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Under the Lilacs [Hardcover]

Louisa May Alcott
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June 1977 Reading - Evans
Ben and his dog Sancho run away from the circus and find a new home and friends in a country village.

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Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is the author of the beloved "Little Women", which was based on her own experiences growing up in New England with her parents and three sisters. More than a century after her death, Louisa May Alcott's stories continue to delight readers of all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A reader.......................... Aug. 23 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was asked to read this book over the summer of 2000 and it was great. This is the first book I have read by Louisa May Alcott. I really enjoyed this book and it was sometimes boring but great. I would recommend this book to some that has lost touch with life.................
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4.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile yet complex March 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed Under the Lilacs immensely. It is a wonderful story of children and how they mature. The characters at times seemed rather flat and uninteresting yet the story is a very fun one. It is full of laughter and tears and eventually a happy ending. I would recommend this book to people who have enjoyed Louisa May Alcott in the past or those who enjoy a relatively juvenile book yet will be able to understand references to relatively older literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful book April 14 2000
By Becky
Format:Paperback
Under the Lilacs is one of LMA most wonderful novels. I thought it was brilliant and outstanding. I loved all the charecters, and how they delt with their own problems and ways. Be sure to read Under the Lilacs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile yet complex March 1 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed Under the Lilacs immensely. It is a wonderful story of children and how they mature. The characters at times seemed rather flat and uninteresting yet the story is a very fun one. It is full of laughter and tears and eventually a happy ending. I would recommend this book to people who have enjoyed Louisa May Alcott in the past or those who enjoy a relatively juvenile book yet will be able to understand references to relatively older literature.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia Sept. 29 2008
By R. Fink - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Young people may find it corny, but older adults will delight in the adventures of a "lost boy" in a caring community (before social workers) and his adventures with the neighboring children. All the elements of old-fashioned story-telling: a crippled lad, a rich lady with horses, a day at the circus, the "stolen" money. This reprint has a lot of typos which, in a strange way, adds an authentic "feel" of the times.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Under The Lilacs Feb. 8 2011
By Blanche Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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While most of this story is charming and delightful, I would caution anyone who is sensitive to animal abuse to give it a pass.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned classic July 18 2010
By Sunny Leap - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Vignettes of nostalgic town life reminiscent of Tom Sawyer or the Five Little Peppers. We first meet Babs and Betty Moss at a dolls' tea party in which they discover the clever show dog Sancho foraging for his master Ben, a runaway from the circus. Ben's father had left the circus for a more promising job, intending to send for his son once he was settled. With his father's protection gone, Ben is harshly treated by the circus master and runs away.

Arriving soon after the runaways are Celia and her young brother Thornton, returning to their old home after being gone for years. Thorny is weak from a long illness and is wheelchair-ridden and crabby although he admits that Celia is "the best sister that ever was". She hires Ben to amuse her brother during his convalescence while allowing Babs and Betty, whose mother takes care of the premises, to continue to play house on the porch and path. The kids occupy themselves with botanical expeditions, ship-building, water wheels and other waterworks play, picnics, baseball and archery. Babs loses Sancho at a circus and Betty finds him again in pitiful shape after accompanying Thorny to the dentist. Celia breaks her arm after a fall from her horse and is rescued by Ben. He is gradually weaned away from the roving circus life although Celia invites the school to a splendid birthday party for him where he shows himself in his former circus glory as Cupid on a galloping horse. There is a little trouble with missing money and false accusations but Ben, who is honest and true, gradually endears himself to the two families. Several joyous unions and reunions take place at the end as well as one intended for the future, although in the midst of preparing for one, the incorrigible Babs almost burns down the house under the lilacs. The tone is quaint and old-fashioned but the simple pleasures of life shine through and Ben is both boy-like and engaging.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars okay Jan. 31 2011
By karen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read a lot of Louisa May Alcott. I have to admit I had a hard time getting into this story and enjoying it. I ended up putting the book down and not finishing it after several attempts.
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