I must admit that I was surprised how much of the Little Women movie was not from LIttle Women but from LW and part 2, Good Wives. I did not expect that and at first I did not particularly like it. After a while though I got to see how Alcott made these characters fuller and more understandable than either of the movie versions did and I have since swore off the movie(s) in favor of the books. I really liked this book. There is so much here and so much food for thought that though aimed at children, I think adults and particularly young adults could learn so much from this talented feminist writer.
What seemed stitled in the movie, Lorry rebound to Amy, makes sense in the book with the added references to Mozart and his wife, Constanza. What could not be understood in the movie about how Jo turned to Professor Behr, in the book becomes a love story of its own right -- of how younger women are inspired by older men because of their understanding, knowledge and sheer compassion that a younger man does not (yet) have. It was with great sorrow today that I ended this book. I do believe I will be going and taking out Little Men, LW part 3, next.