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Includes character guide, which-March-girl-are-you quiz, author info, and glossary Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another. Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich wit Includes character guide, which-March-girl-are-you quiz, author info, and glossary Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another. Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with color, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.


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Includes character guide, which-March-girl-are-you quiz, author info, and glossary Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another. Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich wit Includes character guide, which-March-girl-are-you quiz, author info, and glossary Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another. Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with color, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.

30 review for Little Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barry Pierce

    Okay I’m just gonna say this. I liked Little Women. I’m an 18-year-old guy and I liked Little Women. What. It’s quaint. It’s quaint as fuck. I’m such a Jo.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    3.45/5 ⭐ Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺 So, feeling classical and pinky, I’ve decided to read Little Women . Finally. I felt kind of intellectual when I carried it around with me in trains and subways, not gonna lie. But leaving that aside, I quite enjoyed it. I could actually label it as a cute and educative reading. But that's it. There’s no much to say about it though. Everyone knows what’s it about. And if you don’t, you can find out what happens from Friends . Rachel and Joe 3.45/5 ⭐ Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺 So, feeling classical and pinky, I’ve decided to read Little Women . Finally. I felt kind of intellectual when I carried it around with me in trains and subways, not gonna lie. But leaving that aside, I quite enjoyed it. I could actually label it as a cute and educative reading. But that's it. There’s no much to say about it though. Everyone knows what’s it about. And if you don’t, you can find out what happens from Friends . Rachel and Joey ruined this for me anyway, they could do that for you too. I was under the impression that nothing really happened. Even though there were a lot of little stories about our girls’ little “adventures”. Those adventures were more like cute day to day things than anything else and they did bring a smile to my lips from time to time. The important thing about them though was that they taught you something of value, even though it was about pride, hope, health or social matters. You can count on those stories to help you be a tad better. At least I can honestly say that some of the advises in there gave me something to think about. There is a sincere approach to matters. There is a society full of rules and labels. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy must learn for themselves how to grow in order to make a good living in this society that is a bit cruel and unjust to women. The girls have such different personalities and this is what makes them challenging. My personal favourite is Jo with whom I seem to resemble sometimes. She’s a wild spirit, free and in need of making herself heard. And also, her boyish air and the love for reading good books add to that aspect. Beth is my second favourite because she’s sweet and innocent and knows how to love with depth. “There were 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.” Meg is the eldest so she has to take care of her sisters, to be their role model, but she loves luxury and wealth and is caught between two lives: the one she has and the one she wants to have. Amy is a brat most of the time but sometimes she has her cute moments, I must say. I’m totally in love with Jo and Laurie’s friendship though. There is something so warm and natural about it that it just fills my heart with joy and cuteness. “She could not speak, but she did “hold on”, and the warm grasp of the friendly human hand comforted her sore heart.” Their love for each other, platonic love in its essence, is one of the best things this book has to offer. They’re both in for wide smiles and mischievous plans. And I love it. The empowering little speeches are a nice touch to the story and this is one bit of educative matter every single person who reads this book must extract and place somewhere near their heart. It is what makes this story one to never die. “Better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands (...). Poverty seldom daunts a sincere lover.” With that being said, what do you think about this piece of classic literature? Is it worth reading? Does it impress in any way? (Book-styled)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I loved the unique personalities, individualism and traits of each girl and how the sisters handle and react to the ups and downs in their lives. The portrayal of sisterhood was accurate (I then learned that this book was semi-autobiographical so that maybe why the author wrote about this topic so well). Absolutely loved Jo and her ambitious nature! I loved her creativeness and dreams of becoming a writer (despite its male dominance in this time period) and her aversion of what a “lady” should be I loved the unique personalities, individualism and traits of each girl and how the sisters handle and react to the ups and downs in their lives. The portrayal of sisterhood was accurate (I then learned that this book was semi-autobiographical so that maybe why the author wrote about this topic so well). Absolutely loved Jo and her ambitious nature! I loved her creativeness and dreams of becoming a writer (despite its male dominance in this time period) and her aversion of what a “lady” should be/act like. I cannot wait for the new movie to come out and hope it includes most of the book material ☺️

