Monday, July 30, 2012

My obsession with Little Women

Once upon a time, my parents immigrated from Hong Kong to Vancouver, British Columbia. I was 8 years old then and spoke not a lick of English.

But thanks to small class sizes and having an teacher's aide back in 1972, I was able to learn English quickly through immersion and my third grade teacher giving me extra help.

By the end of the school year, and I had even missed a couple of months of school since we moved in October, I had progressed from "Mat the Rat" to my very first novel.  Bet you can guess what the novel was. Yup: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

It was pure magic for me, both being able to read a novel in a foreign language and the novel itself. This is why I ended up owning 3 copies of the book.

The one in the middle is the copy I found in my parents' basement. I have no idea how they got it because the inscription inside said it belonged to one "Rosario Maria Gulelle."
I kick myself for never asking my mom, while she was still alive, who the heck that person was. I can't ask my dad because he'd never know; he is a flake. Lovable, but a flake nonetheless.

The volume on the left might be even older than the one in the middle. It's copyrighted 1910 and belonged to hubby's maternal grandmother (she dated it 1913 in her handwriting).

Then, because I didn't own a copy of Little Men, I had to get the 3 volume anniversary edition on the right (which includes Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys). HAD to. ;)

Do you own more than one copy of any book? If so, what is it?

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~ Toni Morrison

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