Little Women

Hardcover | September 28, 2010

byLouisa May Alcott

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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Future writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, both parts of which are included here, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.

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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures i...

Louisa May Alcott wrote her first novel, The Inheritance, at age seventeen, but it went unpublished for nearly 150 years until 1997, after two researchers (Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy) stumbled across the handwritten manuscript in the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Of course, Ms. Alcott is best known for a different novel, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 8.13 × 5.31 × 1.25 inPublished:September 28, 2010Language:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Every young girl should read this I loved this book as a young girl and as an adult it still stands up. Not much really needs to be said about this book other than that every young girl should read this.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better when I was younger… I remember really enjoying this book when I read it as a girl, so I thought it might be time to read it again. I just couldn’t seem to enjoy it as much this time around. Yes, it was the same sweet and charming story I remember, but somehow it seems too sweet and charming this time. Perhaps such innocence and goodness just isn’t believable for a jaded adult in the modern world. It was still worth the read.
Date published: 2010-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An out of this world classic! There are some classics that will never be out of print, this is one of them. Little Women has not been out of print since its release in the 1880's! "This has to be a good read..."you are right, it is!
Date published: 2009-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and wonderful This book was simply beautiful and warm. I loved how all 4 sisters are all different in their own way (personalities, looks) and the book tells how each of the sisters' lives come about, the feelings they discover, the troubles they face and how they deal with it. The mother with troubles of her own is always supportive and always gives good advise, no matter what she is their mother and will always care for them, each in their own way. The story is very good, written really well. It is a big book and I am not a fast reader, but finished it in 2 1/2 months! Very good read! Recommend it to anyone. It makes you think to appriciate life more!
Date published: 2009-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic ! This book is one of my favorite classic's of all time. The book follows the life of every character, and the storyline is excellent . I recommend this book to anybody everybody who likes to read, it won't disappoint .
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfull This classic is heart warming. I enjoyed reading it from when they were children to when they truly were women! Allcot has truly capptured the hearts of many young readers. The character are strong willed and beautiful. I spent hours reading, and never could put the book down. I think all little women should read this wonderful classic!
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME WORK! Little Women and Good Wives is an excellent book. Full of life's important little lessons, Little Women is a heart-warming story about four sisters who must submit to their state of living in poverty. This is a book for every girl regardless of age. You will find that it touches your heart. Especially one sad chapter (I might spoil it for you if I give it away but you'll know what I mean once you've read it). Highly recommended! FIVE STARS *****
Date published: 2002-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Women I bought this book with the intention of introducing my daughter to literary classics. I was not disappointed! We have read one chapter every night time permitting, it has taken us nearly a year to finish. What this book has done is improved my daughter's vocabulary and reinforced some of the old values and morals that we as a society need to be reminded of. A breath of fresh air, both romantic, tragic and life like. Enjoy.
Date published: 2000-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Women This book takes me back to when, as a young girl of twelve, I read to my younger sister hours on end. Without the lure of television, we were drawn into and fascinated by the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth, who to us led wonderful, exciting lives while growing up in New England during the civil war. The book had an enormous impact on our imaginations, but even more it was a story of a daughter's dilemma; the tension between female obligations and artistic freedom. The story touches a spot in many women's hearts, and has been a great influence on the writings of such noted authors as Joyce Carol Oats and Virginia Woolf.
Date published: 2000-01-26

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Playing Pilgrims"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 lots 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, anyhow,"said Beth, contentedly, from her corner.The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at the cheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly?"We haven't got father, and shall not have him for a long time." She didn't say "perhaps never,"but each silently added it, thinking of father far away, where the fighting was.Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas, was because it's going to be a hard winter for every one; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army. We can't do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I am afraid I don't;"and Megshook her head, as she thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted."But I don't think the little we should spend would do any good. We've each got a dollar, and the army wouldn't be much helped by our giving that. I agree not to expect anything from mother or you, but I do want to buy Undine and Sintram for myself; I've wanted it so long,'said Jo, who was a bookworm."I planned to spend mine in new music,"said Beth, with a little sigh, which no one heard but the hearth-brush and kettle-holder."I shall get a nice box of Faber's drawing pencils; I really need them," said Amy, decidedly."Mother didn't say anything about our money, and she won't wish us to give up everything. Let's each buy what we want, and have a little fun; I'm sure we grub hard enough to earn it,"cried Jo, examining the heels of herboots in a gentlemanly manner."I know I do, teaching those dreadful children nearly all day, when I'm longing to enjoy myself at home," began Meg, in the complaining tone again."You don't have half such a hard time as I do," said Jo. "How would you like to be shut up for hours with a nervous, fussy old lady, who keeps you trotting, is never satisfied, and worries you till you''e ready to fly out of the window or box her ears?""It's naughty to fret, but I do think washing dishes and keeping things tidy is the worst work in the world. It makes me cross; and my hands get so stiff, I can't practise good a bit." And Beth looked at her rough hands with a sigh that any one could hear that time."I don't believe any of you suffer as I do," cried Amy; "for you don't have to go to school with impertinent girls, who plague you if you don't know your lessons, and laugh at your dresses, and label your father if he isn't rich, and insult you when your nose isn't nice.""If you mean libel I'd say so, and not talk about labels, as if pa was a pickle-bottle," advised Jo, laughing.

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