Louisa May Alcott shares the innocence of girlhood and the warmth of sisterhood in this charming tale of four sisters. Responding to the need for a girls book, the little known writer was met with unexpected fame and fortune for this novel inspired by her own childhood. In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, ...
Louisa May Alcott shares the innocence of girlhood and the warmth of sisterhood in this charming tale of four sisters. Responding to the need for a girls book, the little known writer was met with unexpected fame and fortune for this novel inspired by her own childhood. In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy are responsible for keeping a home while their father is off to war. At the same time, they must come to terms with their individual personalities and make the transition from girlhood to womanhood. It can all be quite a challenge. But the March sisters, however different, are nurtured by their wise and beloved Marmee, bound by their love for each other and the feminine strength they share. Readers of all ages have fallen instantly in love with these "Little Women." Their story transcends time making this novel endure as a classic piece of American literature that has captivated generations of readers with their charm, innocence, and wistful insights. With an Introduction by Regina Bareccaand an Afterword by Susan Straight"
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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