Work

Moving away from the family setting of her best-known works, Louisa May Alcott explores both her own personal conflicts as a woman, as well as those experienced by her contemporaries in the unemancipated 19th century. Social justice and women's work are the central themes of this novel.

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By Marian (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★★★☆ · July 12, 2010
I loved this book. I can forgive Alcott anything, and her preachiness is endearing to me - so mostly this book just feels like another old friend right off the bat. The lead character, Christy, is lovable and forgivable. Her friends, though frequently superficially rendered, still liven the world... ...more
By Reagan (Atlanta, GA) · ★★★★★ · December 30, 2007
This is the last book that L.M.A. penned before she died and it is one of my favorites. It is the story of a young woman named Christie who goes out to make her way in the world by working. The first half of the book is a bit disjointed; not tedious, exactly, but it doesn't feel as cohesive a par... ...more
By Nancy · ★★★★☆ · March 16, 2015
This book tell of the many jobs and struggles of Christie, who is a young woman determined to make her own way through life. Christie helps a lot of people, and when she gets sick, and has debts to pay, people help her to get back on her feet. She thinks she will not marry, but she finds her soul... ...more
By Ruth-Ann (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · June 10, 2011
I love Louisa May Alcott. WOMAN POWER! The heroine Christie Devon goes out into the world to make her living after being raised by an aunt and uncle. She spends time in most of the occupations open to women in the 1850s: seamstress, governess, housemaid, companion to an invalid, and eventually ta... ...more
By Hortensia (Urbana, IL) · June 12, 2010
Eh.... The first half of this is very good to be assigned in pieces (or totality) in a class on women and work in the late nineteenth century. It's about a young woman who goes to the city looking for work, and all the different jobs that she takes, one after another. The second half is more of a... ...more
By Mahjong_kid (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 19, 2015
While I grew up loving Alcott's fiction, I had to admit to myself that sometimes she was overly preachy and took a few too many opportunities to present an object lesson or praise her "ideal" character. That tendency was largely a reflection of her time, when the main purpose of literature for wo... ...more
By notRahimeanymore (The United States) · ★★★★★ · July 05, 2012
I cried so much! Also realized that I really appreciate and miss books where a main object of the story is striving to be a better person. Guess I should be reading more 'old-fashioned' things. ...more
By Moonlight Reader · ★★★☆☆ · February 20, 2014
3 1/2 stars. Review here. ...more
By Claire (Minneapolis, MN) · February 16, 2009
Apparently Louisa wrote negatively of any Irish character in this book, that's bleak. ...more
By rr (The United States) · February 21, 2010
Given my fond memories of Little Women, I was interested to read some of Alcott's writing for an adult audience. Work is a more finished piece than A Long Fatal Love Chase, which I also read recently. Work is also more of a thought-piece, and there are times when I felt that the narrative of Chri... ...more