Une année, avec ses joies et ses peines, de la vie de Meg, Jo, Beth et Amy March, quatre soeurs âgées de onze à seize ans. Leur père absent - la guerre de Sécession fait rage et il est aumônier dans l'armée nordiste -, elles aident leur mère à assumer les tâches quotidiennes. Ce qu'elles font avec leur caractère bien différent : Meg, la romantique, qui va éprouver les émois d'un premier amour ; Jo, qui ne se départit jamais d'un humour à toute épreuve ; la généreuse Beth ; la blonde Amy, enfin, qui se laisse aller parfois à une certaine vanité...
Dix ans se sont écoulés depuis Le rêve de Jo March. À côté de Plumfield se dresse désormais une véritable petite université dans laquelle on vient de loin pour étudier. Si les garçons de Jo sont de solides gaillards égaillés de par le monde, ils n'oublient pas pour autant Plumfield ni bien sûr Mme Jo, plus que jamais de bon conseil dans les moments délicats : ceux où les coeurs encore tendres connaissent leurs premières épreuves !
Trois ans ont passé depuis l'épilogue des Quatre filles du docteur March. Les quatre soeurs sont aujourd'hui des jeunes femmes. Meg épouse «son» John et s'épanouit dans son rôle de mère au foyer, Jo continue à écrire et à publier ses nouvelles dans des journaux, Beth toujours aussi discrète et de santé fragile puise dans le quotidien et l'affection des siens la force de vivre tandis qu'Amy, la charmeuse, virevolte tel un papillon et fait battre les coeurs.
L'infatigable Jo March a enfin la vie dont elle rêvait. Sa grande maison - presque aussi grande que son coeur - est toujours ouverte aux enfants défavorisés. Que d'aventures, que de petits drames, que de situations drôles et cocasses ! Quand une bonne douzaine de jeunes garçons vivent ensemble sous la houlette d'une femme telle que Jo, on ne risque guère de s'ennuyer !
Meg, Jo, Beth et Amy vivent aux États-Unis et s'entendent plutôt bien pour des soeurs ! En pleine guerre de Sécession, leur père est parti sur le front, alors tout le monde travaille dur. Mais entre Meg la raisonnable, Jo l'impétueuse, Amy la raffinée et Beth la délicate, les discussions sont passionnées et la maison rarement silencieuse !
Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are four sisters trying to support the family and keep their spirit up while their father is at war. Each one of them has a unique vivid personality which helps them overcome the hardships of poverty. Showing the transition from childhood to womanhood, "Little Women" together with its sequels: "Good Wives", "Little Men", and "Jo's Boys", has been one of the most widely read novels in the world. It has inspired numerous adaptations including a 2019 movie starring Emma Watson with six Academy Award nominations.
After "Little Women's" immediate commercial and critical success readers demanded to know more about Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. In "Good Wives", Louisa May Alcott follows the dinamic life of the beloved March sisters and their further character development. The novel together with its sequels "Little Men", and "Jo's Boys", has been one of the most widely read in the world. It has inspired numerous adaptations including a 2019 movie starring Emma Watson with six Academy Award nominations.
Pendant la Guerre de Sécession, les quatre filles du Docteur March se retrouvent privées de leur père parti combattre aux côtés des Nordistes. Mme March et ses quatre filles doivent alors affronter les difficultés de la vie quotidienne et surtout la peur de ne plus jamais revoir le Dr. March. Malgré tout, c'est dans la joie et l'innocence que Meg, Jo, Beth et Amy vont découvrir ensemble les bonheurs et les déceptions de la vie. © Nathan (P)
Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.
From the Paperback edition.
Follows the four March sisters - pretty Meg, tomboy Jo, shy Beth and vain Amy - as they grow and mature into four distinctive little women. Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Boston and Concord, Massachusetts, the setting for Little Women.
Life in the March household is full of adventures and accidents as the four very different March sisters follow their varying paths to adulthood, always maintaining the special bond between them. Sensible Meg, impetuous Jo, shy Beth and artistic Amy each have to confront different challenges as they grow up together and attempt to learn how to be both happy and good.
The four March sistersMeg, Amy, Beth, and feisty Joshare the joys and sorrows of growing up while their father is away at war. The family is poor in worldly goods, but rich in love and character. From the Trade Paperback edition.
