Title: Eight Cousins
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Date Started: September 6, 2014
Other Works by Author:
Rose in Bloom
An Old Fashioned Girl
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.”