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

  • Title: Eight Cousins
  • Author: Louisa May Alcott
  • ISBN: 9780486455594
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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    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Austen, who wrote some one hundred years before Alcott, could feel so incredibly modern and this novel so insufferably outdated.If you like regular lines such as "Oh, you little dear!"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 [...]

    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 eig [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more Alcott books then I have, and I got to hear all about their favorites. The book I heard them gush the m [...]

    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, wholesom [...]

    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 [...]

    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 fi [...]

    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, me [...]

    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 time [...]

    12. This book and its sequel "Rose in Bloom" are my favorite books from childhood - even more 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 more of in this world.

    13. I enjoyed this book so much. Good lessons on doing the right thing and being a good person. Fast and easy read.

    14. I read this book more 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 [...]

    15. 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 r [...]

    16. 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, th [...]

    17. "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 o [...]

    18. 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 gr [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. While admittedly a very dated text (I was honestly amazed at the racial and gender mores 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 p [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. Louisa May Alcott's stories always have a way of making you feel warm&fuzzy. 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!

    24. 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.

    25. 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 more 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 [...]

    26. 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.

    27. 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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