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An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
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Jun 17, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this book. It's so interesting to experience a story as told in 1868. The pace is slow, the focus is on revealing the characters of the people in the book. The story is a bit "preachy" and the vocabulary far beyond the American norm in 2012. But it is not harmful to actually use a dictionary as I had to do with "philopena." (C'mon, you know you don't know that word--go ahead and look it up!) What was most interesting to me was to see the "culture" of 1868--where women visited one another and brought mending so they could gossip while doing housework... where women "turned" their gowns if they couldn't afford new fabric... where a kiss actually meant something to a young woman. This is a lovely book as long as you don't expect high speed chases, horse races, BD/SM scenes, vampires or explicit sex. It's a classic that enriches your mind while it entertains you. (But don't recommend this to a child unless you're willing to discuss the book with her/him--because it's going to seem cliched and boring otherwise. It's only a cliche because everybody copied Alcott!)
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Julie I LOVED this book as a teen, and it is still highly readable at 34.

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