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Eight Cousins or the Aunt Hill (Eight Cousins #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  21,694 ratings  ·  614 reviews
1874. Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, is universally recognized as the greatest and most popular story teller for children in her generation. She has known the way to the hearts of young people, not only in her own class, or even country, but in every condition of life, and in many foreign lands. Left an orphan after her father's death, Rose Campbell is sent...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1874)
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Catherine
The latest book in my Louisa May Alcott kick...and I found it generally charming. I love the idea of "throwing out the window" the general practices at the time (wearing tight corsets and belts, taking strong coffees and cordials to improve health, teaching girls to act like 'ladies' instead of allowing them fresh air and exercise) and enjoyed watching young Rose become a picture of health and happiness. I also loved the idea that her uncle taught her to be a self-reliant woman (hence the emphas...more
Kristen
Feb 22, 2008 Kristen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women ages 14 and up
If you've read any Louisa May Alcott, the general ideas and characters will be familiar. The characters are all very high-minded and very concerned with morality, building character, proper behavior, etc. Being written nearly 150 years ago, some of the ideas on health, class and race relations, and gender roles are very antiquated, and can even seem a bit bigoted. But you have to remember the time in which it was written. The way they describe a Chinese man is particularly interesting.

The basic...more
June
I had SUCH a crush on Uncle Alec, who rides in on his white charger bearing oatmeal and imported silk sashes and SAVES young Rose from addictions and migranes and well-meaning overbearing aunts; some heavy stuff for kiddy lit even by today's standards! If you haven't read it you think I'm kidding; I'm not :) Oh and when I wasn't fantasizing about Uncle Alec, I imagined myself with a gaggle of guy cousins to pal around with...one or two tapping at my heartstrings, of course. Five stars? You betch...more
Julia Reed
Every so often I get the urge to travel down memory lane and read some of the books that I loved as a child. I went through a phase where I polished off all of the Anne of Green Gables series on my Kindle, and another where I did the Little House books, so I guess it was inevitable that when I next needed to scratch that "childhood period fiction" itch, I'd reach for one of my dearly beloved favorites, Louisa May Alcott. It's interesting to think that many of the authors of beloved children's fi...more
AngieA
"Eight Cousins" by Lousia May Alcott is one of my all time favorite books and I try to read it every couple years. The story of an orphaned teen girl(Rose Campbell) who comes to live with her maiden aunts and bachelor uncle is overwhelmed by the presence of 7 male cousins who all live within walking distance. We follow them for a year as bachelor Uncle Alec raises Rose in a healthy, happy environment. Rose "adopts" the housemaid, Phoebe, who can sing like a lark. Rose also exerts her influence o...more
"Aubri"/Lisa
Nov 09, 2007 "Aubri"/Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young girls and fans of LMA
Shelves: classics
This book and its sequel "Rose in Bloom" are my favorite books from childhood - even more so than Ms. Alcott's "Little Women." Rose it a wonderful role model, despite her flaws - and who wouldn't want an Uncle Alec? Her kindness and generosity are virtues that we could see more of in this world.
Airiz C
Another delightful read from Louisa May Alcott—quite a breather from all the heavy readings I’m having lately! It’s not as good as her Little Women or Little Men, but it’s equally charming. Basically it’s about the sickly little girl Rose Campbell who must live with her numerous aunts in Aunt Hill and seven boy cousins after her father died. There’s nothing much to say when it comes to the plot, it’s just a series of slices-of-life zeroing in on one bud of a girl that was slowly growing into a f...more
Tracy
I read this book more than once when I was between the ages of 8 and 12. My recent re-read came about when I realized I could download it for free onto my Kindle. If I were reading it for the first time as an adult, I would probably give it 3 stars, because the moral lessons can be a bit heavy-handed, and the word "pretty" is used 75 times, and the description of the Chinese character Fun See tiptoes too close to being racist, but my nostalgia for the book boosted it to 4 stars.

I was amused to...more
Ruth
I think I just read some brainwashing pamphlet trying to convince everyone that cigars and earrings are evil, all fashion is vanity, and that women were put on the earth to make everything 'comfortable',being too stupid to better themselves with any sort of an education besides the culinary arts and sewing. How did this happen? Did Louisa write this in her old age when she turned senile? Or maybe it was her first novel as a budding author? Either way, this book was a great disappointment--I have...more
Valerie
A lot of people forget that Bronson Alcott was an important Transcendentalist, and that Louisa May grew up in the salons and Chatauquas led and joined by her father and his cohorts.

This book and its sequel (Rose in Bloom) are a product of the
child-rearing theories of this school, mostly promulgated by men, and often childless men. Louisa May provides some critical commentary, but a lot is simply accepted without analysis.

