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Little Women (World's Classics) [Paperback]

Louisa May Alcott , Valerie Alderson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

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1 Jan 1995 0192827650 978-0192827654 New edition
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.


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  • Paperback: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (1 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192827650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192827654
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 11.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,006,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] handsomely produced and exhaustively annotated edition Richly presented, this Harvard Belknap edition offers a multifaceted picture of American life It also makes a fine gift book for fans of Louisa May Alcott s classic.--J. J. Benardete"Choice" (10/01/2013)" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A new edition of this heartwarming tale about the endearing March sisters --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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36 of 36 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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32 of 32 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classical book easy going
Great tradition children's classical book, enjoyed by all ages
Published 13 days ago by Lady from Aberdeen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good classic very bad kindle version
There was a full episode in the Wong order and pages missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming heartfelt novel.
Following the lives of the March family, in particular the four daughters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, this novel sees the girls grow from Little Women into Good Wives as the original... Read more
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I have bought this novel as a present and i haven't read it myself. However the book is attractively bound and i am sure it is a classic of its kind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I absolutely loved it. The story is quaint and well told and I was hooked. I shed tears and laughed a lot.
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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 months 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.
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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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