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Little Women: Oxford Children's Classics [Hardcover]

Louisa May Alcott
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Book Description

2 Aug 2007 Oxford Children's Classics
If you love a good story, then look no further. Oxford Children's Classics bring together the most unforgettable stories ever told. They're books to treasure and return to again and again.

Times are hard for the March sisters - their father's away at war and the family is short of money - but these girls don't dwell on such matters and always look on the bright side. Whether it's performing a play or getting on with day-to-day chores, the sisters can find the fun in any situation - but what fate holds in store for the girls, only time will tell.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192720015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192720016
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alton and Broadview are to be commended for bringing them together in a single volume." -- Elizabeth Keyser, Hollins University

"Broadview’s Little Women provides a definitive text along with the most comprehensive historical overview offered...a wonderful achievement long overdue." --Daniel Shealy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Broadview Editions series is an effort to represent the ever-changing canon of literature in English by bringing together texts long regarded as classics with valuable, lesser-known literature. Newly type-set and produced on high-quality paper in trade paperback format, the Broadview Editions series is a delight to handle as well as to read.

Each volume includes a full introduction, chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes along with a variety of documents from the period, giving readers a rich sense of the world from which the work emerged. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my ultimate favourite books of all time 4 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
There are hardly sufficient words to describe this book. Right from the start, you are taken into the hearts of the march family and helped to see their hopes, despairs and everyday life. Everyone can find a sister to identify with, and each character is so realistic it is hard to believe when you put the book down that they are not really with you, telling the story themselves. As a semi-autobiographical book, I have never read anything better.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, inspiring story 19 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
Little Women by Louisa May Allcott
Little Women is a brilliant story set in America in the 1800s. Mr March has gone to war, leaving his penniless family at home: his wife, a caring and benovelent women who knows her daughters inside out, Meg, the eldest daughter who is mature and sensible of their situation, Jo, the daughter who longs to be a boy but trys her best to get along with everyone, Beth, quiet but beautiful and who makes the tiniest thing seem like a great excitement and Amy, the youngest, naughty but loveable.
This book takes us through the joy and sadness of a poor family and you are drawn in from the first page. It is very inspiring as well as emotional and it is a lovely story.
I think it is suitable for ages 8+ and it is a brilliant read for both children and adults, especially if you like books set in olden times. An essential book for every collection. I give it 5/5.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I first read Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" the summer between 4th and 5th grades. I was absolutely riveted by the story and characters and clearly remember sitting on the porch steps, my nose in the book. I cried when I reached the conclusion, because I was afraid that I had just read the best book in the world, and that I would never find anything else as good. The local librarian convinced me otherwise. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough - for people of all ages. It will always have a special place in my heart.
Ms. Alcott writes about four young women, living in New England, during a period of much strife in America - the Civil War. They are self sufficient, creative and well educated, and each chooses a different life path, traditional and non. Considering the period when the book was written, the author's views on opportunities open to females, restricted though they were by society, is refreshing and liberating. Of course, this was not my focus as a nine year-old. The novel is long, but that never bothered me as a young girl, or much later when I reread it. I didn't want the story to end, actually.
Sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March and their beloved Marmee, (who offers her daughters guidance, comfort and unconditional love), learn to live in genteel poverty while their father, a doctor, is away treating wounded soldiers. This beautifully written classic, chronicles the girls' adolescence through womanhood, with all their trial, tribulations, and joys.
Much of the novel focuses on Jo, the second daughter, and a gifted writer. She is very much a tomboy, and an avid reader who writes plays which the girls act-out with delight and exuberance.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Having not read Little Women in many decades, I was drawn back to the book by my love of visiting the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. I plan to re-visit that wonderful home and want to refresh my recollections of Little Women before doing so. By the way, if you have a chance to visit Orchard House, I strongly recommend that you do. Your sense of Little Women will expand.

As I re-read these delightful pages, I found myself comparing Little Women to Pride and Prejudice, that outstanding work that captures human psychology so well. The comparison made me see new depths in Little Women that convince me that Little Women is by far the stronger work.

But my biggest reaction was how modern the views in the book are. Women should have education, access to opportunities to develop their interests and marriage to men who will complement them. People should be concerned about each other and help one another, lest any person's life be harmed or feelings hurt in the process.

I also noticed how complete a community of loving women can be within the same family.

The writing style is beautifully spare. The key point of a chapter may turn on two or three words. And then, everything changes in the twinkling of an eye.

Being a long book, Ms. Alcott has plenty of chances to develop her characters and she does so beautifully . . . allowing Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Laurie to grow and change as they age.

I also came to appreciate more the scope of the book, taking the young women from teenage years through the first few years of marriage. It's a time period that few books consider. Usually, it's all over when the marriage happens. I like this approach better.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an absolutely brilliant book 9 April 2001
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Format:Paperback
After hearing about this book from a Tv programme and my family i thought what was all the fuss about. Then i read it and i knew straight away. This book sends out so many different emotions, in some chapters you can be laughing and in others you can be crying. This is why i loved the book so much. It tells the story about 4 sisters who go through different stages of their lives and who suffer and enjoy like everyone else in the world its not some fantasy story. I would recommend this book to everyone its a must read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Revisions, corrections and additions urgently needed
I am 65, Australian, with many years of reading behind me, and academic qualifications in children's literature. Read more
Published 2 days ago by John Gough
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I read this book on my Kindle and it gives me so many memories of the first time I read it.
Published 7 days ago by Country Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Great book, I am a massive bookworm so I love all books but I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've done it....
When I was reminded that I had bought this for a younger sister, I felt that I should read it too. I found it long and difficult to read, but have the satisfaction of completing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C A Pawsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
Bought as a present but loaded it on to my Kindle to remember the books and authors of my youth...still a good read.
Published 2 months ago by AmykateAndrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
Apparently this is Jennifer Aniston's favourite book. I can completely understand why! I couldn't put it down and it will stay with me forever.
Published 2 months ago by sailingdudette
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly good.
Made me cry within the first chapter with just how beautifully heartwarming it was.

A family you'll want to stick with for a long time.
Published 2 months ago by Cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
I love the cover and feel of this book so glad i bought it, its not like any other book i own and of course the story is one of my favourites.
Published 2 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars little Women never changes -an excellent story
I read this story when I was 10 years old and I loved it 56 years later. A really good story about a family who have problems to deal with, an old style of writing but all very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by GeoffRm
5.0 out of 5 stars classic.
I read this book first as a little girl. Brilliant story. everyone should read this. Second time around it was just as good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by trish essex
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