Good Wives

by Louisa M. Alcott

Hardcover, 1940

Status

Check shelf

Call number

SC Al

Publication

Andrew Dakers Limited, London (1940), Edition: Reprint, 158 pages

Description

Classic Literature. Fiction. HTML: Three years after the close of Little Women, the March girls, four of the most beloved young women in American literature, are young adults carving out their futures. John Brooke is home and planning a life with Meg, despite his modest financial situation. The other girls see promises of fulfillment ahead as well, as they grow and develop a certain amount of independence. Along the way, they all face painful trials, from Jo's struggle with her writing career to her friend Laurie's heartbreak in a love tragedy. Eventually, each of the girls finds happiness, but not always in the ways that they expect. Though often classified as a children's book, Good Wives, with its lifelike characters and situations, has entertained millions of adults. The delightful adventures of the March children still possess great power to inspire countless listeners..… (more)

Local notes

0000-1188-5730

User reviews

LibraryThing member SueinCyprus
A lovely book, the sequel to 'Little Women'. The March girls embark on married life, and the book charts their problems and joys. Some very moving moments as well as some light humour.
LibraryThing member sundy
This is a story of four sisters,and maybe the main character is Jo.She liked to write a story and she wanted tobe a author. But another sisters founded a nice man and married. She was lonly,But...

This is a hert-warming story. After you read this book, you will feel happy.
LibraryThing member ponzubu-
This story is four sister's episode.Four sister have each their dream and four will come true actually,but Jo can't go well,and she decided a plan for her dream.

I seem that I am similar with Jo.I like to be alone and don't like the conversation with others.However Jo change better because she
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decided,and she was responed by her sisters.I also change like Jo.
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LibraryThing member SimoneA
I could handle the old fashioned-ness in Little Women, because it is such a classic, but reading the sequel was too much preachiness for me.
LibraryThing member gucchi
This story is about four sister's each episode.
The main character is Jo.
They lived togeter but aiter that they lead own life.

I think Jo was nice person because if I were her,I couldn't celebrate for Aymy.
This book was interesting,I couldn't the last.
LibraryThing member BellaFoxx
To be perfectly honest, I didn't know LMA had written this book. After reading it I realized that the "Little Women" movies I have seen combine this book with "Little Women".

This book picks up with Meg's wedding, which happens 3 years after "Little Women" ends. It goes on in much the same way as
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"Little Women", telling girls lives, Meg as a young wife and mother, Amy the artist going abroad with family, Jo the favorite Aunty and struggling writer, and beloved sweet Beth, even though I pretty sure most of the free world knows what happens, I'm not going to say it here, just in case.

When this book ends the girls are married women with babies. The ending sets up the next book in the series "Little Men".
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LibraryThing member yvonnekins
DNF. Part one of little women kept me reading and interested despite how preachy it was. Part two makes me want to drop dead. It's that boring. I don't care about the girls getting married. Meg's chapters about her married life are enough to make me want to rip my hair out. I cannot bring myself to
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finish this, and even the audiobook isnt saving it for me. Part one was enough on its own
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LibraryThing member Amzzz
This book continues the story of the March sisters. I still found it enjoyable and pleasant to listen to, but it was maybe a little more preachy than the first part of the story, and thus possibly doesn’t age as well.
LibraryThing member Daumari
Copying what I wrote into the Kindle review section last night when I finished:
Good Wives is a bit more aesoppy, as they are now adults (or near enough) and learning how to run their own households/find happiness. I also think it interesting that Jo is more of an author avatar here than ever,
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making money writing "sensation stories" only to stop when convinced they're vulgar, to not want to get married (until she does because it'd probably be scandalous for your ostensible lead to be a spinster). More time passes- we open with Meg and John's wedding (they waited until Meg turned 20, as is apparent from LMA checking in on each girl), and we end with Jo in her late 20s (she is 25 when Amy and Laurie return from Europe, thinking about how old she is, and the last chapter is a harvest at the school).

Still, despite the moralizing LW/GW can be funny and sweet, and all the characters have such distinct personalities that they feel lived in (though I still think Beth is the perfect baby angel whose only failing is her physical health.) I still chuckle a little bit about how Laurie is perceived as "dark" because he's half Italian, only for Hannah to be *right there* with a noticeable dialect and one of the boys in the last chapter described as "a quadroon" yikes.

I also think it's fun where this is one of the earlier examples of fans upset at the author for disrupting their preferred ship (Jo/Laurie are SO suited for one another, but maybe like Marmee suggested their temperaments are too similar).
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LibraryThing member INeilC
An enjoyable second part to the story of the Little Women, taking up the story three years later, and relating their growing up. A rollicking good read which should be read by everyone - even if its status as a novel does not see it in the lists of so-called "best" literature.

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1869

Physical description

158 p.

ISBN

0710502249 / 9780710502247

Barcode

34747000033320
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