I’m back again with more book reports! Except, this week, I’m doing something slightly different. I’m going to be talking in greater depth about three of my favourite books!
These books are called, ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott (my report on that is here), ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time,’ by Mark Haddon (here) and ‘The Room on The Roof’, by Ruskin Bond (here). They are all extremely thought-provoking books; I often find myself ruminating back on the storyline and deeper meaning of the books.
‘Little Women’ is almost a statement ablout woman empowerment, referring to the amount of gender discrimination that girls used to face in the early nineteenth century. In fact, many girls in our society today face this as well. I had read this when I couldn’t properly understand it, which is a massive pity. But, I’ve made a promise to myself to read it once again to take even more out of it than I did before. Every aspect of this book is extremely thoughtful. Let’s take the title, for instance, ‘Little Women’. If young girls are already called little women, I think it depicts how limited their options were, as they had to do housework, as the elder women in this story do.
Room on The Roof also refers to discrimination- but instead, it’s racial discrcimination. I think a ginormous message and part of the story is to break free- do what your instinct tells you and to believe in yourself. It may be disastrous in the beginning, but you’ll eventually see that it pays off. Immensely. Rusty broke free, found a job to earn money and even found his first love!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time is a murder-mystery novel, based majorly on trust.
Trust brings me to the first of two connections I made between these three books. The other being, the struggles of growing up.
Trust. Trust is a very important concept in our lives today. Many people underestimate or misuse trust, which results in disastrous situations. If there is no trust between two people, it is almost impossible to form a healthy relationship. In Little Women, the four sisters learn to trust each other as they grow up, and do their best to live up to the title, ‘Little Women’ in order to keep their Father’s trust in them. In Room on the Roof, trust is Rusty’s only weapon against everything else. Trust in this case is his belief in himself, his trust in himself and his actions. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-time, trust is the biggest part of the book! Christopher’s Father, in his attempt to save Christopher’s trust and protect him, lands up breaking Christopher’s trust and has to work really hard to patch it up fully again. Christopher has to work equally hard to have the courage to trust him, despite his condition.
Another concept or idea that joins the three books is growing up. In Little Women, all the four girls are growing up to pursue their own dreams and careers, yet stay joint as sisters and as a family. Growing up for them means enduring that they aren’t as rich as everyone else, and understanding how important it is to remain themselves, grateful and happy. I think Louisa May Alcott has beautifully woven the struggle of growing up into this book. In Room on The Roof, Rusty has to grow UP, to grow OUT. When I say this, I mean grow out of the confined world he lives in. Last but not least, in The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time, Christopher goes farther than his condition has ever allowed him in pursuit of the truth and in love of his mother. He matures in such a way that he travels alone to many places in search of the truth, and he then finally has to forgive his Father- which shows how his thinking has matured.
Overall, I highly recommend all these books- as they all are very meaningful, thought-provoking and insightful. I’ve genuinely learnt a lot from all these book and in my opinion, they are must-reads. However, you should definitely ask permission from your parent or guardian since there may be some content in the book that is slightly mature or inappropriate.