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This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women, Good Wives and the sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. The first part of Little This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women, Good Wives and the sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. The first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (1868), is a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives (1869), followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages. Little Men (1871) detailed Jo's life at the Plumfield School that she founded with her husband Professor Bhaer at the conclusion of Part Two of Little Women. And Jo's Boys (1886) completed the "March Family Saga". Alcott made women’s rights integral to her stories, and her fiction became her “most important feminist contribution” — even considering all the efforts Alcott made to help facilitate women’s rights during her lifetime.


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This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women, Good Wives and the sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. The first part of Little This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women, Good Wives and the sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. The first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (1868), is a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives (1869), followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages. Little Men (1871) detailed Jo's life at the Plumfield School that she founded with her husband Professor Bhaer at the conclusion of Part Two of Little Women. And Jo's Boys (1886) completed the "March Family Saga". Alcott made women’s rights integral to her stories, and her fiction became her “most important feminist contribution” — even considering all the efforts Alcott made to help facilitate women’s rights during her lifetime.

30 review for The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys: The Beloved Classics of American Literature: The coming-of-age series ... experiences with her three sisters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I read Little Women several times as a child and then went on to read the rest of Alcott’s children’s novels, so I will count this volume as completely read, though I’ve only reread Little Women as an adult. My impetus for doing so was at the invitation of Anne Boyd Rioux to join a small group to discuss the novel. When I started Little Women last month, I was struck by a couple of things I wouldn't have known as a child, even a child reading this for the first time in the early 1970s. First, the I read Little Women several times as a child and then went on to read the rest of Alcott’s children’s novels, so I will count this volume as completely read, though I’ve only reread Little Women as an adult. My impetus for doing so was at the invitation of Anne Boyd Rioux to join a small group to discuss the novel. When I started Little Women last month, I was struck by a couple of things I wouldn't have known as a child, even a child reading this for the first time in the early 1970s. First, the young Jo reads to me now as a precursor of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and maybe even Frankie from The Member of the Wedding. Second, though Alcott purposely borrows from Pilgrim’s Progress, there is an obvious influence from Dickens, not just with the sisters forming a Pickwick Club but also in relation to theme and style. As not too far down the road, I would become a Dickens fan, I wonder if reading Alcott paved that way for me. I'm currently rereading Nicholas Nickleby with another group and, having it in mind, I’m thinking Jo’s progressive ideas for her school for boys may have been Alcott’s response to Yorkshire-type schools. (Though, of course, her main influence for this new type of school had to have been her father Bronson.) I have no clue as to what my reaction would be to this book if I hadn’t absorbed it as a child, so my childhood five-stars remain. Even Alcott wearied of writing “moral pap for the young” (her words), but there was a family to bring out of poverty, something at which her father was hopeless, as he apparently was meant for more transcendental things. (Yet even the Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, a family friend, was more of a support for the Alcott family.) I don’t remember what I thought of the moralizing sections when I was a child—I’m guessing not much, if anything at all, as they would’ve fit with my Catholic-school upbringing—but what’s interesting to me now is what Alcott was able to slip in within the sentiment, including a bold reference to a "quadroon" boy and her attempt to debunk stereotypes about spinsters (she may have felt ‘forced’ to marry off her alter-ego Jo, but Alcott herself remained single). This edition is not the one I read as a child. This Little Women is comprised of the original separate editions of the two parts, which were combined about ten years later (in 1880) into one volume: at that time the publishers made revisions Alcott probably didn’t want and wasn't involved in, congratulating themselves on those changes being what boosted sales. From what I remember of my childhood readings, these alterations must’ve been heavier in the Second Part of Little Women than in the First, but that's just a guess. * April 25: I suppose there might've been several good reasons I didn't reread Little Men as a child, and not just that I didn't own the book, as my adult reread of this did not go nearly as well as my recent reread of Little Women. Though there are welcome instances of humor, racial equality and gender reversals (a new boy at the school is referred to in a completely positive way as the "daughter" of the Bhaers), there are probably too many characters for any one to make an impression and that includes Nan, a reincarnation of Jo. But my main issue was with the interminable moralizing, more heavy-handed in this volume than in Little Women, though I forgive Alcott as I know she wrote this to fulfill a demand in order to support her fatherless nephews. * May 30: My reread of Jo's Boys was a much better experience than my reread of Little Men (see paragraph above), the only botheration for me in this final volume of the March family being with so much 'telling-rather-than-showing'. The confrontation of social issues, such as the rights of women and Native Americans, was very welcome, as were the rather dark adventures of two of the "boys".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicy

