Little Women (Little Women #1)
Little Women is the heartwarming story of the March family that has thrilled generations of readers. It is the story of four sisters--Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth-- and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display to survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil War.
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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
Let's see--there's a heroine who not only writes, but is proud of the fact and makes a profit from...more
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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
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
Reading it was a very enjoyable process I managed to finish it in a day. And I was left with this warm feeling in my heart. I had this re...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
What's startling about Little Women given the intro I just gave it, and the reason it worked then and still works now, is its absolute sincerity. There's not a trace of sarcasm in the entire thing; it remains a sweet-natu...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
I'm not very fond of the end. The last 90 so pages annoyed me very much, but the rest of it was wonderful.
Also, I love my cover. :3
I should mention, my particular copy included Little Women and Good Wives. I'm not sure if they're two separate novels. If that is the case then:
Little Women is AMAZING BRILLIANT SPLENDID EXCELLENT 5+ STARS
Good Wives: 4 stars.
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
The book is full of doing your best, try to overcome your flaws and grow up as a lady. This kind of moralistic sermons didn't att...more
I mean, it was charming in the way that those drawings at Lascaux are charming, but I'm not going to be preached to abo...more
I have something in common with each of them so I guess that's why I get drawn into the story and literally can't put the book down despite the fact that I've known how it ends for the past 13 years (and multiple readings each year, makes it hard to forget even the tiniest details)
Bonus: the movie is one of my favorites (Wynona Ryder version)
Visto che è sempre meglio dire le cattive prima delle buone, parliamo proprio del moralismo di Piccole Donne.
In realtà non si potrebbe di certo criticare, le signorine di quei tempi dovevano comportarsi in un certo modo. Però che nervoso, eh! Più che altro con l'affare Jo, che deve per forza cambiare carattere. Ma io...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