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Little Women (Little Women #1)

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Little Women is an outstanding achievement of nineteenth-century American literature, and the first children's novel written in the United States to have become an enduring classic. The March girls are shown throughout as real people and not mere moral examples as we follow them from childhood through Little Women and Little Women Part Two (known in Europe as Good Wives). ...more
Paperback, 652 pages
Published October 17th 2011 by Simon & Brown (first published 1868)
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    Hyo Jung Hong In an idyllic world, they would have but Jo was already adamantly opposed to the idea of falling in love as well as leaving her delightful sisters and…moreIn an idyllic world, they would have but Jo was already adamantly opposed to the idea of falling in love as well as leaving her delightful sisters and mother. To her, the thought of marriage was too distant, something that would not have crossed her mind had it not been for her older sister. Being a tomboy and quite independent herself, she could not see Laurie as more than a dear friend. I do believe that Louisa May Alcott did try to keep this suspense alive throughout the book, something that just makes Little Women all the more delightful to read.(less)
    Kari Ann Although it was originally written to appeal to girls of all ages, times have changed. Children in our generation don't value this novel the same way…moreAlthough it was originally written to appeal to girls of all ages, times have changed. Children in our generation don't value this novel the same way children did back in the late 19th century. I don't think this is a suitable read for a nine year old. The Little House on the Prairie series is pretty similar and has been proven to be more successful with children (in my experience, at least!) You might have more luck with those books :)(less)
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    Someone I know claimed this no longer has value, that she would never recommend it because it's saccharine, has a religious agenda, and sends a bad message to girls that they should all be little domestic homebodies. I say she's wrong on all counts. This is high on my reread list along with Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and a Tree Grows in Brooklyn--you could say that I'm pretty familiar with it.

    Let's see--there's a heroine who not only writes, but is proud of the fact and makes a profit from
    Barry Pierce
    Okay I’m just gonna say this. I liked Little Women. I’m an 18-year-old guy and I liked Little Women. What. It’s quaint. It’s quaint as fuck. I’m such a Jo.
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    The book begins:

    "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

    It's so dreadful to be poor! sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.

    I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all, added little Amy, with an injured sniff.

    We've got Father and Mother, and each other, said Beth contentedly from her corner."

    There's an undercurrent of anger in this book and I think Louisa May Alcott would have gone much furthe
    My copy of this is probably 55 years old -- I've probably read it at least twenty-five times. One of my all-time favorite books. One of my favorite authors ever. Yes, it is old-fashioned -- it was old-fashioned fifty-five years ago. But that is the point pretty much in my opinion. This is a story of times past, of a family which functioned in a particular way in a particular time. This is also a story of what one person in a family might have wished were so all of the time in the family but wasn ...more
    May 28, 2008 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: teenagers: read this instead of Twilight
    I'm definitely a victim of modern society when I find this book slow. Had I read it in its day (or even as a youth) it would probably be fantastic, but as it is I'm finding the life lessons saturated in every chapter a little much, not sweet. Which brings me to Beth. Back in the day sweet, mild, submissive were prime female qualities. Now I look at the picture of her on the front cover with her empty eyes and blank stares and she looks sweet in a mentally challenged way. And Jo who is endearing ...more
    Huda Yahya
    قرأت هذه الرواية في سن الخامسة عشر تقريبا
    وهي رواية لطيفة اكتسبت شهرتها عبر السنوات
    من خلال اقتباسها في أعمال سينمائية
    وفي ابتداعات الرسوم المتحركة

    بل حتى الأوبرا كان لها نصيب من ذلك
    حيث ألف الموسيقار الأمريكي مارك آدامو أوبرا نساء صغيرات في عام


    الرواية مقتبسة عن تجربة الكاتبة الذاتية مع شقيقاتها الثلاث

    وتقدم لنا حياة أربع شقيقات هن
    ميغ وجو وبيث وإيمي

    .في جو مليء بالدفء العائلي
    متوغلة في أسرار النساء اللائي عشن في تلك الفترة
    وكيف كانت تفكر أدمغت

    Little Women remains to this day one of the books I have, curiously, read the most. And I'm not ashamed to state this. Why should I be? The notion that certain films or books are 'chick-lit' is one so alien to my mind. They may be geared at specific audiences mostly, but any strong work of art will appeal to any individual - or rather can appeal to any individual - person.