    This was so so lovely!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen F

    I hadn't read Little Women since I was about 12 (I read it multiple times when I was young.) It was surprising how much I had committed to heart! There were the same wonderful characters, scrapes and romances; but on this more mature reading of the book, what struck me most was the overwhelmingly moral tone. It didn't bother me as much when I was 12 and still in religion/CCD class; but in my late 30s it made me stumble a bit. (Marmee would definitely kick my ass if she lived now. I am a COMPLETE I hadn't read Little Women since I was about 12 (I read it multiple times when I was young.) It was surprising how much I had committed to heart! There were the same wonderful characters, scrapes and romances; but on this more mature reading of the book, what struck me most was the overwhelmingly moral tone. It didn't bother me as much when I was 12 and still in religion/CCD class; but in my late 30s it made me stumble a bit. (Marmee would definitely kick my ass if she lived now. I am a COMPLETE sinner.) The revelation in this Library of America edition was the supplementation with the two sequels to Little Women: Little Men and Jo's Boys. Jo's Boys reveals more about the author's views of the world than the other two: in it emerge pretty strong messages about womens' education, suffrage, class equality, etc. Louisa May Alcott was a complete feminist, and it was a thing of joy to read such strong views in print. It was a wonderful contrast from Little Women, with all of its messages about benign domesticity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    YALL. THIS is LITERATURE!!!! oh my goodness. the most ROMANTIC scene in all of literature 😭😭😭 AND, I must say, at the beginning, I had trouble getting through. the storytelling was slow and I could tell it was written for a younger audience. I thought, “how am I ever going to make it through 777 pages of this???” but LET ME TELL YOU, I would read 777 pages MORE!!!! the sentences - BREATHTAKING. the vocabulary children must have had in 1868???? I had to look up so many words. but I just.... wow. YALL. THIS is LITERATURE!!!! oh my goodness. the most ROMANTIC scene in all of literature 😭😭😭 AND, I must say, at the beginning, I had trouble getting through. the storytelling was slow and I could tell it was written for a younger audience. I thought, “how am I ever going to make it through 777 pages of this???” but LET ME TELL YOU, I would read 777 pages MORE!!!! the sentences - BREATHTAKING. the vocabulary children must have had in 1868???? I had to look up so many words. but I just.... wow. so wholesome. so genuine. so TRUE. so AUTHENTICALLY feminine. I can’t get enough. I was so sad it was over. you did it, Louisa May. I mean, you really, really did. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. 5 out of 5

    Merritt

    Read all of these. Little Women is my favorite, Little Men is sweet, and Jo's Boys is wonderful, but very sad.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Streed

    I've read Little Women and Jo's Boys out of this series, but my favorite one is Little Women. I read Little Women for the first time during grade school and always can come back to this book for something new. I found a little bit of myself in all 4 March women and was able to relate to the sister relationship shown in this book. I like this book because it pictures the March girls over time, the good and bad times that they go through, and I always come to the conclusion that what is the end of I've read Little Women and Jo's Boys out of this series, but my favorite one is Little Women. I read Little Women for the first time during grade school and always can come back to this book for something new. I found a little bit of myself in all 4 March women and was able to relate to the sister relationship shown in this book. I like this book because it pictures the March girls over time, the good and bad times that they go through, and I always come to the conclusion that what is the end of the world today will be nothing a few years down the road. Furthermore, family is of ultimate importance...if you don't have familial support, what do you have?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I love these books. There is so much in them. The hard choices that the family must make, their strong commitment to each other, the various paths taken by each of the girls - this series has real depth and describes the many ways that a woman is able to find fulfillment in life. I read it as a parable of true feminism.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kenna

    i read just little women as a child. i'd love to find little men and jo's boys too if i can

