"Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault." The classic children's story about four sisters coming of age and discovering romance and adventure during the American Civil War. It's Christmas Eve in the March household, but this will be a Christmas like no other: their father is away ...
"Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault." The classic children's story about four sisters coming of age and discovering romance and adventure during the American Civil War. It's Christmas Eve in the March household, but this will be a Christmas like no other: their father is away fighting in the American Civil War and the March sisters and their mother must try to make ends meet until their father returns. Although life can be hard, and times are tough, Little Women is an extraordinary story of triumph over adversity, recounting in exquisite detail, the lives, loves, trials and triumphs of these four very different sisters. The stories of Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg have charmed readers over 5 generations and joins the ranks of The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Anne of Green Gables as a genuine coming of age classic. One of the best books for children aged 7 and up. Louisa May Alcott is one of America's most beloved writers. Her best known novel is Little Women, the semi autobiographical account of her childhood with her two sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Two sequels followed: Little Men and Jo's Boys. Louisa May's other novels include The Inheritence, Eight Cousins, and Rose in Bloom.
I love reading this book around the holidays. My mom got me hooked on the movie as a child but the book is even better!
Apr 15, 2011
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Aug 8, 2008
This book is sweet, but perhaps a trifle unrealistic. Except for a few incidents, the sisters seem to get along perfectly with one another, and for that matter, with their mother, who they almost never argue or find fault with, elevating her to what appears to be a somewhat god-like status in the house. Coming from a house of four girls myself, I have to say that Alcott's potrayal of family life is overly simplistic and a bit annoying. It would be nice if everyone was as perfect in real life as they are in her little world, but that's just not the case. If sticky-sweet, gushy family scenes don't bug you, then you might enjoy this book.
Jun 25, 2008
A heartwarming account (loosely based on the author's life) of four sisters growing up absent a father during the Civil War era. Their strong-willed mother teaches them to be moral and kind, independent thinkers and advocates for women's rights. Mostly it is a story of family life, squabbles between sisters, the growth of the girls' characters as they approach womanhood and marriage and Jo's aspirations to be a writer. The characterization is wonderful, the morality lessons are tastefully presented and the tragedy and triumphs of this family has touched many hearts and made this book a classic.
Apr 4, 2008
It's a good read, but Alcott gets downright preachy about morals and so forth, rather than letting her characters make her points.
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