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Eight Cousins [Kindle Edition]

Louisa May Alcott
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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The original publisher of this classic provides a new hardcover edition to tempt library purchasers seeking durable editions worthy of repeated lending. This will prove a satisfying keepsake for any who want a new library copy. --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832-88) was brought up in Pennsylvania, USA. She turned to writing in order to supplement the family income and had many short stories published in magazines and newspapers. Then, in 1862, during the height of the American Civil War, Louisa went to Georgetown to work as a nurse, but she contracted typhoid. Out of her experiences she wrote Hospital Sketches (1864) which won wide acclaim, followed by an adult novel, Moods. She was reluctant to write a children's book but then realized that in herself and her three sisters she had the perfect models. The result was Little Women (1868) which became the earliest American children's novel to become a classic

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846370523
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJD62Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,565 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming old story with some lessons for today December 3, 2013
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This Kindle version of the book unhappily has no illustrations, and suffers from the loss of all the em-dashes and semicolons, which turns quite a few of the sentences into punctuation puzzles to solve. However, it doesn't seem to have many misspellings or lost text, and you can't argue with the price.

As for the content itself, I loved this book as a child, but hadn't read it in decades. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story still holds up: in fact, I had trouble putting it down, and looked forward to getting back to it each evening. There is one chapter (about "sensational" fiction) that is really just too preachy (especially given Alcott's own history as a writer of thrillers), but most of the little lessons woven throughout the story are softened enough with humor and humanity that they go down pretty easily, in my opinion. Although the book presents an idealized world that never really existed, the characters are so distinctive and believable that you can't help but get caught up in their joys and troubles. Alcott's belief in altruism for its own sake does lend a heartfelt glow to the pages, if you have any aspirations toward altruism. And, grown-up as I am, reading the book did make me want to romp about outside the way the children do, and take a few of the lessons for my own use (though I just can't get behind the one about cold baths).

Although Alcott can seem a bit too earnest and do-gooding for modern children, it's useful to remember that some of what the book advocates was considered radical in its day, such as the idea that the heroine, Rose, should understand her own finances, study human anatomy, and prepare herself to make her own decisions about her life and status as an heiress.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Little Women February 3, 2014
By Sally
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While I was forced as a child to read Little Women, I immediately took to Rose and her cousins which I discovered on my own. They have more adventures and fun which appealed to my tomboy side. Having the Uncle turning the stiff world she lives in with his new ideas makes you see how the world has changed for girls. Like all children's books of this time there are obvious morals being taught.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Cousins - reintroducing an old favorite June 29, 2012
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Orphaned heiress Rose Campbell must learn to love and accept her uncle Alec (her guardian) as well as the four aunts and seven boys who, with her, add up to 'eight cousins'. I loved it as a child and it still holds my heart.

The digital translation did leave something to be desired: punctuation. I found myself mentally adding commas in phrases that didn't make good sense without them. Wonder why that happened?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, sweet book that is a joy to read. November 30, 2013
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This book has always been one of my favorite books in my childhood. The Eight Cousins is a fun book with engaging, inspiring characters that kids and adults alike will enjoy. I recommend this book to anybody who likes a simple, pure book. I'm fifteen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a bit too slow for my taste May 23, 2014
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A gentle and innocent book. Nothing offensive nor vulgar. A simplistic and romantic view of childhood. It does slow down in the middle. But I do tremendously appreciate the efforts of the volunteers who put this in digital format.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Moderately enjoyed September 4, 2013
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I would have enjoyed this more if I were much younger. It was a bit too saccharine for my tastes as an adult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous Alcott story July 20, 2014
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I love Alcott! I read Little Women when I was 6 and the rest of the series and have read it over again a million times. This is another great story that focuses on simpler times with heart warming characters. It is a bit more flowery than Little Women and has a lot of "current time" references that I had to look up to understand. I read this on my ipad for Kindle and was easy to tap on a word to access the dictionary. Just found some more gems of Alcott that I will be reading and this has a sequel also called Rose in Bloom. Another thing I love about Alcott is that you fall in love with her characters and want to read about them as they grow up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Cousins March 22, 2013
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I enjoyed the simplicity of Alcott's writing just as in her more popular books like Little Women. Her writing reflects the time in which she lived. She also presented a seemingly frail young women but was actually a woman of great strength. Alcott also presented this young woman who fit in quite well in the "man's world" of the time. Just a good book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit tedious
This is a relatively tedious story about a young girl who gets a great new life after her unconventional uncle becomes her guardian. This lacked the spark of Alcott's best work.
Published 22 days ago by morehumanthanhuman
5.0 out of 5 stars She has stories that are better known and this one is a hidden gem...
At first blush, a simple children's story, entertaining on that level and well told. But if you are fearless, listen closely, and you may hear the thunder of men and the glory of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by AintyJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Practically Perfect—Can't Believe It's Free
One of Louisa May Alcott's great works, Eight Cousins is an amazing book. This Kindle edition is well-formatted, with no typos that I could see. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Levi Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with this book
I fell in love with this book. In my opinion it's better than her others although it's not as popular, but perhaps that's because I grew up with a mess of boy cousins too! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Kai
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is a great book I hated to see it end/ .
Published 2 months ago by wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for old stories
Anybody who loves old stories will fall in love with this book. It's by far the best olden book I've ever read.
Published 2 months ago by Always Snape
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thïs is my favorite Louisa May Alcott.
Published 2 months ago by Laura K. Deblank
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a wonderfully written book & the characters just captured me
I will read this again. Its a wonderfully written book & the characters just captured me. I'm sucker for a good family oriented book with a happy ending.
Published 3 months ago by Deborah Damanda
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic story
This book has been one of my favorites for many years. It was great to read it, and the sequel, again.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
It's been over 30years since I read about Rose and her cousins.It still gives me great pleasure.A simple story about a simple life. A great read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by peggy dominguez
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