pick this up again and watch the movie a million times over.

“I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”



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