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Little Women yang merupakan novel otobiografi bergambar di masa kanak-kanak dari Novelis wanita Amerika, Louisa May Olcott. Masing-masing dengan kepribadian yang berbeda dan tampak apik dengan bakat dari ke-empat bersaudara itu; Maggie, Joe, Beth, dan Amy, tentang impian dan cinta. Pengaruh orang tua dalam situasi apa pun akan membantu mereka mengenal rasa kasih dan penting Little Women yang merupakan novel otobiografi bergambar di masa kanak-kanak dari Novelis wanita Amerika, Louisa May Olcott. Masing-masing dengan kepribadian yang berbeda dan tampak apik dengan bakat dari ke-empat bersaudara itu; Maggie, Joe, Beth, dan Amy, tentang impian dan cinta. Pengaruh orang tua dalam situasi apa pun akan membantu mereka mengenal rasa kasih dan pentingnya keutuhan keluarga. Bacalah Little Girl yang mengalirkan emosi yang hangat serta humor yang segar. Diceritakan saat Perang Utara-Selatan Amerika, dan Tuan March, sang Ayah pergi sebagai kadet prajurit perang, dan ibunda tercinta pergi mencari kerja dengan semangat guna mempertahankan hidup keluarganya dari kesulitan. Keempat bersaudara ini tumbuh bagai pohon hijau nan subur yang mereka impikan dengan saling memahami meskipun kadangkala menghadapi konflik dan salah paham. Kemudian, suatu hari seorang anak lelaki bernama Laurie yang tinggal bertetangga, dia seolah sebagai kakak lelaki bagi keempat March bersaudara yang hebat dan ceria. Atau Paman Lawrence, kakek Laurie meskipun dikenal disiplin tetapi kenyataannya lembut, selalu peduli dan bergaul dengan keluarga March dengan memberikan hadiah Piano kepada Beth. Disamping itu, sinar mata Maggie-si sulung dan Pak Guru Brook, pengajar di rumah Laurie yang beradu pandang dan saling tertarik tanpa peduli orang lain dan bermain mata.

30 review for Little Woman: Versi Komik Klasik Modern

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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 in a time that this was somewhat out-of-the-ordinary. Reading this, and especially knowing later that the main character is (for all practical purposes) Alcott herself, inspired me to write myself, and I haven't forgotten the writing lessons even today: don't let money cloud your vision, write for yourself first, take criticism, write what you know. Still wise even today. Also in this book, we see the perspective of a family coping with the financial and emotional strain of having a loved one away at war, something that is unfortunately all too relatable today. There's also (extraordinary in those times, common in ours)a platonic, though not uncomplicated, friendship between a man and a woman that is sort of a different kind of love story in a way and a powerful one at that. We see people getting married, but marriage is never portrayed as The Answer to Everything--many of the matches involve sacrifice and struggling. The girls, though good at heart, aren't a picture-perfect family of saints. They're flawed and human. The paragon Beth would seem the exception, but the message with her is more about how even the quietest among us can make an impact on the world--not parading her isolated life as an example, only her kindness. I won't lie. Someone dies, there's a war and a father's away--so yes, God is mentioned: I think there's a few Pilgrim's Progress references in passing and there's some talk of faith at moments when the characters most need it. To contemporary readers, this may seem like a lot, but heavy-handed it is not. It was probably somewhat unusual for its time. The thought that everyone's relationship and perception of God could greatly vary, and that to be true to your religion was entirely non judgmental and meant being kind to other people and trying to make yourself better, not other people? The thought that each person must be allowed to deal with these feelings in their own time in their own way? Wacky stuff. I admit it seems like a tough sell to today's kids, packaged in somewhat formal sounding-language, and bearing every indication of being literary broccoli, but this book is a classic for a reason. It might be a tough sell, but I don't think we should give up on trying to think of ways to do it anyway. What's inside still counts. Don't write it off.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

    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 existe 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 the film did a great job not adding many more scenes than direly needed (like the Byrne-Ryder night at the opera scene-- it explains why she didn't choose Laurie after all) nor taking indispensable scenes from the century-&-a-half old novel to the cutting room floor. Alas, there is a good reason why Entertainment Weekly once decreed that the film was a great comfort to all post-911 victims. The story has no great battles to speak of... no violence, no terrible disasters. The minutiae is symbolic of fragile domestic existences... important and very fun to read about--this coming from a Bridget and Carrie Bradshaw fan of course. "Little Women" is at its core all about Old School American values, such as temperance, forgiveness, hard work. It has astute lessons aplenty--to rival even old Aesopus himself. Laurie and Amy have the best lines, and there are plenty of groans amidst cute vignettes and harsh but necessary life lessons--for Americans and non alike. This is relevant today, more so than "On the Road" or other so called quintessential American classics--& that's a genuine PLUS. This one stands as outstanding soap opera theatrics woven intelligently with American history herself. Good stuff, like a wise mentor of American Lit would say. Also, mega appropriate for the season!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rory

