Little Women (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 25 Jan 2007
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About the Author
Louisa May Alcott (183288) was brought up in Pennsylvania, USA. She turned to writing in order to supplement the family income and had many short stories published in magazines and newspapers. Then, in 1862, during the height of the American Civil War, Louisa went to Georgetown to work as a nurse, but she contracted typhoid. Out of her experiences she wrote Hospital Sketches (1864) which won wide acclaim, followed by an adult novel, Moods.
She was reluctant to write a children's book but then realized that in herself and her three sisters she had the perfect models. The result was Little Women (1868) which became the earliest American children's novel to become a classic
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Somewhere within this book is a character that every little girl can relate to, or wants to be at some stage in their life.
It's a tale of the strengths of family bonds, and how those bonds are tested during hard times.
At times it can be a little hard going for younger children, but for kids over 10 it's a heart-warming story that does not come without heart-break, tears and sadness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great packaging, swift despatch, just as described... very good service, thanks. Makes reading a classic even more enjoyable, a real experience.Published on 18 Jun. 2014 by ajbucket
thank you very much for the book, i already started reading it and i like it . It also helps me to learn many new words.Published on 5 Sept. 2011 by Julia
This classic novel of a family of sisters growing to maturity proved to be the most delightful and inspiring book that I have read for some time. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2011 by Mr Raymond Towey
Very small print - bit of a headache trying to make my way through it. If your the sort of person that likes to get lost in a book for hours - this format isn't for you.Published on 28 Jun. 2010 by Crazy Butterfly
I first read this very famous book one May many years ago under a large chestnut tree which dated from about 1848 when Jo -- really Louisa -- was 16. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2010 by T. P.
It took me a little while to get into this book - as a 59 year old male reader unaccustomed to the rather quaint prose of the mid 19th century. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2009 by Wilkinson65
I am working my way through classic literature and this is a must. I loved the films and I did enjoy the book but found the characters much younger than their years and if you... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2009 by Philip Thompson
I started this book with high hopes; i had read the reviews here and was convinced that i had an enjoyable read before me (many have even stated that it is the greatest book ever... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2008 by Teresa Potts
Louisa May Alcott wrote many books, from her "blood and thunder" tales to heartwarming novels about teens growing up. Read morePublished on 10 April 2008 by E. A Solinas