    I don't know what it is about Little Women that made me so attracted to it. Perhaps it was the characterisation in the women
    Feb 03, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: no one, seriously.
    Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: My mum and the 1001 books list
    To me this book is just a big neon highlighted literary exclamation mark defining how incredibly different I am from my mother. She loves this book. Really, really loves it....a lot. She always used to tell me how great she thought it was although, as a kid I somehow avoided reading it; mainly because at this point I was too busy dangling from a climbing frame by my ankles or stealing scrap wood from building sites in order to make dens and tree houses.

    As it is prominently placed on the 1001 boo
    Zoë (readbyzoe)
    Book 12/100 for 2015
    I had to read this book for my Children's Lit class and I loved it! We've done a lot of discussion which has really opened my mind to new things in the book and made me love it even more. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to get into classics as it's a children's book (so easy to read) but also there are fantastic characters (except Amy, I really hate Amy).
    ☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė
    This book was really good. You know those books that you aren't sure what made them your favorite? this is one of those books but i will try. For one reason the characters were so believable and relate-able. Also their stories weren't so far fetched, since they were based on Louisa May Alcott's time. Each of the sisters personalities were different but still similar enough to seen that they were siblings. This helped me since I have a twin sister and we are both different and similar at the same ...more
    Sherwood Smith
    There will be spoilers.

    Now, if she had been the heroine of a moral story-book, she ought at this period of her life to have become quite saintly, renounced the world, and gone about doing good in a mortified bonnet, with tracts in her pocket. But, you see, Jo wasn't a heroine; she was only a struggling human girl, like hundreds of others, and she just acted out her nature, being sad, cross, listless, or energetic, as the mood suggested.

    I first read this book as a tween, and had a real love-hate
    I have said for years and years how much I like this book, but I realized when I started reading it on Sunday that I might not have picked it up since 4th grade when I wanted to be called Meg! Is that possible? I think so.

    After finishing it on Monday afternoon, I was talking to some girls that evening where I realized (yes, I was thinking out loud) that this book is loaded with advice -- marital advice, parenting advice, interpersonal relationships advice ... and it's all good. I mean seriously,
    No wonder there's a children's version of this book. Most kids haven't experienced actual pain, and these characters obviously came from a bad fairytale. O gee, I'm awfully glad that you girls have become so happy in life. Too bad their lives are hardly realistic. O no! Their father's fighting in the war, AND they are poor. O my, how selfless! They gave food to an even poorer family. Everybody loves each other to death. They even have an artist and writer in the family. But some of the girls hav ...more
    I once did a short presentation on this book, the following text was part of it.

    Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, which is now a part of Philadelphia, in 1832. But soon she moved with her family to the Boston-area, where she and her three sisters Anna, Elizabeth and May grew up. The four girls were educated by their father Bronson Alcott, who was a member of the New England Transcendentalists. Through him Louisa met other Transcendentalists like Theodore Parker, Henry David Thoreau and R
    Tea Jovanović
    Knjiga moje mladosti :) Ah, kako smo je svi gutali :)
    Stacey (prettybooks)
    This mini review is part of a blogpost talking about three children's classics.

    Little Women was one of the classics that had been on my wishlist the longest. I think I first came across it while watching that episode of Friends. I didn't know much about Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, but it seemed like the perfect children's classic for me.

    Yet Little Women wasn't as engaging as I had hoped. I wasn't emotionally drawn into the sisters' lives, which is important for a character-driven novel. It's a
    Sarah Null
    I first read this book nearly twenty years ago, and at that age I think I was far too young to really appreciate it.

