091–Eek! A Man!—Alcott

Heather

Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

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  1. Anonymous says:

    As Elizabeth said, I too embraced the fight against my faults after reading Little Women. Little Women taught us girls to think about our selves, about building our characters, about fighting our bosom enemies, about learning to be good and to do good in the world. I’m starting to think, as I re-hear this as an adult with a couple of failed marriages behind me that “Little Women” may be the reason that Men Are From Mars. Men didn’t read this book! They read Westerns or Sci-Fi or comic books or war stories. When did they ever ask themselves about their faults or whether they should work on improving their characters, about being good and doing good? Yes, in church or temple they would have been introduced to those concepts, but that’s the only place. Without “Little Women” and Pilgrim’s Progress and Marmee, they’re still from Mars. They’re still not connecting with us girls who were shaped by those ethics. Hence we grow up and try to get along, and we fail at it. I say “Little Women” is why Men Are From Mars. What do you all think?

    Becky (your reader and jewelry maker from Canal Winchester, OH)

  2. Jess says:

    thanks for the shout out Heather! I hope you’re enjoying your Adagio tea – I’m not a white tea fan but their blood orange is to die for. Even if you don’t want to drink it, get some to use as potpourri. Hmm… I wonder if lavender tea would work to deter moths?

    Enjoying LW much more than I thought I would. It’s my mom’s favorite book but I thought it was just ok when I read it as a child. Thanks for continually broadening my horizons.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I’m enjoying Little Women – this is one of my absolute favorite books. It had a big influence on me as a child and teenager – it made me concerned with being a good person, and living a good life, since that’s what I think it’s all about. I like how it acknowledges that this is a struggle, and something that we fight to do constantly, and that it doesn’t come easily or naturally, not even to Marmee. I was intrigued by your comment (in the last episode) that there are no villains in the novel, which I think is mostly true. The battles the characters fight are usually internal – particularly in the case of Jo. I suppose the only villains that appear are not so much characters as abstract concepts–Vanity, Pride, Anger, Fear, Pain. Thanks for getting me thinking about this wonderful novel again.

    Incidentally, I’m happy to record any chapters that you need – I only got to do one for LibriVox (Ch. 9) because I joined the project late. So let me know if you need any more.