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Little Women: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Deluxe Edition
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Buy this book, just not this edition.
But there's something special about "Little Women," a fictionalized account of her own family's growing pins. Thewarmly realistic stories, sense of comedy and tragedy, and insights into human nature make the romance, humor and fun little anecdotes of "Little Women" come alive.
The four March girls -- practical Meg, rambunctious Jo, sweet Beth and childish artist Amy -- live in genteel New England poverty with their Marmee, while their father is away in the Civil War. The girls don't let lack of money hamper their fun and happiness. But their world starts to expand when Jo befriends "poor little rich boy" Laurie, and soon he and his tutor are almost a part of their family.
Along with him, the girls encounter many of the bumps of growing up -- the destruction of Jo's treasured writing, romps with wealthier pals, Amy's expulsion from school, and Meg's reluctant first romance. But their lives are turned upside-down when Beth contracts scarlet fever, and they receive news that their father has been seriously injured -- and these crises threaten to destroy the heart of their family.
The second half of the book opens with Meg's wedding -- if not to her dream guy, then to her love. But while time has mellowed and matured the Little Women, it hasn't lessened the capacity for conflict and unintentional comedy -- particularly with the now-attractive Amy, whose attempts to pursue art, culture and the appearance of wealthy sophistication usually go horribly wrong.
But the platonic friendship between Laurie and Jo is shattered when he admits his true feelings to her... and gets rejected.Read more ›
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The book arrived in perfect condition, which has not been the case recently with books ordered from Amazon. Hopefully this signals a change for the better in their packing.Published on January 8, 2012 by CR
Just to comment on the other reviews, this cover was designed by Julie Doucet, the feminist graphic artist from Montreal. Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by fivefingersfivetoes