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 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 useless because she is an angel and showed them that angels do exist and is a total Mary Sue(Really? Cause I'm glad she died before I died of boredom), the forced pairing of Jo and the Professor (Why? I mean--really... Just keep her single) there is also the message that pursing art is selfish. (Jo giving up her writing, Laurie gives up his music, Amy gives up her sketching...) It's not a message I expected--this book is always lauded as one that has inspired countless girls... To do what? Because outside of Jo's sipirt I dont really see much to aspire to in this tsory? The overall message seems to be that as a good Christian one should sacrifice being an artist, being in love with who you want and any hope of independence... It's not because I'm from the modern era that I dislike this book. (Or that I'm an adult reading it.) If you look at other works being done in the same time period you will see that there were stories with less moralizing being done--including by Miss Alcott herself. I was just really disappointed

  4. 4 out of 5

    Huda Yahya

    قرأت هذه الرواية في سن الخامسة عشر تقريبا وهي رواية لطيفة اكتسبت شهرتها عبر السنوات من خلال اقتباسها في أعمال سينمائية وفي ابتداعات الرسوم المتحركة بل حتى الأوبرا كان لها نصيب من ذلك حيث ألف الموسيقار الأمريكي مارك آدامو أوبرا نساء صغيرات في عام 1998 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFkXV... ::::::::::::: الرواية مقتبسة عن تجربة الكاتبة الذاتية مع شقيقاتها الثلاث وتقدم لنا حياة أربع شقيقات هن ميغ وجو وبيث وإيمي .في جو مليء بالدفء العائلي متوغلة في أسرار النساء اللائي عشن في تلك الفترة وكيف كانت تفكر أدمغت ‏ ‏قرأت هذه الرواية في سن الخامسة عشر تقريبا وهي رواية لطيفة اكتسبت شهرتها عبر السنوات من خلال اقتباسها في أعمال سينمائية وفي ابتداعات الرسوم المتحركة ‏ بل حتى الأوبرا كان لها نصيب من ذلك حيث ألف الموسيقار الأمريكي مارك آدامو أوبرا نساء صغيرات ‏في عام‎ 1998 ‎ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFkXV... ::::::::::::: الرواية مقتبسة عن تجربة الكاتبة الذاتية مع شقيقاتها الثلاث‏ وتقدم لنا حياة أربع شقيقات هن ميغ وجو وبيث وإيمي ‏ ‏.‏في جو مليء بالدفء العائلي متوغلة في أسرار النساء اللائي ‏عشن في تلك الفترة وكيف كانت تفكر أدمغتهن على اختلافها الطريف أنه بينما كتبت لويزا تقول أن جو - المستلهمة من ‏شخصيتها هي نفسها ‏ كان عليها أن تظل الأديبة ‏العانس ولكن بناء على رسائل المعجبات الكثيرة‏ والتي طلبت منها تزوج جو بأي ثمن‏ ‏ لم تجرؤ على رفض طلبهن في النهاية فإن لويزا ظلت بلا زواج لآخر أيام حياتها‏ ::::::::::::: عن الشخصيات * جوزفين أو جو هي بطلة الرواية التي تبدو في نظر الكثيرين مسترجلة ‏ لشخصيتها القوية ولجرأتها وهي الأخت الصريحة ‏ والشغوفة بالكتابة‏ ‏ وبعد مقاومة طويلة لفكرة الزواج تتزوج أخيرا من ‏البروفسور الألماني فريدريك بير‏ * مارغريت أو ميغ هي الشقيقة ‏الكبرى التي تتحمل مسؤولية المنزل وتوفر الحماية والدفء للجميع وهي تتمتع كما وصفتها لويزا بجمال أخاذ‏ ولكنها تحمل أفكارا من الطراز القديم * اليزابيث أو بيث فتاة تبدو من وصفها هادئة وبيتوتية ‏ مطيعة وخجولة تحب الموسيقى والقطط والدمى ‏ وتعزف ‏على البيانو وهي تفضل المكوث في منزلها على الاختلاط والثرثرة‏ كما أنها تهوى الأعمال الخيرية ‏ وتساعد أمها ‏في رعاية الأسر الفقيرة وأثناء زيارتها لأحد تلك الأسر ‏ تلتقط عدوى الحمى القرمزية من أحد أ‏طفالها ‏ وصحيح أنها تشفى مع الوقت ولكن المرض جعلها دوما ضعيفة ‏ وتموت بعدها بفترة بمرض آخر فالعالم لا يحتمل شخصيات برقة بيث وكان عليه التخلص منها عاجلا أم آجلا * ايمي ‏ هي أصغرهن ‏ وهي فتاة مدللة تبدو باردة المشاعر وملهوفة على مصلحتها الشخصية‏ عانت إيمي من أنفها المسطح وكانت ‏تشبك مشابك الغسيل على أنفها عند النوم آملة حل هذه المشكلة العويصة من وجهة نظرها :D علاقتها كانت دوما متوترة مع جوزفين وذات يوم بعد موقف محتدم بينهما تقوم إيمي بإحراق ‏ رواية جو التي لم تنهيها بعد كانت إيمي دوما قريبة من عمتها التي أتاحت لها الفرصة للسفر إلى أوروبا كي يتسنى لها فرصة الاطلاع على أعمال الفنانين العظام‏ لولعها بالفن ولموهبتها في الرسم ‏ ولكنها في النهاية ‏تقرر التخلي عن الفن ‏ لأنها لم ترى أنه بإمكانها أن تكون على المستوى الذي كانت ‏تتوقعه لنفسها :::::::::::::::: الرواية لطيفة وخفيفة الروح كلاسيكية بامتياز

