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Little Women (1868)

by Louisa May Alcott

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Series: Little Women (1)

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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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One of the pleasures of old age is unashamedly finally reading a book that for most of my life I would have dismissed as little-girl-literature and confessing I enjoyed it. One reason for this was unexpected, though. Jo, the second of the March girls, and self-evidently the alter ego of the author, is a tall, clumsy, impetuous bundle of energy who is repeatedly described as having boyish traits. Aside from wishing she could marry her older sister Meg to prevent the family circle from breaking, there is not so much a suggestion of lesbianism here as there is of rebellion against societally-constructed norms of what is appropriate for one gender or the other. There is a clear expectation in Jo’s mind of what a girl “is,” and she most definitely is not that, and her regret that she is not is decidedly minor. I can only imagine how much good this book has done in the 150 years since it appeared for other young girls who have read it and wrestled with similar conflicts.
There are other pleasures as well, such as the evocation of life in a New England town in the mid-nineteenth century. The overall arc of the plot is relatively simple: All four girls are virtuous and loveable, but each struggles against a major character flaw. In the second volume of the book, each succeeds in overcoming her flaw; the book’s conclusion is too fairy-tale-like to convince, although this reader would gladly grant that the Marches and their affiliates did indeed live happily ever after. A good read. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Classics, American literature, civil war, 19th century, historical fiction, AO5,
  akschanne | May 6, 2021 |
An autobiographical novel based on the, and lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy with many details about their childhood and transition into being a woman.
  esthernelsonma2 | Mar 3, 2021 |
Well, I suppose I read this because I hadn't yet and because it's rather a classic of American literature. Also, it seems there's a movie adaptation that has come out recently. Well, I'll not likely make the movie, so why not try the book?

So, we're in a family with four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Hmmm....four sisters! I married into a family of four sisters. They also did have one brother, but I can forget about him. Anyway, next thing you know, I'm judging which sister is which. Yes, the young, vain one, Amy, is a reasonable model for my youngest sister-in-law. Then, the third one, Beth, is the "quiet" one. Yup, that's the next younger sister-in-law. The active one who gets things done, Jo, is much like my spouse. The only problem is that the older sister-in-law, is a bit weird to fit the model of Meg. Well, three for four isn't bad. Also, I would like to note that far and away my favorite of the March sisters is also far and away the favorite of the four sisters in my in-law's family, and fortunately, that sister happens to be my spouse.

Well, it was a fun enough read. Most likely, it's a bit too moral and preachy for modern tastes, but since I'm a repressed, elderly Calvinist, I didn't mind the preachiness too much. It felt comforting and familiar.

The one thing I found odd was that the March women kept bewailing their "poverty". Well, at least when they weren't seeing their poverty in the light of a good moral lesson, e.g. better a household filled with love than a rich household barren of affection. Well, they never had to skip meals, they had their own house, they had clothes, albeit ones they had to modify themselves so as to suit current fashions, and they had a damn servant (albeit one who was much like a member of the family).

Anyway, it's a GoodRead, and I'm glad I finally got around to it.
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  lgpiper | Jan 10, 2021 |
Primero, la edicion.
Parece ser que hay dos ediciones, la que se publica en EEUU y la que se publica fuera.
La de EEUU realmente son dos libros "Mujercitas" "Las buenas esposas". Si tu libro tiene mas de 300 paginas, es esta. El mio tenia como 250 asi que solo tiene la primera parte.

Despues de leer un poco de "Las buenas esposas" decidi que no merecia la pena. He leido como acaba y menos mal que no he continuado.

Primero hablemos de "mujercitas", 4 hermanas de entra 12 y 17, cada una con una caracteristica (una musica, otra pintura, otra literatura y la mayor... Que es guapa?) . De las cuales la unica que es memorable es Jo.

Cada capitulo es autocontenido en el sentido que hay algun conflicto y una conclusion moral. Quiza menos por el final donde los capitulos se siguen los unos a otros.

Mucha leccion moral para mi. Al final no puedo decidir si la autora quiere decir en serio lo que escribe o quiere decir justo lo contrario. Sobretodo con el final de "las buenas esposas". Queria criticar la sociedad para enseñarnos como aplastaba a las mujeres de la epoca?

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  trusmis | Nov 28, 2020 |
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Almost every single line is overflowing with passion, the choice of words, the portrayal of characters, and the eloquence of emotions, all of this just makes me wonder how is it even possible for someone to write so elegantly with a simple yet appealing tone. This is surely one of those books where you know it is going to be a classic masterpiece at first glance. It delivers so well that I feel as if I am there, in that house along with the characters.
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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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This is the original, Part One, of Little Women that does NOT include the subsequently published Part Two (sometimes published separately as Good Wives). Please do not combine editions of Little Women that contain Part Two, or abridgments, adaptations, movie versions, or the like.
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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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Este delicioso y emotivo relato narra historia de la señora march y sus cuatro hijas: sus enamoramientos, sus aspiraciones intelectuales, sus complicaciones, su vida. con una fina descripción de caracteres, muestra el crecimiento de estas niñas poniendo gran énfasis en el espíritu de la libertad individual, inusual para una época en que la mentalidad estaba dominada por un ideal romántico puritano. les señoritas de louisa may alcoti demuestran sus aptitudes sociales tocando el piano, bordando o manteniendo una conversación fluida, amable y elegante. El ‘gran salón burgués” es la región del decoro y de las confesiones amorosas, al tiempo que actúa como soporte para interpretar y cuestionar diferentes aspectos de la guerra civil norteamericana.

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in 19th century New England
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Four different sisters
learn to overcome their faults.
They learn about love.
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