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larissa Prates

    I’m not sure how/where to start talking about this book, but I know it’s gonna be a long review. So sit down, Claudia. We’re about to go on a ride. A ~very~ emotional one. I’ve known about this book for years now. It is a cinematography success since the 1930’s, but as always, I refused watching ANYTHING even related to that just because I wanted to read the book first. Again, as always, I never actually ended up reading the books on that particular list. It took me the recent movie with Emma Wa I’m not sure how/where to start talking about this book, but I know it’s gonna be a long review. So sit down, Claudia. We’re about to go on a ride. A ~very~ emotional one. I’ve known about this book for years now. It is a cinematography success since the 1930’s, but as always, I refused watching ANYTHING even related to that just because I wanted to read the book first. Again, as always, I never actually ended up reading the books on that particular list. It took me the recent movie with Emma Watson to bring back the name to my radar, one of my dearest friends (who’s constantly rereading it) talk about it repeatedly for 3 years (the same amount of time we know each other), the Rory Gilmore reading challenge come to my attention (it’s one of the books on her list), AND a book club meeting to actually take the book from the “want to read” shelf to the “currently reading” shelf. Don’t get me wrong, I was not resisting to the reading, I am just the second most forgetful person I know. Well, the date for the meeting was settled, it was my birthday month, so my friend (the one who’s obsessed with this book) bought me this GORGEOUS copy of the book. I fell in love right there, and on the same day it arrived in my house I started reading. My heart ~quite literally~ MELTED. I mean it and I can prove it. By page 50 I was already crying. I was already fully immerse in the story, I already LOVED all characters, and I missed them ALL DAY LONG. I would take the book wherever I went, place it next to me and look at it from 15 to 15 minutes while I worked. I remember thinking “God, I WISH I had a break today so I could spend the day reading Little Women”. Yep, I’m this kind of person. I read it consistently every night before going to bed for a month and a week. I took this amount of time not because it’s a big book, but because I could not see myself without the company of Jo, Meg, Amy, Beth, Laurie, Marmee and Mr. March, Hannah and old Laurence. However, if you keep reading, the book is bound to come to an end. And it did. And what an ending. Tears. Lots of them. If I write a review, I will rarely talk about the way the author writes, or moments in the story I thought was best, or analyze the technical settings, the characters, the flow, the issues, etc. I will most definitely talk about how the book made me feel. And this book made me feel LOTS of things. There were many sweet emotions and moments I would laugh aloud. Moments I would be so proud of the girls, happy, and even sometimes shout “I LOVE JO” (if you’ve read it, you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, go read it and love Jo as much as I do). Moments I felt pain, and... cried. Like a lot. Moments I was like “NO WAY, THIS CANNOT BE”. Such a simple book. And that’s what I love the most about it. It’s simple. It’s sweet. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s now one of my favorite stories forever and I can’t wait to read it for my children. I wonder how their reactions will be... Anyways -I drifted off a little bit - to conclude my thoughts, apparently my dearest friend was right about the magic in this story. And I will for sure be constantly rereading it just like her!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dino

