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Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys (Little Women #1-3)

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Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys are a series of novels by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). The books are loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The novels are classics - the publisher unable to keep up with the demand when the first book in the series was published. Themes of romance, family drama, gende ...more
Hardcover, 1045 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by Library of America (first published 2005)
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Kathleen F
I hadn't read Little Women since I was about 12 (I read it multiple times when I was young.) It was surprising how much I had committed to heart! There were the same wonderful characters, scrapes and romances; but on this more mature reading of the book, what struck me most was the overwhelmingly moral tone. It didn't bother me as much when I was 12 and still in religion/CCD class; but in my late 30s it made me stumble a bit. (Marmee would definitely kick my ass if she lived now. I am a COMPLETE ...more
Merritt
Read all of these. Little Women is my favorite, Little Men is sweet, and Jo's Boys is wonderful, but very sad.
Michelle Streed
I've read Little Women and Jo's Boys out of this series, but my favorite one is Little Women. I read Little Women for the first time during grade school and always can come back to this book for something new. I found a little bit of myself in all 4 March women and was able to relate to the sister relationship shown in this book. I like this book because it pictures the March girls over time, the good and bad times that they go through, and I always come to the conclusion that what is the end of ...more
Shannon
I love these books. There is so much in them. The hard choices that the family must make, their strong commitment to each other, the various paths taken by each of the girls - this series has real depth and describes the many ways that a woman is able to find fulfillment in life. I read it as a parable of true feminism.
Kenna
Jun 13, 2009 Kenna added it
Shelves: must-revisit
i read just little women as a child. i'd love to find little men and jo's boys too if i can
Sara
Libro 1 - PICCOLE DONNE
Alla Alcott non piacevano i libri sdolcinati e ce l'ha messa tutta per introdursi nell'ambiente letterario con qualcosa di innovativo. Purtroppo però bisogna vendere per campare e se chi legge vuole in mano frasi svolazzanti e quadretti di puritanissima letizia familiare, eccovi accontentati. Tant'è, l'animo ribelle non è proprio riuscita a soffocarlo e almeno in una delle sorelle ha potuto riversare la sua inquietudine. Jo non è una ragazza - è un'adolescente che cerca di
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Andrea Stoeckel
This is a favorite author of mine. It was one of my first books as a kid. However, at 50+,and a published poet myself, I can look back and see its flaws. That does not mean I love it any less, just that time has taught me how history may be seen as a background character.

I didn't know, until I took on the May Challenge ( as in Louisa MAY Alcott), that originally, what we know as Little Women Part 1 and Part 2 were actually two separate books: Little Women and Good Wives. It's been 40 some years
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Eccentrika
Premessa: Ero molto curiosa di leggere questa famosa serie della Alcott, e ho colto l'occasione acquistando questa versione proposta dalla Einaudi (per la prima volta tutti i libri sono raccolti insieme e la versione è per adulti e senza figure).

Giudizio generale: Devo dire che come raccolta è molto bella, ma non avendo mai letto la storia delle sorrelle March ne sono rimasta un po' delusa per il contenuto.

Piccole donne (inizio lettura 7 Giungno 2010 - fine lettura 14 Giungo 2010)
Una bella favol
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Cinzia
Commento altamente soggettivo, siete avvisati. :p

Io tifo sempre per gli imperfetti, per quelli che sbagliano. Odio le chiacchiere religiose e l'ipertrofia dei buoni sentimenti. Per questo Louisa M. Alcott mi sta sulle palle. Certi libri è meglio non leggerli e continuare a immaginare che siano belli, anche se non lo sono in realtà.
Zehra Jafree
now this may be really controversial but no one understands the extent of which I wanted Jo to marry Laurie... NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THE PAIN.
Ben
Daisy knew nothing about woman's rights; she quietly took all she wanted, and no one denied her claim, because she did not undertake what she could not carry out, but unconsciously used the all-powerful right of her own influence to win from others any privilege for which she had proved her fitness. Nan attempted all sorts of things, undaunted by direful failures, and clamored fiercely to be allowed to do every thing that the boys did. They laughed at her, hustled her out of the way, and protest ...more
Diana
I quattro libri delle Piccole Donne
Quattro libri in un'unica raccolta, molto diversi tra loro.
Il primo, il più famoso (Piccole Donne), mi ha tanto ricordato la mia infanzia quando l'ho letto per la prima volta. Come allora mi è molto piaciuto: scorrevole ed accattivante.
Ma devo ammettere che sono gli altri ad avermi colpito di più.
Il secondo (Piccole Donne crescono), con i viaggi di Amy e le disavventure di Laurie è volato via in modo molto scorrevole e veloce, mi ha intrigato ed interessato.
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Morwen
Dell'edizione ho apprezzato la prefazione, che si lascia leggere senza annoiare. Non ho apprezzato affatto la quantità fastidiosa di refusi nella stampa, quasi che nessuno si sia degnato di correggere le bozze. Piccole Donne Per me questo primo libro ha un grande valore affettivo, avendolo comprato ormai quasi 20 anni fa. A distanza di tutto questo tempo, però, le parentesi puritano-educative della Alcott mi hanno un po' nauseato, ma rimane un ottimo libro, che continuo ad amare. Piccole donne c ...more
Jenny S
yesiree, jag tog mig igenom louisa may alcotts mästerverk little women, några år senare än vad jag kanske borde ha läst den.
boken utspelar sig på andra sidan dammen under andra hälften av artonhundratalet (det börjar under inbördeskriget). vi får följa de fyra döttrarna meg, beth, jo och amy marchs uppväxt, i lyckliga stunder såväl som sorgliga. wäääh.... men, "into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and sad and dreary". tyvärr.
tanten jag identifierar mig mest med är jo. sådär
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Appena ho visto quest'edizione Einaudi contenente tutti i quattro romanzi che compongono il ciclo delle Piccole Donne ho avvertito l'impulso irrefrenabile di comprarlo.

