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Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
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Aug 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction-childrens, century-19th, fiction
Read in March, 2010

Louisa May Alcott's novels are perfect reading for children. Her heroines are great role models for girls. And her stories are very real, and also very charming and innocent.

Rose in Bloom, the sequel to Eight Cousins, should serve as a guidebook for every young lady. It is a story of Rose, an orphan, who goes to live with her uncle and seven boy cousins. Her uncle "experiments" with raising her up and the result is a lovely young woman. Rose in Bloom is a "coming of age" novel. As Rose matures into a young lady, Uncle Alec guides her throughout every step of the way, helping her make decisions regarding friends, dress, and beaus.

The innocence of Alcott's writings is shown primarily in her portrayal of romance. Courtship and marriage are not portrayed in a gushy, sentimental way. Her love stories are very sweet and tender, and presented in quite a wholesome way. Alcott's stories are simple and wholesome reading for younger readers, and yet still rich enough to be enjoyed gleaned from by older readers.

Alcott is particularly admirable in her use of literary references and allusions. She incorporates so many hints of Shakespeare, Dickens, as well as lesser known authors such as Maria Edgeworth, Susan Warner, Dinah Maria Craik, Mary Sherwood, etc. Her literary knowledge is extensive and impressive!
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