    I read this series to my kids, aged 9 and 10, over the summer and fall. Even with consistent daily reading it took several months to get through it all. Yet, we didn’t need to take any breaks and often it was me who had to declare a hard stop rather than yield to their pressure to read ‘one more chapter’. They were enraptured by the tales of the March family: Marmee (Mrs. March), father, and their daughters Meg, Amy, Jo and Beth as they are raised in 19th C New England. The girls’ lives are diffi I read this series to my kids, aged 9 and 10, over the summer and fall. Even with consistent daily reading it took several months to get through it all. Yet, we didn’t need to take any breaks and often it was me who had to declare a hard stop rather than yield to their pressure to read ‘one more chapter’. They were enraptured by the tales of the March family: Marmee (Mrs. March), father, and their daughters Meg, Amy, Jo and Beth as they are raised in 19th C New England. The girls’ lives are difficult, and they endure may trials and tribulations on their journey to becoming ‘little women’. As the novel was written in 1862, some of the language has fallen out of use, but I found this endearing as it provides a window into the times. For example, the phrase ‘by and by’ is used to describe an eventuality and ‘capital’ is used to mean excellent. Modern readers may find the book’s moralizing off-putting as the life lessons of the March girls are made explicit rather than left to be drawn out by the reader. But once again, I found this attribute in Alcott’s writing a helpful signpost for placing her writing in the 19th C epoch and for understanding the moral values of the times. The values aspired to by the sisters are rooted in Christianity as the many references to Pilgrim’s Progress make clear. The daughters are raised to work hard, bear the burdens that life puts in their path, resist temptation, and fulfill their duties to their family and husbands. “One discovered that money couldn't keep shame and sorrow out of rich people's houses, another that, though she was poor, she was a great deal happier, with her youth, health, and good spirits, than a certain fretful, feeble old lady who couldn't enjoy her comforts, a third that, disagreeable as it was to help get dinner, it was harder still to go begging for it and the fourth, that even carnelian rings were not so valuable as good behavior. So they agreed to stop complaining, to enjoy the blessings already possessed, and try to deserve them, lest they should be taken away entirely, instead of increased, and I believe they were never disappointed or sorry that they took the old woman's advice." Although the women, especially Jo, are portrayed as strong and independent, there is much to incite the ire of feminists. “woman's happiest kingdom is home, her highest honor the art of ruling it not as a queen, but as a wise wife and mother.” “To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman.” While society has undoubtedly progressed in its treatment of women, not to mention the March family’s black maid, Hannah, in other ways society has regressed. The need to build character and teach our children to live with integrity is no less important in the 21st C than the 19th. In today’s world of Instagram, enduring moral values such as courage, wisdom and temperance have lost sway in favor of self-promotion and the allure of achieving fame. “Have you the patience, courage, strength, to begin at the beginning, and slowly, painfully, lay the foundation for future work? Fame is a pearl many dive for and only a few bring up.” “And looking at them with compassion, not contempt, girls in their bloom should remember that they too may miss the blossom time. That rosy cheeks don't last forever, that silver threads will come in the bonnie brown hair, and that, by-and-by, kindness and respect will be as sweet as love and admiration now.” Besides the moral values imparted, the girls and boys (in Little Men and Jo’s Boys) experience untold adventures, romances, sadness and grief; all the stuff of life. “Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and sad and dreary.” At the end of it all, after all the laughs and tears, you are left with an unshakable feeling of the love and warmth that lies at the center of a family and home. And that feeling, I think, it truly timeless.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I apologize in advance, Little Women lovers. I know I'm rare in saying....meh. I'm still reeling from the rushed ending. I mean--the whole book, Jo and Teddy are besties... then the author even leads us to believe that Jo refuses his proposal due to mistakenly believing her sister Beth loves him. Readers are set up to think THAT's Jo's hurdle. That wrinkle gets slowly ironed out.... And meanwhile Teddy take about 1.5 pages to fall in love with Jo's fussy, fashion-minded, pretentious BABY SISTER?? I apologize in advance, Little Women lovers. I know I'm rare in saying....meh. I'm still reeling from the rushed ending. I mean--the whole book, Jo and Teddy are besties... then the author even leads us to believe that Jo refuses his proposal due to mistakenly believing her sister Beth loves him. Readers are set up to think THAT's Jo's hurdle. That wrinkle gets slowly ironed out.... And meanwhile Teddy take about 1.5 pages to fall in love with Jo's fussy, fashion-minded, pretentious BABY SISTER?? After professing his love for Jo for YEARS (and hundreds of pages)?!? Ummm...I'm sorry, but I can't help thinking: THAT'S JUST WRONG. It's not a plot twist, it's a plot degenerating. A bait and switch. Meanwhile, Mr. Bhaer is introduced and portrayed as this elderly fellow -- like a father figure... and Jo barely thinks of him until the very end of the book when suddenly she discovers she's been longing for him subconsciously for so long -- WHAAAT? The book may as well have ended with Jo marrying her own father. I'm out. I don't understand the strong following for this book. Neat quips, sure. Pollyanna atmosphere, undoubtedly. I laughed and cried, and I do *love* me a good classic -- but this one did not live up to its hype. I feel like the beginning and the ending are two different stories that don't belong together. I take full responsibility for being dimwitted and unable to grasp Alcott's genius.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Em

