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- Publisher: Kathartika (April 7, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2020
- Sold by: De Marque
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QKDJP87
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It's written in an old-fashioned style, and a little harder to follow than some more modern literature, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Even the rhythm of the words takes you back to a sweeter simpler time which was in reality a very harsh time in American history. For the uninitiated, LW details the life of four teen-aged sisters in the Civil War Era. Aside from their father being away from home during the first part of the book the war is not a main topic. It's all about the relationships between these sisters, their mother, their neighbor and later their budding romances.
Take your time with this one. Read it slowly and savor.
As a child with no sisters, I read with wonder the day to day relationship between the sisters, leaving me envious and longing for that kind of closeness. When I first read this book, my youngest brother was very ill and died soon after, I felt such sorrow and empathy for frail, gentle Beth.
"Little Women" has the grace and charm of the 18th century and is a sparkling look into the fascinating world of girls as they become women. I recommend this classic novel to readers of all ages.
The Puffin Classics Hardcover edition has a beautiful purple cover design. The interior of the cover is bright pink and the font size is medium (so it's easy to read). Unfortunately, the quality of the paper is unsatisfactory, since it's the same quality of cheap, grey-beige paper used in mass market paperbacks, unbefitting such a pretty hardcover edition.
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The four principal characters of Jo, Amy, Meg, and Beth are very different. Which is one of the novels great strengths, a fantastic coming of age story with all the trials, tribulations, tragedies, joy, happiness, and surprises of growing up. I think that anyone who reads this novel will find places that really tug on heart strings, and find a character that they identify with the most.
I'd recommend this well deserved classic of the English language to anyone from children read to by their parents to teenagers to adults. Just like any great book of the English language.
I wish there more good literature like this
Louisa May Alcott May have been considered a good writer amongst her peers but it’s writing that’s of its time and more importantly, it’s very American . For example , no young English lady would have been allowed to be in the company of a young man ( as the March sisters often were with Laurie Laurence ) without a chaperone as to do so would have been ruinous to the reputation of any young woman - so I found it peculiar that an American novelist writing at this time would not have known that the March sisters from the age of around 14 onwards , would never have been allowed to be in the company of any young man, never mind walk and talk alone with him, unless they were chaperoned or engaged to the young man in question.
The one episode in the two books that could have and indeed should have been written with sentimentality and sympathy, was the death of Beth , and yet this was barely mentioned - Beth died “ off screen” was buried without any honours or even a funeral and there wasn’t even a grave marker to mark her final resting place .......so much for Beth then.
Meg and Amy are shallow beyond belief and the only decent thing Jo does is sell her hair so her “ Marmee” ( I know, it’s nauseating isn’t it ?) gets enough money to travel to see her husband when he’s ill. Poor Mr March ( are Reverends Mr’s in 1860’s America ?) barely gets any worthwhile mentions throughout and is therefore a poorly drawn character with no light and shade who might as well have died in the war for all the influence he has ).
How Laurie Laurence could transfer his affections from one sister to the other so swiftly and without drawing breath, is a mystery to me - and yet people will condemn modern girls and boys are shallow and promiscuous - but as these people function only to marry well or marry , I suppose it’s better than being left on a shelf - after all , to be a man and not be married by 25 must have been scandalous .
The writer’s prose is astonishing and I’m not sure what all this “ petting” of one another was about at all - does it mean stroke ? If so, I again refer back to English women of similar class and age and it makes all the petting sound ludicrous - as to the scene where a 25 year old Amy is being cradled in her mother’s lap , well, words failed me as they did when the table was “ promiscuously laid” - what on earth can that mean ???
All in all, I’m glad that I have read it , listening to it didn’t work except as a means of falling asleep , the narrator was English and kept talking about “ mischieve-ee- ousness “ Laurie and Jo in stream of mischievousness - I hate it when spoken English is mangled , especially when the person in question speaks otherwise as though they have a rather large plum in the mouth they simply cannot move - well done to her though for reading 10 hours of meaningless pap out loud .
It’s an awful yawn of a novel - poorly written, poorly drawn characters not one of whom I’d want to sit down to a lively dinner with and yet, it’s a classic with 87% of people who read it ,loving it .
I should think there is a bit of pretension about claiming to live “ Little Women “ , maybe people are just too frightened to ‘dis’ a classic American novel written by a woman .
I would think I’m not the only non-feminist, feminist who has read this novel whilst grinding their teeth down to stumps .
Have I read worse books that are considered “ classical “ ? Err, no , this is by far the dullest of the lot and I kept going only to see how the death of Beth was swept under the March’s shabby carpet whereas an English writer would have reveled in every grave detail , right down to the mourning cards and letters of condolence ( think Mrs Gaskell or the Bronte Sisters ) .
It was one long yawn of a book that I’m relieved to see the end of . I won’t be reading Little Men , that’s for sure .
Disagree if you wish, I’m sure 87% of you have equally valid reasons for adoring this book, my late Mum, God bless, her , adored it and tried to make me read it when she was alive - I have a 1:1 English degree with honours - if I’d been made to read this by my tutors , I wouldn’t have hung around long enough to graduate .........( sorry celestial Mum, I hated it with a passion .x)
I would highly recommend every girl( even boys!) to read this brilliant classic! :)
After finding it a little hard to get into at first I soon became hooked and as obsessed with it as any book had ever grabbed me.
It was heart warming, engaging and completely charming. The characters were so well created that I genuinely felt I knew and loved them all entirely. It was a lesson to me in what good character writing really is.
This book also acted for me in a way few books do. It gave me cause to think I ought to do better in life, and not by preaching or scaremongering or causing despondency, but by demonstrating true goodness in the characters in a believable way. It wasn't goody two shoes cheesy cringeworthy goodness, I just loved them all in their virtues and vices and feel now that I owe the world a better version of me.
This was a book about real love, between sisters, parents and their children, dearest friends, lovers and strangers and all else. It rang true, it was about real life, not the fantasy daydreaming I'd been indulging in recently.
I smiled and I cried, it really touched me more than I could have hoped for and my only regret is that this book had been on my 'to-read' list for far too many years.