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Review : Little Women

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I just finished reading this book today; one more to cross off my list of 1001.  Getting there slowly.

The book tells the story of the March family, more particularly the four sisters living with their mother while their father is off in the US Civil War.  It took me a while to get into it, even though I enjoyed it right from the start. 

It is a wonderfully told story in which you see the four young girls grow, and overcome their childish attitudes, so become little women.  The character development is superb, especially with the “main” character, Jo.  It is quite obvious, even without any knowledge of the background, that the author is trying to tell her own story through Jo, the struggling writer.  Not everyone’s cup of tea I know, but worth the read if you enjoy that sort of thing.

I’ll try to find a book with more death and destruction for next time.  How about War and Peace? 

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Posted by on June 16, 2009 in books

 

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1001 Books to read before you die

Not my list you understand, but rather based on a book by Peter Boxall with the title 1001 Books you must read before you die.   I read through the list, and downloaded an Excel Spreadsheet to help me track how many of them I have read.  Turns out I’m falling badly behind. 

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The premise of the book is that these 1001 writings trace the development of the Novel from its earliest form to the modern novel.  I don’t know if that’s true, since I’ve only read like 75 of the 1001 novels I need to read.  However, I decided it might be a good learning experience to try and work my way through the list and see what I discover.  I think a little “research” might be in order.

So here’s how it’s going to go down y’all. 

I’ve created a page on the side of my site called 1001 books.   You can pop in there any time to see how many I have managed to cross off, and how many I need to read each year to make it before I die.  (Statistically speaking of course.) 

Then after I read each book, I’ll post a review here.  As well as reviews of some of the other books I read.  Time to start talking about what I read as well as what I write.

So stay tuned for a review of my current novel, Little Women.   

 

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2009 in books

 

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