Little Women

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Published: 1868
Language: English
Wordcount: 186,279 / 504 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.3
LoC Category: PZ
Series: Little Women
Downloads: 54,890 498

This popular novel concerns the lives and loves of four sisters growing up during the American Civil War, and was based on Alcott's own experiences as a child in Concord, Massachusetts. After much demand, Alcott wrote a sequel, Good Wives, which is often published together with Little Women as if it were a single work. Good Wives picks up three years after the events in the last chapter of Little Women, and includes characters and events often felt by fans to be essential to the story.

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ll times. A year seems very long to wait before I see them, but remind them that while we wait we may all work, so that these hard days need not be wasted. I know they will remember all I said to them, that they will be loving children to you, will do their duty faithfully, fight their bosom enemies bravely, and conquer themselves so beautifully that when I come back to them I may be fonder and prouder than ever of my little women." Everybody sniffed when they came to that part. Jo wasn't ashamed of the great tear that dropped off the end of her nose, and Amy never minded the rumpling of her curls as she hid her face on her mother's shoulder and sobbed out, "I am a selfish girl! But I'll truly try to be better, so he mayn't be disappointed in me by-and-by."

"We all will," cried Meg. "I think too much of my looks and hate to work, but won't any more, if I can help it."

"I'll try and be what he loves to call me, 'a little woman' and not be rough and wild, but do my duty here instead of wanting to


Average Rating of 4.4 from 19 reviews: *****

I loved this book, it is originally in my text book. Only one extract, but when I read that extract, I became crazy to read this series. This is more AWSOME than I thought. I'm not Suman, she is my mother. I'm her younger daughter Ananyika.....


I was named after Josephine in little women. I read this book I LOVE it!


i read this book for the first time as a school subject book . but i love this story . once we have acted this film also i that i was jo .so.... i would like to tell all teenagers to read this book .



Love this book! Have read it many times over the years. If you love "Little Women," try a time travel e-book called "Concord," by Ginger Rapsus, from Amazon, telling what happened if Beth March had lived.


i love this book very much.

One of the best novel i ever read..It gives us the live example of daughter's love and dedication towards her family...Must Read.

Shivani Ghatge

Best Novel of all times.


Lovely novel and a fine sample of Alcott's writing. However, for those who have read all her works, there is a certain repetitive element that is encountered in her writings.
But, Little Women is a special book, especially the second half, "Good Wives". I've always been moved by Beth's death and Jo's resulting loneliness. Amy and Meg, though not as likeable, are much more realistically drawn.


i was never found of reading books but this was my first book wht i read and i really loved it and i read it so many times i thing this is the best book

Mahdi Naseri

its really different from other novels and its really deserve for being one of the best novels in the world.


My Great-Aunt read this book to me when I was 8 or 10. I loved Beth so much. That's probably why Beth is my 23year old's name.

Anh Nguyen Lan

I love this book so much. A moving story about 4 sisters in a happy family.

Carl Heerwagen

I found this book enjoyable.

Maithri Hegde

I first read the abridged version of Little Women when I was about 10 years [6 years earlier]. Since then I have read the unabridged version as well as the sequels. If there is any book that is timeless, truly inspiring and enjoyable, it is this.

The tale of the four sisters is truly touching, more so in Good Wives, where the author shows how life is not all plain sailing, and how even the best of us must struggle to overcome our sorrows and see the best in life. The characters are beautifully portrayed, probably and no other character shall I ever find who will delight me like Jo March.

Louisa May Alcott's books deserve to be spread far and wide and this site is a wonderful way to get most of her works.


A true classic in every sense of the word. I'd never read this book until now and I loved it. I've seen the movie but the book is much better. They always are. I sort of like to watch a movie and then read the book because you can see what they've changed, but when you do it the other way around you are most always disappointed.


this book is the best I've ever read....It's really cool...anyone who reads it will love it....


Little Women is the most memorable book I have read in several years. A single chapter would bring both laughter and tears. The characters were very real-- living, learning and loving through situations which made them all better human beings.

Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite authors. She weaves solid wisdom and goodness into every tale she tells.

i have never read this book but i would like to

Kalyani Kansal

Lovely book.. A must read for its honest characters, real plots and deep, good humoured writing.

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