Rose's greatest attraction undoubtedly is that she's such a "real girl". She has her trials and disappointments, her temptations and failures. But with the aid of loving counsel and a level head, she manages to turn out into a thoroughly lovable, admirable woman.
When Rose returns home from a trip abroad with her dear uncle, Dr. Alec, and her devoted companion, Phoebe, she discovers that her riches do not bring happiness in themselves. She learns that balls and parties bring pain as well as pleasure, and discovers how to weather love affairs while also helping her eight gallant cousins over their ups and downs. This is an unusually delightful book.
(P)1997 Blackstone Audio Inc.
I first read the books Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom at 10. Now, in my late 50's, I find them more charming and engaging than ever.
C. M. Hebert does a delightful narration of "Rose in Bloom", part two of "Eight Cousins". She has quite a number of excellent performances of Alcott stories to her credit. Beneath the warm lighthearted glow of her stories, Louisa May Alcott deals with very substantial issues which each person must decide. Each must decide or decide by not deciding what kind of a person one is going to be. Through tiny steps, thoughts and deeds, we each slowly, step by step, choose the person we become.
For Rose Campbell, she must decide whether to be the queen of ballroom gaiety or something more substantial. She has inherited vast wealth and can do as she likes. For her seven grown up cousins, a time to choose has also arrived. In fact, we find the die was cast in their childhood and now we watch the results. The choices become fewer and fewer as they become men and women reaching their potential or falling tragically short.
Some say Louisa May Alcott is only an author of children's books. I do not. While children can read and enjoy her books, there is much food for thought for adults.
The thought occurred to me that Ms. Alcott, Jane Austen, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, all maiden women, (well, Charlotte did marry but only a few months before her death so I am not sure that counts) all had a better insight of how men think and what motivates them than all the creators of these modern caricatures of men we find on television, movies and in books.
I can't imagine
Perhaps. It left a really bad taste.
All of them.
As an English teacher, I am not put off by the quaint and Victorian, but this was the worst listening experience I've had.
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