That said, there's some useful stuff herein. I forget which of these books...more
Lisa Vegan
This is probably my second favorite Louisa May Alcott book (after Little Women.) At least it was when I was a kid. I remember envying Rose all those boy cousins; it seemed as though it would be so much fun to have so many built in boy playmates. And it’s yet another orphan story – I do have an “orphans” shelf on goodreads as I love books about orphans. I don’t remember this as a depressing or somber tale at all though.

On another note: I pulled out my copy of the book, and I’m very excited as I m...more
Angela
I enjoy hearing most things that Louisa May Alcott has to say. She pretty obviously slips her point of view into everything she writes, so good thing I agree with her most of the time. Very moralistic writing, but she's usually right and she writes about human issues that are more or less timeless. I enjoyed the story of Rose, but I wouldnt say its Louisa's best work because it was pretty disjointed, more like a bunch of vignettes than a cohesive line of drama. There really was no storyline. Yet...more
Hobby
Books “DELAPAN SEPUPU”
Judul Asli : EIGHT COUSINS
By Louisa May Alcott
Copyright © 1882 by James R. Osgood & Co., United States
Penerbit Orange Books
Alih Bahasa : Berlianti M. Nugrahani
Pemeriksa Aksara : Richanadia
Ilustrasi Sampul & Isi : Ella Elviana
Desain Sampul : Windu Tampan
Cetakan I : Februari 2011 ; 384 hlm
[ Conclusion in English ]

Rose Campbell kini yatim piatu tepat di usia 13 tahun. Beruntunglah masih ada sanak keluarga terdekat yaitu para bibi dari keluarga ayahnya. Meski Bibi Plen...more
Faye
I remember reading this book as a child and absolutely loving it, but sadly, in reading it again as an adult it had lost a lot of its magic. This is the typical 12-year-old girl's fantasy life - orphaned, sent to live with a charismatic uncle who dotes on you, surrounded by cousins who also dote on you and servants whose lives are improved by you, all while becoming healthy and strong through vigorous exercise and hilarious adventures in the great outdoors. Predictable and definitely aimed at a...more
Miranda Kube
Basic Synopsis; Rose is a recently orphaned girl who is sent to live with her extended family, as her Uncle Alec was named her guardian in her parent's will. In addition to her uncle, there are several aunts and great-aunts that are all convinced that Alec, being a single, young man wouldn't have the slightest notion on how to raise a young girl. This might be partially do to the fact that the family is dominated by men - most of the Aunts are only by marriage to one of Rose's three other Uncles...more
Jess Michaelangelo
Dec 21, 2009 Jess Michaelangelo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Louisa May Alcott or for those looking for something cozy to read
Shelves: classics, fiction, own
What a charming, cozy little book--perfect for this time of year to read curled up with a blanket and some hot cocoa! For fans of Louisa May Alcott, this book will not disappoint. It is full to the brim with winsome characters, quaint morals and lessons, and enough heartwarming scenes to leave readers with that "warm, fuzzy feeling" for a while to come. Eight Cousins is not a real page-turner, but I found that I always looked forward to picking it up, even if I was content to put it down after a...more
My Sister's Bookshelf
Rose is an orphan who comes to live with her great-aunts, Peace and Plenty, in Boston (a charming old-fashioned Boston that won’t look at all familiar to people who live there today). Her unknown super-uncle Alec has been appointed her guardian. Though it is definitely not what Alcott was going for, it is totally understandable to have a crush on Alec. Partially because his name is Alec (Mary’s first crush in life was Alec from The Black Stallion movie). And partially because he has tousled gray...more
Max
This book has been sitting on my shelf for 10 years, and I've finally read it!

As this book seems to be meant more for young girls around 13 years old, so I guess some of the values would be educational for those who are at in that age group. Portions that talked about the harms of smoking, growing up healthily, and the rejection of women's fashion then, for example, sounded a little preachy to me. This could be because the book is *counts* 138 years old?!? And so the style of the book is a littl...more
Julie
This went from delightful to tedious in thirty pages. It's amazing to me that Jane Austen, who wrote some one hundred years before Alcott, could still feel so incredibly modern and this novel so insufferably outdated.

