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Little Women

by MAY ALCOTT LOUISA

July 9, 2009 | Hardcover

Little Women is rated 4.5294 out of 5 by 17.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 in

Published: July 9, 2009

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141192410

ISBN - 13: 9780141192413

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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 4 out of 5 by from Classic, yet still relevant I had always claimed this book to be a childhood favourite, but realized I barely remembered it as years passed, so I picked it up again this month. It is as good as I remember, Part 1 being especially fulfilling. Full of loads of good advice delivered from mother to daughters, the many themes of this book (love, family, class) feel just as relevant today as they must have 140 years ago when the book was written. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to first start reading the classics, as the language is really accessible (although make sure you buy a softcover version as at 500+ pages it was quite cumbersome to carry around the hardcover!). My only complaint is that the book feels a bit wishy-washy in some parts, but I'm sure this is simply a result of the societal restrictions of the time in which it was written.
Date published: 2009-12-17
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 2 out of 5 by from Nothing Special I don't understand what the big deal is with this book. I didn't find it terribly interesting, and there was no obvious climax, in my opinion.
Date published: 2008-12-13
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 THE BEST BOOK EVER!! READ IT! I LUVED IT! YOU HAVE TO OR ELSE...IF YOU DON'T... YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!!! READ IT!!
Date published: 2003-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little women This book was amazing! I read it and began to cry when I had finished it. It's a wonderful book for teenage girls. Now I'm on to buy the next books in the series. Her adult books are apparently also very good.
Date published: 2003-01-31
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 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of All Even though, I have only read few classic novels, and I think ¡°Little Women¡± is the best of all. And I'm sure it will be my favourite book after 100 years! This novel is about the heartwarming stories happens in the March family. Pretty and girlish Meg, boyish Jo who wants to be a famous writer, bashful but sweet Beth and mischievous Amy have made this book so touching and irresistible. They also have a lovely neighbor¨CTeddy who always brings joy to the family. Every chapter can touch your heart; it makes you cry , makes you chuckle when Mr. Laurence overheard Jo¡¯s remark about him¡­ Every chapter is a lesson for me; when Jo lost her temper, I leaned that I should keep my temper, when their parents are not at home and Beth is sick, I learned from Meg, Jo and Amy to be strong¡­ ¡°Little Women¡± is a novel that you will read again and again, and it will touch your heart by all the warm stories. I think this book is for all ages, and everyone will love it!
Date published: 2001-02-01
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 "Little Women" is the best I've ever read. This book was so touching,it made me cry. I really got in touch with myself cause of this book. I have three other sisters. I would just die if anything ever happened to either of them. I love each and every one of them.
Date published: 2000-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Women This book is just amazing for girls, it makes you laugh think and cry!
Date published: 2000-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Women review This was a very good book. I loved it very much. I would recommend this to everyone who loves reading.
Date published: 2000-02-21
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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Little Women

Little Women

by MAY ALCOTT LOUISA

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 in

Published: July 9, 2009

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141192410

ISBN - 13: 9780141192413

About the Book

"Little Women" is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth- century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

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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
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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, Little Women, which she wrote in two parts. The first volume, alternately titled Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, was published in 1868, and the second volume, Good Wives, was published in 1869. Like Jo in Little Women, Louisa also wrote many "blood and thunder" tales, which were published in popular periodicals of the day. She did not openly claim authorship for many of these Gothic thriller stories, however: for some, she used the pseudonym, "A. M. Barnard"; for others, she chose to remain completely anonymous.

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