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Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Hardcover – 28 Aug 2014
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Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help wondering: Will Father return home safely?See all Product description
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The story is best when the moral is unspoken and the story proceeds but there are times when the author breaks out in her own voice and these are the low points. The story is not without tragedy or confounded expectations but there is something a little trite in some of the outcomes.
Not really a book of these times, and I imagine even in its own time it may have not been to everyone's taste.
I wish there more good literature like this
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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Great way to explain to children about true values and family bonds