Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early...


Details Little Women

TitleLittle Women
ISBN9780451529305
Author
Release DateApr 6th, 2004
PublisherSignet Classics
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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Reviews Little Women

  • 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...
  • Fabian
    2013-12-27
    Yes, yes. I AM a grown-ass man reading this, but I'm not ashamed. I also read the "Twilight" "saga" & a bunch of Charlaine Harris as well, remember? Even 50 shades. So... some rules simply do not apply.What I tried to do here was dispel the extra melodrama & 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 ...
  • Lala BooksandLala
    2020-01-18
    we stan.https://youtu.be/KREaj07OEfU
  • Miranda Reads
    2018-03-01
    Don't try to make me grow up before my time The March sisters may be radically different but they all have one thing in common - love. Their love for their mother and father, their love for adventure and for each other unites them in this troubled time.The Civil War is afoot and all the sisters can do is think about their father away and in battle. Their mother tries to distract them but often she can barely distract herself.Jo, a radical tomboy...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    2019-01-01
    This book means SISTERHOOD... FAMILY HAPPINESSTOGETHERNESS THANKFULNESS GENUINENESSSOLIDARITYBELIEFS RESPECTUNCONDITIONAL LOVEHONESTYKINDNESSThis is magical book, when I get into my hands for the first time, I was only eleven and for decades I kept on getting it into my hands, reread it several times and same words resonated different for me, awoke different feelings, made me look at the characters flaws and differences at brand new perspective.E...
  • emma
    2019-01-06
    IM IN LOVE, IM IN LOVE, AND I DONT CARE WHO KNOWS IT!When I was a child, my mother used to drag me to antique stores all the time. There is nothing more boring to a kid than an antique store. It smelled like dust and old people, and everything looked the same (dark wood), and if we were in a particularly bauble-heavy shop I had to clasp my hands behind my back like a Von Trapp child in order to avoid invoking the you-break-it-you-buy-it policy on...
  • 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 ...
  • jessica
    2012-06-12
    that feeling when you spend the majority of the book desperately longing to be a jo, but then end up realising youre actually just a beth :/also, the fact that i still like laurie, even after he messes around in france trying to find himself, says a lot more about me than it does about him, to be fair.and dont even get me started on the new film coming out. the casting definitely has me feeling some kind of way. im still not over the precision of...
  • 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...
  • Emily May
    2013-12-04
    Never liked this one. I read Alcott back around the time I was first reading the Brontes and Dickens, and her books always struck me as incredibly dull in comparison. I was probably about 12, though, so I suppose I should try it again someday.
  • Angela M
    2019-12-20
    This classic that so many have loved over the years, many having read it as young girls, is somehow one that I never read until now. Its a lovely story, and I wonder how I would have felt about it, had I read it when I was younger. Like so many readers, Jo, the lover of books, the writer, is my favorite, a woman before her time, exhibiting independence and a desire for more in her life. Its a coming of age story in so many ways as we see Meg, Jo,...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-04-06
    I have owned this book forever! I have the movie and have always loved it. Thanks to several group challenges on here, I have finally gotten to this little gem. Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2010-10-08
    863. Little Women (Little Women #1), Louisa May AlcottLittle Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (18321888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books over several months at the request of her publisher. Following the lives of the four March sistersMeg, Jo, Beth and Amythe novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters....
  • Ruby Granger
    2020-01-05
    I decided to re-read Little Women after watching the new film and am so glad that I did! I enjoyed this book when I first read it at 12, but truly LOVED it this time. The growth and progression of the sisters is wonderful, and the moral lessons infused in Alcott's writing make it a must-read children's classic.
  • Justin Tate
    2015-12-24
    Relentlessly captivating story of sisters doing it for themselves. Alcott is a master of character, pacing, and creating page-turning suspense within a context of moderately low stakes. I admire everything about her, from her writing talent to her personal life as an abolitionist and feminist. Much of her personal advocacy makes it into the pages of Little Women. Sometimes in subtle ways, and sometimes not. I'm glad to see that the new movie appe...
  • Candi
    2019-09-10
    "I dont believe fine young ladies enjoy themselves a bit more than we do, in spite of our burnt hair, old gowns, one glove apiece, and tight slippers, that sprain our ankles when we are silly enough to wear them." Jo MarchWhether you like this book or not, I doubt there are many that would deny that Jo March is the star of this mid-nineteenth century novel about the March family. In many ways, because of this remarkably self-assured heroine, Lit...
  • Kylie D
    2018-06-29
    A timeless classic that I enjoyed just as much now as I did when I first read it at school.
  • Gabby
    2020-02-09
    I finally read Little Women! Jo is one of the most relatable characters of all time for me. I feel like this book came into my life at the perfect time. Heres a reading vlog of my experience reading this: https://youtu.be/MkzZAxk4MLQ I finally read Little Women! Jo is one of the most relatable characters of all time for me. I feel like this book came into my life at the perfect time. Here’s a reading vlog of my experience reading this: https:...
  • leslie hamod
    2019-11-01
    A wonderful book portraying a poor family in early and post civil war one. Each character is flawed and experiences a differing view of life. We watch them grow, leave home and die. Life without a father is regrettable and enthralling.Thoroughly enjoyable and educational. We learn through the eyes of the characters. Choices are not easy, regret is ever present. Vocabulary intensively studied gives the reader a view of the times. The times are of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Zoë
    2015-01-31
    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 more. I'd definit...
  • 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...
  • may ❀
    2018-03-14
    i've never witnessed a ship of mine get sunk so tragically, how dare you ms. alcott (ง _)งRTC~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~probably the first classic that i'm //choosing// to read so let's hope this goes well bc it'll probs determine whether i keep this charade up or not :)) Buddy read with ma girl, t swizzle i've never witnessed a ship of mine get sunk so tragically, how dare you ms. alcott (ง •̀_•́)งRTC~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~probabl...
  • Lisa
    2019-12-15
    "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents", grumbled Jo..." I was under the impression that I had missed Little Women in my youth and that it was one of those gaps in my education that keep nagging me. Then I started reading it, and realised that I know all characters, and the story, and the feeling of the novel as a whole. So either I have developed a psychic connection to my "to-read"-shelf, or I have actually NOT missed out on Little ...
  • 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...
  • Joey 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...
  • K.
    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...
  • 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