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Book Title: Good Wives - A Sequel to Little Women|
The author of the book: Louisa May Alcott
ISBN 13: 9781409725268
Edition: Maurice Press
Date of issue: May 18th 2008
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The March girls are all grown up and ready to throw away all their individuality and aspirations so that they can please their penniless but Christian husbands <:'D Isn't that exactly what all girls dream of? Servitude to a man!
Fair warning, spoilers ahead:
Remember Meg? She was the self-satisfied smarmy brunette who all the men liked for her looks, and not much else. She makes a match to a tear-jerkingly boring and terrifically poor tutor, and lives with him to do his bidding and fret about how little money they have.
Beth dies, thank god. Had my fingers crossed for this since Little Women.
Jo, the most interesting and overrated of the lot, falls in love with a man whose only attribute I can recall is "Fat". Then she becomes a pious saint trying to throw away everything that made her Jo, including her temper, her best friend Laurie, and her headstrong personality.
Oh and there was the brat Amy. She was like Meg, but with a meaner nature and sillier character. She grows up to become really really hot. And Laurie, who Jo rejects, gets neatly packaged off with Amy, because IDONTEVENKNOWHWY!! He thinks she's pretty, and she thinks he's handsome, and I think that's it. They ride around in a boat one time, thinking about how hot the other person is and decide to marry.
All in all THIS BOOK SUCKED.
LAURIE DOESN'T GET TOGETHER WITH JO
MEG BECOMES STUPIDER
EVERYONE BECOMES BORING
HUSBANDS MUST BE OBEYED
STAHP LOUISA. WHAT YOU DOING?? STAHP!
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Read information about the authorAs A.M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.
Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside (now Hawthorne’s "Wayside").
Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy: "No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race," she claimed, " and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences...."
For Louisa, writing was an early passion. She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends. Louisa preferred to play the "lurid" parts in these plays, "the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens."
At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed: "I will do something by and by. Don’t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family; and I’ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won’t!"
Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined "...I will make a battering-ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world." Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.
Louisa’s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines. In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published. A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches (1863) based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.
When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write "a book for girls." Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868. The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters’ coming of age and is set in Civil War New England. Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality; a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children’s fiction.
In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories. She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.
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