  4. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    1.) Little Women ★★★★ 2.) Good Wives ★★★★ ----------------------------------------------- “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” representation: LOL this is a classic, fam. No good rep here! [trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers] ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* 4 s t a r s *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ Please note that Little Women is often split into 2 parts, and this review is just for part one. I thought this was so wholesome! I absolutely cannot wait to conti 1.) Little Women ★★★★ 2.) Good Wives ★★★★ ----------------------------------------------- “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” representation: LOL this is a classic, fam. No good rep here! [trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers] ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* 4 s t a r s *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ Please note that Little Women is often split into 2 parts, and this review is just for part one. I thought this was so wholesome! I absolutely cannot wait to continue on and read the next part and then watch the movie coming out this month! Of course there were some minor things that I disagreed with that impacted my enjoyment of the novel, but a lot of that is due to the fact that this book is a classic, so of course it's going to have some shitty things included. The main things that bothered me were how it was encouraged for Jo to keep her anger in check and always appear to be a nice, calm lady and how the book could at times be a little preachy (but this one wasn't too bad!) Also, Jo is DEFINITELY a part of the lgbtqiap+ community, but we ain't going to see that are we haha. trigger warnings: (i forgot to keep track so sorry if i missed any!) slurs like *mp and m*dget, loved ones being enlisted in war, family members being extremely ill, death of an infant, death of a pet (bird).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Luís

    It's classicism in its best, beautiful, elegant and moving! A charming story that shows the links between sisters with different characters: Meg the reasonable, Beth the sweet, Amy the mischievous and Jo the rebel. And it is these differences in personalities that allow the readers to identify with one or the other. I would say that these young girls are our mirrors. This novel traces this family's journey during the American Civil War and describes life with a new perspective. Often funny, withou It's classicism in its best, beautiful, elegant and moving! A charming story that shows the links between sisters with different characters: Meg the reasonable, Beth the sweet, Amy the mischievous and Jo the rebel. And it is these differences in personalities that allow the readers to identify with one or the other. I would say that these young girls are our mirrors. This novel traces this family's journey during the American Civil War and describes life with a new perspective. Often funny, without ever sinking into sensational, the story is incredibly touching because of the characters' lives punctuated by joy and extraordinary moments of anxiety. We follow with pleasure the daily adventures of their existence, their evolution, too, since the four young girls will not be quite the same at the end of the novel. Little Women is a feminine family chronicle full of truth, beauty, and good feelings and emotions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melindam

    Original rating: 5 stars Update: 4 stars - still a comfy-cosy/feel-good read, but I am aging or getting more mature or whatever you want to call it, so kissing goodbye to fresh bloom/youth/innocence/naivety and 1 star! Ah, the idea of transcendentalism and the happy notion of inherent goodness of people and nature. How it appealed to me (it still does, but felt a bit spoon-fed this time round!).... *SIGH* *FEELING SAD, BUT BRAVELY FACING THE INEVITABLE* It used to be a favourite book of mine, though Original rating: 5 stars Update: 4 stars - still a comfy-cosy/feel-good read, but I am aging or getting more mature or whatever you want to call it, so kissing goodbye to fresh bloom/youth/innocence/naivety and 1 star! Ah, the idea of transcendentalism and the happy notion of inherent goodness of people and nature. How it appealed to me (it still does, but felt a bit spoon-fed this time round!).... *SIGH* *FEELING SAD, BUT BRAVELY FACING THE INEVITABLE* It used to be a favourite book of mine, though I haven't read it in quite a while (more than 10 years, I think). I don't deny seeing and loving the 1994 Winona Ryder movie first that inspired me to read the book, which I loved even more. Ah And to think that author Louisa May Alcott knew Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. WOW! This brings some other, happier thoughts to mind, which have something to do with Little Women, but even more with literature from America in general. I just cannot deny myself the pleasure of reminiscing about my favourite uni-lecturer, the divine Bill Murphy. I will never forget the day I set eyes on him when entering the lecture hall. He looked like a veritable tramp with unkempt clothes and hair who somehow lost his way. But he had such kind eyes and smile. And once he opened his mouth to talk on 19th literature in the US, he captured his until-then snickering and rather patronising audience. Oh, all those discussions we used to have... I was really lucky to be able to talk about transcendentalism & Louisa May Alcott, among many other issues. *Another SIGH* Thank you, Bill!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Romie

