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Little Women: Complete Series – 4 Novels in One Edition: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys

(Little Women #1-3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  5,813 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Louisa May Alcott ended Little Women (1868) with the words “So the curtain falls upon Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given the first act of the domestic drama called Little Women.” It was an immediate commercial and critical success, and readers demanded to know more about the characters. Alcott quickly completed a second vo ...more
Kindle Edition, 1118 pages
Published February 21st 2020 by Kathartika (first published 1868)
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Teresa
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Little Women several times as a child and then went on to read the rest of Alcott’s children’s novels, so I will count this volume as completely read, though I’ve only reread Little Women as an adult. My impetus for doing so was at the invitation of Anne Boyd Rioux to join a small group to discuss the novel.

When I started Little Women last month, I was struck by a couple of things I wouldn't have known as a child, even a child reading this for the first time in the early 1970s. First, the
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Nicy
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so so lovely!
Kathleen F
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, book-club
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
Olivia
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YALL. THIS is LITERATURE!!!! oh my goodness. the most ROMANTIC scene in all of literature 😭😭😭 AND, I must say, at the beginning, I had trouble getting through. the storytelling was slow and I could tell it was written for a younger audience. I thought, “how am I ever going to make it through 777 pages of this???” but LET ME TELL YOU, I would read 777 pages MORE!!!! the sentences - BREATHTAKING. the vocabulary children must have had in 1868???? I had to look up so many words. but I just.... wow. ...more
Merritt
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read all of these. Little Women is my favorite, Little Men is sweet, and Jo's Boys is wonderful, but very sad.
Michelle Streed
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
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
i read just little women as a child. i'd love to find little men and jo's boys too if i can
Larissa Prates
I’m not sure how/where to start talking about this book, but I know it’s gonna be a long review. So sit down, Claudia. We’re about to go on a ride. A ~very~ emotional one.

I’ve known about this book for years now. It is a cinematography success since the 1930’s, but as always, I refused watching ANYTHING even related to that just because I wanted to read the book first. Again, as always, I never actually ended up reading the books on that particular list. It took me the recent movie with Emma Wa
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Dino
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this series to my kids, aged 9 and 10, over the summer and fall. Even with consistent daily reading it took several months to get through it all. Yet, we didn’t need to take any breaks and often it was me who had to declare a hard stop rather than yield to their pressure to read ‘one more chapter’.

They were enraptured by the tales of the March family: Marmee (Mrs. March), father, and their daughters Meg, Amy, Jo and Beth as they are raised in 19th C New England. The girls’ lives are diffi
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Em
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I've read Little Women many times, this was my first full reading of Little Men and Jo's Boys. The same humor, tone, and moralistic lessons suffuse both sequels. Little Men, published two years after the second part of Little Women, follows a few years after the events of the previous book with Jo and Professor Bhaer leading their young students at the school established in Plumfield. The cast of characters include the Bhaer's children, Meg's children, Amy and Laurie's daughter, as well as ...more
Ann
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I would give Little Women ten stars if I could! I haven’t loved a book this much in so long. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it until now. I was so drawn in by the lives of the March family that I didn’t want this book to end—I know it’ll become a frequent reread for me. It’s a wonderful story about family bonds and sisterhood and finding the good in life, despite hardships. I know Amy is often painted as the villain, but she and Jo were equally my favorite characters for different reasons.

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April Lucero
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I initially read this book because I saw the 1994 adaptation and thought the plot was really refreshing.
While reading this book I truly felt like I was in the time period. The fact that Jo was such an incredible women ahead of her time, who sometimes I can so deeply relate to because of her independence. This book breaks many boundaries and anyone should invest their time in this incredible novel. I can assure that this book will bring laughter, tears, and overall warm fuzzy feelings.
Hannah
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really nice story, that is easy to read even 150 years later and probably the best classic I've read so far.
The characters were all likeable and the whole story just felt really positive and comfortable. I really liked the descriptions too.
It also was really interesting to get a glimpse into what life was like in mid 19th century America, although the conveyed gender roles sometimes really bothered me (but of course that's due to the time it was written in).
Brenda
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually passed out of my teen years without reading this book. I really enjoyed except for two things.

1. I don't buy that Jo and Laurie would be a bad match. It feels like they were kept apart by the bloody-mindedness of the author.

2. Jo's "romance" with Bhaer. I HATE the trope that a young woman needs a man to "teach" her how to be. I hate Austen's Mansfield Park for the same reason (not too fond of Emma, either).
Tea
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I read little women as a child several times and lived it every time.
This version of the books contains all 4 books in the series and I’m uncertain about my 3 star rating. The first book is definitely worth four stars alone.

I made it the end of the second book but it’s took me forever. There was good parts but I just found it lost something. And I be becoming distracted by everything.

Liza Koppens
I stoped reading at page 365 just after part one.
I do really like it and intent to read the rest.
I did find the audio easyer to follow than when reading it myselft. But thats okay.

