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Little Women (Little Women #1)
The charming story of the March sisters, Little Womenhas been adored for generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's untimely death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Aspiring...more
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"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 ...more
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 ...more
As it is prominently placed on the 1001 boo ...more
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).
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.'" ...more
This is my all-time favorite book.
That is not a term I use lightly and I'm sure some people might be surprised that I would chose this book to apply the term to. This is not my all-time favorite book because of its perfection. It is far from perfect. It can be preachy, parts of it are outdated, and some chapters seem rather superfluous in retrospect.
No, it is definitely not my favorite book because of its perfection. Simply put, it is my favorite book because it was the first book I ever loved ...more
Este libro y yo tenemos una larga historia.
Es el libro favorito de mi mamá, y como tal, ella habría preferido que este fuera mi primera lectura, allá cuando yo tenía nueve o diez años. Por supuesto ya desde chiquita le entré a llevar la contra y mi primer libro fue Harry Potter y el Cáliz de Fuego. A partir de allí, comencé un camino muy diferente al de ella, un camino que no pudimos hacer converger nunca más, porque desde Harry Potter que la fantasía siempre fue una de m ...more
Well, in actuality, I couldn't care less about losing Little Women. I wish I still had Inkheart, as I love almost everything Cornelia Funke's ever written, but I can't force myself to like Little Women.
Now, I'm an ath ...more
I have to admit, when a good friend of mine suggested Little Women to read recently, I had some reservations. I was unsure about reading a story about women of the 19th century and their lives, while I am living the the 21st century. I thought I wouldn't be able to relate to anything in this book. Oh, was I incorrect! This was the most pertinent book for today as any novel written in the 21st century.
What I gained from this book ...more
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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 ...more