Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly

Oh dear!

Such a light weight disappointment. The whole time I skimmed this, I kept hoping it would get better or suddenly develop more substance, but I hoped in vain.

The modern story was mildly interesting as sisters finding their way in the world; falling in love; working; leaving home etc.

But Jo's letters in the attic were simply tedious. I skimmed all the way to the end just to see if it would end the way I predicted...and it did.

Modern treatments of a classic, much-loved story are tricky things. So many times they just don't work.

Geraldine Brook's March worked for me once I let go the notion that I was reading a children's book about Jo, Beth, Meg & Amy. Brook's wrote a very adult novel about Mr March and his experiences during the Civil War. And at that level it was a very successful, enjoyable story. 

But this one doesn't work for me at all - it was charmless, dull and not worth the effort. Much better to spend the time re-reading Little Women and Good Wives instead.

1 comment:

  1. Well I am sorry that it was a disappointment but also a tiny bit glad because I have been half thinking of reading this book and you have saved me the trouble. Thanks Brona!


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