    Alcott wrote this as a response to a request for a "book for girls" which I think can explain much of the preachiness about morals and virtues. That Marmee is just so darned virtuous! I think it was also an outlet for Alcott's frustration with being constricted to the expectations and limitations of her gender in 19th century New England. At first I thought Jo's tomboyishness was g
    Sep 27, 2015 Scarlet rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Scarlet by: Lau
    Shelves: favorites, rc-15
    "Cuatro pequeños baúles en fila, cubiertos de polvo y gastados por el paso del tiempo. Cuatro mujeres que han aprendido a trabajar y amar. Cuatro hermanas, separadas por el tiempo, ninguna de ellas falta, aunque una se marcho antes que el resto, pues el amor inmortal la hace más presente que nunca. Cuando a las cuatro les llegue la hora de abrir sus baúles ante el Señor, espero que rebosen de dicha, actos de bondad y vidas llenas de valor. que sus almas se eleven felices y, que tras la lluvia, ...more
    Literature is a colonizing force. Whatever you read, whatever you are drawn to through the "usual" ways because it is "normal" or "comfortable" or "safe" is that way for reasons of individual accretion of public display. In the very earliest days of the United States, what was normal consisted of invasion, repulsion, and survival, communities driven by oppression and held together by religion, self-validated by divine decree of terra nullius and fulfilling that landed goal by any means of breedi ...more
    A likeable story on so many levels. On the surface it contains a romantic tale about the four March girls coming of age in nineteenth-century New England; when you look deeper, it contains several messages about morality, self-sacrifice, and the price girls pay to grow into women. Little Women caught me on an emotional level by the end of the book - the sensationalist writing style makes it super difficult to avoid attachment to at least one of the March sisters. However, I could not help but ad ...more
    This book is so great. It has character's every girl could ever relate to. ( EX. From being a complete girly-girl or such a tomboy you demand being called the boy-ish version of your name ) This book represents so many different kinds if love and how they change over time; and how some, will last forever. I admit I cried through the story, but the way it was so raw and real. Simple perfection.
    This is a timeless classic that I believe every young girl should read. I never read it when I was young, but I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to read it the last couple of weeks. I loved the chronicity of events in the book and how Alcott detailed each girl's life, from adolescence through adulthood. Beautifully written!!

    Reading this book again after an interval of some forty years was much like returning to a place known well in childhood, but not seen since. Memory distorts the landscape and the size and the shape of things contained within it. The place is both totally familiar and completely unknown at the same time.

    Little Women is one of the first novels that I remember reading. I can still see the book – a red hardback with small print, the dust jacket long gone. It took me to a time and a place that was c
    Ana Carter  シ
    Mar 25, 2012 Ana Carter シ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Everyone
    Recommended to Ana by: teacher
    A great read! This book is a classic, and I think it is a beautiful coming of age story that tells the story of the March family. The four March girls are taught about kindness, charity, good deeds and the importance of family and friends, as they grow older they enrich their lives with love and growth in lieu of wealth.

    The Author Louisa May Alcott prefaces Little Women with an excerpt from John Bunyan’s seventeenth-century work The Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegorical novel about leading a Christ
    I was given this more than 30 years ago, and it never appealed, but I gave it a go when it was selected by my book group.

    As most people know, it's Louisa May Alcott's semi-autobiographical account of four teenage sisters growing up in slight poverty, while their father is away at war.

    The opening words alerted me to the tone: "'Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without any presents'... 'I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls to have nothing at all.'"
    I'm sure everyone reading this has heard of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, be it through the various movie adaptations, school, or even through a children's illustrated classics edition. I can remember when I was little, my parents would often bring home Great Illustrated Classics after a visit to the super market. If we (my sisters and I) were good we would get to pick out a Great Illustrated Classics book for the week. Little Women was one of the first Great Illustrated Classics books we g ...more
    This is considered a classic for a reason. Aside from the occasional moralizing (or more than occasional), and from the "little women" domestic speak, this book is a gem of characters in miniature: vain Meg, slangy Jo, angelic (boring) Beth, temperamental Amy, not forgetting the rich and handsome "Laurence" boy. I still have not reconciled myself to the fact that Jo turns Laurie down, and although Jo's eventual mate, Prof Bhaer is dear and says "Prut!", I find refuge in the fact that he is old a ...more
    I believe that I have read this book about fifteen times, but that is a conservative estimate at best. And although Little Women is probably one of my all time favourite books, I have never managed to pen a review, simply because I really do not think I can post a review that would do sufficient honour to either book or author. With that in mind, this review will not be a standard review of Little Women, but rather some personal musings (and thus it might be a bit rambling, but I hope I will kee ...more
    Four little chests all in a row,
    Dim with dust, and worn by time,
    Four women, taught by weal and woe
    To love and labor in their prime.

    I stumbled into the library, as always on the lookout for a story to escape into, an overlooked book to take with me home. When my eyes fell on an old and wornout copy of "Little Women" (or, "Pigebørn" as it is called in Danish), I flipped through it and decided to read it. Today I wonder whether I knew it or not. Whether I was aware of the fact that right ther
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