  5. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

    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 furthe 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 with it if her publisher had allowed it and if it weren't a children's book. Louisa herself was fiercely independent and didn't marry. Of course, Jo, her doppelganger and the heroine of the book, did marry. I think the struggle for girls and women to be themselves while following convention is an experience that resonates today. I also think that, ironically, when people today want to return to the simple life, they all forget that there was no simple life. Although youngest sister Amy carries her books to school, writes with an inkwell and fights over pickled limes, her father is fighting a real war fought for ideology and national unity. Martha Stewart has us searching for the "good things" and harkening back to garden bounties but nineteenth century girls and women were nearly bound to the home. Young boys and girls might find the domesticity in the book offputting but it was necessary for people to have domestic skills or they could not survive. The working poor in the 1860s, like the working poor today, could not afford maids. Louisa May Alcott's family occasionally made money from making and mending clothing just to get by. I think there was just as much screaming as crying going on in the Alcott household, but Louisa tones things down for the March family. The March family and the sisters made me yearn for my own sisters which never materialized. I also realized that wanting to draw, paint, play music, perform plays and write were interests that I shared with people of another time period. The book itself was written after the Civil War and has a purposeful nostalgic tone. Jo scribbles in the attic and relishes the time she has to write but she is expected to work as a caretaker for her elderly aunt. None of these girls are independently wealthy and the poverty that Alcott writes about in the book mirrors the poverty of her own life but she softens the reality for her fiction. Alcott's father Amos Bronson Alcott was not a soldier, yet he was often away from home. He was a dynamic lecturer and a revolutionary educator who was disillusioned by public reaction to some of his innovations and was often jobless. While a good portion of white northerners were against slavery and wanted more rights for black Americans, they did not go as far as the Alcotts did in their support. I wish that she had written more about their anti-slavery positions. It's also not widely known that Bronson Alcott was shunned for educating black students. Reading Little Women in fourth grade caused me to work as a historical interpreter at the Orchard House for six years many years later. I visited Fruitlands, the Old Manse, the Wayside and the House of the Seven Gables. I studied transcendentalism and learned about the contributions of Elizabeth Peabody and other great female intellectuals of the nineteenth century. I was forever changed after reading the book and I've reread it too many times to count. Louisa was a master marketer akin to J.K. Rowling. She also had a strong survival instinct like Rowling. She desperately needed to make money and writing was her one marketable skill. Notably, she was able to write the book under her own name and not use a gender neutral pseudonym. The book is written for a younger audience and older readers reading it for the first time might not feel a connection with the book because all Victorian children's books were infused with a heavy dose of morality. Girls especially have always been told to endure hardships while remaining happy. My grandmother Ethel, who grew up in the 1930s, told me her mother said to her: "It's easy to be happy when life rolls along like a song. But it's the girl who's worthwhile who will smile when everything goes wrong."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    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!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    863. Little Women (Little Women #1), Louisa May Alcott Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), 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 sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. زنان کوچک - لوئییز می آلکوت (قدیانی) ادبیات قرن 863. Little Women (Little Women #1), Louisa May Alcott Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), 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 sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. زنان کوچک - لوئییز می آلکوت (قدیانی) ادبیات قرن نوزدهم؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و نهم ماه سپتامبر سال 1998 میلادی عنوان: زنان کوچک؛ نویسنده: لوئییز می آلکوت؛ مترجم: شهیندخت رئیس زاده؛ تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1369؛ در 447 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1374؛ شابک: 9644457757؛ چاپ چهارم 1385؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛ چاپ ششم 1393؛ شابک: 9786001210532؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 19 م مترجم: تهمینه مهربانی؛ تهران، درنا، 1374؛ در 160 ص؛ شابک: 9646105122؛ چاپ دوم و سوم 1374؛ چهارم 1375؛ پنجم 1376؛ مترجم: فریده ملک الکلامی؛ تهران، جامی، 1374؛ در 127 ص؛ مترجم: امیرمحمود فخردایی؛ تهران، صفیعلیشاه، 1374؛ در 179 ص؛ مترجم: شکوفه اخوان؛ تهران، نهال نویدان، 1375؛ در 160 ص؛ شابک: 9645680182؛ چاپ دوم 1380؛ چاپ 1392؛ شابک: 9789645680563؛ در 184 ص؛ مترجم: جلیل دهمشکی؛ تهران، جانزاده، 1375؛ در 160 ص؛ مترجم: فرزین مروارید؛ تهران، قدیانی بنفشه، 1376؛ در 351 ص؛ شابک: 9644171527؛ چاپ دوم 1380؛ چاپ چنجم 1388؛ چاپ نهم 1393؛ شابک: 9789644171529؛ مترجم: هانیه اعتصام؛ تهران، خرداد، 1381؛ در 88 ص؛ شابک: 9646465072؛ مترجم: سپهر حاجتی؛ تهران، دبیر اکباتان، 1388؛ در 58 ص؛ شابک: 9789642621866؛ چاپ سوم 1388؛ چهارم 1389؛ مترجم: محمد میرلو؛ تهران، امیرکبیر کتابهای جیبی، 1389؛ در 150 ص؛ شابک: 9789643032128؛ مترجم: کیوان عبیدی آشتیانی؛ تهران، افق، 1389؛ در 489 ص؛ شابک: 9789643696627؛ چاپ پنجم 1392؛ ششم 1393؛ مترجم: مریم دستوم؛ تهران، زبان مهر، 1391؛ در 168 ص؛ شابک: 9786009007059؛ مترجم: فرزانه عسگری پور؛ تهران، پیام سحر، 1393؛ در 114 ص؛ شابک: 9786009400164؛ مترجم: بیتا ابراهیمی؛ تهران، پنجره، 1394؛ در 176 ص؛ داستان در مورد زندگی چهار خواهر - مگی، کتی، بتی و سارا مارچ - است که با الهام از زندگی واقعی نویسنده، با سه خواهرش نوشته شده‌ است. جلد اول، زنان کوچک، به اندازه‌ ای موفق بود، که نوشتن جلد دوم با عنوان «همسران خوب» را موجب شد. ا. شربیانی