    the amount of love I have for this story surprises me. I didn't grow up with it, didn't get to see any adaptations, and yet, the moment I started reading, I knew it was something special. I fell in love with the characters, all of them. they all taught me something, and seeing them grow throughout the book was such a pleasure! I cannot wait to read good wives and see what happens to them all three years later! (4.5) the amount of love I have for this story surprises me. I didn't grow up with it, didn't get to see any adaptations, and yet, the moment I started reading, I knew it was something special. I fell in love with the characters, all of them. they all taught me something, and seeing them grow throughout the book was such a pleasure! I cannot wait to read good wives and see what happens to them all three years later! (4.5)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    ~ 4.5 stars ~ I want to start by saying that I really liked this book, it is was quite enjoyable for the most part. This review is only based upon part 1 of Little Women. My copies of this series splits book 1 into two volumes, Little Women and Good Wives. And my opinions on Little Women compared to Good Wives, despite them being techniqually the same book, are vastly different. ~ The Characters ~ Having connected with the characters, I found myself much more invested in the story. Jo was my favo ~ 4.5 stars ~ I want to start by saying that I really liked this book, it is was quite enjoyable for the most part. This review is only based upon part 1 of Little Women. My copies of this series splits book 1 into two volumes, Little Women and Good Wives. And my opinions on Little Women compared to Good Wives, despite them being techniqually the same book, are vastly different. ~ The Characters ~ Having connected with the characters, I found myself much more invested in the story. Jo was my favorite out of the sisters as I related to her the most but I was fond of the others too. Laurie is so great too. Even if he doesn't end up with Jo, their friendship and dynamic is still one I love. ~The Writing ~ This writing style is one I really liked. Not only does it have the charm of classics where its all proper, pretty, and elegant, but it is also easy to understand. It didn't stump me despite the fact that I am not accustomed to the language. ~ The Relationships ~ The friendship and sibling bond was *chefs kiss*. I don't see sibling relationships portrayed much in books, or at least accurately. ~ The plot ~ The one thing that I wasn't particularly a fan of, was that it's basically just a bunch of scattered events over a longer period of time, and while there were stories and parts of this book I loved, even adored, there were also a few I skimmed out of disinterest in the particular happening. And that is why I knocked it down half a star. Final Thoughts: It's great, and I highly recommend....but only to the right person. I realize that this particular style of story or writing is not for everyone.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    love this classic

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacey (prettybooks)

