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Little Women
     

Little Women

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by Louisa May Alcott
 

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Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood

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Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first volume, Little Women, was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book's second volume, entitled Good Wives, which was also successful. Both books were first published as a single volume entitled Little Women in 1880. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Little Women was a fiction novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Little Women has three major themes:” domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine’s individual identity.”
Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children’s fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.” Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the “American Girl” and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016695211
Publisher:
1.00 Books
Publication date:
04/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Little Women is loosely based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her three sisters.

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Little Women 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 234 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, classic novel. Never had to read it in school so decided to read it as an adult. Was pleasantly surprised. A little slow at some points but glad I read it since it is considered a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book. Saw the movie years ago. Books are always better as you can get so caught up in the stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So romantic wonderfullly written
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being poor doesn¿t make one any less; In ¿Little Women,¿ by Louisa May Alcott, a family rises above poverty to find joy in the riches of everyday life. The book is about a family that deals with the everyday struggles of money. They lack the social status that they once had when their father owned a school. Now these four girls and their mother try to look past all the hardships in their lives and find the happiness left within. The family consists of four girls and an supportive mother who are determined to make the best of each of their lives given the circumstances she has been dealt. Their father is away working as a Chaplain during the Civil War, so the mother is left empty-handed to support the four children. This story is based on following dreams, whether it be falling in love or discovering happiness in some other sort of passion. The primary conflict of the novel is the March family¿s struggles with money in an area where their neighbors seem to be more well-off. The girls find themselves trying to rise above the talk that goes on about them by focusing more on their inner beauty. They are teenage girls, and they are trying to overlook hardships that seem impossible, and each girl will learn that money does not buy everything. Amy says, ¿I don¿t think that it is fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things and other girls nothing at all¿, showing their state but she is too young to know that happiness comes from the heart. Beth corrects her childish theory by stating, ¿We¿ve got a father and a mother and each other¿ to display that the prettiest thing is love, which they each hold for one another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book as a young girl. Now that I have daughters I read it again to see if I still loved it in light of some of the current literature my 5th grader is reading. I still love it and can't wait for my daughter to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I caught two rabbits and a sparrow
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This book is a must read. Ages 10 and up shoukd look into this book. This is a spoil-free page, and guys, no one dies. So, just read this GREAT American classic. p.s. don't let 643 pages scare you. It is soooooo worth it. : { )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found out who died too. Im so angry at that guy/girl!!!!!!!!! Actually, im angry that they told you, I didnt read that review; i watched the movie. SPOILED!>:(
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Wow i hate that guy or whoever did a spoiler alert ssssssssooooooo angry im on page thirty and i found out who died nice going:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time loading and turning the pages.
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This book was hard for me whe I was 9, but now that I am 11, this book is easy to understand. This book is a grat read!
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I love Little Women! (But I'm on page 375) I think I will give it 5 stars! I think people might like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this awesome classic! My question now is.... HOW DO PEOPLE HATE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
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An amazing book! I fell for Amy, she seemed like me. I'm 11 but I recomend this book to any age! This book has true liteateur or however you spell it. Mrs. Laura gives you such detail, you feel you're there! This book isn't like the crap you see now, so I'd read if I was you ;D