The Stuff of Life

Little Women – A Brief Review

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The book that never ends…

The Kindle can be so deceiving. Every little book cover icon in my Kindle library is the exact same size. So unless I pay close attention I don’t know whether I’m starting a 200 page book or a 400 page book. Or in the case of Little Women, a whopping 647 page book. Had I noticed the length at the beginning I  likely would not have even attempted it. But I did attempt it. In fact, I read the whole thing.

Actually that’s a lie.

There were several passages I skimmed because 1) they bored me and 2) they didn’t seem to have a lot to do with the story line. Little Women is an okay book, but I have read MUCH better classics. I could hardly put down Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, but I kind of trudged through Little Women.

I liked the general story, but it wasn’t very focused.

I also liked most of the characters, but I felt like I never got to know them really well. And 647 pages should be long enough to get to know the characters intimately.  I kind of felt like an outsider watching the sequences of the book take place, while in Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre I was right there in the room with them.

A lot of stuff happened in the book, but I was never anxious with anticipation about what would happen next. There was not enough suspenseful build-up of any of the story lines within the book.

Am I glad I read it? Yes. Would I recommend it? Not necessarily.

Anyone out there seen the 1994 movie? Is it worth 115 minutes of my time? I have a feeling this may be one instance in which the movie is better than the book.


Author: Kim Harms

I am the wife of a guitar-playing, worship-leading, adventure-loving husband. I am the mother of three incredible sons: two of whom recently surpassed me in height, and one of whom I am going to pretend is still my baby. I am saved by grace; a daughter of the King who was and is and is to come. *** I am a regular contributor at Today’s Christian Woman, a monthly blogger at Inspire a Fire and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. *** The 500 Dresses ministry that I started with my mom in 2010 is our way of answering the call to serve those in poverty.

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