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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434655636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434655639
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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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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By brian riddell on 20 May 2015
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Delightful Nuggets 27 Mar. 2010
By B. Proczko - Published on
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Louisa May Alcott created some fascinating short stories here. Mostly romances, there is one memorable piece about a nurse's experience with two Civil War soldiers. I highly enjoy her phrasing and creative metaphors, and was pleased to remember how funny and touching and moving her vignettes can be. Makes me want to revisit her novels again.
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Delightful! 4 Oct. 2005
By Book Lover - Published on
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Alcott is just such a breath of fresh air and is always an enjoyable, wise and witty read. I thoroughly devoured this collection and it left me hungry for more of her. This is literature at its finest!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More like a plain but well-meaning stepsister 1 Feb. 2015
By E.J. Jones - Published on
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There are a good many factors that go into a typical Louisa May Alcott novel, and they all make an appearance in her short story collection “A Modern Cinderella.” Novels about ordinary young people? Check. Romances based on common interests, not just flirtation? Check. Sinners who are converted to good people, if not saints? Check.

Those are all good things, right? Well, yes, as long as they’re modified to fit the format they’re in. Alcott wrote four short-long stories that tried to be like her novels and just didn’t make the cut. All four have merits, but all four also have more than a few failings.

For example, the title story has three sisters: Nan, the good, matronly one; Di, the literary one; and Laura, the pining, artistic one. It’s different from the original Cinderella in that Di and Laura really are good sisters, if not inclined toward doing their share of the housework, and the prince isn’t really a prince: he’s just Nan’s good friend John (which makes the romance all the better, I think). However, the parts of the story that don’t have to do with Cinderella are predictable and rather boring. We know who’s ending up with who, and there are zero twists.

The next story is that of Debby, a country girl who won’t put up with any of her aunt’s attempts to turn her into a society lady. The way she meets one of her love interests is cute – he was looking over her shoulder to see what she was reading and laughed out loud – but the rest of the romances are glossed over. It’s really more of a morality tale – a little too overtly moral, if you ask me.

The third story is the shocker: it’s the tale of a freed slave fighting for the Union who shares his sad story with a nurse who helps take care of him. It’s full of revenge, sorrow, and melodrama: a highly atypical Alcott tale! (In fact, it sounds a lot more like the “blood and thunder” thrillers she wrote while getting her start than anything else.) Although it’s inspiring and gripping, it didn’t quite leave me satisfied.

The last story is sweet, recounting the history of a little girl who sets up an animal hospital. The tale wouldn’t be half as heartwarming without the addition of a wounded brother who feels useless at home but is quickly put to work helping his sister care for her creatures. Despite the wholesome sweetness of it, though, it lacks much character to set it apart from any other children’s story.

All in all, a devoted Alcott fan who’s bought up everything else she’s written should enjoy this. If you’re new, skip it and head for “Little Women” instead.
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LMA in her time 25 July 2014
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We learn that LMA was interested in promoting the causes of her day. Recommended as a good read and as insight into 19th century history.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love Louisa May Alcott 11 Jan. 2013
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It's a wonderfully entertaining book. I have only read Little Women,and this book makes me love her all the more.
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