863 Little Women Little Women 1 , Louisa May AlcottLittle Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott 1832 1888 , which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869 Alcott wrote the books over several months at the request of her publisher Following the lives of the four March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters 1998 1369 447 1374 9644457757 1385 1388 1393 9786001210532 19 1374 160 9646105122 1374 1375 1376 1374 127 1374 179 1375 160 9645680182 1380 1392 9789645680563 184 1375 160 1376 351 9644171527 1380 1388 1393 9789644171529 1381 88 9646465072 1388 58 9789642621866 1388 1389 1389 150 9789643032128 1389 489 9789643696627 1392 1393 1391 168 9786009007059 1393 114 9786009400164 1394 176 A new movie is coming out December 25thI ve never read it so I might have to do a readalong for it that month 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 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 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 Requested, 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 America I M IN LOVE, I M IN LOVE, AND I DON T CARE WHO KNOWS IT When I was a child, my mother used to drag me to antique stores all the time There is nothingboring to a kid than an antique store It smelled like dust and old people, and everything looked the same dark wood , and if we were in a particularly bauble heavy shop I had to clasp my hands behind my back like a Von Trapp child in order to avoid invoking the you break it you buy it policy on a 42 crystal ashtray.On one such excursion, when I was like eight, I found a vintage ish copy of Little Women Because it was a book, and because it had some kind of illustration of pretty girls in pretty dresses, it was far and away the most interesting thing in there So I indulged in what was then and what remains one of my favorite pastimes asking my mother to buy me something She said no, both because it was confusingly expensive and because she doubted eight year old me s lasting interest in reading a 750 page book from 1868.Ever since, Little Women has tantalized me.I am very pleased to say it lived up to every expectation.This book is so cozy and delightful and happy A lot of the time, when series start out in the childhood of characters and then follow their growing up, the book gets worse But I always liked reading about this ragtag group of gals Warning, spoiler ahead, and if you complain about me spoiling a book that was published seven of my lifetime ago I will absolutely freak out so don t say I didn t give you a heads up Obviously Jo and Laurie were meant for each other, and his marrying Amy and Jo s marrying some random old dude was the biggest flaw of this book But even with that, this book ended happy, and I enjoyed almost every second of it Okay, I m sorry, but Amy is the clear weak link and didn t deserve Laurie I will not rejoice for them Did I have to take off a half star for that alone Yes Because it upset me immensely And I won t apologize If anyone should be apologized to, it s ME And also JO And also LAURIE But absolutely every other second was a pleasure.Bottom line This book feels like Christmas cozy comforted joy review to come currently reading updatesI am ready to feel COZY I am ready to feel COMFORTED I am ready to feel JOY. The book begins Christmas won t be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.It s so dreadful to be poor sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.I don t think it s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all, added little Amy, with an injured sniff.We ve got Father and Mother, and each other, said Beth contentedly from her corner There s an undercurrent of anger in this book and I think Louisa May Alcott would have gone much further with it if her publisher had allowed it and if it weren t a children s book.Louisa herself was fiercely independent and didn t marry Of course, Jo, her doppelganger and the heroine of the book, did marry I think the struggle for girls and women to be themselves while following convention is an experience that resonates today I also think that, ironically, when people today want to return to the simple life, they all forget that there was no simple life Although youngest sister Amy carries her books to school, writes with an inkwell and fights over pickled limes, her father is fighting a real war fought for ideology and national unity Martha Stewart has us searching for the good things and harkening back to garden bounties but nineteenth century girls and women were nearly bound to the home Young boys and girls might find the domesticity in the book offputting but it was necessary for people to have domestic skills or they could not survive The working poor in the 1860s, like the working poor today, could not afford maids Louisa May Alcott s family occasionally made money from making and mending clothing just to get by I think there was just as much screaming as crying going on in the Alcott household, but Louisa tones things down for the March family.The March family and the sisters made me yearn for my own sisters which never materialized I also realized that wanting to draw, paint, play music, perform plays and write were interests that I shared with people of another time period The book itself was written after the Civil War and has a purposeful nostalgic tone Jo scribbles in the attic and relishes the time she has to write but she is expected to work as a caretaker for her elderly aunt None of these girls are independently wealthy and the poverty that Alcott writes about in the book mirrors the poverty of her own life but she softens the reality for her fiction Alcott s father Amos Bronson Alcott was not a soldier, yet he was often away from home He was a dynamic lecturer and a revolutionary educator who was disillusioned by public reaction to some of his innovations and was often jobless.While a good portion of white northerners were against slavery and wantedrights for black Americans, they did not go as far as the Alcotts did in their support I wish that she had writtenabout their anti slavery positions It s also not widely known that Bronson Alcott was shunned for educating black students.Reading Little Women in fourth grade caused me to work as a historical interpreter at the Orchard House for six years many years later I visited Fruitlands, the Old Manse, the Wayside and the House of the Seven Gables I studied transcendentalism and learned about the contributions of Elizabeth Peabody and other great female intellectuals of the nineteenth century I was forever changed after reading the book and I ve reread it too many times to count Louisa was a