[PDF] ↠ Free Read ¸ Jack and Jill : by Louisa May Alcott ✓


  • Title: Jack and Jill
  • Author: Louisa May Alcott
  • ISBN: 9780316030847
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback

  • When best friends, Jack and Jill, tumble off their sled, their injuries cause them to be bedridden for many months Their parents fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative events.
    Louisa May Alcott
    As A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832 She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.


    Commentaires:

    Manybooks
    Although this here Louisa May Alcott novel is in many ways incredibly preachy and moralising, and certainly much more so than her Little Women, and although I always cry my eyes out at one particular part (even more so than when Beth dies in Little Women), I keep rereading and enjoying Jack and Jill. I am indeed more than well aware and appreciative of the fact that many of the messages presented and promoted in Jack and Jillare rather massively outdated, that there is gender inequality and obvi [...]

    Valerie
    Rereading books you loved as a child can make you see both; all of the wonderful things in them, and all of the flaws. I think the parts about Temperance passed me by as a kid, maybe I didn't realize the secret society was about forbearing to drink. And no one ever accused Louisa of being light handed with the morals. But the strange thing is, her sense of right and wrong is not far off the mark. We would be better people if we learned to protect and care for those around us, if our mother's pri [...]

    Helena
    Seguramente sea un acto ridículo, no debe haber duda de eso, que escriba esto a las casi 5 de la mañana con una jornada laboral de martes por delante. Pero esto es Alcott para mi: si me siento mal y tengo dolor, la segunda medicina luego de la tradicional es un libro de Alcott.Hace unos días me tenía que operar una muela de juicio. Fue un día de calor y a poco de empezar el proceso se corto la luz. Con anestesia y procesos en curso ¿qué hacer? Rezar, esperar, llorar, asustarte, toda una s [...]

    Jessica
    I loved this. I read Louisa May Alcott when I was very young but didn't remember much of her books. This was so lively and whimsical with its great cast of characters. People are just not that gracious and loving towards each other anymore so it was nice to visit that time. I loved the ending and how it wrapped up all of the young people's futures.

    Carly
    What is up with people criticizing the morals that Louisa May Alcott had in her books, saying it's a good story "except" for the moral talk? Louisa May Alcott was a Christian! Morals are a GOOD thing (gasp) for humans to learn, whatever religion or creed, and I wish there were more authors like her today.I read books by women like Louisa May Alcott because I wish the world were more like the way she painted it, not this depraved rock we currently live on. I'm putting this one on my to-read list [...]

    Sara
    Old-fashioned? Sure. Out of date? Not at all. Despite being written more than a century ago, this charming and sweet book has some very important themes and messages for today. In classic LMA fashion, this book is meant to be morally inspiring for Tweens and teens who already accept the moral premise of classic conservative Christian values. To evaluate a LMA book outside of that bent is to essentially judge a fish's ability to climb a tree. In my opinion, this book is highly entertaining and in [...]

    Josiah
    When reading the books of Louisa May Alcott, one must remember that her career was at its zenith a fair while ago. Her creative merits should be viewed in the context of contemporary literature for young readers as it stood when she was active, and that puts a different slant on how her works are to be regarded nowadays. Viewed through that prism, I think that Jack and Jill is a remarkably progressive novel, one that likely stood head and shoulders over nearly any other juvenile stories offered [...]

    Laura Peters
    When I was thirteen years old, and read and reread this book a hundred times, I'd have given it five stars. The fact that it remains a three star book into adulthood is no small accomplishment for an author from another age.Louisa May Alcott's style is very openly didactic and so grates a little on modern ears. We're used to having our literary sermons served up in more sneaky ways. The story presented characters that quickly became real and multifaceted to me. I sympathized with their plights a [...]

    Jenne
    I just read an article about this novel ("Missionary Positions: Taming the Savage Girl in Louisa May Alcott's Jack and Jill" by M. Hines), so I wanted to reread the book.It was definitely more full of those glurgey Victorianisms (wholesome and pure!) than I remember, but when I was younger I just read these books pretty much at face value and didn't really think about the imperialist subtext and what have you.I still can't quite tell if she's being serious with some of the moralizing. I want to [...]

    Gehayi
    I read an abridged version of this when I was little, which, if I recall, ended with Chapter 18--May Baskets, with the bit about Ed from Chapter 20 being moved to an earlier chapter. So this was the first time that I heard about Frank and Jack Minot's temperance activities, or Pebbly Beach, or the kids taking a break from school for years on the insistence of Mrs. Minot (!), or the ultimate fates of Jill Pecq, Merry Grant, and Molly Loo. Those last six chapters were completely new to me, and the [...]

    Lisa Blair
    Louisa May Alcott wrote this book to encourage two little child invalids in her life. As a result, this book centers around two little invalids and the trials, joys, physical challenges, etc. they face. Similar to Little Women in the childhood relationships in the neighborhood and the call to consider others. This book moves a little slower than Little Women as the invalids are bound to their bedrooms, then a common living room. There were a few times I was tempted to quit because of the slownes [...]

    Jeana
    This story starts out at Christmastime, when Jack and Jill (best friends who are teenagers) get into a pretty horrible sledding accident and are bed-ridden for months. Not a ton of stuff happens, but we see how the kids get along as they’re healing. Yes, it’s full of morals and lessons but is that really so bad to read about when morals are becoming harder and harder to find these days? I liked reading about the sweet innocence of these kids and while it was a bit preachy, I didn’t mind it [...]