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Completely engrossed in the classic tellings of Jo and 'her' boys, particularly attached towards her 'firebrand' Dan. So many life experiences and lessons being portrayed. Towards the end, it became a little predictable with characters but still thoroughly enjoyable. Hope there will be film adaptions in completing Alcott's trilogy (only 'little women'that I know of). Little Women (film) only provides a small justice (as films most usually do) to the detail and adventures included in the original Completely engrossed in the classic tellings of Jo and 'her' boys, particularly attached towards her 'firebrand' Dan. So many life experiences and lessons being portrayed. Towards the end, it became a little predictable with characters but still thoroughly enjoyable. Hope there will be film adaptions in completing Alcott's trilogy (only 'little women'that I know of). Little Women (film) only provides a small justice (as films most usually do) to the detail and adventures included in the original book. Many cross references to other literature works. Additionally liked the 'chronology' of Alcott's life (bases own life experiences into trilogy) , 'notes on the texts' (regarding her publication ups-and-downs) and the explanation regarding book materials and design (E.g. 'acid-free paper' and 'woven Ragan cloth' with associated practicalities of each). Loved the ending: "it is a strong temptation to the weary historian to close the present tale with an earthquake.... But as that somewhat melodramatic conclusion might shock my gentle readers, I will refrain, and forestall the usual question, "How did they end?" By briefly stating that....having endeavoured to suit every one by many weddings, few deaths, and as much property as the eternal fitness of things will permit, let the music stop, the lights die out, and the curtain call forever on the March family."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    While I've read Little Women many times, this was my first full reading of Little Men and Jo's Boys. The same humor, tone, and moralistic lessons suffuse both sequels. Little Men, published two years after the second part of Little Women, follows a few years after the events of the previous book with Jo and Professor Bhaer leading their young students at the school established in Plumfield. The cast of characters include the Bhaer's children, Meg's children, Amy and Laurie's daughter, as well as While I've read Little Women many times, this was my first full reading of Little Men and Jo's Boys. The same humor, tone, and moralistic lessons suffuse both sequels. Little Men, published two years after the second part of Little Women, follows a few years after the events of the previous book with Jo and Professor Bhaer leading their young students at the school established in Plumfield. The cast of characters include the Bhaer's children, Meg's children, Amy and Laurie's daughter, as well as a number of boys from the community who the Bhaers take in. I didn't enjoy Little Men quite as much as either of the other two books: there's not much of a plot, rather a series of mishaps and capers strung together - plus, I'd prefer to read about four sisters than a rabble of boys :-). The third book in the March trilogy, Jo's Boys, takes place ten years after Little Men (but published 15 years later, less than two years before Alcott's death), when most of the titular boys are leaving the nest, exploring the world, and graduating from college. It all ends quite tidily and perfect, in a way Alcott might not have chosen 20 years earlier when she first wrote Little Women, but may have been a much-needed balm in imagining the fictionalized version of her family happy and well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I would give Little Women ten stars if I could! I haven’t loved a book this much in so long. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it until now. I was so drawn in by the lives of the March family that I didn’t want this book to end—I know it’ll become a frequent reread for me. It’s a wonderful story about family bonds and sisterhood and finding the good in life, despite hardships. I know Amy is often painted as the villain, but she and Jo were equally my favorite characters for different reasons. *Spoil I would give Little Women ten stars if I could! I haven’t loved a book this much in so long. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it until now. I was so drawn in by the lives of the March family that I didn’t want this book to end—I know it’ll become a frequent reread for me. It’s a wonderful story about family bonds and sisterhood and finding the good in life, despite hardships. I know Amy is often painted as the villain, but she and Jo were equally my favorite characters for different reasons. *Spoilers* In the 90’s film version, I was devastated when Jo and Laurie didn’t end up together. It was so nice to finally read the book, though, and see the romantic relationships in a new light. I absolutely adore Amy and Laurie together and wouldn’t have had the story end any other way. Their romance is well developed and makes so much sense. It’s definitely swoon-worthy, too. I’m officially an Amy/Laurie stan and no one can change my mind about this! 😂😍