    This mini review is part of a blogpost talking about three children's classics. Little Women was one of the classics that had been on my wishlist the longest. I think I first came across it while watching that episode of Friends. I didn't know much about Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, but it seemed like the perfect children's classic for me. Yet Little Women wasn't as engaging as I had hoped. I wasn't emotionally drawn into the sisters' lives, which is important for a character-driven novel. It's a This mini review is part of a blogpost talking about three children's classics. Little Women was one of the classics that had been on my wishlist the longest. I think I first came across it while watching that episode of Friends. I didn't know much about Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, but it seemed like the perfect children's classic for me. Yet Little Women wasn't as engaging as I had hoped. I wasn't emotionally drawn into the sisters' lives, which is important for a character-driven novel. It's a great shame as I had high hopes. But I am struggling to decipher what exactly my issue was. I think I just wanted more to happen and more of an emotional punch – whether due to a sad story or a joyful one. It felt to me like the chapters could have been short stories rather than a linear storyline with a beginning, middle and end, even though it follows the lives of the sisters from childhood. I enjoyed some chapters quite a bit, whereas others not so much. And I was also surprised to discover that what I expected to happen in Little Women actually happens in the next book, Good Wives . I've not given up on Little Women, however. It's one I'll be coming back to, now that I know what to expect!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    While most people may associate the four March sisters with the Celestial City or the Pilgrim's Progress, my initial thoughts tend to veer towards Amy's bawling face in the 1987 anime version's German opening sequence, pictured here for your convenience. Unlike some kids who'd hurry home from school to catch it on TV, I was more interested in the anime that would start 1 hour AFTER this one... and I wanted to give myself enough buffer time. So the end result was probably the same: in that I ende While most people may associate the four March sisters with the Celestial City or the Pilgrim's Progress, my initial thoughts tend to veer towards Amy's bawling face in the 1987 anime version's German opening sequence, pictured here for your convenience. Unlike some kids who'd hurry home from school to catch it on TV, I was more interested in the anime that would start 1 hour AFTER this one... and I wanted to give myself enough buffer time. So the end result was probably the same: in that I ended up watching each episode at least 3 times over the course of my middle school years. With the above in mind, I have to say that the narrative thread of the story definitely reminded me of several episodes, such as: - Mr. Lawrence's affection for Beth and her piano playing - the ball where Jo is trying to hide a burned spot on her dress behind her glove, while Meg has the time of her life - the girls spending all their pocket money on Christmas presents for their mother I do have to give the book credit, for giving the characters a slightly different "aura"... although that also ended up alienating about 80% of the cast. For example, in my recollection: - Meg has always been the wise older sister, stoically bearing the burden of responsibility. - Amy, a heavily spoiled, but ultimately just an adorable scamp getting into trouble. - and Laurie, though not exactly wise, but a rather more temperate presence in the girls' lives. Finding out that: - Meg was in fact exceedingly vain - Amy was quite shallow and obsessed with wealth - while Laurie's thoughtlessness in pranks could easily veer into dangerous territory ... was somewhat of a let down. Logically I realize that I may be looking at my childhood memories through rose-colored glasses, and that characters with both virtues and short comings, are definitely more real. Still, I can't help but feel the odd disappointment pang after reading the book as an adult.. Add to that the overly moralistic conclusion of each chapter, and the deal was sealed for me. Score: 2.4 /5 stars I wanted to like this story so much, that I may have unwittingly amplified the impact of all these disappointing details. That said, I positively adored Jo in all her quick-tempered and rash behavior. Beth may have initially been channeling a certified saint, but seeing her get her fair share of flaws, ended up ultimately endearing her to me. This would have been a perfect book for my 11-12-year old self. I would've enjoyed all the references to the Celestial City and the Pilgrim's Progress. It may actually have even given me a sense of purpose... for a few days, at any rate. As it is, I first became aware of the novel's existence during my college years, by which time I had become too old (i.e. cynical) for such stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I’d rather have my ear talked off by Austen’s Mrs Bennet than read another of the overly righteous March characters’ speeches! I only pushed through (this being my third attempt to read Alcott’s novel) so that I can get the most out of the new movie adaptation, which I’ll be seeing at the cinema this weekend. From what I’ve gathered, Greta Gerwig put her unique twist on the story, interpreting the novel in a refreshing way, to fit a present-day context and challenge contemporary viewers. Finger I’d rather have my ear talked off by Austen’s Mrs Bennet than read another of the overly righteous March characters’ speeches! I only pushed through (this being my third attempt to read Alcott’s novel) so that I can get the most out of the new movie adaptation, which I’ll be seeing at the cinema this weekend. From what I’ve gathered, Greta Gerwig put her unique twist on the story, interpreting the novel in a refreshing way, to fit a present-day context and challenge contemporary viewers. Fingers crossed I’m gonna love it! But this? It’s so incredibly dull and preachy… I guess I’m in the minority corner. I rather preferred Laurie and Amy, since Alcott was trying so desperately to make you like Jo’s tomboyishness. I know the book paints a portrait of what being a woman constituted at that time, nevertheless, it hasn’t aged well! Even the title and the overuse of the word little throughout seems somehow belittling... I just can’t!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Noha Badawi

    This is officially my favorite classic of all times. I see myself in the future picking it up again and again and never getting bored. I saw the movie first (the 2019 version) and I was so giddy in the theatre , laughing, smiling, crying and feeling all warm and cozy. And as much as I feel in love with the movie; the book brought me more joy! Don’t get me wrong, the adaptation is uncanny and perfect. But what I loved is that book still made my imagination run wild, with more depth and details to the This is officially my favorite classic of all times. I see myself in the future picking it up again and again and never getting bored. I saw the movie first (the 2019 version) and I was so giddy in the theatre , laughing, smiling, crying and feeling all warm and cozy. And as much as I feel in love with the movie; the book brought me more joy! Don’t get me wrong, the adaptation is uncanny and perfect. But what I loved is that book still made my imagination run wild, with more depth and details to the drama that is the March family. I found myself relating to every single character on a certain level but most of all I found myself in Jo March’s passion and fire. I wanted more on the romance side but I do appreciate still how undeveloped it was. This is a book about strong women. A mother, unrelentingly raising and caring for her daughters while her husband is away. A young sister who’s so compassionate and calm and wants only to be with her family and play music. A elder sister who’s very content with her mundane dreams to fall in love and start a family. A sister who’s fire walking on earth, with passion that could fill up the entire world and a determination to prove herself. And lastly, the sister who loved silently and dreamed of being the best female artist the world has ever seen. I loved every single detail to pieces and I know that I’m going to pick this up again and watch the movie a million times over.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Constantine

