SOURCE: Ex-library stock. The edition I read differed from the Amazon product listed above.
Set in a small New England community, it tells of the March family: Marmee looks after daughters in the absence of her husband, who is serving as an army chaplain in the Civil War, and Meg, Jo,Beth, and Amy experience domestic trials and triumphs as they attempt to supplement the family's small income. In the second part of the novel (sometimes known as Good Wives) the girls grow up and fall in love.
...... Amazon book description.
FIRST SENTENCE: Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Whoops! Apologies that I passed the book on before making a note of my memorable moment.
MY THOUGHTS: One of the favourite books of several generations of my family. I can vaguely remember reading Little Women as a girl but it obviously didn't leave any lasting impression as it has taken me all these years to feel the need to read it again and, on having read it, I can't say I remembered much of the story.
Originally penned as two separate volumes, Little Women and Good Wives, the version I read though titled Little Women contained both volumes.
Very much a book of its time and I feel largely autobiographical. The story follows the trials and tribulations of four sisters and their passage from childhood to adulthood with the central themes of domesticity and love.
Perhaps a book that I enjoyed as a girl but as an adult I'm afraid I found this twee and overly sentimental.
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