  15. 5 out of 5

    April Lucero

    I initially read this book because I saw the 1994 adaptation and thought the plot was really refreshing. While reading this book I truly felt like I was in the time period. The fact that Jo was such an incredible women ahead of her time, who sometimes I can so deeply relate to because of her independence. This book breaks many boundaries and anyone should invest their time in this incredible novel. I can assure that this book will bring laughter, tears, and overall warm fuzzy feelings.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    A really nice story, that is easy to read even 150 years later and probably the best classic I've read so far. The characters were all likeable and the whole story just felt really positive and comfortable. I really liked the descriptions too. It also was really interesting to get a glimpse into what life was like in mid 19th century America, although the conveyed gender roles sometimes really bothered me (but of course that's due to the time it was written in).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tea

    I read little women as a child several times and lived it every time. This version of the books contains all 4 books in the series and I’m uncertain about my 3 star rating. The first book is definitely worth four stars alone. I made it the end of the second book but it’s took me forever. There was good parts but I just found it lost something. And I be becoming distracted by everything.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liza Koppens

    I stoped reading at page 365 just after part one. I do really like it and intent to read the rest. I did find the audio easyer to follow than when reading it myselft. But thats okay. There where a lot of parts i loved verry much. But 50% < there was a lot of nothing happening, really boring or confuzing bits. Wich was really sad becouse the good larts were really good. I stoped reading at page 365 just after part one. I do really like it and intent to read the rest. I did find the audio easyer to follow than when reading it myselft. But thats okay. There where a lot of parts i loved verry much. But 50% < there was a lot of nothing happening, really boring or confuzing bits. Wich was really sad becouse the good larts were really good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Keeko

    What can I say? Wonderful stories and lovable characters. I have memories of reading them many times in many places. They're part of me in a way that's very dear to me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jason Mccurry

    What a joy to read this book, never has I wept so many times during a read❤️

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Funk

    This is vying for favorite book of all time. It is complete perfection.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Helena Magalhaes

    Surprisingly like the new movie better. The core morals and characters I enjoy, but there are definitely cringey parts given the time it was written.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emilie Milcarek

    I hadn't read this since I was a little girl and it was wonderful. Completely held up to time even though I had forgotten a lot of the little stories between the large known plot points.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janie Squier

    The More Things Change Please don't pass these by because they're old, or you read them when you were little. These delightful stories- and you- deserve to be enjoyed even now. The language is from 100 years ago. It’s good old American English, spoken by persons of privilege who could teach the one percenters of today a thing or two about wealth and its use. Women balance domestic life, and the struggle for freedom in a society ruled by men. Blacks and the Irish are still servants when they appea The More Things Change Please don't pass these by because they're old, or you read them when you were little. These delightful stories- and you- deserve to be enjoyed even now. The language is from 100 years ago. It’s good old American English, spoken by persons of privilege who could teach the one percenters of today a thing or two about wealth and its use. Women balance domestic life, and the struggle for freedom in a society ruled by men. Blacks and the Irish are still servants when they appear, Native Americans are acknowledged as people from whom all was taken. Louisa May Alcott was brave to include these things. But the tenderness of her tales, and the thrill of their adventures still captivate and delight. You'll cheer the good guys, boo the bad guys, make fun of the fools, and recognize them all, because their descendants live next door. Trust me, you'll be delighted and surprised to see that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Times will always be tough. Good stories like these will always entertain us through the gloom and give us hope.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Stoeckel

