Eight Cousins

Eight Cousins When Rose Campbell a shy orphan arrives at The Aunt Hill to live with her six aunts and seven boisterous male cousins she is quite overwhelmed How could such a delicate young lady used to the quie

When Rose Campbell, a shy orphan, arrives at The Aunt Hill to live with her six aunts and seven boisterous male cousins, she is quite overwhelmed How could such a delicate young lady, used to the quiet hallways of a girls boarding school, exist in such a spirited home It is the arrival of Uncle Alec that changes everything Much to the horror of her aunts, Rose s forwWhen Rose Campbell, a shy orphan, arrives at The Aunt Hill to live with her six aunts and seven boisterous male cousins, she is quite overwhelmed How could such a delicate young lady, used to the quiet hallways of a girls boarding school, exist in such a spirited home It is the arrival of Uncle Alec that changes everything Much to the horror of her aunts, Rose s forward thinking uncle insists that the child get out of the parlor and into the sunshine And with a little courage and lots of adventures with her mischievous but loving cousins, Rose begins to bloom.Written by the beloved author of Little Women, Eight Cousins is a masterpiece of children s literature This endearing novel offers readers of all ages an inspiring story about growing up, making friends, and facing life with strength and kindness.

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Eight Cousins

  1. As A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832 She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

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  1. Onvan Eight Cousins Eight Cousins, 1 Nevisande Louisa May Alcott ISBN 486455599 ISBN13 9780486455594 Dar 224 Safhe Saal e Chap 1874

  2. This went from delightful to tedious in thirty pages It s amazing to me that Jane Austen, who wrote some one hundred years before Alcott, could feel so incredibly modern and this novel so insufferably outdated.If you like regular lines such as Oh, you little dear and scenes of the older man holding the chin of the thirteen year old girl and tenderly kissing her rose bud lips and telling her to mind him and all of her dreams shall come true did I mention it is her uncle her dear, dear uncle , the [...]

  3. I had SUCH a crush on Uncle Alec, who rides in on his white charger bearing oatmeal and imported silk sashes and SAVES young Rose from well meaning overbearing aunts and migraines and addictions some heavy stuff even by today s kiddie lit standards If you haven t read it and think I m kidding, I m not And when I wasn t fantasizing about Uncle A, I imagined myself with my own gaggle of guy cousins to pal around with one or two tapping at my heartstrings, of course Five stars How about eight

  4. The latest book in my Louisa May Alcott kickd I found it generally charming I love the idea of throwing out the window the general practices at the time wearing tight corsets and belts, taking strong coffees and cordials to improve health, teaching girls to act like ladies instead of allowing them fresh air and exercise and enjoyed watching young Rose become a picture of health and happiness I also loved the idea that her uncle taught her to be a self reliant woman hence the emphasis on housekee [...]

  5. Age Appropriate For All AgesBest for Ages 10 18Some of my favorite memories of my early teen years were the hours that I spent reading Little Women with my sisters We read the whole book together over a few months, sitting outside in the woods, each with a different project Alcott always makes me think of those happy times, and makes me feel nostalgic.My younger sisters have read many Alcott books then I have, and I got to hear all about their favorites The book I heard them gush the most about [...]

  6. I love Little Women, I really do Though I realize in retrospect that a lot of it is sort of preaching the philosophies of the May March parents Which is fine, because wanting girls to be strong and self sufficient is a wonderful thing.But if you thought Marmee was a little too full of wholesome advice, this is NOT the book for you The entire book revolves around orphaned Rose, and how her Uncle Alec, a free thinking doctor, rehabilitates her The virtues of fresh air, exercise, wholesome food, a [...]

  7. If you ve read any Louisa May Alcott, the general ideas and characters will be familiar The characters are all very high minded and very concerned with morality, building character, proper behavior, etc Being written nearly 150 years ago, some of the ideas on health, class and race relations, and gender roles are very antiquated, and can even seem a bit bigoted But you have to remember the time in which it was written The way they describe a Chinese man is particularly interesting.The basic plot [...]

  8. Oh my goodness this was such a good book and I already have the next one in the series, so I am all set Sweet, loving, charming, delightful.

  9. Every so often I get the urge to travel down memory lane and read some of the books that I loved as a child I went through a phase where I polished off all of the Anne of Green Gables series on my Kindle, and another where I did the Little House books, so I guess it was inevitable that when I next needed to scratch that childhood period fiction itch, I d reach for one of my dearly beloved favorites, Louisa May Alcott It s interesting to think that many of the authors of beloved children s fictio [...]

  10. When I was in my early teens, there was a trifecta of authors that I devoured Jane Austen, L.M Montgomery, and Louisa May Alcott I even made an informational web page about them on Angelfire those were the daysAnyway, revisiting a book like Eight Cousins reminds me exactly how I was influenced by these characters A lot of my world view was shaped by this innocent wholesomeness, exemplified by Rose, the main character Her ladylike presence automatically inspired people around her namely, men to b [...]

  11. Let s face it, Louisa May Alcott wrote a beautiful books for young adult children It is a fact Period During reading I was thinking all the time that this book should be obligatory for children and also for parents guardians There are so many people who read guides for parents and so on I think they should start with such books like this one It is so full of wisdom that you can t miss it And almost all of them are true today too There weren t computer games or Internet in those times but both th [...]

