There are a couple of reasons why I didn't read Little Women for Our Coffee Rings this month. One is that I've been reading books for the R.I.P. Challenge and kind of ran out of time. The main reason though is that about a week or so ago I discovered something very frustrating.
I still have my old copy of Little Women, with the bent spine, that I read as a child. I thought the group read would be a good excuse to read it again since I don't remember much of it. Besides it is not very long, I thought, when I pulled it out. My copy is only 270 pages.
I saw some comments by other bloggers though about it being a bit long. Out of curiosity I checked the page count of various versions of the book on Amazon. All were well over 400 pages! I started getting a bit suspicious.
So I decided to look for it online, since it's in the public domain, and compare. First I found it here, which listed 23 chapters, same as mine. But then I found it here with 47 chapters! And I found this comment on Amazon from School Library Journal about the Scholastic edition:
"Little Women was originally written in two parts, and this volume only contains part one, which ends with Mr. March's return. Readers familiar with the more common two-part version may find this title incomplete."
Mine is over 20 years old after all, so it's different to the one listed on Amazon, but it was also published by Scholastic. So now I feel completely cheated! Damn Scholastic and their shortened junior version!!
Someday I will have to read Little Women in its entirety! For now I have to figure out what to do with this incomplete book I have. Who would want it? Do I throw it away? And even more worryingly, I wonder about other Scholastic classics I read as a child...