If you like regular lines such as "Oh, you little dear!" and scenes of the older man holding the chin of the thirteen-year-old girl and tenderly kissing her rose-bud lips and telling her to mind him and all of her dreams shall come true (did I mention it is her uncle--her dear, dear...more
Sara
This is one of those books you want to curl up with on a wintery day, by the fire, with hot chocolate in hand (of course since I live in Hawaii none of those things actually happened) to read the day away with. This heartwarming novel, in typical Louisa May Alcott style, has a moral to go along with each chapter as we watch Rose navigate her way around her new home and life. Among other lessons we learn that tobacco is bad, exercise is good, friends are important, and that giving time and money...more
Tessa
Apr 26, 2011 Tessa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents
Well, this is the first book I've finished by Louisa May Alcott. I tried Little Men years ago, but just couldn't bear it. The description was long and laborious and there were so many boys to remember that really the whole thing was so confusing. However, although there are quite a few boys in this book too, it should be easy for any reader with average reading ability to follow who is who and what is what.

I recommend to parents. I thought it was very like A Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Bur...more
Valerie
Mar 03, 2012 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Mom
I began a book for the Goodreads Bookclub Great African Reads, (Half Blood Blues) and it was about junkie musicians in Paris, and I found that I couldn't bear to read it, after my refreshing turn with Jack and Jill recently, so I grabbed another of Louisa May Alcott's morally improving tales for young people, and cheerfully immersed myself in the then radical ideas of:

fresh air and exercise for gasp both genders!
being good for it's own sake!
comfortable well-fitting practical clothes over fashion
...more
Kathryn
I just re-read this after at least a twenty-five year gap, and it was just as lovely as I remember. I've decided that I enjoy Louisa May Alcott's books about children (Little Men, Eight Cousins) more than the books about young-adults growing into adulthood (Little Women, Rose in Bloom). The stories about children are a tad less preachy, and it's a little easier to relate to Victorian children than Victorian adults. Alcott's ideas about raising children may have seemed a little radical at the tim...more
Danine
I've always wondered if a book was ever written without an antagonist. I thought such a book would be wonderful without evil. This is that book, and I suffered from a tremendous bout of ennui. I tried my vey best to put myself in the time which this book was written. But Uncle Alec is way too creepy and Rose is a whiney coquett. My god, I wanted to slap her, like over and over and over and over. I cannot bring myself to finish this book.
I'm excited to read other Alcott books, but this one reall...more
Laura
I loved this book as a child – I would read it over and over without getting tired of the characters. It follows the story of Rose Campbell, a recently orphaned girl who goes to live with her aunts and is constantly being pulled around in different directions by their affectionate, but often bewildering advice. When her Uncle Mac arrives she has already been convinced, among many other things, that she doesn’t have a constitution, and is far too old to play with her boy cousins (all seven of the...more
Sarah
A very fun novel by Alcott. This was probably one of my favorites of hers. The antics of the cousins and the different adventures that have is extremely fun to read and will keep you turning pages. The relationship between the Uncle and Rose was very sweet and enjoyable to read about. My favorite parts was anytime the boys, or the 'clan', as they call themselves, were around. They had such 'frolics', that it literally made me want to jump into the pages and join them on their romps through the w...more
Meg
What a charming little story! If my parents died, I should like to go live with Uncle Alec as Rose did. What a sweet life, with a doting uncle and all those fun cousins nearby. This is a children's story, yet has many life lessons we could learn from Rose. She is near to perfect, which can sometimes be a bit annoying, yet not. She is compassionate and good to those around her, despite the tragedy of her parents death. This is a book you want your daughter to read, and to have her emulate. A swee...more
Melissa
I liked Little Women, but I have always liked this and its sequel so much better. Uncle Alec is a feminist at heart, surrounded by well-meaning relatives wanting to put their oar in (but still offering some wisdom and useful teachings in their own way). If Mary from the Secret Garden had grown up in a loving family from the start, I think she would have turned out very much like Rose. Having had lots of boy cousins myself, I love reading their antics (although mine never doted on me half as much...more
Carolyn


I read this book when I was 12 and living on an Army base in Germany. I loved the sheer alien-ness of it. Rose and her extended family live in a place that was as foreign to me as Germany was (Boston in the 1870s) and they thought so much about moral virtue and health! Of course Louisa May Alcott's books were written with an eye toward being published, and sentimental morality was very in vogue at the time, but she made those characters very real and lovable. I'd like to read it again as an adu...more
Sally906
Opening Sentence: ‘…Rose sat all alone in the best parlor, with her little handkerchief laid ready to catch her first tear, for she was thinking of her troubles, and a shower was expected…’

Having wet my reading teeth on ‘Little Women’ and its sequels before I had even got into my teens, I was delighted to see that there are other books by Louisa May Alcott that I hadn’t read. And while I cannot say I like EIGHT COUSINS quite as much as ‘Little Woman,’ it is still a very good gentle read with qui...more
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t...more
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