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Little Women (Vintage Children's Classics)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2011
The fact there are 76 reviews shows just how popular this book is. Dated, yes, but very pertinent of any time. I read it when I was eight (1953) and have been in love with it ever since. Oh, I so wanted to be Jo March. If it was set in the 21st century, Amy would be pining to be a super model, Beth would be the stay at home sweet girl who did her homework, Meg would be on every committee going and Jo, well, Jo is just Jo, aspiring to everything and a great role model for all women. Anything is possible for and with Jo.

There are tears and laughter, romance (in the most unexpected quarters), kindness, fun and thoughtfulness. The one thread that runs through the book is the Family Unit. The family unite whilst "Papa March" away at war and they unite when tender Beth is so ill. They unite against the dragon Aunt March and when none of them has anything special to wear at a dance (although Jo doesn't give a toss). It is a tender funny story about four sisters sticking to each other through thick and thin, even if they do fall out occasionally.

Perhaps not the paralel that most people would draw but think the Slater sisters 150 years ago.

This is quite one of my most favourite books and I would love to think that it will come back into fashion along with Dickens et al
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2013
The novel itself is beautiful, charming, heart warming and an utter delight. Sadly, the kindle version is completely littered with errors. Many, many mistakes are consistent throughout, such as the mistyped comer where it should read corner and fall instead of full etc. Occasionally the word is so warped by errors that it is completely impossible to determine the meaning and there is at least one example of a string of punctuation and letters in place of a word. If you aren't shy of a little translation it's an excellent price, but for me it altogther marred the experience of such a tender read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2009
The story is fantastic, but I am particularly impressed with the Collector's Library Editions. Many classic stories have been produced in this form and it really makes you feel like you are holding and reading a beatiful old book (but of course it has everything a new book should) They're small, so easy to carry around and the pages are so crisp. The red ribbon book mark is also very useful. I would love to collect all the stories produced in this format.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2004
I have just finished reading "Little Women" for English and it is an amazing read for all ages. It clearly and effectively indicates the struggle of women in the 19th century, while making it a funny, exciting and enjoyable read. Jo March, the protagonist, is a character that all women can relate to. She wishes to carry out her dreams while looking after her family. All of her adventures within this novel shows the struggle of a woman who is ahead of her time. This is a novel that I could not put down until the last page and would urge everyone to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2012
I love this book and I read it again and again. Being a 14 year old girl, you would think I wouldn't be interested, right? But, honestly I adore this book! My parents suggested I read it and I did, not expecting much I might add, and I loved it since then! At the time I must have been about 11 and still, years later, I think its a brilliant book. It's so fun reading about the adventures of the March girls and lovely reading about the petticoats and the incident with the gloves (you'll have to read it to find out what happened!!). My favourite character is Jo, and I am quite like her because we both love books!! Not all teenagers will like it but if you like witty, heartwarming and girly books then this is good one!

Hope you like it and thanks for reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2010
This is a wonderful story that I have revisited many times over the years, and whilst I still have my old books, I will download this so I can relive my childhood when on the go!

The person who said this book was boring either lacks any insight into the historical period in which it was written (and therefore the language used), or is dead inside! The drama, the tragedy, the war, the disease, the love story! I love it, and like one of the previous reviewers would like the rest of the series of books to be available to download.

I would recommend this as a good book for anyone 8 years and over depending on their reading ability and how sensitve they are- just remember Joey in friends couldn't handle it and put the book in the freezer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2009
I really loved reading this book. I thought it was good and the story is about four sisters called Margaret (Meg), Joesphine (Jo), Elizabeth (Beth) and Amy March growing up in the American Civil War. Their father is predominantly absent in the book due to him being in the army. They form their secret society and care for each other. Jo makes a friend called Laurie, who is rich but is very friendly to Jo. The sisters have very different personalities. Meg is gentle and sweet, Jo is a tomboy, Beth is shy and loyal and Amy is spolit and sassy. They all learn about growing up, they learn how to cope with bad times and to be good natured women. I would recommend girls to read it, it is very good for teenagers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
As a child I read Little Women and its sequels repeatedly and loved them. Having to read it again for a course recently I wasn't sure if it would live up to my extremely fond memories. It did.

This is an excellent edition which combines the first two volumes, Little Women and Good Wives, along with a fascinating introductory essay. The notes are clear, simple and easy to understand and as a study edition I doubt that you could find better.

I still love the story of the four March sisters, flung into genteel poverty and trying their best to become the good little women of the title. Despite the fact that I was much more aware of the overtly moral sentiments of the text this time around it didn't detract from the lively characterisation, the humour and the fact that Alcott allows you to inhabit their world to such a degree that you are sad to leave by the end.
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on 17 December 2013
The characters in Little women, sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March and their beloved Marmee, learn to survive while their father, a doctor, is away treating wounded soldiers.
This is a wonderful story, beautifully written, which chronicles the girls' adolescence through to womanhood, with all the associated joys and suffering.
Much of the novel focuses on Jo, the second daughter, who is a gifted writer. She is something of a tomboy who loves to read and writes plays which her sisters act-out enthusiastically.
The story details how they cope without their father, deal with severe illness in the family, death, relative poverty, love, and marriage. The characters are well-developed and you are always rooting for them. The values and beliefs the March family uphold should be an example to people today.
The themes in this wonderful novel resonate even today where although women have made great strides, there are still women who are unable to fulfil their dreams due to familial obligations, parental and spousal dominance, the proverbial `glass ceiling'...for this reason I recently bought this book for a young niece of mind, who I would compare to the character of Jo. My niece is 13 years old but already has a very strong character that I feared would beaten down by circumstances beyond her control, I wanted her to read this book and see that she should fight for what she wants...luckily this is what she took away from reading Little Women, I hope that she gets to pursue the career she wants to and excel the way Jo does by doing something she is passionate about.

I think this should be compulsory reading for everyone, not only for `Little Women'.
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Little Women is the first novel by Louisa May Alcott, written in 1868, and the first of the Little Women series. The story involves the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, their mother, Marmee, their neighbour, Laurie and his tutor, Mr Brooke, and is set at the time of the Civil War. Their father, Mr March, is away ministering at the war and his absence looms large for the family, whose circumstances are much reduced due to an unwise investment some years ago. Mrs March works dispensing charity to the poor and those affected by the war and does her best to hold together her family; sixteen-year-old Meg, who remembers how is was when they were better off and loves fine things, works as a governess, teaching the King girls; fifteen-year-old Jo, a budding writer, is employed as a companion for the formidable Aunt March; shy, thirteen-year-old Beth, the musical sister, helps at home while eleven-year-old wilful Amy, whose vocation is art, attends school. While the first chapter introduces a family that seem sickeningly good, each character soon enough becomes human, flawed and likeable for their individual faults and charms. As the war, penury and scarlet fever impact on their lives, each of the March girls has her own trials, faces challenges, learns lessons about vanity, selfishness, anger, change and love from the events of life and matures during the course of the twelve months over which the novel is set. The lessons may seem simplistic, but perhaps these were simpler times. After some time ago reading March, the excellent novel by Geraldine Brooks about the absent March father, I resolved to reread this novel. With only the vaguest of memories of the last reading, the plot and characters seemed relatively fresh. This very enjoyable and thought-provoking read now spurs me on to read Good Wives, and back to reread March.
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