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Why the Little Women film is more satisfying than the book

By not consigning its heroine to wedded domesticity, Greta Gerwig's film is truer to the spirit of the author's convictions than the novel

"Little Women isn't a story for 21st-century adults," I told a friend last week, put off by the heavy sermonising in Louisa May Alcott's 19th century novel, which I had read as a child.

So it was with some trepidation that I caught Greta Gerwig's movie adaptation of this tale of four American sisters who grow up in "genteel poverty" during the Civil War.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2020, with the headline 'Why the Little Women film is more satisfying than the book'. Subscribe