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"The American female myth."
--Madelon Bedell

"The American female myth."
Madelon Bedell"

Elizabeth Keyser, Hollins University

"Alton and Broadview are to be commended for bringing them together in a single volume."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 649 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466465328
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082Z1CVQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 323 customer reviews
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2015
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Louisa May Alcott wrote many books, from her "blood and thunder" tales to heartwarming novels about teens growing up.

But there's something special about "Little Women," a fictionalized account of her own family's growing pins. Thewarmly realistic stories, sense of comedy and tragedy, and insights into human nature make the romance, humor and fun little anecdotes of "Little Women" come alive.

The four March girls -- practical Meg, rambunctious Jo, sweet Beth and childish artist Amy -- live in genteel New England poverty with their Marmee, while their father is away in the Civil War. The girls don't let lack of money hamper their fun and happiness. But their world starts to expand when Jo befriends "poor little rich boy" Laurie, and soon he and his tutor are almost a part of their family.

Along with him, the girls encounter many of the bumps of growing up -- the destruction of Jo's treasured writing, romps with wealthier pals, Amy's expulsion from school, and Meg's reluctant first romance. But their lives are turned upside-down when Beth contracts scarlet fever, and they receive news that their father has been seriously injured -- and these crises threaten to destroy the heart of their family.

The second half of the book opens with Meg's wedding -- if not to her dream guy, then to her love. But while time has mellowed and matured the Little Women, it hasn't lessened the capacity for conflict and unintentional comedy -- particularly with the now-attractive Amy, whose attempts to pursue art, culture and the appearance of wealthy sophistication usually go horribly wrong.

But the platonic friendship between Laurie and Jo is shattered when he admits his true feelings to her... and gets rejected.
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I downloaded this free book for an OU course. It's full of typos, including words that don't fit. I'd say there is a typo on every page. It irritates as you read and is v poor for study purposes. Give it a miss.
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Upon starting to read this book I was somewhat unsure as to how much I would enjoy it, as I believed I knew the ending thanks to an episode of Friends. However, what I knew went no way towards spoiling my enjoyment of the story. I was taken on an emotional journey, ranging from sheer delight to complete sorrow. I grew to love and care for the characters and felt heartbroken at their misfortunes and joyous at their triumphs. Whilst being slightly old fashioned in places, I still found myself relating to the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it to anyone as it was, in my opinion, very worthy of its status as a classic. A top read and I look forward to reading the sequels which I have downloaded already!
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(WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!)

Little Women is the first book in the Little Women series. it follows four young sisters as they grow up from early teens to adulthood. The March family are poor although they used to be quite well off, we observe sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, as they adjust to this transition, while their father is in Washington fighting in the war. The sisters have quite a few adventures with their good friend and neighbour Theodore Lawrence known as Laurie, or as Teddy to Jo, they also have a few trying times when Beth and their father both become ill, and then eventually the loss of Beth. The book focuses a lot on the girl's journey's from love to marriage and children. The main focus of the book is on Jo, how she has to grow up in a society where being a tomboy is not socially acceptable, her trials as she try's to become an author, and her relationships with Laurie who she only sees as a friend and Fritz who she ends up marrying.

I thought this book was quite good, it described the girl's and their personalities really well. It is very good at depicting the adventures they had including where they take place. It also does a very good job at portraying the delights and insecurities of their relationships.The only problems I had with this book was the dated writing, which was sometimes a bit confusing, and that I wasn't completely gripped by the story, but I think that this is due to the fact that it is set in a different era where things were a lot different to what they are now and I had difficultly picturing it as well as I normally do with books set in present day. But this being my first classic that I have read, I think I will get better at picturing it in the future.
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This is one of those classic books that you can read and read and never get bored of it.
This was the first proper book I read as a child and fell in love with it straight away. Now I'm in my 30s and I still go back and read this book. When my 2 children are older I will read it to them.

It will make u angry, laugh and cry and by the end it will make you feel content.

I liked how this sisters messes around with gender as that was a no go back then.

It really is a great classic.
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Lots of people love Little Women, don’t they? I think maybe I read it at the wrong time. I should have read it when I was younger maybe. I can see myself liking it around he time I read A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden, and all the Noel Streatfield books. It has a similar tone. As an adult though, I didn’t like it so much.

It struck me as being a little preachy to be honest. I get the idea of good role models and having a moral story- it’s even addressed within the book, however it’s almost too perfect, even as they have their own struggles with things they find hard the girls never really seem to need redeeming.

The characters were too set in their ways. The idea of Beth always being perfect, and Amy always a little vain, and Jo with her boys. There was no real depth there a lot of the time.

Looking at Alcott’s life it seems that it is very much based on herself and her sisters (her being Jo, of course). Maybe this is why Jo seemed like the most defined character, because Alcott could see into her own head, but not into that of her sisters.

Whenever I think about this book I think about the episode of Friends where Joey and Rachel read each others favourite books, Rachel’s being Little Women, and Joey’s habit of hiding books in the freezer.
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