    Rating: Very Good Genre: Classic I'm usually not a big fan when the main characters in the story are children or teenagers but this classic is very well written by Louisa May Alcott. It's a beautiful story of the poor March family with four little girls, Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth. The author has given these girls or little women as their father calls them some very unique and distinctive characteristics. Each of them felt very real to me with their flaws and vulnerabilities. One thing I want to stres Rating: Very Good Genre: Classic I'm usually not a big fan when the main characters in the story are children or teenagers but this classic is very well written by Louisa May Alcott. It's a beautiful story of the poor March family with four little girls, Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth. The author has given these girls or little women as their father calls them some very unique and distinctive characteristics. Each of them felt very real to me with their flaws and vulnerabilities. One thing I want to stress on is the moral lessons that this story gives. There is a lot of kindness in this tale, lots of goodness. It's beautiful to see in literature when the parents build this kind of lessons in their children, nurture them to grow on being kind and respectful towards the others. There is this sense of friendship between the girls and between the girls and their mother. I was a bit hesitant getting into this classic but I am glad that I did. I liked it a lot.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Argetoianu

    Rating: 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was very enjoyable, loved all the little women, they are so precious, even though each of them has their own flaws. I feel like this is such a Christmasy read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    zineti

    First 5 star read of the year. I absolutely loved the tale of little Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. It was such a lovely story full of lessons in which everyone can see a small part of themselves reflected.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karschtl

    I once did a short presentation on this book, the following text was part of it. Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, which is now a part of Philadelphia, in 1832. But soon she moved with her family to the Boston-area, where she and her three sisters Anna, Elizabeth and May grew up. The four girls were educated by their father Bronson Alcott, who was a member of the New England Transcendentalists. Through him Louisa met other Transcendentalists like Theodore Parker, Henry David Thoreau and R I once did a short presentation on this book, the following text was part of it. Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, which is now a part of Philadelphia, in 1832. But soon she moved with her family to the Boston-area, where she and her three sisters Anna, Elizabeth and May grew up. The four girls were educated by their father Bronson Alcott, who was a member of the New England Transcendentalists. Through him Louisa met other Transcendentalists like Theodore Parker, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Influenced by these great writers it is not surprising that Lousias greatest passion was writing. She had a rich imagination and often made up stories that she and her sisters act out for their parents or friends. She started her career as a serious author partly because she needed to earn some money to support the family who was not always wealthy. In the beginning, Louisa wrote poetry and short stories, later on the novels. At the age of 35 her publisher asked her to write a novel for children. That’s how she wrote „Little Women“ where she describes the four March sisters coming of age in New England at the time of the Civil War. The father serves as a preacher in the war, the girls are left alone with their loving mother. The five women live in poverty but try to make the best of it. The story is very autobiographical. Lousia resembles Jo, who is a tomboy only interested in literature. The eldest sister Anna was the model for Meg, who is pretty and rather vain about that. Elizabeth is portrayed as the gentle Beth, she is the quiet and shy one who enjoys playing the piano. The equivalent of the youngest sister May is Amy, the little girl that often wants to be the center of the attraction. You can see the similarities even in the names: Elizabeth and Beth; May and Amy. „Little Women“ was followed by several other novels about the March family, such as: Good Wives, Little Men and Jo’s Boys. Especially children books always have a moral (or even more than one). Here for example in the second chapter, where the sisters give their Christmas breakfast to a hungry family and content themselves with bread and milk. They were really looking forward to this breakfast, because they are not rich and don't get all those good things regularly. But they saw that this other family was suffering a lot more. They are rewarded for this altruistic act on the same evening with a delicious dinner, donated by their neighbour who has heard of their generous gift. Only who gives something, gets something in return.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ghizlan

