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Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in mid-nineteenth-century New England.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781402714580
ISBN-10: 1402714580
Format: Hardback
(200mm x 155mm x 48mm)
Pages: 526
Imprint: Sterling Juvenile
Publisher: Sterling Juvenile
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Reviewed by (13 May 2012)

Little Women is the first novel by Louisa May Alcott, written in 1868, and the first of the Little Women series. The story involves the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, their mother, Marmee, their neighbour, Laurie and his tutor, Mr Brooke, and is set at the time of the Civil War. Their father, Mr March, is away ministering at the war and his absence looms large for the family, whose circumstances are much reduced due to an unwise investment some years ago. Mrs March works dispensing charity to the poor and those affected by the war and does her best to hold together her family; sixteen-year-old Meg, who remembers how is was when they were better off and loves fine things, works as a governess, teaching the King girls; fifteen-year-old Jo, a budding writer, is employed as a companion for the formidable Aunt March; shy, thirteen-year-old Beth, the musical sister, helps at home while eleven-year-old wilful Amy, whose vocation is art, attends school. While the first chapter introduces a family that seem sickeningly good, each character soon enough becomes human, flawed and likeable for their individual faults and charms. As the war, penury and scarlet fever impact on their lives, each of the March girls has her own trials, faces challenges, learns lessons about vanity, selfishness, anger, change and love from the events of life and matures during the course of the twelve months over which the novel is set. The lessons may seem simplistic, but perhaps these were simpler times. After some time ago reading March, the excellent novel by Geraldine Brooks about the absent March father, I resolved to reread this novel. With only the vaguest of memories of the last reading, the plot and characters seemed relatively fresh. This very enjoyable and thought-provoking read now spurs me on to read Good Wives, and back to reread March.

Book Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Reviewed by (03 Jun 2011)

A thoughtful, moralistic contemplative novel by a world'renowned classic author, Louisa May Alcott. Four young women are growing up in a European society, experiencing love, hate, passion, and most of all, the importance of family and close friends. With their dad off in the war, the growing women struggle with life and their middle-class situation. Their mother tries her best to teach her children how to live a proper life, yet it is hard work for the entire family to cope. As disaster after disaster happens to the young people, they build on their personality and become resilient, determined young women. A great read for all those who love classics, being a contemplative novel, it is nevertheless also appealing to those just starting to peer at classics, since it has 'action' and a strong plot.


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