Thursday, August 20, 2009

Childhood hero - Louisa May Alcott

Sorting the garage reacquainted me with old friends, which are the following 4 books written by one of my favorite authors, Louisa May Alcott. I've caught the reading fever and all I want to do is spend time with the March family.

Over the past month I've watched the newest movie of Little Women and then rewatched it with the commentary and then this morning I finished reading the book!

Even though I was named after Beth, I relate to the spirited, restless nature of the tom boy Jo March. It's encouraging to read about Jo eventually finding peace and meaning for her life. I am so over this post grad stress.

As a kid I was so disappointed with Louisa and Jo for marrying the "wrong" guy. Now that I'm older I think she made a wonderful decision. I am still surprised that Jo's parents were fine with the huge age difference. Even today that would be a shock.

I forgot about this book. It must not been of much interest when I was little. Currently I am relishing my favorite book, Little Men and will get back to this one. I am curious to hear what the rest of the family has been up to since Little Men focuses on Plumfield.

Did I mention this book is my favorite?!? The boys are so lovable and their pranks so entertaining. If I could travel back into time I was live and work at Plumfield. I adore Fritz and Jo's style of bringing children and would love to teach and play with the kids. I could see us fencing, making tipis and practicing yoga.

I intend to find the modern day version of Plumfield. Any one have any leads? Some ideas are working for Gesundheit! or the Red Cross. I'm always researching ideas and planning things out. We'll see what comes of it.

It makes me feel old for calculating that it's been over a decade since I've read Jo's Boys. No wonder I dont recall what happens in the book. When I do get to this book I'll share what went on.

I might just end up reading everything by Louisa. Her family and their transcendentalist beliefs are so interesting I want to keep researching about their pioneer way of thinking and living.

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