master marketer akin to J.K Rowling She also had a strong survival instinct like Rowling She desperately needed to make money and writing was her one marketable skill Notably, she was able to write the book under her own name and not use a gender neutral pseudonym.The book is written for a younger audience and older readers reading it for the first time might not feel a connection with the book because all Victorian children s books were infused with a heavy dose of morality Girls especially have always been told to endure hardships while remaining happy My grandmother Ethel, who grew up in the 1930s, told me her mother said to her It s easy to be happy when life rolls along like a song But it s the girl who s worthwhile who will smile when everything goes wrong. I hated this book.I 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 interesting she breaks it for no other reason than to do something.Whether its the pairing of Amy and Laurie huh , the point made CONSTANTLY that Beth s life isn t useless because she is an angel and showed them that angels do exist and is a total Mary Sue Really Cause I m glad she died before I died of boredom , the forced pairing of Jo and the Professor Why I mean really Just keep her single there is also the message that pursing art is selfish Jo giving up her writing, Laurie gives up his music, Amy gives up her sketching It s not a message I expected this book is always lauded as one that has inspired countless girls To do what Because outside of Jo s sipirt I dont really see much to aspire to in this tsory The overall message seems to be that as a good Christian one should sacrifice being an artist, being in love with who you want and any hope of independence It s not because I m from the modern era that I dislike this book Or that I m an adult reading it If you look at other works being done in the same time period you will see that there were stories with less moralizing being done including by Miss Alcott herself I was just really disappointed 1998D I have owned this book forever I have the movie and have always loved it Thanks to several group challenges on here, I have finally gotten to this little gem. Yes, yes I AM a grownass man reading this, but I m not ashamed I also read the Twilight sa ha ha ga a bunch of Charlaine Harris as well, remember Some rules simply do not apply.What I tried to do here was dispel the extra melodrama and 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 manyscenes than direly needed like the Byrne Ryder night at the opera scene it explains why she doesn t choose Laurie after all nor taking indispensable scenes from the century and a half old novel to the cutting room floor Alas, there s a good reason why Entertainment Weekly once decreed that the film was a great comfort to all post 911 victims The story has no great battles to speak of no violence, no terrible disasters The minutiae is symbolic of fragile domestic existences important and very fun to read about this coming from a Bridget and Carrie Bradshaw fan of course Little Women is at its core all about Old School American values, such as temperance, forgiveness, hard work It has astute lessons aplenty to rival even old Aesopus himself Laurie and Amy have the best lines, and there are plenty of groans amidst cute vignettes and harsh but necessary life lessons for Americans and non alike This is relevant today,so than On the Road or other so called quintessential American classics that s a genuine PLUS This one stands as outstanding soap opera theatrics woven intelligently with American history herself Good stuff, like a wise mentor of American Lit would say Also, mega appropriate for the season Don t try to make me grow up before my timeThe March sisters may be radically different but they all have one thing in common love Their love for their mother and father, their love for adventure and for each other unites them in this troubled time.The Civil War is afoot and all the sisters can do is think about their father away and in battle Their mother tries to distract them but often she can barely distract herself Jo, a radical tomboy and aspiring author rallies her family with her amusing plays and scribbles I like good strong words that mean somethingMeg, the beautiful sister, often puts her family first and holds them together when her mother cannot You don t need scores of suitors You need only one if he s the right one. Amy, the youngest, was spoiled as a child and oh my, it shows But even she can rally when life looks darkest I d rather take coffee than compliments just now. Beth, sweet and good natured, valiantly cheers on her sisters but her frail health often keeps her at the sidelines There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping The sisters must face hardships their New England home They must face things that they never would have thought possible.But, even in the darkest of times, they will have each other. And that is most important of all Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault. This is probably my fifth or sixth time through and yes, I am totally going to read it again There s just something about this book that s absolutely gorgeous andtimeless.I love the sisters and their relationships with each other I see so much of myself and my cousins with their day to day interactions.Jo, the darling, is the perfect mix of strength and fear Watching her grow from a brash girl to confident young woman just makes my heart happy You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone. And the message of the book Ahh My heart So full.It often feels like the messages from books in the mid 1800s are saccharine sweet or so heavy handed with their themes that they re ridiculous Just look at the later Anne of Green Gables if you d like an example But this one had just the right mixture of loving family religion life lessons It was beautifully balanced Be worthy love, and love will come. 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A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa 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 May.Louisa 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 Wayside.Like 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 fences For 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 queens At 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 t Confronting 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 find.Louisa 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 War.When 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 fiction.In 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.
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