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Eight Cousins, Or, The Aunt-Hill [Paperback]

Louisa May Alcott
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8 Jan 2010
Cousins, or The Aunt-Hill was published in 1875 by American novelist Louisa May Alcott. It is the story of Rose Campbell, a lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and must now reside with her maiden aunts, the matriarchs of her wealthy Boston family. When Rose's guardian, Uncle Alec, returns from abroad, he takes over her care. Through his unorthodox theories about child-rearing, she becomes happier and healthier while finding her place in her family of seven boy cousins and numerous aunts and uncles. She also makes friends with Phebe, her aunts' young housemaid, whose cheerful attitude in the face of poverty helps Rose to understand and value her own good fortune. (Wikipedia)

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: IndoEuropeanPublishing.com (8 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604441003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604441000
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. Educated by her father, the Transcendentalist thinker Bronson Alcott, she was influenced by the prominent men of his circle. Emerson, Hawthorne, Parker and Thoreau. The family was usually short of money, and she worked at various tasks from sewing to writing to help to support it. The Civil War broke out in 1861, and in 1862 she began to work as a volunteer army nurse in a Union Hospital. Out of this came her first book, Hospital Sketches (1863); she went on to write several Gothic romances and thrillers. With the publication of Little Women, her first full-length novel for girls, Alcott leapt from being an obscure, struggling New England writer to becoming the best-selling American author of the century. However, she suffered from ill health aggravated by early deprivation and overwork. Alcott died in Boston in 1888.

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Louisa May Alcott was both an abolitionist and a feminist. She is best known for Little Women (1868), a semiautobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Alcott, unlike Jo, never married: ''... because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man.'' She was an advocate of women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Rose Campbell is orphaned at age 13. She is left to her Uncle Alec, a kind man who is ahead of his time in thinking. She meets her seven cousins, all of whom are boys, and immediately becomes their queen. She has I beleive six aunts, each with its own individual character. When she arrives at "Aunt Hill" as the place is called due to all the aunts, she is a very pale, thin, and unhappy thing. Her uncle, Dr. Alec, tries an experiment for one year to get her healthy and happy. Some of the things he does would be shocking to that day and age, such as encouraging a girl, almost fourteen, to run, shout, and be strong! The very idea scandalous! The little chamber maid, Phebe, who herself is only a few years older than Rose, helps her to learn to be good, strong, and be merry in the face of unhappiness. The book is full of old morals which I enjoyed immensely. The old grammar and beleifs will surprise and amuse you. I recommend this book to people who like history, love a good novel rather than that sensation trash, or would just like to fall in love with the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book i'll never stop reading 6 May 2006
Eight cousins is another job well done from Louisa May Alcott. Anyone who enjoyed the Little Women series should read this book, and it's sequel, Rose in Bloom.

Like Little Women, this book is full of the old morals that should never die, and yet has a light-heartedness that will make the young, and the young at heart, read it again and again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive replacement 4 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter recently lost her school library book and I purchased this as a replacement copy. Great quality, arrived on time and excellent price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book. 22 Jun 1999
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Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom are two of my most favorite books. I would love to have Rose and Phebe as my best friends.
My favorite part of the book is when Rose takes care of Mac. Alec's girl has learned how to sacrifice for others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd. favorite book by anybody. 15 Sep 1997
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It's sort of like a comming of age book. I like the way Rose takes care of her cousins and her uncle and cousins take care of her.
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