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dottie

    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 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 more things change, the more they stay the same. Nov 2008/Dec 2008 rereading for the ??th time. Reading my Centennial Edition -- priced at $5.95 in 1968 -- pretty amusing that. I believe I bought this book second hand which surprises me as I thought I'd splurged and bought it the minute it was out -- perhaps in a fit of being good, I'd refrained and later bought this used copy to appease my Little Woman penchant retroactively. Only 156 pages in and I'm as thoroughly hooked as always. Something peaceful about this story, speaks to me in a very profound manner. A bit of treacle is apparent but the story's truths are also as apparent as ever.

  9. 5 out of 5

    AMEERA

    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

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zoë

    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 2015 I 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 i 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 2015 I 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).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    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. 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 it is dated, but Little Women will always have a place in our hearts, in our homes, and in the World's libraries. PS: I rewrote this review on 11/29/2016, in honor of her 184th birthday, and my birthday that I share with her, just with a slightly smaller number.

  12. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    i've never witnessed a ship of mine get sunk so tragically, how dare you ms. alcott (ง •_•)ง RTC ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 •̀_•́)ง RTC ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Annalisa

    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 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 she is quirky, clumsy, and bold while meaning well and therefore not prime marriage material show prime female qualities for today of intelligence, wit, and assertiveness. So you see, the characteristics that are supposed to endear me annoy me and the ones I'm supposed to find sympathy for, I relate to. I couldn't finish the book. I tried, but it was too much like homework. Plus it bothers me that (view spoiler)[Jo rejects Laurie and that little diva Amy catches him with the shallow characteristics of her looks when he is way too good for her. Maybe I'm tainted with the image of Christian Bale in my head, but I still think Jo would have made such a better companion to him (hide spoiler)] . So I didn't even have motivation to wade through boredom to read a conclusion that upset me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shovelmonkey1

    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 boo 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 I thought, "What the hell I'll give it a go". Man oh man what an epic snooze fest. Less than twenty pages in I could feel my mind slowly shutting down. Was it through boredom? Or was I entering a diabetic coma because of the saccharine overload created by the sickly sweet world of Margaret, Jo, Beth and Amy? Anyway to avoid succumbing to said coma I threw the book as far away from me as I could and then chucked a blanket over it to ensure that I wouldn't be effected by the mind numbing dullness being exuded from between the covers. I know that I risk howls of outrage at this lambasting of a much loved classic but this ticked no boxes for me. I am clearly dead inside.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    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, 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, independent female characters, inevitably they always end up having to rely on men or indeed other women in order to survive within the narrative. There was no clear and concise plot, just a bunch of little stories that all fit together in a relevant manner, but altogether it was pretty much a huge heap of Nothing Happened. I liked the differences of the sisters, but found their outward appearance-differences rather far-fetched and they didn't seem to look like sisters in my mind, nor did their personalities really shine through as being particularly familial. In fact, it felt more as if they were just friends and not sisters and I didn't see any of the sibling love as anything but friendship. I also didn't like how they were very different to each other, as if none of them shared even one particular trait, or indeed any similar hobby or desire. I think it'd be fair to say that this is a definite children's tale, though perhaps quite the preachy kind. I disagree it's one you can only really enjoy if you read it as a child, however, because there are plenty of children's books that are just as enjoyable for the first time as an adult. Little Women had never actually struck me as a book to ever be read anyway, and it was mostly just a get-it-out-of-the-way kind of read. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    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 l 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 library and stare at this book through the glass self. Understanding Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy is an experience in itself. Having read Little Women is so precious a feeling for me, that words fail to explain. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read classics!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Terrington

