Little Women, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy.

The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another.

Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help wondering: Will Father return home safely?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780147514011

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It was a somewhat awkward read. It reminds me of Spyri's Heidi in its twee, sentimental tone. I also find the mock humility/thriftiness of wealthy families in older fiction rather grating. However, in between the preparing-girls-for-marriage-and-babies obsession in the book, I was pleased to see the character of Jo, who managed to have her own career and refused to marry for the sake of it. I imagine this was quite controversial in the mid-1800s.

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