'As they sat together in the twilight, talking over their small plans, the future always grew so beautiful and bright' Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy have grown up together in Orchard House with their friend Laurie next door, and now it's time for them to go out and find their places in the big wide world, to do the great and marvellous things they've dreamed of and discover their 'castles in the air'. They each find themselves tested, and fall in love, but when tragedy strikes they find their best comfort is in each other, and home.
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This chilling tale of lust, deception and greed, first published anonymously in 1877, allowed Alcott the chance to exercise "the lurid style" she believed was her "natural ambition". A novel of psychological complexity that touches on the controversial subjects of sexuality and drug use, A Modern Mephistopheles is a penetrating and powerful study of human evil and its appalling consequences.
Best known for the novels Little Women and Little Men, Louisa May Alcott brought the story of her feisty protagonist Jo and the adventures and misadventures of the March family to an entertaining, surprising, and bittersweet conclusion in Jo’s Boys. Beginning ten years after Little Men, Jo’s Boys revisits Plumfield, the New England school still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer. Jo remains at the center of the tale, surrounded by her boys—including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil, and promising musician Nat—as they experience shipwreck and storm, disappointment and even murder.Popular for over a century, Alcott’s series still holds universal appeal with its powerful and affectionate depiction of family—the haven where the prodigal can always return, adversity is shared, and our dreams of being cherished, despite our flaws, come true. In this edition of Jo’s Boys, readers once again experience a treasured classic by one of America’s bestloved writers.From the Paperback edition.
The third book about the March family and their friends.
With two sons of her own, and twelve rescued orphan boys filling the informal school at Plumfield, Jo March (now Jo Bhaer) couldn't be happier. But despite the warm and affectionate help of the whole March family, boys have a habit of getting into scrapes and there are plenty of troubles and adventures ahead.
Rose, a shy orphan, blossoms in the company of her spirited relatives when she takes up residence at "The Aunt Hill." This captivating novel by the author of Little Women offers readers of all ages endearing, inspiring stories about growing up, making friends, and facing life with kindness and courage.
Polly's friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston helps them to build a new life and teaches her the truth about the relationship between happiness and riches.
The fourth and last book about the March family.
Ten years after the school at Plumfield was founded, there is now a college, built with a legacy from old Mr Lawrence. All Jo's original children are grown young men, scattered around the world, and graceful young women with high ambitions. But young men face as many troubles as children do, and they are still 'Jo's boys'.
A level 4 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by John Escott When Christmas comes for the four March girls, there is no money for expensive presents and they give away their Christmas breakfast to a poor family. But there are no happier girls in America than Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They miss their father, of course, who is away at the Civil War, but they try hard to be good so that he will be proud of his 'little women' when he comes home. This heart-warming story of family life has been popular for more than a hundred years.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a classic novel loved by adults and children alike.
Come laugh and cry with the March family.
Meg - the sweet-tempered one. Jo - the smart one. Beth - the shy one. Amy - the sassy one.
Together they're the March sisters. Their father is away at war and times are difficult, but the bond between the sisters is strong. The family may not have much money, but that doesn't stop them from creating their own fun and forming a secret society. Through sisterly squabbles, happy times and sad, their four lives follow very different paths, and they discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do...
/> ***PLUS a behind-the-scenes journey, including an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more...*** Louisa May Alcott wrote her first novel, The Inheritance, at age seventeen, but it went unpublished for nearly 150 years until 1997, after two researchers (Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy) stumbled across the handwritten manuscript in the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Of course, Ms. Alcott is best known for a different novel, Little Women, which she wrote in two parts. The first volume, alternately titled Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, was published in 1868, and the second volume, Good Wives, was published in 1869. Like Jo in Little Women, Louisa also wrote many "blood and thunder" tales, which were published in popular periodicals of the day. She did not openly claim authorship for many of these Gothic thriller stories, however: for some, she used the pseudonym, "A. M. Barnard"; for others, she chose to remain completely anonymous.
Published in 1873, this autobiographical novel has been called the adult Little Women. It is supplemented here with all the usual Library of America features, plus a conversation with editor Susan Cheever, and a reading group guide.