    This is a favorite author of mine. It was one of my first books as a kid. However, at 50+,and a published poet myself, I can look back and see its flaws. That does not mean I love it any less, just that time has taught me how history may be seen as a background character. I didn't know, until I took on the May Challenge ( as in Louisa MAY Alcott), that originally, what we know as Little Women Part 1 and Part 2 were actually two separate books: Little Women and Good Wives. It's been 40 some years This is a favorite author of mine. It was one of my first books as a kid. However, at 50+,and a published poet myself, I can look back and see its flaws. That does not mean I love it any less, just that time has taught me how history may be seen as a background character. I didn't know, until I took on the May Challenge ( as in Louisa MAY Alcott), that originally, what we know as Little Women Part 1 and Part 2 were actually two separate books: Little Women and Good Wives. It's been 40 some years since I've read Little Men and Jo's Boys, and I find them rather preachy and pedantic, but still readable. And for such an advocate for sufferage,I am not surprized that Jo's Boys ebds as it does, and is probably a bit of how she was treated as the books took on a life of their own. I will of course, continue to re-read and love these stories and share them with small people in my life. Alcott will continue to be an old dear book friend.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    My heart ♥️ I have two editions, the puffin in bloom edition and the penguin clothbound classics edition. I also have the Usborne edition which only includes part 1. I love the first half of the book. I honestly got really bored the last 4 hours of the audiobook.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zehra Jafree

