Tag Archive | Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins

Title: Eight Cousins
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Date Started: September 6, 2014

Other Works by Author:
Rose in Bloom
An Old Fashioned Girl
Little Women
Little Men
Jo’s Boys
The Mysterious Key and What it Opened

Genres: Fiction, History, Family

My Rating: 4

Summary: Fourteen year old Rose is newly orphaned and has moved in with her two great aunts that live on the ‘aunt hill’ to await the coming of her guardian Uncle Alec. Dubbed the ‘aunt hill’ because six aunt’s live there and there are only four uncle’s two of which is at sea.
Coming from a boarding school Rose is a little afraid of boys, follows the impractical fashion for her clothes, and doesn’t run around. She meets Phoebe, and orphan servant girl who is cheerful despite her circumstances and grows to love her as a friend and tries to help her.
She also is bombarded by her seven boy cousins who she soon learns are not that scary but are very nice and jolly playfellows.
When Uncle Alec arrives he soon gains her affections  and begins a course of wholesome food for her, practical clothing, and running and playing outside.
Unconsciously, Rose begins to influence her family and brings them all closer together.

My Thoughts: Eight Cousins is a sweet story and has always been on of by favorites by Alcott.
Rose is far from perfect but she has a sweet spirit and kindness towards (almost) everyone. And the other characters are jolly and sweet. A very enjoyable, fairly quick read.

My Favorite Quotes:
~“If you dear little girls would only learn what real beauty is, and not pinch and starve and bleach yourselves out so, you’d save an immense deal of time and money and pain. A happy soul in a healthy body makes the best sort of beauty for man or woman.”

~“[F]or in this queer world of ours, fatherly and motherly hearts often beat warm and wise in the breasts of bachelor uncles and maiden aunts; and it is my private opinion that these worthy creatures are a beautiful provision of nature for the cherishing of other people’s children. They certainly get great comfort out of it, and receive much innocent affection that otherwise would be lost.”

Where can you get this book: Amazon, Librivox

An Old Fashioned Girl

Title: An Old Fashioned Girl
Author: Louisa M. Alcott
Date Started:
August 30, 2014

Other Works by Author:
Little Women
Little Men
Jo’s Boys
Eight Cousins
Rose in Bloom
The Mysterious Key
Jack and Jill
Under the Lilacs

Genres
: Fiction, History, Romance

My Rating: 4

Summary:
Polly Milton is a poor little country girl who is very happy with her life and loves her family. When she goes to the city to visit her friend Fanny Shaw she discovers that not all families are like hers; and many things she considers normal are considered by Fan and her friends countrified and old fashioned. Unconsciously Polly begins to influence the Shaw family for good and becomes a great favorite with them.

There are two sections to the book, the first when Polly is 14 and tells of her struggles as a sweet little girl in amongst all the ‘young ladies’ of her own age. And Tom, Fanny’s brother is used to thinking girls a bother so he plagues her. There’s also little Maud, the youngest of the Shaw children, she’s spoiled and very unlike Polly’s little sister.

Then there’s six years afterward, Polly returns to the city to teach music. She is still a great favorite of the Shaw family and continues her unconscious influence over them.

My Thoughts:
This is an old favorite, for me one of those books I love reading over and over. Polly is so sweet yet not perfect, Tom is the scapegrace hero that is easy to fall in love with and the ending sends a thrill through me every time I read it.

Fun Fact:
There is a reference to the book Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.
~ “How does the new book come on,”  asked Polly sucking her orange in public with a composure which would have scandalized the good ladies of Cranford.


My Favorite Quotes:

~ “A real gentleman is as polite to a little girl as to a woman.”

~ “Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion.”

~ “But, Polly, a principle that can’t bear being laughed at, frowned on, and cold-shouldered, isn’t worthy of the name.”

Where can you get this book: Amazon, Librivox