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Nov 29 2016 8:15am

Have You Ever Read Little Women?

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a cornerstone book for many readers. It is even a central element of an episode of Friends in which Joey reads Little Women for the first time (and Rachel commits the cardinal sin of reading and spoils the ending). 

So, have you read Little Women? Do you have definite thoughts on who Jo should have ended up with

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13 comments
TMC
1. TMC
Yes! Childhood favorite and possibly a small gateway into romance. Many, many years ago, as a college student, I was being silly in a bookstore with a group of loud friends. Upon seeing a Little Women display, I screeched (again, young and loud), "This makes me cry every time I read it!" I then turned to see an elderly woman standing right next to me and started to apologize for my behavior. Before I could say a word, she placed her hand on my arm and replied, "Me too dear, me too." Over 20 years later, I still smile about bonding with a stranger over this book.
TMC
2. brontëgirl
Yes, when I was about ten, and many times since! I spent my 21st bday money from my grandparents on a hardcopy illustrated version. I never did fret about who ended up with who--I just read to find out about the characters, and later read for meaning.
I also like Alcott's An Old-Fashioned Girl as much as Little Women.
Kara
3. keen23
I am strongly Team Amy for this one. She's the left over sister. She's the comic relief (pickled limes ffs? what are those?). I am happy that she gets rewarded with Laurie. I have a very old, hard cover set of Louisa May Alcott books- think 1880's-, and Little Women is the best of the bunch.
lauralee1912
4. lauralee1912
I first read Little Women while on a camping trip to upstate New York. I was a voracious reader at 10. My mother bought me several classics, including Black Beauty, to read on vacation that year. I think it was to keep me away from her vacation reading material, titles like Valley of the Dolls and Peyton Place. Like TMC, I think Little Women was possibly a small gateway into romance for me. Jo's angst!
TMC
5. EC Spurlock
I've read multiple versions multiple times since childhood, and now own a complete matched set of Alcott novels in a 1901 leather-bound edition, the prize of my antiquarian book collection. I've always preferred Eight Cousins though.

The characters in Little Women were actually based on Louisa's real family, and her original intention was for Jo to remain a "useful spinster" like Louisa herself. I have to admit I kind of wish her editor had allowed her to do that instead of insisting that she marry Jo off. She had to wait until Nan in Jo's Boys to depict the kind of independent, self-sufficient woman she believed was more helpful to society at large.
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
Yes I've read it and as I was telling someone else, I have never felt more betrayed by a book than I did by this one. SIGH. But one of my favorite references to this convo is the aforementioned Friends episode.
Sandy Pochapin
7. Sandypo
I have read Little Women many times, as well as most of Louisa May Alcott's other books. I think Jo ended up with Professor Baer (sp?) was the best choice for her since she wasn't interested in a society lifestyle and Laurie was...All of the "Little Women" ended up as they were supposed to although Beth's death was the hardest for all concerned.
Teddy Pierson
8. TeddyP
I have watched the movie. Does that count? I did read the credits...
Jerrie Adkins
9. filkferengi
#8, which movie did you see? Both are excellent, each in their own ways, whether with June Allyson or Winona Ryder.
TMC
10. alice127
It helps if you read the sequals to little women, Little Men and Jo's Boys.
You see down the road how their lives change.
TMC
11. susan59srw
I have read it several times, followed by Jo's Boys. I've missed Little Men, however. I think she ended up with the rught person, they compliment each other.
bigedsgirl1
12. bigedsgirl1
When I was about 9 or 10, I was gifted with a treasure trove of books for Christmas that year. Black Beauty, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Little Women. Jo March was a lively character and I truly enjoyed her interactions with all the other characters, but the character that touched me the most and the one I most wanted to be like was Beth. The warmth and inner strength of Beth is what has kept me re-reading Little Women countless times. I also think Jo ended up with the right person; Jo needed a man to ground her and Laurie was a boy in man's clothing. He was perfect for Amy.
TMC
13. SpiritedMuse
I tried reading it. But just couldn't get through it. I did see some of the tv movie with Wynona Ryder. But yea just was never quite my thing. Same with Anne of Green Gables.
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