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Read the Book, See the Movie

Date Published: 17/02/2020

In 2019, a new film version of Little Women has been released and is getting rave reviews. Directed by Greta Gerwig, the film brings to life the iconic story of the March family and their lives and struggles during the American Civil War. Originally published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, the novel is a coming of age story of the four March sisters and is loosely based on the author’s own life with her three sisters. This movie takes the 150-year-old text and adapts it and makes it relevant for our times.

We highly recommend both the novel and the movie for all of our readers, those who are young, and those who are young at heart!

The Novel

Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children’s stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young readers. The beloved story of the March girls is a classic American feminist novel, reflecting the tension between cultural obligation and artistic and personal freedom. But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every reader must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or precocious and artistic Amy, the baby of the family? The charming story of these four “little women” and their wise and patient mother Marmee enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England was an instant success when first published in 1868 and has been adored for generations. Goodreads

 

The Movie

“Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely. ” (https://www.littlewomen.movie)

 

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