    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 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 at the age of ten. Maybe something in my childish mind told me that independent and restrained elegance in female characters was something to be admired when it could be created in fiction - when I say restrained elegance I mean the wisdom of modesty. Something about the girls - Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy - appealed to me, something told me that they were well crafted characters. Who can explain why any fictional book touches anyone? Who can define how we class things such as quality or beauty? It seems to be something subconscious, something picked up both culturally and individually. To me, Little Women was, and because of fond memories still is, a work of pure art. It has its rough patches no doubt but it kept drawing me back in with the tales of women discovering their paths in life and ultimately a romance. Some might find this an overly sympathetic or sappy book. I'm not here to say it isn't. But it touched me in a particular way and that is what I'm hear to state. Think of me as someone who has had an experience with a novel - for it is the nature of humanity to aim to share experience. I'll always describe myself as a romantic at heart, in the sense that I'm an idealist, that I hold to ideals and to the belief that people can be better. Age and time have perhaps developed me into more of a cynical idealist but a part of me is strongly romantic deep down. It is the poetic side of me, the writer side of me, the side that wants to break free of conventions and try to find the words to explain what I so clumsily cannot. It is that part of me that was awakened by such literature as this - I must admit that delving into something like Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret might have stunted such development however. Somewhere in a distant time a copy of Little Women floats. It has paper browned through the constant touching of grubby little fingers; pages crumpled and worn with regular turning (or heaven forbid - leaving it with the spine open on a chair); and there are unidentifiable food stains on several pages. It may not have been the greatest of copies, certainly nothing extraordinary about it, but it was my copy. And it was a copy well loved. And it was the extra love that added an aura of romance and a boundless love to it. And it is to this image, lost in the vortex of space and time, that I return to when I think of this novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emer

    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 be 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 about 8 years old when first I read this.... and fell head over heels in love with everything about Little Women. I wanted to be Jo March. Heck I still do!!!!!!!! She's one of those literary characters that I would invite to my imaginary dinner party for all time fav fictional characters. Oh how I wanted to live in her house with all her wonderful sisters. The noise, the joy, the fun... And I wanted Laurie to live next door to me. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!!! #FirstEverBookBoyfriend And darling sweet Beth....gaaaaaahhhh much and all as I love Jo (and thought I was Jo in my head as a little kid) I knew there was a lot of Beth in me. That quietness, the love for home life and family, the love for sitting contentedly playing the piano, the less than glowing healthy glow(!!)... Of course she was eminently more patient and kind than I could ever hope to be, and so in many ways Beth was quite the role model to me growing up. It's a bit like how I love Fanny Price from Mansfield Park ...both characters could be construed as being too quiet or pious even but I always loved that about them. I loved that uncomplicated part of their personalities as there is so much to be admired in keeping things simple and just treating everyone with kindness. Jo might be the star of the show with her forthright mind and joie de vivre but Beth should never be discounted!! I feel inclined to launch into this song right now....Bette Midler??? Wind Beneath My Wings??? BEACHES *wails* Oh that film STILL rips me apart!!!! *tears up* BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!! Oh Jo and Beth and Meg and Amy.......*sigh* and this beautiful book. THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! ASDFGHJKL!!!!!!!!!!! I can't put an exact number on how many times I read it. I'm sure I read it at least five times a year if not more while I was still a child and have continued my rereads long into adulthood. And when, soon after reading Little Women, I discovered the sequel Good Wives in a second hand sale, and then discovered even more sequels with copies of Little Men and Jo's Boys in my local library.... oh you couldn't even begin to imagine how much my happiness could not be contained! Little Women is the perfect book for young girls to read. There are many life lessons to be found within its pages but above all there is strength of character and heapfuls of childhood joys! I only hope that it'll bring as much happiness and comfort to future readers as it has given to me over the years. five stars and my heart forever

