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Little Women (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 25 Jan 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (25 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140621199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140621198
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832–88) 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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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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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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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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This a book that all young teenagers should read, especially those who also grow up as one of a number of sisters. I could relate to Jo, since I'm the black sheep in the family and suffering the role as a middle one and being second oldest. Jo is delightful as are the other sisters esp. Amy. This a lovely story focusing on these sisters going on a journey of discovery and getting over their faults: Meg's vanity, Jo's boyish ways, Beth's shyness and Amy's selfishness. This is also a good read for mothers who are managing girls during those trying years. So mothers and daughters get your copy now!
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im 17 and i've been reading this book since i was a child and i still love it. it was written a century ago so some of it may be hard to understand but i rate it the best book i've ever read. if u read this book u must read good wives, the sequel as it is as good as the first and still follows the girls. the other sequels little men and jos boys are good too. little women is a timeless classic and all young girls and adults will love it.
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A must-read for any young girl growing into womanhood. Even now, more than a hundred years from its first publication in 1868, it continues to provide useful advice and recommendations for a young female reader in a clever, interesting way. This is by letting the reader see for herself the little women's faults and how they try to improve. Meg fights against her vanity, Jo tries to get over her horrible temper aided by her kind mother, Beth has no ambition at all and Amy makes several sacrifices to overcome her selfishness. Written in a simple though charming way, Louisa May Alcott has given us a book that can be read and re-read at all stages of a woman's life and still prove useful.
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By Lucy Reynolds VINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2003
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My mother grew up reading this book. I grew up reading this book. My children will grow up reading this book.
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.
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I have now read this book over 20 times. I pick it up every time I feel the need to escape and every time I finish it I feel a much better person for it! Of course that lasts all of about 10 days but c'est la vie.
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