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Subject: Louisa May Alcott-Little Women and beyond
Date Posted: 7/27/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I read on Hidden Gems and the Classics forums about how everyone loves, loves, loves  Little Women. Have any of you read the sequels to the March family saga?

2-Good Wives

3- Little Men (good movie with Mariel Hemingway BTW)

4-Jo's Boys.

Also: An Old Fashioned Girl, Under the Lilacs, 8 Cousins, Rose in Bloom,

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 8:40 PM ET
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I've read Little Men and Jo's Boys. I liked them, but they aren't quite as good as LW.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 10:18 PM ET
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Good Wives is where they all get married, and why Jo doesn't marry Laurie.

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 10:54 PM ET
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I've also read Little Men and Jo's Boys and really enjoyed both of them.  Years ago I read Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom and though it's been a while, I feel like they didn't have the depth that the others did.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:36 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/28/2008 8:19 AM ET
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I have the whole set of hardback books and I did read all of them when I was around 11 -13 years old. I don't remember them very well now though.

 

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 8:38 AM ET
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After reading and absolutely loving Little Women years and years ago, I read Little Men and Jo's Boys.  But they just didn't capture me the way Little Women had.   Little Women was just enchanting and delightful, I was completely surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 9:21 AM ET
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I read Under the Lilacs and Jack and Jill when I was younger--I really liked  Jack and Jill.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 3:51 PM ET
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I've read them all, and really enjoyed them very much. Little Women was my favorite, but I enjoyed Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom too. I think I'll read them again this year!

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:33 PM ET
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I read them all but for Good Wives.  But, while I read Little Women over and over, into adulthood, I never cared for the others enough to reread them even once.

A complete aside here: Geraldine Brook's novel March is about their father from the novel, whom we know was based on her real father.  I am sure it is very fictionalized, but you know, it was a good story.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 7:30 PM ET
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I've read all of them when I was younger and enjoyed each book.  Little Men and Jo's Boys were my favorites.... I wanted to be Jo when I was a kid, LOL.

I recently read Abbot's Ghost: A Christmas Story and enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as the others.

 

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 10:01 PM ET
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I think I've read all the books you listed, but it was a very long time ago.

 

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 2:19 AM ET
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You know, I actually preferred Jo's Boys to Little Women.  It's a little grittier.  You can't help but get involved in Dan's story.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 8:09 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/1/2008 9:16 AM ET
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I loved LIttle Women (Good Wives is usually published in the same book.)  Little Men and Jo's Boys were good reads, although I don't return to them as often.  Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom are two of my favorites!  (In fact, I did my Master's thesis on Alcott's views on education and Eight Cousins.)  Jack and Jill is a fun read and so is An Old Fashioned Girl.  I admit that Under the Lilacs was not my favorite.  (At least I don't remember it, and that says something for me!)  I couldn't get into her gothic stories, but I might try to take another run a them before school starts. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 9:03 PM ET
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I have read LW and the other 3 sequels, all 4 are on my list of all time favorite re-reads.

I shall keep a look out for the other books listed by LMA and see if I enjoy them as much.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 11:12 PM ET
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I didn't read Little Women until I was an adult (unlike my daughter who read it in middle school).  Can't remember Little Men or Jo's Boys very well.  I read one of them, but can't remember which one.  What I do remember was that it seemed to be written by someone else.  It just didn't have the same beauty or style as Little Women, and really disappointed me.  Maybe I should revisit them, or try some of her others. 

Have any of you been to Orchard House?  I enjoy visiting author's homes and familiar haunts but have never been in that part of the country.  We've visited a couple of Laura Ingalls Wilder's homes, and plan to stop in Hannibal to visit Twain's on our next visit to that area. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 4:33 PM ET
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GOOD WIVES is the second half of  what we call LITTLE WOMEN.  If you read LITTLE WOMEN you will see about halfway through the novel there is a four year gap in the story.  This is were GOOD WIVES begins.  Orginally written as two separate novels (1868 and 1870, respectively)  these were combined into one back in the 1920's to create one novel.  However, it can still be found as two separate novels overseas.

I have read all the books, in order, as I am a crazy fan of the author.  LITTLE WOMEN is the best, LITTLE MEN is worth a read, and JO'S BOYS is loosely based on the later years of Alcott, which may be why it seemed to be written by a different author.  AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL and  TRANSCENDENTAL WILD OATS are great reads, as well as her 'blood and thunder' stories. 

Orchard House in Concord, Mass. is well worth a visit.  It was also the place many other writers including Thoreau and  Hawthorne.  Try their website: lousiamayalcott.org

If you have Netflix, I highly recommend watching the 1994 film of LITTLE WOMEN with Winona Ryder.  If you have Turner Classic Movies, check out the 1941 version of LITTLE MEN, starring Kay Francis on September 18th. 

Deb

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 5:46 PM ET
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Am I crazy....or was there a TV movie of Little Women (probably back in the early 80's) with Susan Dey as Jo and Meredith Baxter Birney as Meg....and, of all people, William Shatner as Baer....and it was very good??   Does anyone else remember this version? 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 6:06 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/4/2008 6:10 PM ET
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Wow, I've seen several versions of Little Women and that's one that I had never even heard of.  I'll have to check it out.  (Wow, and Greer Garson is Aunt March?  Almost 40 years earlier she was Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice.)

Edit:  William Shatner?  Seriously?  Wow.......that's a stretch for my imagination.

It's on my Netflix queue now!



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Date Posted: 8/4/2008 6:19 PM ET
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I've read Little Women four or five times but I've only read Jo's Boys and Little Men (of the rest you list) once each. That was plenty. They were okay but Little Women is my favorite.
Date Posted: 8/5/2008 6:15 AM ET
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Marilyn---thanks for remembering that version, and for the links.  I recall it as very good (even Shatner!), and had no idea it was available anywhere.  Thanks again.

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Date Posted: 8/5/2008 8:13 PM ET
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Nonickname, I went to Orchand House last year.  It was very interesting.  I think that I learned as much about Alcott's father as I did about her.  I bought a book of her journals that was interesting reading (I only read about half of it but plan to finish it some day).

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