  20. 5 out of 5

    Helene Jeppesen

    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 disappoint 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 disappointments equally balanced, and it made me long to read even more about the four sisters (which part one didn't necessarily do). This is a beautiful, moralizing story that we can all learn from. It speaks of how the world would be a much better place if we all lives according to Mrs. March's beliefs and education, and it makes for a wonderful story on growing up and being part of a family.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    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 exp 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 experience. I didn't expect this to be as poignant and whimsical as it was and each of the nostalgic adventures recounted had me feeling like an honorary March sister, so inclusive was the style of writing and the lovable nature of the characters within. Each of these tales had a moralistic edge that made this suitable for younger readers, but not off-putting to an older or modern-day readership. I whole-heartedly enjoyed this, and the warm, fuzzy feelings it evoked, and am glad I have revisited something so special.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    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 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 reaction to it, love of the first half, and I pretty much hated the last half. Beth's death made me cry, and I loathed sad books passionately, but most of all I loathed Professor Bhaer, for two reasons. The minor one was that he was ugly and forty, which was utterly disgusting to me, as my grandparents then were in their forties. Euw! But the real reason I felt utterly betrayed by Alcott was because my own limited experience laid a palimpsest over the story, distorting Alcott's meaning. Well, but even if I hadn't been twitted by the well-meaning adults in my life to stop writing silly fairy tales and concentrate on Real Life if I must scribble stories, I could not have taken her meaning, as my lack of life experience was exactly what she was talking about in those scenes. I read the book again at another period of my life when I probably shouldn't have, as the sorrowful parts overshadowed the rest. Then I recently reread it, and hey, it was a completely different book from the one I'd read as a kid. Funny, that, how much a text changes over the decades. To me, that is the sign of a great book. The first thing I noticed was the humorous skill of the narrator, who sometimes, in true nineteenth century fashion, comes right out and talks to the reader, then vanishes again, and lets the characters talk and think for themselves. I saw this time how skillfully Alcott set up Amy's and Laurie's romance. How splendidly Alcott painted Laurie's and Jo's friendship, and her courage in maintaining that hey, a man and a woman really can be good buddies. Yeah, Laurie goes through some heart-pangs, but he gets over it, and finally gets some emotional growth while being thwarted for the first time in a life of getting pretty much what he wanted all the time. There were occasional falters that showed the author's hand. Like I found it hard to believe that Laurie, as a teenage boy, would moralize quite so much over Meg prinking at her first party. I could totally see him being uncomfortable, but that's a small thing. As a kid I'd been bored stiff by Amy's and Laurie's courtship, but this time, I loved the images of Europe, and appreciated how skillfully Alcott had brought the two through the years to their shared delights. I found their courtship one of the strengths of the book. And then there was Professor Bhaer. The scene where he rejoices in Jo's giving up her writing after her humiliation over his opinion of trashy stories that I took as such a betrayal as a teen read utterly differently to me now. What he resented was Jo pandering to the modern taste for sex, violence, and melodrama, especially when she knew so little about sex and violence. Jo was perpetrating cliches, empty calories, because it was easy money, and he thought she could do better. I had to laugh when I recollected that not so long ago I critiqued a teenage-written manuscript, suggesting that that writing about forty-year-old married people might wait until more was known about what marriage actually meant. What I had taken as a tween (because sex went right over my head) was that Professor Bhaer was anti-fantasy. Wrongo, but I didn't have the life experience to see where he was going about lack of life experience. As for his being forty, that seems to have been a nineteenth century tic. Hello Mr. Knightley! And not just in fiction--just a couple days ago I was reading Horatio Nelson's dispatches. In winter of 1800 he is smirking about Sir John Acton, well into his sixties, marrying his thirteen year old niece. Smirking, not exclaiming in horror and disgust, the way we would now. In short, Jo and the Professor's romance took on all the charm that had completely passed me by. Meanwhile there were all the old scenes I'd remembered so well, still funny, and poignant, and beautiful. Alcott does get preachy, but she's aware of it; at one point, after encouraging young people not to make fun of spinsters, she gets on with the story after wondering if her audience has fallen asleep during her little homily. These homilies all point toward love as well as acceptance, faith as well as resignation. Caring for one's fellow-being, whether it be a poor person, as the dying Beth made little gifts for poverty-stricken children and dropped them out of the window just to see smiling faces. There is so much beauty in this book, and so much appreciation of beauty, as well as illustration of many shades of love. It was also interesting to get visual overlays, for last autumn I'd visited Orchard House, where May (Amy) had drawn all over the walls in her room and a couple of other rooms, carefully preserved, where Jo's room was full of books, overlooking the garden; between two tall windows was the writing desk her father had made for her. Beth's piano. You could feel wisps of the love the family had for one another, which Alcott had put into the book, along with her personal struggles to be a better person; she gave her alter ego, Jo, a happier ending than she actually managed to get. (And though she didn't know it at the time, a happier ending for her artist sister May, as well.) I won't wait so long for my next reread.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Updated 8/26/2016 - Update at end So, 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 can see why it is a classic and enjoyed by many. My Updated 8/26/2016 - Update at end So, 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 can see why it is a classic and enjoyed by many. My confusion is this. I am only about 50% of the way through my audio copy of Little Women. As I was posting my status update last night I was noticing some comments that led me to believe I am now in what is considered the second book "Good Wives". My audiobook does not say anything, other than that I am in Part 2. In doing some research, I found that frequently audiobooks combine the first two books. My goal was only to read Little Women, so if I am truly in book 2, I am ready to stop. See spoiler for details about where I am: (view spoiler)[Meg just got married, and it is my understanding that is how Good Wives starts (hide spoiler)] Update: So, I did finish part two (Good Wives). It definitely had a different feel. Almost like Little Women was meant to be read by 8 to 12 year olds and Good Wives was meant to be read by 12 to 19 year olds. While my star rating did not change, I did like getting a chance to "finish" the story of the little women. It felt like there was less filler, and that was either because there was, or because I was getting used to the writing and the story. I probably would have rated this higher if it was the type of book I would normally be into. But, I am glad that I now have this classic under my belt!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tea Jovanović

