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A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
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Apr 14, 2010

really liked it

This novel was never published during Louisa's lifetime, possibly because it presented Rosamond as a more independent woman than most male readers would have found acceptable. It's a very dramatic, Gothic novel and was written early in her career. The reason for the rejection given by Louisa Alcott's editor was that its 24 chapters was too long for serialization. Since each chapter was constructed to stand alone as an individual installment, each builds to a dramatic ending. After 24 chapters of dramatic climax the reader is rather spent by the conclusion of the chase. Tempest, Rosamond and Ignatius hold the reader on the trail throughout the tale and even the modern reader will turn the pages in haste.

We have been told that the novel was written very rapidly and this published text represents the original version. Readers fascinated by Louisa May Alcott may find this stream of the pen to reveal the wild child in Louisa that her father saw, her independence, shown at an early age, her running away from home and something of the level of educational attainment of this home schooled child after she became a young adult and had set out to contribute to the livelihood of her family. It may give insight to the feelings at the imprisonment she felt as an 18th century woman among some liberated intellectuals on the outskirts of Boston.
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Adrianna Nice review, Jeffrey! This was indeed an enjoyable read!

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