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Little Women (Classics Series) (original 1868; edition 1997)

by Louisa May Alcott, Joe L. Wheeler (Introduction)

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Title:Little Women (Classics Series)
Authors:Louisa May Alcott
Other authors:Joe L. Wheeler (Introduction)
Info:Focus on the Family Pub (1997), Hardcover, 600 pages
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

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It was a somewhat awkward read. It reminds me of Spyri's Heidi in its twee, sentimental tone. I also find the mock humility/thriftiness of wealthy families in older fiction rather grating. However, in between the preparing-girls-for-marriage-and-babies obsession in the book, I was pleased to see the character of Jo, who managed to have her own career and refused to marry for the sake of it. I imagine this was quite controversial in the mid-1800s. ( )
  martensgirl | Jun 23, 2015 |
I really want to say "I tried!" I really do.
Maybe I'll try again some time in the future -- like when I'm 80.

I just don't care. I'm not feeling it.

I read the first chapter ... I may have read the 2nd chapter.
I *REALLY* wanted to love this book! I really did!

Maybe it could be argued that if I hadn't read the Introduction, where the book and themes are explained in a "Literary" sense -- think "English Majors love this stuff!" -- I would have been able to enjoy the book ... But it's too late to say "Maybe" because I did read the Introduction and I really enjoyed that part of the book!

Immediately off the bat, what I didn't like about what I read of the book was the forced martyrdom the girls lived ... "Oo we have too much compared to everyone else, let's not do Christmas this year and give away our dinner and the little money we had for presents because wouldn't that be awesome!! We're so awesome!! We gave away everything and have nothing left for ourselves!"

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  Adrianne_p | May 24, 2015 |
I love books that shows independent women, with character... Books that shows that we do not need a men next to us to be successful, but that also have a heart and can show that you do not need to be alone.

I like to read these very old books that show us how they were women thinking independently and fighting for their rights in times that it was unthinkable, maybe that is why this is one of my favorite books. Is not only well written and a nice read but also it show characters with great personality and courage. ( )
  CaroPi | May 22, 2015 |
All of these QED "Classic Collection" books are wonderful, modern adaptations. The illustrations are engaging and the language is clear and exciting for early readers. ( )
  Hae-Yu | May 9, 2015 |
This would be a good book to use when talking about the home front of the civil war. I think students will like this book because of the relationship between the sisters. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | May 4, 2015 |
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Louisa May Alcottprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
AlmineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, RebeccaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cauti, CamilleIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Danziger, PaulaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elberts, G.W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eyre, JustineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, ShirleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jambor, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May Lamberton Beckersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merlington, LauralNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merrill, Frank T.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitz, Henry C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sumpter, RachellCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Stockum, HildaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Go then, my little Book, and show all that entertain, and bid thee welcome shall, what thou dost keep close shut up in thy breast; and wish that thou dost show them may be blest to them for good, may make them choose to be pilgrims better, by far, than thee or me.
Tell them of Mercy; she is one who early hath her pilgrimage begun. Yea, let young damsels learn of her to prize the world which is to come, and so be wise; for little tripping maids may follow God along the ways which saintly feet have trod. - adapted from John Bunyan
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“Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
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...for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride. (p75)
You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty. (p82)
Learn to know and value the praise which is worth having, and to excite the admiration of excellent people, by being modest as well as pretty. (p110)
Money is a needful and precious thing, - and, when well used, a noble thing, - but I never want you to think it is the first and only prize to strive for. (p111)
Between Meg and Marmee:

"He's away all day, and at night when I want to see him, he is continually going over to the Scotts'. It isn't fair that I should have the hardest work, and never any amusement. Men are very selfish, even the best of them."
"So are women. Don't blame John till you see where you are wrong yourself." (Chapter 38, Gutenberg.org edition)
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This is the main work for Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Please do not combine with any adaptation, abridgement, omnibus containing additional works, etc.
ISBN 1613823444 is a Simon and Brown edition of Little Women.
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This is a heart-warming story about the four lively March sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. It tells of their adventures and struggles while growing up in the 19th century civil war era. This is a story of love, heart-ache, triumph and family. Although the four girls have very different personalities, they help each other grow as they experience life's challenges.
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Four different sisters / learn to overcome their faults. / They learn about love. (marcusbrutus)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451529308, Mass Market Paperback)

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.

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

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