Louisa May Alcott ended Little Women (1868) with the words “So the curtain falls upon Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given the first act of the domestic drama called Little Women.” It was an immediate commercial and critical success, and readers demanded to know more about the characters. Alcott quickly completed a second volume, Good Wives (1869), and later Little Men (1871)and Jo’s Boys (1886). The novels follow the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy, each with a very different character. It has been argued that within Little Women one finds the first vision of the "All-American girl" and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters. But whatever the reason, generations of readers have loved these novels since they were first published.
Little women. Complete series L,o peor es el formato tan grande, pero van todos los libros en uno.
A Pleasurable Read Although being male I have actually read Little Women before (which incorporates Good Wives as the second part) after seeing an adaptation, and I did enjoy it. This time though, instead of just reading that book I plumped for this kindle edition, which also includes Little Men and Jo’s Boys. Louisa May Alcott used her own life and experiences, meaning that Little Women is semi-autobiographical which you sort of get the feel of as it reads as quite authentic in places. We meet the four March sisters, who along with their parents live in genteel poverty, although at the beginning the father is missing as he is away due to the Civil War, although as we see he does eventually return. And so, we read of the trials and tribulations of the family and their friends, with much of this centred on the four girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. A story then really of growing up, coming of age and then marrying this has been a mainstay of girls for years, with it has to be admitted many adult readers and fans. There is realism here, which was mainly ahead of its time, although there is also the idealization that you would expect from this period. Little Men takes us to the school where Jo, now married owns with her husband, and thus we have an insight into this institution as a new boy enters, and we follow him and other characters over the period. We then finish with Jo’s Boys which opens ten years on from the previous novel where we find out about how previous characters, friends and family included have aged, and how they fair in the world. Usually considered as an unofficial trilogy when the original Little Women was published it was a hit with critics and readers alike (thus leading to the second volume Good Wives), and still remains a favourite with many, who then introduce the book to their own little women. Its enduring popularity must surely be a combination of the well written and engaging stories told, the elements of realism, which even nowadays is only readily available in some children’s books, and the situations and problems that we are shown, which can occur as we grow up. As we see with Jo we do also have an element of feminism, as she is someone who doesn’t just want to be the traditional complacent housewife. Still then a pleasurable read for many, this edition gives you the books that you may never have read before, and even if you have, I am sure will wish to re-read again. Although usually considered more for girls and women, it has to be said that there have been many male fans of these books, and long may these remain popular.
Value for money - oh yes very much so! I bought this book in this format because I was missing Jo’s Boys, and I must say that I am very very pleased with it. Not only does it represent good value for money where other copies of these 4 books together cost far too much, but it also has the original illustrations which I find really adds to the books too. Yes it is a big book as people have commented on in reviews but what did they expect? I shall really enjoy reading these books again and delight in putting this on my shelves as I am an avid reader and collect books like other women collect handbags! A great find! So I would not hesitate to recommend this book! Enjoy, enjoy!
Rating : 3.3 of 212 Reviewers