Penguin Active Reading: Level 1 Little Women (CD-ROM Pack) (Penguin Active Readers, Level 1) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/9/8
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The four March sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - have problems. Their father is away in the war and they don't have much money. But the girls have happy times, too! Read this story of family love in a difficult year for the Marches.
I paid for this edition because it reproduces Explanatory Notes and other materials from the original World's Classics.
But it contains TOO MANY TYPOS not in the original.
BEWARE. OUP on its cover doesn't necessarily mean it is an excellent edition.
But I don’t think that children before going to the society need to be pessimistic. Children had better be optimistic and positive and have more hope for the future. Most of all, they had better not be contaminated by evil, even though they may be contaminated by evil when they grow up.
The people in “Little Women” may be mildly ridiculous, but they are uncorrupted. They have something that is perhaps best described as integrity, or good morale, founded partly on an unthinking piety. It is a matter of course that everyone attends church on Sunday morning and says grace before meals and prayers at bedtime; to amuse the children one tells them Bible stories.
For example, an old man James Laurence sends a letter of gratitude to a little neighbor Beth March who made a pair of slippers for him.
“I have had many pairs of slippers in my life, but I never had any that suited me so well as yours. ‘Heart’s-ease is my favorite flower, and these will always remind me of the gentle giver. I like to pay my debts, so I know you will allow ‘the old gentleman’ to send you something which once belonged to the little granddaughter he lost. With hearty thanks, and best wishes, I remain,
‘Your grateful friend and humble servant,
James Laurence.' ”
It seems unlikely that an old man should send such a courteous letter to a little girl in these days. But I think that it is good for young children today to know that an old man could write such a letter to a young girl. All through the novel, one can detect an underlying confidence in the future, and belief in fellow creatures. At least, it is good for children today to get in touch with such a world of no corruption. It is true that there are vice, wickedness, cruelty and oppression in this world, but I think that fiction for children is better employed in showing how much beauty, kindness, self-sacrifice, generosity and heroism there is in this world.
Even though I know of no strictly literary test which would show where the superiority lies, I would like to back “Little Women” to outlive the complete works of Virginia Woolf or George Moore.
By the way, in the 1949 film version directed by Mervyn LeRoy, Mrs. March says to Jo March who sold her hair to help finance the trip to Washington, where Mr. March was hospitalized.
“Jo, your hair will grow back, and it’ll be as lovely as ever. But you will never be more beautiful than you are now.”
This beautiful dialogue is not in the novel. This is a wonderful invention of the film.
語数 11,000 YL 1.8
した作品です。前作と同様、４姉妹のMeg, Jo, Beth, Amyが中心人物