Rose in Bloom Audio Cassette – Jan 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Although Louisa May Alcott is best known for classics such as Little Women and Little Men, Rose in Bloom also boasts a lively cast of characters growing up with 19th century social conventions and expectations. A sequel to Eight Cousins, this story finds 20-year-old Rose, the only female cousin, coping with the demands of being an eligible heiress, and her feelings about her widely diverse boy cousins. Blessed with common sense and compassion, Rose and her adopted sister, Phoebe, mature through loss, hard choices, and finally end up with the men that complete them. Barbara Caruso's considerable narration skills are apparent as she conveys exuberance, prim respectability, and sadness. The sound quality is good. Smaller libraries may have to pass on this pleasant addition to their Alcott works in audio format, but public and school libraries that do purchase Rose in Bloom will find it's a refreshing rendition of a lesser known classic.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
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About the Author
Louisa May Alcott (1832-88) was brought up in Pennsylvania, USA. She turned to writing in order to supplement the family income and had many short stories published in magazines and newspapers. Then, in 1862, during the height of the American Civil War, Louisa went to Georgetown to work as a nurse, but she contracted typhoid. Out of her experiences she wrote Hospital Sketches (1864) which won wide acclaim, followed by an adult novel, Moods. She was reluctant to write a children's book but then realized that in herself and her three sisters she had the perfect models. The result was Little Women (1868) which became the earliest American children's novel to become a classic --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Why are women fascinated by--and drawn to--the bad boys of this world? That question did not originate with James Dean or "The Leader of the Pack." It is very much alive in this book, as Rose returns from Europe to find her eight cousins very much grown up--and very, very interesting. In particular, her wild and handsome cousin Charlie, now grown into a wild and handsome man, captures Rose's heart. But Charlie is on a dangerous path to alcoholism and self-destruction. Will Rose see this in time, and will she turn to the man who really loves her with all his heart and soul? And what of her dear friend Phoebe, whose ethnic background might keep her from the man she loves?
Sounds like a 2002 soap opera. But it isn't--and it is written with such depth, such love, and such talent that it has survived over a century. Alcott was so much more than "Little Women" and this book, among others, proves it.
Most recent customer reviews
After I read Eight Cousins, which I loved, of course I decided to read this book. The book is about Rose, and her life as a woman, & her relationships with her male cousins. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Leleh
This is the kind of book you wish would go on forever. It defines the word classic in every way. Everytime I read it, I fall in love with Rose, Mac, Uncle Alec and the others over... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by Kim
I know it's heresy, but as a girl I loved this more than Little Women. And upon re-reading it as an adult, I still do. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2002
For all those who thought that Rose's story ended with Eight Cousins here is the truth about what happened to these beloved characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by Maria
Decidedly, I do NOT like Rose in Bloom. I love all of Louisa May Alcott's other books, but I don't like romances, and I could tell in the first few chapters what was going to... Read morePublished on July 22 2001
When I was a kid, my parents bought me the hardback version of Louisa May Alcott's books ~~ but the series didn't include this book. Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by rebelmomof2
Actually, I must say that I was very surprised after finishing both "Eight Cousins" and "Rose in Bloom". Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2001
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