The group meets in the Quaker Meeting House on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at 2.00 p.m. for an informal discussion of a different book each month.
Prompted by the recent release of the film, we chose Little Women by L.M. Alcott for this month’s meeting. Viewing the book from a modern perspective made for an interesting re-appraisal of what was for many years a children’s classic – it was first published in the 1860s and was, we all felt, very much of its time. Dealing with the journey to adulthood of four sisters at the time of the American Civil War it was addressed to young girls, although we agreed that today few would be attracted by its didactic moralising or sugary piety. To our taste nowadays the novel is too sentimental and romanticised and its message, that girls will always find the greatest happiness and fulfilment in life through marriage and procreation, does not sit particularly well with modern sensibilities.