Innanzitutto perché mi permetteva di avere una versione d'insieme su libri che durante la mia infanzia e preadolescenza ho letto con lunghissimi intervalli tra uno e l'altro, in secondo luogo perché Piccole Donne è stato il mio libro preferito di sempre, quello letto talmente tante volte che la mia vecchia copia è quasi completame
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Tessa Wilson
This has been my favorite book series in the classic genre. I learned so much from Jo and her family. Such a real and riveting read. Jo is true to herself and such a strong heroine. The reader share in her struggles and triumphs. All of the characters are so well developed. Wonderful read!
Divya
I first read these book when I was around 15 and have read these books several times over the years. I love these books and I think these are an example of a true classic. Growing up, Jo was my heroine. I used to idolize her so much and wanted to be just like her when I grew up.
Liz
This is the definition of a classic. I found myself laughing and crying along with the characters as they experienced the joys and hardships of life. This book is by no means a quick read—it is compact and linguistically dense—but I liked it that way. It is a book to savor, with every chapter being a new story and insight into this family’s life. The only problem I see with this novel is its marketing draw. Because of the language, some young readers will find reading it a daunting task. Teen re ...more
mcat
Little Women is still my favorite book. The companions - Little Men and Jo's Boys - are brilliant as well. I first read Little Women in 4th or 5th grade and re-read it many times over the years. The characters are relatable and vivid and the time period is fascinating, especially for history nerds like myself. For those unfamiliar with the book, it is the story of four sisters - whom their father calls his "little women" - and their misadventures. They become friends with a boy named Laurie, and ...more
Cecelia
Little Men was by far my favorite out of this collection. I'm completely in love with the Bhears' ideal of raising young men to be men. Men who do what they are passionate about and well-suited for. Letting boys be boys, but not in the self-indulgent way that phrase is used now. Jo's love and passion for "her boys" is contagious, and a wonderful example of parenthood. Forever a place in my heart. Alcott wrote with honesty yet integrity and virtue. She highlights the value of recognizing your fau ...more
Maureen
I didn't read Louisa May Alcott once when I was a young girl. I read her books over and over, and I still have my copy of Little Women with the binding taped back on. It would be an understatement to say I loved Alcott's little men and women. I related to them, even though they lived in the previous century. I loved getting insight into how people lived years ago -- and maybe it's no coincidence that I now do Living History set in the Civil War period. Maybe I was never meant to leave Meg and Jo ...more
Federica Laviano
Libro letto con il mio gruppo di lettura, quindi i commenti sono riservati a loro :D Posso solo dire... Keep calm and hate Amy!!!
Ceci
some books must stay in the memories of the past. This was one of my favorites as a kid and now after 20 years i found that children and women in the book doesnt fit me anymore. ...more
Alicia Mccoy
It's a combo book for those who just can't get enough of the March family!
Therese
Well, I finally finished this book! It's not that it's hard reading, but it's one of those types of books that is very predictable and so doesn't make the reader want to keep going because you can pretty much guess what will happen. I suppose I'm a bit too old and/or jaded to be reading this and truly enjoying it for what it is now, but it IS a good story nevertheless, just very sentimental. I'm glad I finally read it the whole way through as I started it back when I was kid and had always meant ...more
Susan White-riggs
It was great re-reading these classics, always fun and uplifting.
Kate Carper
May 26, 2011 Kate Carper is currently reading it
I am loving this book! It is a great book! If you like Old Fashoin books this is one for you... It is called "Little Women" it is the best and I will tell you why. It has the best details and amazing new words for me, like... Glamosis, and Fantastic!!! Is that just Fantastic!!! You should read this book and at first I did not like these kind of books... But noew I realize that they teach you a lesson. I tried to read "Helen Keller" I did not like it but if you liked it I will try again... And th ...more
Clara
This has all of the books in the Little women series bound together! It also has the original drawing done by Louisa's sister, May, for the books when they were originally published.
Finally Home In Dreams
Jo's Boys was kinda boring.
Misty Atkinson
Very good

I like this book and didn't want it to end. At times there were too many details but overall a good read.
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
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First published anonymously:
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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Little Women (4 books)
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  • Good Wives
  • Little Men (Little Women, #2)
  • Jo's Boys (Little Women, #3)
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