Little Women [Read] by Louisa May Alcott


REVIEW Little Women

Little Women

During the Civil WarIt is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life While her father the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson Thoreau and Hawthorne Louisa supported herself and her sisters with woman’s work” including sewing doing laundry and acting as a domestic This book means SISTERHOOD FAMILY HAPPINESSTOGETHERNESS THANKFULNESS GENUINENESSSOLIDARITYBELIEFS RESPECTUNCONDITIONAL LOVEHONESTYKINDNESSThis is magical book when I get into my hands for the first time I was only eleven and for decades I kept on getting it into my hands reread it several times and same words resonated different for me awoke different feelings made me look at the characters flaws and differences at brand new perspectiveEven though I know the ending I laughed I cried I sighed I smiled I jumped I felt peaceful and at the end I LOVED IT TRULY DEEPLY so MUCH Christmas is coming You think there won t be Christmas without presents and I think there won t be any meaningful celebration without doing my yearly reading of this book and reconnecting with Holly March Sisterhood Joe tomboy book worn hot tempered writer definitely closer to my character Meg Romantic sweet natured peace maker older sister Beth sweet shy cute friendly fallen angel musical prodigy and Amy spoiled childish artistic elegant refined youngest one I LOVE YOU BOTH It is why this book is always my all time favorite one Time to reconnect with the sisters and feeling the best holiday spirit

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Generations of readers young and old male and female have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel Little Women Here are talented tomboy and author to be Jo tragically frail Beth beautiful Meg and romantic spoiled Amy united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England Someone I know claimed this no longer has value that she would never recommend it because it s saccharine has a religious agenda and sends a bad message to girls that they should all be little domestic homebodies I say she s wrong on all counts This is high on my reread list along with Pride and Prejudice Jane Eyre and a Tree Grows in Brooklyn you could say that I m pretty familiar with it Let s see there s a heroine who not only writes but is proud of the fact and makes a profit from it in a time that this was somewhat out of the ordinary Reading this and especially knowing later that the main character is for all practical purposes Alcott herself inspired me to write myself and I haven t forgotten the writing lessons even today don t let money cloud your vision write for yourself first take criticism write what you know Still wise even today Also in this book we see the perspective of a family coping with the financial and emotional strain of having a loved one away at war something that is unfortunately all too relatable today There s also extraordinary in those times common in oursa platonic though not uncomplicated friendship between a man and a woman that is sort of a different kind of love story in a way and a powerful one at that We see people getting married but marriage is never portrayed as The Answer to Everything many of the matches involve sacrifice and struggling The girls though good at heart aren t a picture perfect family of saints They re flawed and human The paragon Beth would seem the exception but the message with her is about how even the uietest among us can make an impact on the world not parading her isolated life as an example only her kindness I won t lie Someone dies there s a war and a father s away so yes God is mentioned I think there s a few Pilgrim s Progress references in passing and there s some talk of faith at moments when the characters most need it To contemporary readers this may seem like a lot but heavy handed it is not It was probably somewhat unusual for its time The thought that everyone s relationship and perception of God could greatly vary and that to be true to your religion was entirely non judgmental and meant being kind to other people and trying to make yourself better not other people The thought that each person must be allowed to deal with these feelings in their own time in their own way Wacky stuff I admit it seems like a tough sell to today s kids packaged in somewhat formal sounding language and bearing every indication of being literary broccoli but this book is a classic for a reason It might be a tough sell but I don t think we should give up on trying to think of ways to do it anyway What s inside still counts Don t write it offnote for those of you who liked this review check out my review of the new The Little Women Cookbook by Jenne Bergstrom and Miko Osada

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Servant But she soon discovered she could make money writing Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune and far from being the girl’s book” her publisher reuested it explores such timeless themes as love and death war and peace the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities and the clash of cultures between Europe and Ameri that feeling when you spend the majority of the book desperately longing to be a jo but then end up realising youre actually just a beth also the fact that i still like laurie even after he messes around in france trying to find himself says a lot about me than it does about him to be fairand dont even get me started on the new film coming out the casting definitely has me feeling some kind of way im still not over the precision of timoth e chalamet as laurie the literary character who embodies so many young peoples first experience with f boi heartbreak i mean will you just LOOK at my son jo laurie 4 ever amirite ladies 35 stars

  • Paperback
  • 449
  • Little Women
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • English
  • 10 January 2019
  • 9780451529305

About the Author: Louisa May Alcott

AM Barnard Behind a Mask or a Woman's Power 1866The Abbot's Ghost or Maurice Treherne's Temptation 1867A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 – first published 1995First published anonymouslyA Modern Mephistopheles 1877Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown Pennsylvania on November 29 1832 She and her three sisters Anna Elizabeth and May were educated by their father philosopher teacher Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother Abigail MayLouisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord Massachusetts where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s library excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne’s WaysideLike her character Jo March in Little Women young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race she claimed and no girl if she refused to climb trees leap fencesFor Louisa writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays the villains ghosts bandits and disdainful ueensAt age 15 troubled by the poverty that plagued her family she vowed I will do something by and by Don’t care what teach sew act write anything to help the family; and I’ll be rich and famous and happy before I die see if I won’tConfronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher seamstress governess or household servant for many years Louisa did any work she could findLouisa’s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854 when she was 22 her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington DC as a nurse during the Civil WarWhen Louisa was 35 years old her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters’ coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality; a living breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children’s fictionIn all Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6 1888 only two days after her father and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord



10 thoughts on “Little Women

  1. says:

    Someone I know claimed this no longer has value that she would never recommend it because it's saccharine has a religious agenda and sends a bad message to girls that they should all be little domestic homebodies I say she's wrong on all counts This is high on my reread list along with Pride and Prejudice Jane Eyre and a Tree Grows in Brooklyn you could say that I'm pretty familiar with it Let's see there's

  2. says:

    Yes yes I AM a grown ass man reading this but I'm not even remotely ashamed What I tried to do here was dispel the extra melodrama embrace the cut outs fat trimmed out of the Winona Ryder film I was on the hunt for all the new ha stuff that the regular person well informed of the plot involving four young girls growing up or in the case of Beth not never even knew existed But it seems that the film did a great job not adding man

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    Old books get a bad rapbut do they deserve it Check out my latest BooktTube Video all about the fabulous and not so fabulous Olde Boies The Written Review “Don't try to make me grow up before my time” The March sisters may be radically diff

  5. says:

    A new movie is coming out December 25thI've never read it so I might have to do a readalong for it that month

  6. says:

    This book means SISTERHOOD FAMILY HAPPINESSTOGETHERNESS THANKFULNESS GENUINENESSSOLIDARITYBELIEFS RESPECTUNCONDITIONAL LOVEHONESTYKINDNESSThi

  7. says:

    I hated this bookI can't even begin to go into all the reasons I dislike this novel It's dull and preachy through out most of it aside from Jo who is a truly inspired character But everyone else seems one note most of the chapters come off as morality plays than solid scenes or plots And just when Miss Alcott has something seemingly interesti

  8. says:

    I’M IN LOVE I’M IN LOVE AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS ITWhen I was a child my mother used to drag me to antiu

  9. says:

    that feeling when you spend the majority of the book desperately longing to be a jo but then end up realising youre actually just a beth also the fact that i still like laurie even after he messes around in france trying to “find h

  10. says:

    The book beginsChristmas won't be Christmas without any presents grumbled Jo lying on the rugIt's so dreadful to be poor sighed Meg looking down at her old dressI don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pret

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