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Eight Cousins Or the Aunt Hill (original 1875; edition 1986)

by May Alcott, Louisa

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Title:Eight Cousins Or the Aunt Hill
Authors:May Alcott, Louisa
Info:Dell Book (1986), Edition: 1st Yearling, Paperback
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Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (1875)

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Rose is orphaned. Her legal guardian is her Uncle Alec. She moves to the "Aunt Hill," the home of six aunts and seven cousins, all of whom are male. Her color is pale, but Uncle Alec prescribes sunshine and play. She must also learn to eat oatmeal and not drink coffee, among other changes. The book was pretty progressive for its time. Even though today's children will not relate to much of what takes place, it can still be enjoyed within its historical context. Alcott did a remarkable job with characterization. This is one reason the novel stands the test of time. ( )
  thornton37814 | Feb 14, 2017 |
Delightful! ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |

Eight Cousins or The Aunt Hill by Louisa May Alcott; (4*); ROOT, 10/01/2009; VMC; (Puffin Classics); purged

Loved it! This is a wonderful story about a young girl overcoming depression, fighting against loneliness and the social restrictions of the era. A kind, forward-thinking uncle takes Rose under his wing after the death of her parents. Despite protesting the strange and shocking lifestyle changes she's asked to make she finds that her life is changing and she is becoming a healthy and happy person. She is the sole female child in the family amid seven rowdy boy cousins.
Rose befriends a household servant, ignoring class lines so prevalent at the time. As she allows others to help her grow and learn, the people around her are affected by her changes, her inner beauty and are also changed.
This is a wonderful read for anyone, but especially youngsters, who might be struggling with self image or sadness issues. Alcott writes so wonderfully. ( )
1 vote rainpebble | May 26, 2016 |
Very similar in style to Alcott's Little Women but lacking much of the substance (perhaps because Rose doesn't reach adulthood in this book). I enjoyed listening to the free LibriVox audiobook of this as light relief from my somewhat serious books at the moment but I don't think that it would be a satisfying adult book otherwise. The stories about little Rose & her 7 boy cousins were sweet but Alcott's moralizing tone at times is a bit hard to take. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 14, 2016 |
Rose, a young orphaned teenager, lives with two great-aunts who love her but have little idea how to help her stay healthy and mature. Her Uncle Alec is her legal guardian, and decides to give her plenty of fresh air and good food, and also to encourage her to spend time with her seven cousins - all boys, of varying ages.

It's many years since I first read this book, and I'd pretty much forgotten what it was about. It's obviously dated, with authorial asides typical of the era (it was first published in 1875), and some parts that seem extremely sexist.

But still, a good light read. Particularly recommended for anyone - adult or teenager - who enjoyed Louisa M Alcott's other books such as 'Little Women' and its sequels. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Aiken, JoanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burd, Clara M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Falls, C BIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the many boys and girls whose letters it has been impossible to answer, this book is dedicated as a peace offering by their friend L.M. Alcott
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Rose sat all alone in the big best parlor, with her little handkerchief laid ready to catch the first tear, for she was thinking of her troubles, and a shower was expected.
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When orphaned Rose Campbell first meets her seven exuberant boy cousins she is overwhelmed. But her guardian, bachelor Uncle Alec, plans to turn this pale and sickly creature into a healthy, happy young woman. A formidable tribe of aunts watches closely as Alec puts into practice his unconventional ideas for the education of their niece. Gradually, through his guidance, and the multifarious scrapes she gets into with her cousins, Rose acquires courage, generosity and independence. Here, Louisa May Alcott gives a fascinating account of Victorian notions of girlhood, criticising much that she saw as silly and repressive. And, with her narrative zest and lively characterisation, creates a spirited portrait of her heroine's development.
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After the death of her father, orphan Rose Campbell has no choice but to go and live at the 'Aunt Hill' with her six aunts and seven boy cousins. For someone who was used to a girl's boarding school, it all seems pretty overwhelming, especially since her guardian Uncle Alec makes her eat healthy things like oatmeal, and even tries to get her to give up her pretty dresses for more drab, sensible clothes. Will Rose ever get used to her Uncle's strange ideas and all her noisy relatives? Will there come a day when she can't imagine living anywhere else?

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Left an orphan after her father's death, Rose goes to live with her six aunts and seven mischievous boy cousins. After living in a girls' boarding school, it all seems overwhelming.

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