    The rating is actually 3.5. I seriously considered giving more but some parts of this classic book were just too boring i must say! But everything else was sooo good: the sisterhood, the ambiance of the 19th century and the joyful moments that they shared. Everybody talked about which one is their favorite sister, but for me my favorite of all the family members is the mother Mrs.March,such a loving and caring women that made me think of my own. So excited to go watch the new adaptation of the mo The rating is actually 3.5. I seriously considered giving more but some parts of this classic book were just too boring i must say! But everything else was sooo good: the sisterhood, the ambiance of the 19th century and the joyful moments that they shared. Everybody talked about which one is their favorite sister, but for me my favorite of all the family members is the mother Mrs.March,such a loving and caring women that made me think of my own. So excited to go watch the new adaptation of the movie that i will surely love!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

    Loved this book when I was younger, re read it many times and enjoyed it each time. Lovely story line, family values and great character descriptions, at times very emotional.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janani(ஜனனி)⁷

    the only person who could convince me to read a classic is Emma Watson. boy, am i glad.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brierly

    Little Women ticks so many boxes for me -- 19th century lit, American lit, women's lit, and semi-autobiographical. I do enjoy how Alcott repurposes people from her own family as the March sisters, but even more so I love the allegorical implications of the four young women. Each woman represents a different approach to life for 19th century American women. To marry and raise a family (Meg), to care for one's parents (Beth), to focus on art/pleasure (Amy), and to pursue a balanced life (Jo, based Little Women ticks so many boxes for me -- 19th century lit, American lit, women's lit, and semi-autobiographical. I do enjoy how Alcott repurposes people from her own family as the March sisters, but even more so I love the allegorical implications of the four young women. Each woman represents a different approach to life for 19th century American women. To marry and raise a family (Meg), to care for one's parents (Beth), to focus on art/pleasure (Amy), and to pursue a balanced life (Jo, based on Alcott herself). Meg/Beth are conforming characters, while Amy/Jo are certainly not (at first). As a whole, gender is fascinating in Little Women, especially in regards to Jo (masculine name, masculine traits, female) and Laurie (feminine name, feminine traits, male). Though, I was a bit surprised at (view spoiler)[how quickly Jo transitions from precocious tomboy to a more traditional wife (hide spoiler)] . Little Women is largely an instructional guidebook for young women in America during this time period. There is quite a bit of emphasis on keeping busy with housework while Father is away fighting in the Civil War. I don't read this as particularly sexist, rather, invested in the Puritan work ideals of New England. I expected this book to be rather dry, but it has a lot of dimension. Definitely a few sections worth skimming, as this is long and somewhat episodic. This book is a historical document rather than a riveting read, but it highlights so many of my historical interests.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Saumya

    This is a delightful story about family and sisterhood. Detailed review : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wAuziep... This is a delightful story about family and sisterhood. Detailed review : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wAuziep...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nika

    I'm too old for this book🙈 I'm too old for this book🙈

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    This is considered a classic for a reason. Aside from the occasional moralizing (or more than occasional), and from the "little women" domestic speak, this book is a gem of characters in miniature: vain Meg, slangy Jo, angelic (boring) Beth, temperamental Amy, not forgetting the rich and handsome "Laurence" boy. I still have not reconciled myself to the fact that Jo turns Laurie down, and although Jo's eventual mate, Prof Bhaer is dear and says "Prut!", I find refuge in the fact that he is old a This is considered a classic for a reason. Aside from the occasional moralizing (or more than occasional), and from the "little women" domestic speak, this book is a gem of characters in miniature: vain Meg, slangy Jo, angelic (boring) Beth, temperamental Amy, not forgetting the rich and handsome "Laurence" boy. I still have not reconciled myself to the fact that Jo turns Laurie down, and although Jo's eventual mate, Prof Bhaer is dear and says "Prut!", I find refuge in the fact that he is old and will collapse soon of an intellectual German disease, and Amy will die in childbirth, and then Laurie and Jo will realize that their love could indeed stand the test of time and that their souls are truly connected.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ygraine

    i know i'm not the only lesbian in the world to have grown up w strange & intense feelings about this book, an affinity, a confused, confounded identification, a sharp & still-achey betrayal. i think i love it more for what my heart made of it then than for what it is, although what it is is warm & well-intended & generous; re-reading it, the story, the characters are comfortable & familiar, but the things that stir in me are the same unfinished, unsettled feelings i felt when i was eight years i know i'm not the only lesbian in the world to have grown up w strange & intense feelings about this book, an affinity, a confused, confounded identification, a sharp & still-achey betrayal. i think i love it more for what my heart made of it then than for what it is, although what it is is warm & well-intended & generous; re-reading it, the story, the characters are comfortable & familiar, but the things that stir in me are the same unfinished, unsettled feelings i felt when i was eight years old.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steppingthroughstories

