Eight Cousins

Eight Cousins

eBook - 2012
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If you loved Little Women, Louisa May Alcott's moving account of the upbringing of four sisters in nineteenth-century Massachusetts, don't miss Eight Cousins, a similarly stirring novel that follows the childhood and young adulthood of plucky protagonist Rose Campbell, the sole female child born to her extended family. Rose struggles to fit in with her seven male cousins, and learns a thing or two about genteel Boston Brahmin society along the way.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Duke Classics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781620122426
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 28, 2018

So why read this dated book? Well, I found a nice old hardback with plates printed in 1917, and was sitting in Goodwill on an old comfy chair waiting for others to shop, so I started reading it and was pulled along to the finish. The style was beautiful and glided along. The story was, as with many by this author, about a young woman, Rose in this case, finding herself after the loss of her parents. She has a liberal Uncle Alec interested in introducing new aspects of life to her (stop it at once, you nasty minds). He is a world traveler and even talks about hashish in neutral terms. The eight cousins are all boys. However, there are many Aunts, including Aunt Myra who tells Rose, "Well, I intend to know what kills me if I can, and meantime I'm going to enjoy myself in spite of a dying world. I wish you'd do so too." There are plenty of dated items, some tiresome, with plenty to deconstruct for those who choose to do so. Everyone is mostly very nice, even if snooty as they do favors for the servants. The overall effect was nostalgic, even though I never lived in times and places as they are skillfully depicted here.

blue_dolphin_8385 Jun 13, 2016

I've really enjoyed this book. I've read Little Women before this one. And there different books but the way the author wrote these books is so cool.

crankylibrarian Nov 27, 2011

Not quite as good as I remembered, and a notch or two below the great Little Women, but those who think of Louisa May Alcott as a stodgy 19th century moralist will be astonished at some of the shockingly modern opinions she expresses. Rose, a rather droopy, recently orphaned 13 year old is handed over to the care of a clutch of fussy aunts. Not until dynamic Uncle Alec takes over does Rose recover her health and spirits, as he promptly banishes corsets, coffee, and "ladylike" pursuits in favor of housework, hearty food, and the companionship of her 7 rambunctious male cousins. Dr Alec is a bit of a Renaissance man (he can sew, cook, speak several languages, and practice medicine) and a clear devotee of Rousseau: Rose's "geography" lesson consists of learning to sail a boat and visit merchant ships from China. There's the usual Alcott paean to self-reliance and anti-snobbery, (Rose and Dr Alec both admire the quietly independent housemaid Phebe for her skillful common sense and work ethic), but also some delightful ridicule of then current fashion trends that kept women from being able to move or even breathe healthily. Best of all is Alcott's critique of "the gospel of getting on"; Rose's Aunt Jessie, the most sensible of the aunts declares, "This love of money is the curse of America, and for it men will sell honor and honesty".

CA_TestStaff Sep 03, 2010

An orphaned girl goes to live with her Uncle and meets all her male cousins (and their parents) for the first time.


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