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Good Wives (Little Women #1.5)

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NOTE: Little Women is sometimes published in two volumes, entitled Little Women and Good Wives.

Amy looked relieved, but naughty Jo took her at her word, for during the first call she sat with every limb gracefully composed, every fold correctly draped, calm as a summer sea, cool as a snowbank, and as silent as the sphinx. In vain Mrs. Chester alluded to her 'charming novel
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Kessinger (first published 1869)
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Jul 31, 2010 Rumi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2015 Komal rated it it was ok
Shelves: childhood
The March girls are all grown up and ready to throw away all their individuality and aspirations so that they can please their penniless but Christian husbands <:'D Isn't that exactly what all girls dream of? Servitude to a man!
Fair warning, spoilers ahead:

Remember Meg? She was the self-satisfied smarmy brunette who all the men liked for her looks, and not much else. She makes a match to a tear-jerkingly boring and terrifically poor tutor, and lives with him to do his bidding and fret about h
Tatiana Khaykina
Sep 17, 2015 Tatiana Khaykina rated it it was ok
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Oct 17, 2015 Shima rated it did not like it
[Spoilers up ahead! Though I advice you to read them so maybe they can convince you to never read good wives]

I'm so happy this book is over, because this little book gave me so much heartaches, headaches and agony I couldn't bear to read it more than a chapter at a time and it took ages to finish.

Though it wasn't my first time reading this book, It still struck me as much as the first time.
I remember when I was 11-12, I loved little women with all my heart -though not a favorite book- It still h
Leonor (Ner)
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The Book Queen
I love this book. I mean, the fact that I've read it five times now does say something about how I much I love it...
Jan 28, 2010 Cristina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Can't say
Recommended to Cristina by: Little Women and Alexandra
Shelves: 2010
It's sad but I didn't entirely enjoy this. I missed everyone, even while I read them. The evolution was too rapid, too un-thought. Characters lost their essence because they were apart. It was silly how much joy it brought to have Laurie and Jo reunited, the first sentence they uttered to one another felt like home immediately. I don't know if Alcott did this on purpose, to explore on the bittersweetness of young adulthood, but if she did not do it on purpose, it's simply fascinating, powerful m ...more
Good Wives is the sequel to the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The book begins three years after the end of Little Women and continues the stories of the March sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. It is beautifully written, however, there were several things I didn't like about this book. In Little Women, the girls all had dreams and ambitions about what they wanted to become; such as Amy becoming an artist and Jo becoming a famous best selling author. I was slightly nauseated by the way the ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
Little Women is an amazing book. It is about four sisters: Margaret, Josephine, Elizabeth and Amy. One pretty, one a tomboy, one quiet and shy and one romantic, they make brilliant sisters. Though they are all different and unique, they are the best of friends, relying on one another.

The March sisters experience a lot in their lifetime, which is thoroughly explained and detailed, and makes you feel, think and read on. They experience growing up, falling in love, and dealing with the fact that
May 03, 2011 Raafia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
OMG! How could Louisa May Alcott do this? How could she ruin Jo like this?
Okay, so Good Wives is a lot like Little Women. We find out how the girls change as they grow up unfortunately the change is not for the best. Beth dies, Meg becomes a mom, Amy grows up to be the beloved of everyone and Jo, the wild, lively Jo is turned into a model of domestication and marries a freaking forty year old man!!!!This is unfair. Why did the author do this to Jo? I always thought Jo should marry Laurie and it
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کتاب همسران خوب رو بعد گذشت حدودا 15 سال از خوندن کتاب اول (زنان کوچک) امروز تموم کردم. فکر میکردم چون بعد چند سال دارم جلد دوم شو میخونم، از این کتاب لذت نمیبرم ولی جالبه که از خوندنش دقیقا اندازه کتاب اول لذت بردم. و حین خوندن، ماجراهای زنان کوچک شیطنت هاشون و دنیای کودکی دوباره برام زنده شد. ولی یه جاهایی توضیحات اخلاقی و نصیحت های نویسنده حوصله سر بر میشد ولی بازم قابل قبول بود.
Aug 29, 2011 Stef rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Stay away. Stay far, far away.
This book took all that was good about Little Women and crushed it, grinding the sharp pieces of my despair right in my face. It's so bad I can't pick up Little Women without remembering this book and knowing that everything I read is a filthy lie and that all happiness shall soon cease to exist.

I want to purge my memory of Good Wives, but I can't. I wish I'd never read it. If I had a time machine I'd go back in time and slap this book out of my own twelve year old hands. And once that was done
Feb 02, 2015 Bunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfida-classici
Una degna continuazione del primo in cui si ritrovano le sorelle March cresciute e alle prese con la vita adulta, i loro sogni, i loro dispiaceri e la stessa fiducia nell'amore e nella famiglia.
Siobhan Kemp
Jul 21, 2014 Siobhan Kemp rated it liked it
I've no doubt that the unsatisfying ending is to blame for all the one- and two-star reviews this book is getting. I agree with those sentiments, but for a reason a little less shallow than just "omg Jo and Laurie should be together!" It's not that the romantic inside of me doesn't want that*, it's just that I don't think that that's the critique we should be indulging. Like, I /wanted/ Sirius Black to stay alive in Harry Potter - that doesn't mean he should've, or that the book was bad because ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Uniquesy rated it it was amazing
The truly benefiting and deserving sequel to Little Women, I fell in love with this book!

