Little Women & Good Wives

Little Women Good Wives Little Women is one of the best loved children s stories of all time based on the author s own youthful experiences It describes the family life of the four March sisters living in a small New Englan

Little Women is one of the best loved children s stories of all time, based on the author s own youthful experiences It describes the family life of the four March sisters living in a small New England community, Meg, the eldest, is pretty and wishes to be a lady Jo, at fifteen is ungainly and unconventional with an ambition to be an author Beth is a delicate child of tLittle Women is one of the best loved children s stories of all time, based on the author s own youthful experiences It describes the family life of the four March sisters living in a small New England community, Meg, the eldest, is pretty and wishes to be a lady Jo, at fifteen is ungainly and unconventional with an ambition to be an author Beth is a delicate child of thirteen with a taste for music and Amy is a blonde beauty of twelve.The story of their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family income, their friendship with the neighbouring Lawrence family, and their later love affairs remains as fresh and beguiling as ever.Good Wives takes up the story of the March sisters, some three years later, when, as young adults, they must face up to the inevitable trials and traumas of everyday life in their search for individual happiness.

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Little Women & Good Wives

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  1. As A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832 She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.


Little Women & Good Wives Comment

  1. Someone I know claimed this no longer has value, that she would never recommend it because it s saccharine, has a religious agenda, and sends a bad message to girls that they should all be little domestic homebodies I say she s wrong on all counts This is high on my reread list along with Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and a Tree Grows in Brooklyn you could say that I m pretty familiar with it Let s see there s a heroine who not only writes, but is proud of the fact and makes a profit from it i [...]

  2. Yes, yes I m a grown ass man reading this, but I m not ashamed I also read the Twilight sa ha ha ga a bunch of Charlaine Harris as well, remember Some rules simply don t apply.What I tried to do here was dispel the extra melodrama and embrace the cut outs fat trimmed out of the Winona Ryder film I was on the hunt for all the new ha stuff that the regular person, well informed of the plot involving four young girls growing up or in the case of Beth, not never even knew existed But it seems that t [...]

  3. I hated this book.I can t even begin to go into all the reasons I dislike this novel It s dull and preachy through out most of it aside from Jo who is a truly inspired character But everyone else seems one note, most of the chapters come off as morality plays than solid scenes or plots And just when Miss Alcott has something seemingly interesting she breaks it for no other reason than to do something.Whether its the pairing of Amy and Laurie huh , the point made CONSTANTLY that Beth s life isn t [...]

  4. The book begins 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 There s an undercurrent of anger in this book and I think Louisa May Alcott would have gone much further w [...]

  5. This really is one of my top 5 favorite books of all time it never gets old.I just love every single character and the entire story SO much that I don t even know what else to say It s perfect That is all And I know the movie is way different, but I still love that as well

  6. My copy of this is probably 55 years old I ve probably read it at least twenty five times One of my all time favorite books One of my favorite authors ever Yes, it is old fashioned it was old fashioned fifty five years ago But that is the point pretty much in my opinion This is a story of times past, of a family which functioned in a particular way in a particular time This is also a story of what one person in a family might have wished were so all of the time in the family but wasn t The thin [...]

  7. 2017 update I reread this as it was the Austentatious book for June and July I didn t love it as much as I did the first time I read it, but I am glad I got to revisit the story Also, this time I Amy was my favorite character Book 12 100 for 2015I had to read this book for my Children s Lit class and I loved it We ve done a lot of discussion which has really opened my mind to new things in the book and made me love it even I d definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to get into classic [...]

  8. i can tell this become my favorite classic book besides all classics books of the queen of classics books Jane Austin , and u can see a lot of classic word here D

  9. I have read 18 of Louisa May Alcott s books, so I guess I can safely say that I am very familiar with her work Some of them were very good, some not quite as good All had that 19th century down home feeling with wonderful, memorable characters But only one of her novels reached the level of what could be called literary greatness Somehow, with this simple story, and these adorable characters, with a heart warming and heart wrenching plot, Alcott creates an American classic, her masterpiece Yes i [...]

  10. I m definitely a victim of modern society when I find this book slow Had I read it in its day or even as a youth it would probably be fantastic, but as it is I m finding the life lessons saturated in every chapter a little much, not sweet Which brings me to Beth Back in the day sweet, mild, submissive were prime female qualities Now I look at the picture of her on the front cover with her empty eyes and blank stares and she looks sweet in a mentally challenged way And Jo who is endearing because [...]

  11. To me this book is just a big neon highlighted literary exclamation mark defining how incredibly different I am from my mother She loves this book Really, really loves it.a lot She always used to tell me how great she thought it was although, as a kid I somehow avoided reading it mainly because at this point I was too busy dangling from a climbing frame by my ankles or stealing scrap wood from building sites in order to make dens and tree houses.As it is prominently placed on the 1001 books list [...]

  12. When I was 11 years old, I used to watch its anime show on a channel, that time I didn t know its name I was merely interested in the show But thankfully, I remembered the names of the characters so that when I was in my higher secondary school, I saw this book in school library with the picture of four girls and their Mommy I suddenly remembered the show.Since that day I wanted to read Little Women When the librarian said that this book cannot be issued, I wasn t worried I would to go to librar [...]

