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Little Women

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 (Book - 2008 )
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This classic story of the March family women and their lives in New England during the Civil War has remained enduringly popular since its publication in 1868. Poor, argumentative, loving, and optimistic, the March sisters struggle to supplement their family's meager income and realize their own dreams. This highly autobiographical novel shows us women who are strong-minded and independent in their determination to control their own destiny. The introduction to this edition provides a fascinating history of the Alcotts, and a biographical history of Louisa Alcott's own struggles as a writer.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Authors: Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
Statement of Responsibility: Louisa May Alcott ; edited with an introduction and notes by Valerie Alderson
Title: Little women
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2008]
Characteristics: xxxvi, 489 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: First published as a World's classics paperback, 1994; reissued as an Oxford world's classics paperback, 1998; reissued 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: March family (Fictitious characters) Fiction Mothers and daughters Fiction New England Fiction Young women Fiction Sisters Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: March family (Fictitious characters)
Mothers and daughters
Young women
Sisters
Additional Contributors: Alderson, Valerie
LCCN: 2009291113
ISBN: 9780199538119
0199538115
Branch Call Number: FIC A
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Jul 14, 2014
  • violet_elephant_757 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Little Women is a heart warming old fashioned book that is great fun to read

Apr 13, 2014
  • sofa2001 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great classic. I have something in common with each of the sisters. I am the oldest, like Meg - and I have three younger sisters - . I write stories, like Jo. I take piano, like Beth. And I do a bit of art, like Amy.

Feb 28, 2014
  • poem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a great classic. There are timeless heroines with wit, intelligence and independence. This was a great read with many lessons and what I loved about this book were the characters. They weren’t the typical family, perfect people who all get along. They were flawed people who were so real and human. Well except for Bess, she hardly complained and she proved that you can change the others around you with a simple act of kindness. The book starts off with, "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. It's so dreadful to be poor! sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all, added little Amy, with an injured sniff. “We've got Father and Mother, and each other, said Beth contentedly from her corner." I love how right in the beginning we can see the contrast of the characters and how each responds with their problems. This book has a writer, a dreamer, an artist and a musician. But most importantly none of them had to fall in love to make their dreams come true or their life worthwhile. The story revolves around the coming of age of four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy takes place in nineteenth-century New England as their father is off to war. Even though the title suggests them to be nothing but little women, throughout the course of the book they grow up to be much more than that, not just women, but people with good hearts who have suffered and succeeded who have learnt from their scars and were always willing to one another out.

Dec 30, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good book. Not to be missed.

If you have read Shakespeare this is easy a little slow at times but worth it.

I loved the movie i just cant wait until i read the book

Oct 18, 2013
  • bibliosaurusrex rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I somehow made it to the age of 26 without having read this book and it ended up being on a reading list for a class at school. I can honestly say this is the most boring book I've ever read! Absolutely nothing happens and I found the March sisters to be extremely whiny and irritating.

Jul 31, 2013
  • niku1234 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Little Women was simply amazing. The growth of each character throughout the book was described so vividly making each scene imaginative. Filled with morals and significant lessons, Little Women is a classic that everyone should read.

Jun 20, 2013
  • LanneG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war. Inspiring, cozy read for all ages.

Apr 17, 2013
  • gihane rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

it's such a silly book. the author says it's not too romantic, and infact it's the most romantic book i ever read. the first chapter, i fell asleep. it took me week to get my brain to focus and see the words on the page!!!! i like boos that has adventure in it. and the lessons each chapter teaches is totally ridiculus!!!!! i like boos with morals, but more realistic morals. morals that you actually need. books that there's struggle. and that teach wisdome. not a book that teaches you to be a fool

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Jul 14, 2014
  • violet_elephant_757 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Please forgive me for being so cross. I came to make it up, and I can't go away till I have."

Jul 11, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

[Amy] enjoyed the delightful sense of power which comes when young girls first discover the new and lovely kingdom they are born to rule by virtue of beauty, youth, and womanhood.

Jul 11, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

[T]o be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of [Jo's] heart.

Jul 11, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.

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