Discovering it's prequel was the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me and when I found out that Good Wives existed, my excitement was unparalleled to unlike anything else. The inspiration I felt was of the highest form and the morality of the book rather suited me, for I like being preached to (Don't think me weird). The moral epiphany continues, the fates of the little women gets revealed, gentle f
Ayu Palar
Mar 27, 2009 Ayu Palar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ayu by: Sherien
Shelves: classics
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Jun 18, 2010 Ginny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, classic
To begin with,I'm glad I finished this book at last.
but as everyone fell for it,I've got to confess that wasn't the way it worked for me.
It felt good to finally get through all the depressing parts to reach to the good and happy ones.but they weren't enough to fill the hole,you know.
No misunderstanding here.I'm almost glad with how everything turned out.but through all what happened,old characters got annoying for me.and as they grew up and changed I began to despise them.except for Jo,who almos
Miss E
Feb 18, 2016 Miss E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own-read
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From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Louisa May Alcott's classic sequel to Little Women.

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Feb 23, 2016 Brona's Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Good Wives is a more mature read than Little Women, reflecting the becoming-adult themes of the girls. It's ripe with births, deaths and marriages. The natural joys and sorrows of lives well-lived.

Comings and goings and personal freedom versus familial duty are all explored by Alcott.

Gainful employment, purpose and sensibility rule the lives of the March family.

It's hard not to admire these girls and to feel a better person for having walked a small way in their shoes. Their goodness may stick i
Jul 01, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Oh, the treasure trove of lessons there are to be gained by old books! It's been years since I last read either Little Women (or it's unknown-to-me-sequel), and I'm much ashamed for it. Oh what I have been missing all this time! But still, sometimes it's nicer to wait and discover so many more treasures for the waiting in the meantime.

Now that I'm all grown up – but as yet still unmarried – I enjoyed reading how the Little Women grew up and seeing Meg's daily struggles as a young wife and mother
May 24, 2016 Marianna rated it it was amazing
I must say that I'm disappointed..... So why did I give this book 5 stars?

Well, since I loved Little Women, I had to give this book 5 stars; however, this is literally the exact same book (word for word) as the second half of Little Women - so I am super disappointed.

I thought that this book would be a new story - a more in depth look at the March women in their married lives, but instead I got a complete repetition of the second half of a book that I have already read.... Bummer!
Good if you wanted to learn what happened to the little women after the end of the 1st book, bad if morals hurt your feelings and romances bore you to death.

It's time for the little girls to become women, to find place in the society, to work or to marry. We follow the new adventures and romances of Jo and Emy, while Meg deals with married life and Beth stays at home.

I've no idea what exactly this book is, because Alcott was modern and didn't marry and it's not the message I found while reading.
Feb 11, 2016 Isabell rated it really liked it
To this day, Jo March is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. She is headstrong and feisty and kind. She has a hot temper, she writes. She fails, makes mistakes and doesn't know her own heart. She is so real to me that I think she truly must have existed somewhere (and they say she did, in the persona of Louisa May Alcott herself), as must have her relationship with her sisters and her best friend, Laurie. Any fault I might find with the book upon re-reading it as an adult is easi ...more
Nov 28, 2015 Meriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...selai itu adalah yang paling manis yang mereka buat,
karena kedamaian sebuah keluarga tersimpan dalam kedamaian stoples mungil itu.

“Selamat jalan”. Dengan berbisik ia berkata tegas, “Kepergianmu tidak ada gunanya, Jo.
Mataku mengawasimu. Jaga dirimu baik-baik, atau aku akan datang dan membawamu pulang.”

...apalah yang lebih sulit bagi seorang gadis aktif yang ambisius
ketimbang menyerahkan harapannya sendiri—rencana dan keinginannya sendiri—
demi kebahagiaan orang lain?

“Tidak ada nestapa dunia
Jul 09, 2010 Indah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hadiah dari Serambi, terima kasih ya.
Cerita awal di halaman 7, langsung membuat saya tersenyum dan membayangkan kalau nanti tiga anak perempuan saya dewasa :D

“Seorang ibu rumah tangga, sekaya apa pun, harus tahu bagaimana segala sesuatu harus dilakukan di rumahnya, kalau dia ingin dilayani dengan baik dan jujur.” (Gosip – halaman 21)

Sejak membaca novel Little Women, sudah jatuh cinta dengan kisah Bu March dan keempat anak perempuannya, Meg, Jo, Beth, dan Amy. Dan, membaca Good Wives semakin mene
Aug 06, 2016 Kathrin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 19th-century
I decided to add book 1.5 of the series as well to show the difference between my love for book 1 and my dislike of how it continued. A more detailed account of my feelings can be found in my review of Little Women.

I still want to continue the series as I hope that some of it'll return to the atmosphere of book 1.
Sari Herbita
Jul 12, 2016 Sari Herbita rated it liked it
Buku ini merupakan kelanjutan dari Little Women. Jadi bila kalian belum baca Little Women dan berencana untuk membacanya, close aja page ini langsung karena bakal ada beberapa spoiler Little Women.

Seperti yang kita tahu, Little Women berakhir dengan Meg bertunangan dengan John Brooke, sembuhnya Beth dari penyakit menular mematikan dan kepulangan Mr. March yang mengembalikan sinar kebahagiaan di keluarga March.

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"Piccole donne crescono" racconta la prima giovinezza delle quattro protagoniste, tra sogni, speranze e tanti progetti da realizzare. Due classici della letteratura giovanile, nei quali non è centrale l'attesa del principe azzurro ma una ricerca di valori morali, affetti solidi e sinceri e realizzazione personale, sia tra le gioie della serenità familiare, sia nell'espressione e nel riconoscimento del proprio talento.
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