Little Women (Little Women, #1) by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

Following the lives of four sisters on a journey out of adolescence, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women explores the difficulties associated with gender roles in a Post-Civil War America.


Details Little Women (Little Women, #1)

TitleLittle Women (Little Women, #1)
ISBN9780451529305
Author
Release DateApr 6th, 2004
PublisherSignet Classics
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages449 pages
GenreClassics, Fiction, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Historical, Literature, Childrens, Classic Literature, 19th Century
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Reviews Little Women (Little Women, #1)

  • Susan
    2007-10-04
    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...
  • Barry Pierce
    2013-09-20
    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.
  • Fabian
    2013-12-27
    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 i...
  • Rory
    2007-07-30
    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 ...
  • Corrie
    2008-03-27
    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 t...
  • Dottie
    2007-09-09
    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 wis...
  • AMEERA
    2016-12-23
    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
  • Duane
    2013-10-17
    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, Alc...
  • Annalisa
    2008-02-12
    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...
  • Huda Yahya
    2012-06-05
    قرأت هذه الرواية في سن الخامسة عشر تقريباوهي رواية لطيفة اكتسبت شهرتها عبر السنواتمن خلال اقتباسها في أعمال سينمائيةوفي ابتداعات الرسوم المتحركة بل حتى الأوبرا كان لها نصيب من ذلكحيث ألف الموسيقار الأمريكي مارك آدامو أوبرا نساء صغيرات في عام 1998 h...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    2011-05-05
    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 ...
  • Jonathan
    2011-10-25
    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....
  • Emer
    2014-01-17
    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 ...
  • helen the bookowl
    2017-01-02
    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 pa...
  • Pooja
    2015-10-26
    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 cann...
  • Jo Woolfardis
    2015-06-27
    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...
  • Zoë
    2015-01-31
    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 more. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to get into classics as it's a children's book (so easy to read) but also there are fantastic characters (except Amy, I really hate Amy).
  • Matthew
    2016-08-05
    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 Goodreads, it seems like every other question is about Little Women. While for me this book was just okay, I c...
  • Tea Jovanović
    2013-04-16
    Knjiga moje mladosti :) Ah, kako smo je svi gutali :)
  • Mandy Crider
    2015-09-14
    A classic! The book and movie both did me in... Tears!!
  • ☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė
    2014-08-28
    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...
  • Antof9
    2009-02-26
    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 relationshi...
  • Helle
    2014-07-13
    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 bet...
  • Manybooks
    2014-10-19
    I believe that I have read this book about fifteen times, but that is a conservative estimate at best. And although Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is probably one of my all time favourite books, I have never managed to pen a review, simply because I really do not think I can post a review that would do sufficient honour to either book or author. With that in mind, this review will not be a standard review of Little Women, but rather some person...
  • Xime García
    2014-07-27
    ★★★★: Me encantó, en serio.Este libro y yo tenemos una larga historia. Es el libro favorito de mi mamá, y como tal, ella habría preferido que este fuera mi primera lectura, allá cuando yo tenía nueve o diez años. Por supuesto ya desde chiquita le entré a llevar la contra y mi primer libro fue Harry Potter y el Cáliz de Fuego. A partir de allí, comencé un camino muy diferente al de ella, un camino que no pudimos hacer converger n...
  • Cecily
    2009-08-06
    I was given this more 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...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    2013-10-23
    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...
  • Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
    2016-11-16
    Look, I'm going to be brutally honest here: I read this when I was about 10 and I quite enjoyed it. But reading it at the age of 33? OH MY GOD, THIS WAS THE MOST SACCHARINE SWEET, INTOLERABLE TWADDLE I'VE EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF READING. All four of the girls are so ridiculously perfect that even when they make the tiny little mistakes that are painted as monumental fuck ups in the book, they're instantly fixed with a sweet smile or a sermon f...
  • Emily May
    2013-12-04
    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.