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Little Women

A book by Louisa May Alcott and Susan Straight

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  • Jun 21, 2010
What is it about this book that still captivates me? 

I first read this book when I was just a girl and I remember being entranced by the relationship that grew between Laurie and Jo March. For years I wondered why Alcott chose to keep Jo and Laurie apart when they seemed like such a great couple. Now I know it was to keep me reading, which was very clever on Alcott's part, I guess :-)
Still, part of me never cared for Professor Baer as much. He was no Laurie Lawrence as far as I was concerned!
Still, I love the sisters in this book. I love how their relationships ebb and flow. I love how they all managed to have their own unique lives. This book has that strange power to take on a life of its own. I feel the same way about Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina. Truly great authors are able to create characters that we can relate to, that look and sound absolutely real. For a long time I thought this book was a true story! My point is that some books come and go. We vaguely recall plot elements, sometimes we remember a character or two, but this book made me care deeply about the March family. This book was a real treasure—and such a comfort to me.
Over the years there have been movies made of Little Women. My favorite has to be the one with Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. I thought Christian Bale was a brilliant Laurie Lawrence.  Also, you may want to check out the soundtrack from this version of Little Women—it’s wonderful.

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June 29, 2010
I agree whole-heartedly, the character development is astonishingly real.
June 22, 2010
I know what you mean about wanting Jo and Laurie to be together, but after I experienced a complicated best-friendship with a member of the opposite sex, wondering at times if we should be together and eventually being a bridesmaid in his wedding, I came to love Laurie and Jo's relationship even more for how realistic it is, rather than the typical fairy tale. I even gave my friend a copy of Little Women, which he loved and immediately noticed the parallels between us and Jo & Laurie. :) P.S. Don't you mean Theodore Lawrence? Of course Laurie Lawrence makes sense, too. Yet another parallel between me and my friend, as he also goes by a nickname that's a variation of his last name, and even his wife calls him by that nickname. :)
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review by . June 21, 2010
In the nearly a century and a half since it was first published, Little Women has continued to captivate its (mostly female) readers.  Rare is the young woman who first picks it up who doesn't want to be Jo March.  A contemporary tale when it was first published in 1868, Little  Women has become the ultimate historical, and feminist, novel.       The story of four sisters growing up in genteel poverty during and just after the American Civil War, Little …
review by . July 17, 2010
No young woman can read this book without relating to it in some way.  Alcott brings her readers through the highest points of joy, the lowest valleys of disappointment, fear, happiness, triumph, confusion, and sadness.  There is nothing perverse or questionable which make it appropriate for readers of all ages.  Though the focus remains on the four March sisters, Alcott provides lovable male leads as well: the boyish Laurie, firm yet tender John, and playfully sophisticated …
Quick Tip by . October 31, 2010
The characters in "Little Women" are not perfect, and therefore realistic- and their foibles are endearing. Amy is rather selfish and vain, Beth is painfully shy, Jo is precipitous ,and Meg is perhaps a bit bossy. Laurie and Jo are not suited because Laurie as a rich young man, needs, Jo explains to him, a wife who is a show-piece. He has done the right thing in marrying the beautiful Amy. Furthermore, Laurie isn't intellectual and Jo is. Jo gets her professor and all is well. "Little Women" is …
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
A must read to your pre-teens. At this young age values are being formed.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
It was alright. I read it as a youngster and was captivated.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
A classic, but I liked it less in adulthood than I did when I was a teenager.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
A relative bought me this book in the 8th grade when she discovered I hadn't read it yet. I loved it.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This book captivates regardless of gender. It's a story of friendship, love and family. It shows you how by staying close to each other you can get through anything together. It's a nice story, not much direct plot, episodic mostly, but it's the tale of a family during one year.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Comes into the same read block I have with Jane Austen.
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I am currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing. I write poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. I live in Colorado Springs. To learn more about me and my writing visit my website at www.tashacotter.com … more
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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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Books, Fiction, Classics, Louise May Alcott, Susan Straight


ISBN-10: 0451529308
ISBN-13: 978-0451529305
Author: Louisa May Alcott, Susan Straight
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books
Publisher: Signet Classics
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