Friday, October 03, 2008
I tried reading this book in fourth grade and, unsurprisingly, couldn't get through it. I did, however, enjoy watching the movie several times throughout the following years, though I haven't seen it since junior high, probably. For some reason, I decided to give the book another go a few days ago.
An old old copy, bound in blue and well-worn at the corners with the text in faded silver letters across the front and spine, has sat on my bookshelf for years and years, until I couldn't even remember where I got it. Turns out it was my grandme's, and was given to her for Christmas in 1941; I think she was about 12 then. I don't recognize the name of the gift-giver, inscribed inside along with my Grandme's full name and address, but there's a bookplate pasted on the inside cover with a little poem on it, and Gandme's name written at the bottom in lovely blue ink. I'm very careful with the book, since it's decades old and rather fragile, and I checked out a paperback copy from the library in case I want to read it on the go--that way I won't risk damaging Grandme's copy.
I so wish I'd read this before, because I'm really enjoying it! Just like, well, pretty much all 19th-century novels, it gets a little preachy sometimes, but in a charming sort of way. And how can you not love these girls? I'm not very far into it so far--(SPOILERS!) Beth just got the piano from Mr. Lawrence and Amy's limes were all tossed out the window--but I love it so far. My memories of the movie are very vague, so most of what happens is a surprise.
I've got it up on the laptop, too, through Project Gutenberg, so I'm sitting here IM-ing and knitting while reading it, which is easier than trying to keep a book--with small print--propped open. Once I'm done with the book, I'm sure I'll Netflix the movie to watch again.
If you haven't read this before, and enjoy this sort of story, I highly recommend it.
Posted by Heather In Progress at 11:27 PM