    Knjiga moje mladosti :) Ah, kako smo je svi gutali :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cecily

    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 things, and other girls to have nothing at all.'" 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 things, and other girls to have nothing at all.'" Despite this, they are virtuous and generous girls (albeit, each has a little quirk: Jo is a tomboy, Amy a bit prim etc). If that doesn't tug at the heart strings enough, it is peppered with sentimentality, such as "Very few letters were written in those hard times that were not touching, especially those which fathers sent home." and "Tell us another story, mother; one with a moral". Too much cheese/saccharine for my taste, so I gave up 1/3 of the way through. The book is of its time (Victorian), but, perhaps because it was written for young adults, there is a simplicity of language and structure that exacerbates the self-conscious self-righteousness of it. It lacks the depth, breadth and moral grey areas of more adult writers of the time, such as Dickens. That may be an unfair comparison, as he was writing for a different audience, but it nevertheless reflects my reaction.

  26. 4 out of 5

    TS

    my ship sank to Dead Sea levels and now im salty af 3.5 stars? 4 stars? who knows? all I know is that im deleting chapter 46 and while we're at it I might as well also delete chapters 35, 40 and 41 so please do me all a favour and rip out those chapters from your copies thanks mini-review to come maaaaaaaaaaaybe ----- we're just going to ignore the fact that I already have a classic on my 'currently reading' shelf and that it's been there for about 2 months buddy read with the founder of the 'we my ship sank to Dead Sea levels and now im salty af 3.5 stars? 4 stars? who knows? all I know is that im deleting chapter 46 and while we're at it I might as well also delete chapters 35, 40 and 41 so please do me all a favour and rip out those chapters from your copies thanks mini-review to come maaaaaaaaaaaybe ----- we're just going to ignore the fact that I already have a classic on my 'currently reading' shelf and that it's been there for about 2 months buddy read with the founder of the 'we love coffee' fanclub >:)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    Little Women is the story of March girls - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and spans from their teens to adulthood, matrimony and motherhood. Modeled after her family, Alcott weaves a charming story with a truthful and accurate account of human characters and human relationships. This realistic approach so sincerely done has captured the hearts of millions of readers across the globe and throughout centuries to become one of the most enduring classics. These four sisters are very different from each other Little Women is the story of March girls - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and spans from their teens to adulthood, matrimony and motherhood. Modeled after her family, Alcott weaves a charming story with a truthful and accurate account of human characters and human relationships. This realistic approach so sincerely done has captured the hearts of millions of readers across the globe and throughout centuries to become one of the most enduring classics. These four sisters are very different from each other. But the sisterly love and the family bond which is firmly instilled in their hearts by their wise and kind mother makes them close and united. The girls are not perfect; they have their virtues as well as flaws. But the readers fall in love with them because they feel real. Their characters develop through the book and once carefree girls become responsible and dutiful “little women”. I first read this in my teens and loved Jo more than others. Her tomboyish ways resembled me and I found a comrade in her. But this time around, I can safely say that I learned to love them all, though a slight partially still remains for Jo. Although the story mainly revolves around the March girls, Little Women is not a “girlish” book. It is rather a “domestic” book full of morals and life lessons. The insightful advice which are thrown throughout really do benefit the reader of any age. Most of these things were really overlooked in my first read, for I took it for a mere romance. But the depth of the book pleasantly surprised me this time around. In all my love for March girls, I shouldn’t forget their “dashing young neighbour”, Laurie. This headstrong, quick tempered and moody boy really added the much needed male contrast to the dominating female characters. As was with the girls, author takes care to develop Laurie’s character too from the willful boy to a patient and responsible young man. In my first read, I was disappointed that Laurie and Jo were not united as I hoped. But after this read I feel Alcott did right by coupling Laurie with Amy and Jo with Professor Bhaer. Overall I believe Alcott matched the couples well taking in to consideration their vibrant personalities. With its beautiful prose, charming story, realistic and compelling characters, Little Women is a complete work in itself. Even with my disappointment, I remember liking this book very much. However, this second read clearly showed what a rare piece of classic this book is; and I couldn’t help but to fall in love with it deeply and dearly.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashwood (애쉬 우드).