There where a lot of parts i loved verry much. But 50% < there was a lot of nothing happening, really boring or confuzing bits. Wich was really sad becouse the good larts were really good.
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Keeko
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Wonderful stories and lovable characters. I have memories of reading them many times in many places. They're part of me in a way that's very dear to me.
Jason Mccurry
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a joy to read this book, never has I wept so many times during a read❤️
Catherine Funk
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is vying for favorite book of all time. It is complete perfection.
Helena Magalhaes
Surprisingly like the new movie better. The core morals and characters I enjoy, but there are definitely cringey parts given the time it was written.
Emilie Milcarek
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read this since I was a little girl and it was wonderful. Completely held up to time even though I had forgotten a lot of the little stories between the large known plot points.
Janie Squier
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The More Things Change

Please don't pass these by because they're old, or you read them when you were little. These delightful stories- and you- deserve to be enjoyed even now.
The language is from 100 years ago. It’s good old American English, spoken by persons of privilege who could teach the one percenters of today a thing or two about wealth and its use.
Women balance domestic life, and the struggle for freedom in a society ruled by men. Blacks and the Irish are still servants when they appea
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Andrea Stoeckel
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Melissa
My heart ♥️

I have two editions, the puffin in bloom edition and the penguin clothbound classics edition. I also have the Usborne edition which only includes part 1.

I love the first half of the book. I honestly got really bored the last 4 hours of the audiobook.
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.
Angela
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this collection between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, and every year it inspires me and helps me mentally close one year and start the next.
Madison
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At the best parts of Little Women, it was a four star read. However, at the worst times, it dropped down to a two or a three for me.

I went into this book with the understanding that it's an old novel, published in 1868. The first half of Little Women was a drag to get through, however, retrospectively, it was the best part in the novel. There were moments where we the readers are hearing about the girls fooling around, the girls arguing with one another, the girls visiting their friends, and the
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Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
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
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“ella misma fuera muchacho. Si los Laurence hubieran sido lo que Jo llamaba “tiesos y almidonados”, no se hubiera entendido con ellos, porque la gente así siempre la coartaba e irritaba; pero viéndolos tan francos y naturales, ella lo estaba también y les produjo buena impresión. Cuando se levantaron quiso despedirse, pero Laurie dijo que tenía algo más que mostrarle, y la condujo al invernadero que estaba iluminado en su honor. Era como un lugar encantado, con las paredes cubiertas de flores de cada lado, la dulce luz, el aire húmedo y tibio y las vides y plantas exóticas. Su nuevo amigo cortó las flores más bellas, y las ató en un ramo, diciendo, con mirada alegre: -Hágame el favor de dárselas a su señora madre, y dígale que me gusta mucho la medicina que me envió. Encontraron al señor Laurence de pie delante del fuego en el salón. La atención de Jo quedó completamente cautivada por un hermoso piano de cola, abierto. -¿Toca usted el piano? –preguntó Jo volviéndose a Laurie con expresión llena de respeto. -Algunas veces –respondió. -Hágame el favor de tocar el piano ahora; deseo oírlo para contárselo a Beth. -¿No querrá usted tocar primero?” 1 likes
“que no conmovieran, especialmente entre las enviadas a casa de los padres. En esta carta se decía poco de las molestias sufridas, de los peligros afrontados o de la nostalgia a la cual había que sobreponerse; era una carta alegre, llena de descripciones de la vida del soldado, de las marchas y de noticias militares; y sólo hacia el final el autor de la carta dejó brotar el amor paternal de su corazón y su deseo de ver a las niñas que había dejado en casa. "Mi cariño y un beso a cada una. Diles que pienso en ellas durante el día, y por la noche oro por ellas, y siempre encuentro en su cariño el mejor consuelo. Un año de espera para verlas parece interminable, pero recuérdales que, mientras esperamos, podemos todos trabajar, de manera que estos días tan duros no se desperdicien. Sé que ellas recordarán todo lo que les dije, que serán niñas cariñosas para ti, que cuando vuelva podré enorgullecerme de mis mujercitas más que nunca.” Todas se conmovían algo al llegar a esta parte, Jo no se avergonzó de la gruesa lágrima que caía sobre el papel blanco, y Amy no se preocupó de que iba a desarreglar sus bucles al esconder la cara en el seno de su madre y dijo sollozando: -¡Soy egoísta! Pero trataré de ser mejor para que no se lleve un chasco conmigo. - ¡Trataremos todas! -exclamó Meg -. Pienso demasiado en mi apariencia y detesto trabajar, pero no lo haré más si puedo remediarlo. -Trataré de ser lo que le gusta a él llamarme "una mujercita", y no ser brusca y atolondrada; cumpliré aquí con mi deber en vez de desear estar en otra parte -dijo Jo, pensando que dominarse a sí misma era obra más difícil que hacer frente a unos rebeldes. Beth no dijo nada, pero secó sus lágrimas con el calcetín del ejército y se puso a trabajar con todas sus fuerzas, no perdiendo tiempo en hacer lo que tenía más cerca de ella, mientras decidía en su corazón ser como su padre lo deseaba cuando al cabo de un” 1 likes
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