Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
25/25 | Started 07.16.21 • Finished 09.03.21
After listening to a podcast episode about a Pakistani girl who only had this book to (secretly) read while growing up, I decided to read it. Couldn't believe I never had!
"If I don’t seem to need help, it is because I have a better friend, even than Father, to comfort and sustain me. My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning and may be many, but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother."
I think we all know the story by now as it has been adapted for the screen numerous times but I think the book is worth reading for the prose that never comes out in a movie. Also, my understanding is that the movies often stop after the first half of the book and leave the second half out completely.
As she lifted the curtain to look out into the dreary night, the moon broke suddenly from behind the clouds and shone upon her like a bright, benignant face, which seemed to whisper in the silence, “Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.”
It's a classic that's definitely worth getting off your TBR list.