Friday, 10 August 2012

The Thursday Think Tank - Books


Today's prompt for the Thursday Think Tank is Books. My favorite is Little Women; I have read it many a time in the past couple of years. I always wanted to share my views on this book but felt I’d not be able to do justice to this splendid piece of literature. This is my poem inspired by the book and the character, Jo March. To read the other entries, go here. You can join in, too.


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Beyond the placid horizon
Lies the world I dream.
I take not luxury with me,
But love and my esteem.

I have not buried the past
But outlined a new future.
The castles dangle up above
Till one marches on to conquer.

There, in the midst of the field
I shall meet my promise.
Time shall flare my trace
Beaming in the bliss.


By Vaishali Jain







 Here's the synopsis taken from IMDb:
Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by their beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie.  
 
Josephine March and her three sisters Margaret, Amy, and Beth grow up with their mother's guidance while their father fights in the American Civil War. The vivacious quartet are very close and happy despite limited means. Laurie Laurence, the well off boy next door, takes a liking to Jo, and his tutor John Brooke eyes older sister Margaret during a party. Margaret marries Mr. Brooke but Jo rejects Laurie's proposal and moves to New York for new adventures. When Beth starts to lose her battle with Scarlet Fever Jo returns to her deathbed. Sister Amy returns married to Jo's one true love, Laurie, and we wonder if she will ever find someone to replace him.
 

40 comments:

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    1. Thanks a lot, Laura! I was a bit skeptical about doing justice to the confident spirit of Jo.

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  2. Little Women is close to my heart because my sisters are named Beth and Jo, and I was named Amy for the character as well. My mom's favorite book. I always identified with the character of Jo, and it turned out my life has been filled with battles, with adventure, with writing.

    This really captured Jo's spirit. I love her wit, her determination. Thank you! Peace, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/08/10/hela-for-poets-united-think-tank-thursday/

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    1. It's a lovely feeling to know someone who has a mutual liking to the book. Little Women was the fourth novel I read and have been fascinated by the writer and the characters since then.

      Yours must be a March family: fighting with trials and tribulations, living with a spirit unmatched, no? :) Sorry to hear about the battles but glad that it brought you closer to writing.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and appreciating the write. Needed it on this one! :)

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  3. A very apt tribute to a great classic ... well done Vaishali :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Amrit! It's always great to have your opinion. :)

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  4. You captured Jo's adventurous spirit so well. I love Little Women too and think the 1994 remake of the movie did a fantastic job...great cast. If you havent seen it, you must! Andie Macdowell plays one of the sisters and one of my favorite actresses, Winona Ryder, plays Jo. Susan Sarandon is in it too..........I watch it over again every now and then.

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    1. Sherry, I had gone crazy after reading Little Women. I would search endlessly on internet about the different versions as movies, their casts etc and about the ratings/rankings of the book.

      I have watched the 1994 remake of the movie and absolutely loved Winona Ryder and everyone, not to forget Christian Bale. *swoons*

      I know I can talk endlessly when it comes to Little Women. :D

      Thanks so much for appreciating!

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  5. Wonderful word play! I don't think I've ever read Little Women, but I've watched the movie several times. Think I'll put it on my reading list.

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    1. Please, please do! If you've loved the movie, you'll absolutely adore the book. Highly recommend it!

      Thanks for stopping by and appreciating! :)

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  6. So lovely! And what a tribute to a true classic - one of my all-time favorites:>)

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharla! Hearing such kind words for my tribute to my most fave novels is a pleasure. :)

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  7. You picked a wonderful book to stir feelings with. Love the poem.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sara! :) Glad you liked it!

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  8. An excellent choice of book which has stood the test of time. An old favourite of mine too...

    Eileen

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    1. It indeed has, Eileen! Thank you! :)

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  9. Fitting poem for the book and I really like your slant rhymes!

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  10. Vaishali, please use this post instead. That is a great poem! You captured both the author's and Jo's voice perfectly :-)

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    1. lol Sara, your previous post made me chuckle! :D Thank you so much leaving your thoughts! :)

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  11. I felt like I was reading a poem BY Jo March. Just lovely. Thanks.

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    1. Oh my goodness! You just made my day, Rhonda! Thanks so so much! Couldn't have thought of passing that line. Gratitude from the heart! :)

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  12. that's a wonderful poem. loved these lines -

    I have not buried the past
    But outlined a new future.

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    1. Thanks so much for appreciating! I needed some feedback on it. :)

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  13. Your words so suit the theme of this book~
    I loved how you captured so many feelings that
    are explored in this setting~
    Well Done..I want to read it again...
    Thank you :D

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    1. OMG! Thanks a bunch! Means a lot to hear those kind words from you, Ella. :)

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  14. loved it vaishali ,it can be called as a perfect tribute
    P.S i am following you :) :)
    do visit my blog too :) :)

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  15. Jo is the girl who aspires to be a writer of plays rt? Remember being enacted by Winnoyna Ryder in the movie...Apt lines :D

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    1. Yes, exactly, Jaish! She is the one and Winona Ryder played an awesome role in the movie along with the talented cast of Christian Bale and Susan Sarandon. Thanks a lot for appreciating! :)

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  16. Simple and clean. I liked it.

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