    What a beautiful little read . I fell in love and out of love with a few of the characters as the book went on. But by the end I didn’t want to have to leave the March sisters behind . My heart broke and was fixed again as the book went through their adventures and downfalls

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mylittlebookshelf

    Oh I loved this book so much!!! It was wonderful.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    My edition only has the first part of Little Women ( first 23 chapters), but so far I am absolutely loving it.💗 Im excited to see how the sisters evolve in part two. Little Women: (5) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Good Wives:

  29. 5 out of 5

    Giulia

    I loved this book when I was a child. I kept reading it and wishing I was one of the famous March sisters. I had a children edition and I don't know if there may be some strong differences from the adult one. I can say though that I would love reading it again in the non-children version. Let's just admire the gorgeous cover of this beautiful edition. This book follows the life of four incredible sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. They, in fact, pa I loved this book when I was a child. I kept reading it and wishing I was one of the famous March sisters. I had a children edition and I don't know if there may be some strong differences from the adult one. I can say though that I would love reading it again in the non-children version. Let's just admire the gorgeous cover of this beautiful edition. This book follows the life of four incredible sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. They, in fact, pass through a series of events which leave a mark on each of them. Illness, war, marriage, love, death, work, responsabilities and, of course, sisterhood. Jo has always been my favorite one of the group. I loved her strong character, the fact she adores literature, both reading and writing and that she isn't attracted by romance at all. “You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.” She is the main character and the one who leads the narration and after a crucial event in their life we can see how her narration signals a successfully completed adolescence. And that's the passage to the second part of their life. “I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” I was always fond of the atmosphere in this book. I could almost feel among the rest of them, it seemed I was there when they did something, I was feeling what they were feeling. I appreciated the historic background and I loved it was set in the late 1800. I could imagine the clothes, the ball, the neighborhood, etc. I have never seen the movie, but I would love to watch the 1994 edition, the one with Winona Ryder as Jo March. The cast looks wonderful and I literary can't wait to watch it. This book was for sure a childhood favorite.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hasan

    I love that when I tell people this book is among some of my favorites, their eyes open wide, jaw drops and like so many times I have heard before, I'm asked the same old question "Little Women?! You?! Really?!". YEAH! ME! A grown ass man. Deal with it! I'm not afraid to admit that not only I like it, I love it. I also love many others like it. You know what, I also read and enjoy some young adult novels too. (There, chew on that any stereotyping dimwits reading this). By the way, I have no idea w I love that when I tell people this book is among some of my favorites, their eyes open wide, jaw drops and like so many times I have heard before, I'm asked the same old question "Little Women?! You?! Really?!". YEAH! ME! A grown ass man. Deal with it! I'm not afraid to admit that not only I like it, I love it. I also love many others like it. You know what, I also read and enjoy some young adult novels too. (There, chew on that any stereotyping dimwits reading this). By the way, I have no idea why people slate this book so much. Wait. I do, somewhat. I read the complete version, all parts together, when I was just a kid. Loved it, but I do not think I fully knew what I was reading back then. Now that I returned to read it again, I must say the only part I enjoyed and would recommend others read is Part 1 - the true Little Women. For me, I'm not able now to look past Part 1, just because all the amazing characters are in there. Alcott, I believe, deliberately changed all the characters in the later parts. Why? There are many theories out there, but who knows for sure. I believe that in Little women Alcott showed how the lives of people like Marches could be, and later she showed how it really is. It would not be wrong if I you just stop at Part 1 and do not read beyond. In fact, many a people would recommend this, including me. But I also am a firm believer for personal likes and dislikes, so I'd say maybe you should read the whole thing if you haven't, all the parts, and then decide on you own what you like the most about the Marches. All in all, this is a classic that should be on anyone's must read list if they haven't read it before. And on anyone's read again list if it's been a while since they read it first, like me.

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