  13. Little Women remains to this day one of the books I have, curiously, read the most And I m not ashamed to state this Why should I be The notion that certain films or books are chick lit is one so alien to my mind They may be geared at specific audiences mostly, but any strong work of art will appeal to any individual or rather can appeal to any individual person.I don t know what it is about Little Women that made me so attracted to it Perhaps it was the characterisation in the women in the book [...]

  14. Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.The one thing I m not going to do is apologise for not liking this I hold no truck with that stop apologising for having an opinion that is different to the majority.Little Women was relatively written well in the grammatically correct sense, but I found it to be a very slow and dull read It is definitely of its time and even though there are small points of seeing the necessity of having strong, ind [...]

  15. So in keeping with my recent attempts to write reviews for all my five star reads here s one for my absolute favourite book from my childhood, Little Women.This was the first hardback I ever read that had no pictures or any such things to tempt a child I remember feeling quite grown up when I first read it as it was just a plain old red book that had lost its dust jacket many years previously Nothing bright or colourful that would have tempted me in the years previous I suppose I must have been [...]

  16. Two years ago, I read the first part of this novel and quite liked it The March family consists of the most endearing characters, and I had fun reading about the four sisters and their growing up However, it wasn t until recently that I realized that I had yet to read the second part, which I set out to do It was so great being back with these sisters and follow them in their future adventures, and I must say that I actually find the second part the strongest It contains hopes and disappointment [...]

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  18. Whilst I do recall reading this as a young child I could remember little about the characters and the story line so felt I was revisiting both something beloved and viewing it with fresh and excited eyes.This felt like a series of short stories involving the March sisters, bound into a longer narrative Whilst each sister is dissimilar in temperament and personality they all share the closest of bonds, and reading of their shared happiness and sorrows made this an altogether adorable reading expe [...]

  19. There will be spoilers.Now, if she had been the heroine of a moral story book, she ought at this period of her life to have become quite saintly, renounced the world, and gone about doing good in a mortified bonnet, with tracts in her pocket But, you see, Jo wasn t a heroine she was only a struggling human girl, like hundreds of others, and she just acted out her nature, being sad, cross, listless, or energetic, as the mood suggested.I first read this book as a tween, and had a real love hate re [...]

  20. Updated 8 26 2016 Update at endSo, this is going to be my most confusing review to date and I am going to need some help from people who read this, so please reply if you know see below I read this for my Completest Book Club I am glad I did because it is a classic I hear about all the time If you take the Never ending Book Quiz on , it seems like every other question is about Little Women While for me this book was just okay, I can see why it is a classic and enjoyed by many.My confusion is thi [...]

  21. Eesh, this was dull I can t even try and appreciate it taking historical context into account These little women are so blah And they speak like they re reciting Hallmark cards half the time.

  22. I was given this than 30 years ago, and it never appealed, but I gave it a go when it was selected by my book group.As most people know, it s Louisa May Alcott s semi autobiographical account of four teenage sisters growing up in slight poverty, while their father is away at war.The opening words alerted me to the tone Christmas wouldn t be Christmas without any presents I don t think it s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls to have nothing at all Despite this, [...]

  23. This book was really good You know those books that you aren t sure what made them your favorite this is one of those books but i will try For one reason the characters were so believable and relate able Also their stories weren t so far fetched, since they were based on Louisa May Alcott s time Each of the sisters personalities were different but still similar enough to seen that they were siblings This helped me since I have a twin sister and we are both different and similar at the same time [...]

  24. I first read this as a young teen, maybe 12 or 13 years old I loved it then, and, when I learned that Masterpiece Theater was filming this as a mini series, I decided to assign it for our September meeting I was surprised at how sentimental this made me feel while reading In our modern world, it is surprising to read of Meg and Jo, 16 and 15 years old at the beginning, who are still willing to indulge in make believe and silly games The younger sisters, Beth and Amy, 13 and 12, are still young e [...]

  25. I read so many great things about this book years ago I, first, read it on ibooks, and when i finally realized how much it speaks my mind, i purchased it.The relationships between those sisters were indescribable, i felt my own relationships with my sisters when i was reading it.How much they sacrifice for one another, even the person one s loved the most Louisa May Alcott is brilliant for writing such a meaningful book, filled with positive messages Totally recommending it for everyone.

  26. My heart is melting a little as I close this book at long last, my mind contented It is a sweet book, occasionally a bit too sweet, but there were many places where I felt quite moved If I d been 17 when I first read this, I would have been over the moon about it It is the story of the four March sisters and their family joys and woes From the beginning we are meant to see how different they are The dialogues were so evenly distributed between them it felt unnatural at times, or perhaps fairy ta [...]

  27. I have said for years and years how much I like this book, but I realized when I started reading it on Sunday that I might not have picked it up since 4th grade when I wanted to be called Meg Is that possible I think so.After finishing it on Monday afternoon, I was talking to some girls that evening where I realized yes, I was thinking out loud that this book is loaded with advice marital advice, parenting advice, interpersonal relationships advice and it s all good I mean seriously, I think eve [...]

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