Little Women

Little Women

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This classic story of the March family women and their lives in New England during the Civil War has remained enduringly popular since its publication in 1868. Poor, argumentative, loving, and optimistic, the March sisters struggle to supplement their family's meager income and realize their own dreams. This highly autobiographical novel shows us women who are strong-minded and independent in their determination to control their own destiny. The introduction to this edition provides a fascinating history of the Alcotts, and a biographical history of Louisa Alcott's own struggles as a writer.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2008]
ISBN: 9780199538119
Characteristics: xxxvi, 489 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Alderson, Valerie

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 02, 2020

Personally I’m a huge fan of period pieces as most novels that are written from the 1800s or later are usually interesting and fun to read but for me Little Women was a bit of a boring book. Don’t get me wrong it has it’s moments, and its moment are wonderful but overall I found the novel to be unsatisfactory. However I believe Little Women is considered to be in the collection of classic American literature so I recommend reading it if you are interested in familiarizing yourself with classic literature. I also recommend it if you want to read something to calm yourself down as it is wholesome and more or less a very timid novel. 1.5 stars
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Tdruid
May 19, 2020

Never read it as a child, so I’m reading it now. I have seen the classic movie, so I was aware Jo was a tomboy & gifted writer, but had no idea she was manic-depressive, which she clearly was, from the book’s description of her behavior. And a boy born without *ahem* external genitalia, due to what we now know is a prenatal nutritional deficiency, & therefore doomed to life as a female. I’m sure Louisa May Alcott had no idea.
I can see why this was a popular book for mothers to give their daughters 100 years ago, when what they wanted most was for them to be obedient & self-sacrificing. I can’t think of worse advice to give a girl in this century.

VaughanPLKim Mar 07, 2020

I finally got around to reading this classic novel in anticipation of seeing the new movie. Unfortunately it didn't really hold my attention and parts of it really dragged. Jo was by far the most interesting character.

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carolwu96
Jan 05, 2020

The story is told in an almost fairytale manner and the episodes are often accompanied by clear morals. But what struck me the most was the intensity of the love amongst its characters and their willingness to see past faults and understand one another. Each had a distinct personality/ priority, but they all thrived in this environment of love and respect. ⁣⁣
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The second half of the book takes place seven years later and is more educational albeit less emotional. Jo is approximately the same age as me now, and through the sisters, I learned about independence, societal integration, and matrimony. I also found Alcott’s parenting skills ahead of her time, especially when Mrs.March told Meg to share the parental responsibilities with John.⁣ I cried when Jo did, smiled when Beth did, and loved the growths of these little women. ⁣
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Lastly, I want to discuss the book’s relationship with the movie. The latter mostly stayed aligned with the book but did offer a Feminist touch, which I loved, but the one thing I did not enjoy was Amy’s lack of growth. In the book, she went from a spoiled, vain child to a prudent but lively young woman, but the transformation was not present in the movie. I also hated how the it changed Amy’s relationship with Laurie and Jo. ⁣
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Overall, 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 (the book) is a masterpiece and is recommended for anyone who needs an emotional refill. It is also great for those who still consider themselves “little” and hopeful in life and love, regardless of age. ⁣
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For more book reviews, visit me on Instagram @ RandomStuffIRead !

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MillieBT
Dec 28, 2019

Many life lessons

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xiaojunbpl12
Nov 23, 2019

An American classic, not written, but still relevant for current time. I’m particularly fond of, in Part 1, at-home plays on stage drama, journal publishing, postal delivery... in contrast to and more healthy than modern kids’ social entertainment.
When all grew into Part 2, a bit tedious on Victorian conformity though, I wasn’t tired of sweet indulgent prose. Transcendental spirit on living and death lift religious block on my reading. The preaching is compassionate, conflicting, never made succumb and resign into an action of grief but joy.

Have not watched 90s film, looking forward to the new release by my favorite director and actors.

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Kaybgirl
Oct 22, 2019

759 pgs

ArapahoeKate Aug 06, 2019

A teacher put this book in my hands at the age of 8, and I have had a lifelong relationship with it. Louisa May Alcott has taught me bravery, adventure, love and loss, feminism, imagination, among many other life lessons. Far ahead of their time, the March sisters weave a captivating story of embracing individuality and happiness, even when your environment tries to prohibit you.

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joyszhu
Aug 02, 2019

I had a hard time to be hooked in the beginning until I came to the middle of the part when Jo met the boy at the party. Overall, it's not bad and I wish I could have the wisdom of Mrs. March to hold my tongue when I supposed to do.

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Olivia_76
Mar 27, 2019

This is a wonderful book, not without it's faults in some areas and it was certainly not written by me. But I think that it is a very pleasant way to learn about life's moral lessons through the avenue of these young characters lives. I also know that not everyone is going to have the same opinion on the story and would probably make their own critiques, but that is what I think is so different about reading; Reading is not only about reading a story for one's own entertainment and forming of personal opinion but also to find out the writer's opinion and his/her point of view, and why they wrote what they did, discovering a book's purpose is truly rewarding if it is the right sort I think!

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blue_dog_17792
Jun 01, 2019

You're father, Jo.

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connect_n_feel098
Dec 13, 2017

"I hate affected niminy-piminy chits!"

(regarding dressing up): ..."which was not exactly comfortable, but, dear me, let us be elegant or die"

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Dianak15
Jul 12, 2016

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 26, 2015

“I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”

Let us be elegant or die!

"Please forgive me for being so cross. I came to make it up, and I can't go away till I have."

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lisahiggs
Jul 11, 2012

[Amy] enjoyed the delightful sense of power which comes when young girls first discover the new and lovely kingdom they are born to rule by virtue of beauty, youth, and womanhood.

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lisahiggs
Jul 11, 2012

[T]o be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of [Jo's] heart.

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lisahiggs
Jul 11, 2012

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.

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Kittypippy
Jun 23, 2016

this is a book called "little women" it has four sisters: Meg,Jo,Beth and Amy they all love each other but they are very poor but they keep helping each other even when times get rough with the help of their friend Laurie they have a lot of fun too.

a classic book

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