Mujercitas (Little Women #1)
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Let's see--there's a heroine who not only writes, but is proud of the fact and makes a profit from...more
"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
As it is prominently placed on the 1001 boo...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
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
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
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
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
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
You will root for Joe, the tom boyish writing protagonist of the story. You will hope for Beth, the quiet peace maker turned sick. You will sometimes laugh at Amy's childish ways. You will feel compassion for May.
The characters in this book never really leave you, even if...more
The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label
Essay #53: Little Women (1868-69), by Louisa May Alcott
The story in a nutshell:
A largely autobiographical tale that takes place in one of the homes where the author g...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)
And look, I love my sister too, but the March sisters were a bit MUCH. I suppose that's the charm of the book- a completely functional family, free of discord, a domestic mutual admiration society. Back when the book came out it made it a page-turner. But in 2009 I found it hard to read because I was rolling my eyes so much. I know, I'm a cynic.
I'd love to rewrite this book more realistically...more
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The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)
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