Funny Boy

An acclaimed, semi-autobiographical 1886 novel by American writer Louisa May Alcott, which recounts the coming of age of four sisters in Massachusetts. Little Women is famed in part for being one of the first prominent novels directed to women, which is also why Arjie’s family disagrees with his affinity for it. However, Daryl Uncle shares his interest in the novel and buys him its three sequels, which Arjie is unable to find in Sri Lanka.
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Little Women Term Timeline in Funny Boy

The timeline below shows where the term Little Women appears in Funny Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
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...Neliya Aunty, moved in with the family, Arjie has been reading her old copy of Little Women , so he asks his father for the three sequels (even though Appa chastises him... (full context)
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...soon again, and he asks Arjie about his book. Arjie is embarrassed to show him Little Women , but Daryl reveals that it “used to be one of [his] favorite books.” Daryl... (full context)
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...gets sicker and sicker, and then Daryl visits again—this time, with the three sequels to Little Women . Amma is wearing “an expression on her face [Arjie] had never seen before.” (full context)
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...his family if his parents separate and dreams about his family being the characters from Little Women . The next morning, Daryl leaves early, and Arjie and Amma head back to Colombo,... (full context)
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...Arjie wishes she could cry, which “would have seemed more natural.” After another dream about Little Women , Arjie awakens to finally understand Daryl Uncle’s death. (full context)
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...killer would never be brought to justice.” He reads one of his favorite chapters from Little Women but loses faith in its message and its neat universe “where good was rewarded and... (full context)