  12. This book and its sequel Rose in Bloom are my favorite books from childhood even so than Ms Alcott s Little Women Rose it a wonderful role model, despite her flaws and who wouldn t want an Uncle Alec Her kindness and generosity are virtues that we could see of in this world.

  13. I read this book than once when I was between the ages of 8 and 12 My recent re read came about when I realized I could download it for free onto my Kindle If I were reading it for the first time as an adult, I would probably give it 3 stars, because the moral lessons can be a bit heavy handed, and the word pretty is used 75 times, and the description of the Chinese character Fun See tiptoes too close to being racist, but my nostalgia for the book boosted it to 4 stars I was amused to see that [...]

  14. I first ran across this book over forty years ago, when I was nine or ten It was and still is one of my magic carpets those books that take you to another time, another place, another situation I know I m not the only preadolescent girl who dreamed of a wise, adventuresome Uncle Alec who would turn up and take me away take me out of school loved learning, hated school , teach me to swim and ride and boat, shower me with presents, give me lovely comfortable clothes and my own room As we read we d [...]

  15. Loved it.This was the first time I have read this book, as far as I know.It was sweet.It was wonderful.It was full of growing girls and boys.The main character, Rose, such a sweet girl, grows and endures many trials and even helps her 7 male cousins to grow and mature as well.She is so giving.Just lovely.The Aunts hysterical, endearing, lovely, funny, strange, Great.And Uncle Alec is the best Anyone would love him to be their guardian a quote and a wake up call for all us parents guardians, this [...]

  16. Eight Cousins by Lousia May Alcott is one of my all time favorite books and I try to read it every couple years The story of an orphaned teen girl Rose Campbell who comes to live with her maiden aunts and bachelor uncle is overwhelmed by the presence of 7 male cousins who all live within walking distance We follow them for a year as bachelor Uncle Alec raises Rose in a healthy, happy environment Rose adopts the housemaid, Phoebe, who can sing like a lark Rose also exerts her influence on her cou [...]

  17. Another delightful read from Louisa May Alcott quite a breather from all the heavy readings I m having lately It s not as good as her Little Women or Little Men, but it s equally charming Basically it s about the sickly little girl Rose Campbell who must live with her numerous aunts in Aunt Hill and seven boy cousins after her father died There s nothing much to say when it comes to the plot, it s just a series of slices of life zeroing in on one bud of a girl that was slowly growing into a full [...]

  18. I think I just read some brainwashing pamphlet trying to convince everyone that cigars and earrings are evil, all fashion is vanity, and that women were put on the earth to make everything comfortable ,being too stupid to better themselves with any sort of an education besides the culinary arts and sewing How did this happen Did Louisa write this in her old age when she turned senile Or maybe it was her first novel as a budding author Either way, this book was a great disappointment I have some [...]

  19. While admittedly a very dated text I was honestly amazed at the racial and gender s that Alcott described so lucidly there is still much to appreciate However, and in the interest of full disclosure, I probably would not have read this on my own it s part of a Trade Literature class I m currently a part of but I m glad that I did the prose is fluid and even fecund in its descriptive powers, and while it could certainly be construed as saccharine or treacle, I feel that unlike a lot of pretender [...]

  20. This is probably my second favorite Louisa May Alcott book after Little Women At least it was when I was a kid I remember envying Rose all those boy cousins it seemed as though it would be so much fun to have so many built in boy playmates And it s yet another orphan story I do have an orphans shelf on as I love books about orphans I don t remember this as a depressing or somber tale at all though.On another note I pulled out my copy of the book, and I m very excited as I must still have my moth [...]

  21. I liked Little Women, but I have always liked this and its sequel so much better Uncle Alec is a feminist at heart, surrounded by well meaning relatives wanting to put their oar in but still offering some wisdom and useful teachings in their own way If Mary from the Secret Garden had grown up in a loving family from the start, I think she would have turned out very much like Rose Having had lots of boy cousins myself, I love reading their antics although mine never doted on me half as much as th [...]

  22. Louisa May Alcott s stories always have a way of making you feel warmfuzzy I love the manner of the time, though it is always amusing to see how women are silly and considered so much dumber than the men

  23. This is my favorite Alcott book outside of the March Family books This is the 1st Rose book and is followed by Rose in Bloom Not as good as Little Women but very good in its own right.

  24. This is the first book in the short series that ends with Rose in Bloom I read the second book first, not wisely I understood even while reading it that the first book was probably better, and I had no clue as to the characters and eccentricities of the different aunts and cousins.This book is better, if not as much so as I had hoped And I did get insight into the family Roses Uncle Alec is the hero, taking Rose under his wing on the death of her parents and bringing her up according to his own [...]

  25. The characters were so lovable even if they did seem completely unrealistic was charming and wholesome and enjoyable I m pretty sure it would have worked well as a read aloud I liked it enough to want to pick up Rose in Bloom.

  26. Like I said, this book is ageless I will never stop loving it It is very traditional, having been published in 1875 but it is hard not to love the characters or Louisa May Alcott s marvelous writing style This book is definitely a favorite

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