Little Men

“…we’re twins, and so we love each other more than other people…”

“…a good name was more precious than gold; for once lost money could not buy it back; and faith in one another made life smooth and happy as nothing else could do.”

“It takes so little to make a child happy, that it is a pity in a world full of sunshine and pleasant things, that there should be any wistful faces, empty hands, and lonely little hearts.”

Browsing through the shelves in the library of what masterpiece would next fall to my eager clutches, I spotted the book which caught my eye written by the same author who so endearingly captivated my heart in the past. Even before reading, there was an air of familiarity and feeling of kinship that arose the moment it was picked. Although expectations were high, I thought that nothing could par my love for Little Women. As I began reading, someone noticed the book and gave me a knowing eye. I asked her which book she enjoyed reading more, and she replied jestingly, “Little Men, since I have a little bias for fictional male characters.” Indeed bias it was as I also found myself quickly enamored with the characters in the story. Not only did I have bias for male characters, but also the bucolic scenery, carefree environment and imaginative descriptions. Louisa May Alcott yet again proved why she tops the list of the most admirable and heartfelt authors of all time.
Portrayed as the ‘follow-up’ story in the perspective of Jo March, Little Men tells an extraordinary tale of the events in the daily life of the children in Plumfield where Mr. and Mrs Bhaer, Jo’s husband, govern together. Though they all start as blithe almost wild young girls and boys, one can gradually and almost wistfully feel the growth of each one becoming someone solidly grounded, remaining faithful to their principles and lessons taught by their caretakers. Alcott depicts the transitions and the coming of age in the most insightful and skillful way that gives lasting impact to the readers.  I cannot possibly give enough praise and adulation for it. Truly, it is one of the most remarkable, laugh and cry along books I’ve encountered. 

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