    Awesome book!! I love Amy and Laurance

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    A classic! The book and movie both did me in... Tears!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    It was only in retrospect that I realized just how much of a formative influence « Little Women » had on me. I was first exposed to the story when I was ten years old: I watched the movie starring Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon with my mom, and immediately begged her to get me a copy of the book. I have re-read it a few times since, and I felt compelled to pick it up again after visiting Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote the book, during a trip to Massachusetts a couple of weeks ago It was only in retrospect that I realized just how much of a formative influence « Little Women » had on me. I was first exposed to the story when I was ten years old: I watched the movie starring Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon with my mom, and immediately begged her to get me a copy of the book. I have re-read it a few times since, and I felt compelled to pick it up again after visiting Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote the book, during a trip to Massachusetts a couple of weeks ago (if you are ever in that area, that visit is well worth the $10: the house is beautifully preserved, the guides knowledgeable and kind, and the gift shop is mostly books!). For those who don’t already know this, “Little Women” is the semi-autobiographical story of four sisters who grow up in rural Massachusetts during the Civil War, raised by kind but somewhat eccentric and avant-garde parents, who encourage the girls to be strong, independent, educated and to reject conventions if they do not suit them. I hadn’t realized until visiting Orchard House just how autobiographical the book actually is: Alcott changed the sisters’ age, sent the father off to war and invented the character of Laurie from scratch, but the personalities of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy truly reflected that of herself and her sisters – and many of their “adventures” were based on real events. I only wished she had included more about her parents, who were truly fascinating human beings who definitely deserved a book all of their own, but alas. The March are an impoverished genteel family; as Mr. March is off to fight in the Civil War, the mother and two eldest daughters must work to help the household makes ends meet. The story opens on the family’s first Christmas without their father, and takes the reader through the following few years and their developing friendship with their neighbors the Laurences, their work to help the other families around them going through hard times, Meg’s love life and early years of marriage, Jo’s insatiable need for freedom, fragile Beth’s decline and Amy’s transformation from a vain and silly girl into a talented artist. It can seem at first glance, like those characters are pretty stereotypical, but if you look closely, I find that they are much more thoughtfully drawn than simple stock figures, as they change and grow, revealing new aspects of themselves as events unfold. They each have their own strengths and faults, and learn to balance them better so that they would always be their own person, in the very best way they could. The four girls also represent different aspects of femininity, and you never get the sense that Alcott held one to be better than the others: she understood not all women were the same or wanted the same thing, and it looks to me like she thought that was OK, and that they were all equaly deserving of support and respect. Fancy that! Children stories written in that era were almost always framed to be moralistic tales, and Alcott embraced that tradition, probably influenced by her father Bronson, who was an educator and an activist. Sure, the little vignettes chronicling the March sisters’ teenage years can sounds a bit preachy and goodie two-shoe, but is it really a bad thing to try and instill values of hard work, kindness, charity and independence to young girls? Is this a better example to give them than stories about princesses perpetually waiting for princes to save them? I certainly thought so when I first read it, and I still think so now! What was so refreshing to me about “Little Women”, even as a young teenager, was that these girls grow and make lives for themselves by facing hardship and learning to deal with it and turn it into a good thing – as opposed to (what I apparently once dubbed) “clumsy” Disney princesses who lose their shoes all over the place or prick their fingers on sharp things and then sit there waiting for a douchebag on a horse to help them get it together. I never looked up to princesses, but I’ve always looked up to the March sisters - especially when things got tough. I do admit, however, that I could do without the occasional religiosity, but whatever; those were more pious days. Besides, let’s be honest: their Christianity is much softer and kind than most, as it teaches the characters to be non-judgmental, kind to others and to work on bettering themselves. I can get behind that… Re-reading it now, different things that I did not really perceive when I was younger strike me. The unwavering support the March family gives each other, always willing to help, sacrifice for and forgive each other almost broke my heart, as I realized I loved this aspect because of how much I wish I had grown up in such a family. Jo’s rejection of an easy and expected union, and her holding out for someone who gives her the intellectual stimulation and freedom to be herself that she craves also filled me with joy; the perfect partner is not always whom we expect it will be, but they are always worth the wait. I’ve heard a lot of negative comments about the way Alcott handled romantic relationships in this story, and I can’t completely disagree with the criticism, but I do take it with a grain of salt: Alcott herself died an affirmed spinster, and frequently said she never really had much interest in men, so there was obviously no personal experience on which she could draw for inspiration, and I can’t find it in myself to fault her for that. Then I think of Jane Austen, who also never married and constantly wrote stories about falling in love because it had never happened for her, and I decided that no matter how much fun Austen can be, I find Alcott's resolution of the love triangle just as believable as any Austen match. This book will always have a special place in my heart; I will probably find pleasure in reading it for many more years. I understand why some people can’t read past its edifying tone and anecdotal format, but I think it’s a great classic everyone should pick up at least once. And if you really can’t stomach the quaintness, there are plenty of non-fiction books about the Alcotts that are absolutely fascinating!

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