Illustrations by Marjolein Bastin
by Louisa May Alcott
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Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 04 Oct 2022
The Marjolein Bastin Classics Series is a chance to rediscover classic literature in collectible, luxuriously illustrated volumes. For the first time ever, the internationally celebrated artwork of Marjolein Bastin graces the pages of the timeless American classic Little Women, the story of the March sisters and their journey from childhood to adulthood during the American Civil War. Beyond bringing these stories to life, Bastin’s series adds elaborately designed ephemera, such as a self-made newspaper, a map, an invitation, and more. Whether an ideal gift for a Louisa May Alcott devotee or a treat for yourself, The Marjolein Bastin Classics Series,as a set or individually purchased, is perfect for anyone who feels a connection to enduring literary gems.
Discover anew the world of Little Women. The 1860s, the turbulent days of the American Civil War, and four sisters as different as they could be: Meg, who likes to approach everything rationally and reasonably; Jo, a nonconformist with literary ambitions; tender Beth, who tries to keep the peace; and Amy, the baby of the family who tends to take herself and her position in society a little too seriously. While their father is off fighting the war, the four girls must learn to get by with just their mother while realizing that it isn’t easy for young women to establish their place in the world. Despite numerous obstacles, the sisters carry on and become independent adults, each in her own way, but without losing sight of the importance of family.
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Absolutely visually stunning version of a classic piece of literature by Louisa May Alcott. The watercolor illustrations by Marjolein Bastin, which appear throughout the novel are just beautifully crafted. Flora and fauna of the most vibrant hues and delicate detail flit merrily across the pages. The cover and end pages are so charming. The compositions work perfectly in context with this novel. I will be gifting this edition to several family members this holiday season. Hydrangeas are dear to my heart and those little yellow butterflies hold a special significance to me and my family. I teared up when I saw them. They might end up tattooed on me shortly!
Thank you NetGalley for providing access to this lovely edition of Little Women. I am so happy I was able to see it and share my opinion. I will keep an eye out for more illustrations by Bastin in the future.
Pros: Little Women is one of my all-time favorite classics, and I loved seeing this new edition. This illustrated series of classics includes the loveliest illustrations--generally of florals, birds, and insects. I think this series would make special gifts that could be both read and displayed. I can't wait to see what books are added next!
Cons: None except this makes me want to buy all the books in the collection!
Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.
What an absolutely delicious and GORGEOUSLY illustrated edition of Little Women. It's sure to be part of every collectors' library. The subtle and gentle artwork is perfectly placed strategically throughout and brings new life to a devoted classic.
I can't wait to get my hands on the physical copy of this, it's STUNNING digitally and I can only imagine how it'll translate to print.
A BIG thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for this gorgeous edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott illustrated by Marjolein Bastin. As part of the Marjolein Bastin Classics Seriesis, the delicate floral illustrations included throughout the volume add new life to the text while maintaining the spirit of the original printing. I revisit this classic at least once a year, and the addition of these illustrations truly brings a newfound joy to the reading experience. I hope each new generation approaches this text and appreciates the beauty and simplicity of the illustrations included, and I would recommend this copy to anyone interested in the work of Louisa May Alcott. The digital copy of this edition is lovely, so I can only imagine the stunning quality of the hardcover version. #LittleWomen #NetGalley