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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review - Good Wives by Louisa M. Alcott


If you go through my book reviews you will see that I seem to be alternating older books with newer ones and this is due to the fact that older books are more readily available here. The latest books are beyond reach, also physically reach us so much later that the thrill of getting it hot off the press is never really there. Not complaining though because I do get to read a fair amount of books of so many genres anyway.

This is a book which I read for school literature! it was quite nostalgic going back to it after such a long, long spell. Reading it now I think its a bit too idyllic to be true - everyone is holier than thou, everyone is very good, no one steps out of line but then as you go deeper into the book you realize that thank heavens everyone is weak - Jo will write muck and get it published all for the filthy lucre! Amy is vain and Meg hankers for every little thing that her richer neighbour has. So there is human weakness and of course the moral here is how everyone gets over their weakness and good prevails. I wish it could be that easy in real life.

A very pleasant read, taking you back in time to a more sedate, easier past. Enjoyable for a weekend read.

7 comments:

Darlene said...

I'm glad to see you liked this. It sounds good and it's nice to read some of the older books sometimes. There's a lot of hidden jewels in those reads.

Blodeuedd said...

Older books need to be read too :D So I am glad you are reading them

mary said...

I always remember Meg's expensive silk dress and how she doesn't like it once she gets it home.
But I always admired Jo for selling her lurid stories!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Even back then, when things were hidden and cloaked, human nature is human nature. I think people are just more open about things now. :)

Sam said...

I remember being a bit disappointed with this one when I was younger. I loved Little Women but felt like things didn't work out the way I wanted them to in Good Wives.

Beth said...

These all look good, especially The Journey.
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Lisa said...

This is an Alcott that I've never read. Which makes doing reviews on older books just great---it reminds us of books we missed and introduces readers to books they never heard of.