    now this may be really controversial but no one understands the extent of which I wanted Jo to marry Laurie... NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THE PAIN.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I read this collection between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, and every year it inspires me and helps me mentally close one year and start the next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    At the best parts of Little Women, it was a four star read. However, at the worst times, it dropped down to a two or a three for me. I went into this book with the understanding that it's an old novel, published in 1868. The first half of Little Women was a drag to get through, however, retrospectively, it was the best part in the novel. There were moments where we the readers are hearing about the girls fooling around, the girls arguing with one another, the girls visiting their friends, and the At the best parts of Little Women, it was a four star read. However, at the worst times, it dropped down to a two or a three for me. I went into this book with the understanding that it's an old novel, published in 1868. The first half of Little Women was a drag to get through, however, retrospectively, it was the best part in the novel. There were moments where we the readers are hearing about the girls fooling around, the girls arguing with one another, the girls visiting their friends, and the girls going about their regular duties. Among these scenes, the girls visiting their friends (and especially hanging with Laurie, which I'll get to in a moment) are the best scenes in the book. So let's talk about him... Laurie. Oh. My. God, Laurie! He's such a quick witted, smart mouthed, emotional young man and I love him for it. I feel like in modern novels, there's always a Laurie. Laurie was and IS the blueprint. My favorite scene in the entire book was Laurie confessing to Jo about his romantic feelings. I love how the scene is setup: Jo and Laurie underneath a tree on a bright sunny day, Laurie's head in Jo's lap. It gives a perfect image and setup for the scene to follow. I also love how Laurie throws a fit after Jo won't hear a word of it, like a little child would. It really gives us an insight on Laurie's "true self" as a character, and it's a great juxtaposition of when he grows up and matures. It really shows the evolution of his character. The moment he starts to see Amy as a romantic interest, a switch flicks and something ignites in him that makes his characterization do a total one-eighty. Jo completes Laurie and Laurie completes Jo. They're two peas in a pod, peanut butter and jelly. On the topic of Jo, can we just talk about her for a quick minute here? From what I understand, it's rare in these old types of novels to have the modern day archetype of the tomboy, intelligent, quick witted female lead, but Louisa May Alcott was way ahead of her time with the character of Jo March. It was always really pleasant to read scenes from the perspective of Jo, because she's definitely a character I can relate to. She has just enough intelligence, spice, and mouthiness to be a favorite of mine. Out of all the March sisters, I found Jo's perspective to be the most interesting and compelling. Whereas Meg, Beth, and Amy all blend together in my head, Jo certainly stands out as my favorite March sister. Now let's talk about characters blending together, one of the reasons the book was, at times, a two star read. I find it quite annoying when I read old novels like Little Women and the females are supposed to be dainty, of average intelligence, and homemakers. Yes, I'm aware that this was a reality of the time - women took care of the homes and the men went out and made the money. However, I'm so tired of seeing this fact perpetuated in literature and media. We've all heard women were the homemakers. I'm sick of it! I want compelling, different, and unique characters like Jo who actually have ambitions and aspirations beyond just being a homemaker! That's why I find Amy, Meg, and Beth to bring nothing to the story. Beyond Beth's death being a big plot point for the novel, what function do Amy and Meg serve in the end? Both get married, both have children, both resort to being homemakers in their own regard. In my opinion, Meg and Amy could've just have easily of been the same character. I feel as though this may have been a flaw in Alcott's writing in the end. Perhaps she didn't have a plan for the two characters? Or perhaps she had more grandiose plans for them which never came to fruition? The world may never know. Let's continue down this path of Louisa May Alcott possibly having no outline for her characters ahead of time; Friedrich Bhaer. So, the second Mr. Bhaer entered the novel's pages, I had no expectations that he'd come to play as big of a part in the novel that he ACTUALLY ends up having. And I especially didn't anticipate him marrying Jo. I truly believed that until the end, Jo would remain single and focus on her career, prospering as being an author. However, I was seriously disappointed when Jo's writing and passion never amounted to anything in the end. Instead, her and Mr. Bhaer open up a school for little boys, which was a giant eh moment for me. All in all, it was an enjoyable time reading this classic. This is my first classic ever (besides the basics that are taught in school like Romeo and Juliet, Animal Farm, and 1984). Whereas it's not as good as the aforementioned classics, I'd still recommend it for anyone who has some time on there hands and enjoys a good family dynamic story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monika Ciem

    "Little Women" has been a classic for many decades, and has been read and loved and adapted by many - and perhaps we have reached a moment where it is the last of these that should guarantee the second. Although quite frequently funny, sweet and very engaging, Alcott's novel could best be described as preachy, according to the many ideals of its time. Today, however, I would like to ensure that no young girl ever gets her hands on this novel - notions of absolute obedience to the father and husb "Little Women" has been a classic for many decades, and has been read and loved and adapted by many - and perhaps we have reached a moment where it is the last of these that should guarantee the second. Although quite frequently funny, sweet and very engaging, Alcott's novel could best be described as preachy, according to the many ideals of its time. Today, however, I would like to ensure that no young girl ever gets her hands on this novel - notions of absolute obedience to the father and husband, of marriage as the ultimate goal in life, of "womanish" fancies and "womanly" merits of character should have no place in today's society, wrapped up as they are in the absolutely serious endeavour to bestow the importance of family, love, and kindness. The moral glorification of poverty (but only if it happens to those that should have been born to better things), the othering of foreigners, the insistency on a woman's suffering inside her home being something she must not ever tell others for prudency, and even the extreme Christian ideology embedded in aspects such as Beth's death are just some of the flaws that "Little Women" carries today - and should be left on the shelf for. Truly, my recommendation is to never fight your way through some 700 pages of preaching, lecturing, and moralising, but rather to watch the newest film adaptation, with the knowledge that Amy and Laurie's story is a beautiful, tender romance that did not deserve the treatment it received in the film. Anything else, and all changes done to the original plot, truly were for the better.

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