    Rachel
    This is just the sort of story my mother would have read to us growing up. Like Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder and many other wonderful stories for both girls AND boys, this book shares many interesting tales filled with wonderful lessons to be learned. The stories feel real, as if the boys and girls actually lived, and the lessons learned are those young ones can glean from and even laugh at, bringing comfort and encouragement for those tumultuous growing up years. Jack and [...]

    Teri-K
    I've always really liked this book, but haven't read it in decades. Still I found I enjoyed it a lot upon rereading. It's not a didactic as some of Alcott's work, but full of fun and sentiment. The plot revolves around two young neighbors and good friends who get seriously injured in a sledding accident. It follows them and their families and friends through the winter and spring while they recover. There's fun and laughs and also some trouble and sadness. I think what I like best about this boo [...]

    treva
    I get the sense Alcott felt compelled to write several books 'in the style of' Little Women for reasons other than actually having more stories to tell. The March sisters are so alive and complicated and flawed, and don't tend to learn their morals patly at the end of each chapter. Whereas I find the characters of her other childrens' novels -- even in Little Men, and to an extent in Jo's Boys -- to be flat and uninspired, simultaneously precocious and gentle-hearted, sweetly tamed by the ever-w [...]

    Lisa
    I read this when I was 12 or 13 and loved it, though it was quite old-fashion by my friends' reading standards. But I was an old-fashion girl with whom the modern mores never set quite easily.

    Kathy Nealen
    A pleasant, enjoyable read. Although it featured very well defined gender boundaries, it was probably considered quite liberal in its time.

    Janelle
    Dnf. I reached chapter 6 and decided that the book was depressing me too much to continue. Any Goodreaders who stumble across my review need to keep in mind that my opinion of this book is biased by my personal circumstances. Essentially I'm having a rant, rather than recommending readers against it. A common theme in Victorian children's books is stoicism in pain and suffering. That's understandable in an era without anaesthetic and when childhood death was sadly common. I guess parents wanted [...]

    Lilmissmolly
    Because Little Women is one of my favorite American-authored classics, I greatly anticipated listening to Jack and Jill: A Village Story by Louisa May Alcott. Like Little Women, Jack and Jill includes well-defined characters and tight-knit family unity. Based on her own childhood experiences, Alcott captures what it was like to grow up in an a very loving family in a small New England town in the 19th century. The story follows the lives of two 13-year-old neighbors, Jack and Jill. Similar to th [...]

    Heather
    Jack and Jill are two precocious pre-teens, sledding with a group of friends in their New England hometown. They are both terribly injured after a sledding accident, Jack with a broken leg and Jill with a more serious injured back. Both are bedridden and their friends and family do all they can over the next year to cheer them up.Patience and sweetness of temperament aren't Jack and Jill's strong suits, and both struggle at times to control their tempers. Things are especially hard for Jill as s [...]

    Tove Ford
    So many reviewers here seem to adore this book that I find it a little difficult to say that - well, I don't.This is not Louisa May Alcott's best effort - not by a long shot. By the time she wrote Jack and Jill, she was, in her own words, tired of writing moral pap - and that is exactly what Jack and Jill is. It takes all of LMA's tendency to glorify domesticity, preach about Temperance, idolize mothers, stump for educational reform, promote healthful exercise, encourage girls to be "little miss [...]

    Hailey Hudson
    "Here we will say good-by to these girls and boys of ours as they sit together in the sunshine talking over a year that was to be for ever memorable to them, not because of any very remarkable events, but because they were just beginning to look about them as they stepped out of childhood into youth, and some of the experiences of the past months had set them to thinking, taught them to see the use and beauty of the small duties, joys, and sorrows which make up our lives, and inspired them to re [...]

    Rachel
    Such a sweet book. I love Louisa May Alcott. Jack and Jill went up a hill to coat with fun and laughter/Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling afterJack and Jill had a sledding accident and various broken bones. While they mend (mostly Jill as she was hurt worst) they and their friends begin the climb from childhood into adulthood. They learn patience in affliction, care for themselves and others, pride in a job well done, and many others. Yes, of course it could be a bit "pre [...]

    Nicole Hamilton
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.So here is the summary: "When best friends, Jack and Jill, tumble off their sled, their injuries cause them to be bedridden for many months. Their parents fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative events."The story was kind of cute. As other reviews have noted, the moralism is pretty heavy-handed. The story was not as enjoyable as I r [...]

    Carol Arnold
    An old fashioned book that rather made me long for the morals and simplicity of long ago! I was particularly interested in Mrs. Minot's homeschooling endeavor and technique. I had never heard of this particular LMA book before. I will probably see what others I have missed out on. It was a little hard for me to follow the train of thought at times. Also some of the 1880's terminology was confusing. All in all a good read.

    Cathy
    Well, I FINALLY finished this nothing of a book. I wanted to read something by LMA after I read her biography and found this in a book sale. It was a slice of life story with morality thrown in for good measure. Jack and Jill are friends who are both injured in the same sledding accident and the book covers the following year. I suppose that when it was written, it was just the thing for young kids but it does not hold up to today's standards.

    Doree Weller
    I reread this for the Popsugar challenge category: A book I loved as a child.It was a charming book, full of all the tropes of the time period. I enjoyed the look at daily life of the time period, and enjoyed visiting with Jack and Jill. It's one of LMA's lesser known works, but still enjoyable.

    Deedra
    This was a grand story of friendship from childhood to adulthood.We meet Jack and Jill sledding and end with a wedding.Becket Royce voices this wonderfully!I was provided this book by the author ,narrator or publisher.

    Stephanie
    This was not a plot-driven story, and at times the main characters were abandoned to spend a chapter with one of their friends. I enjoyed those stories and actually thought that I might have liked the book better if there were more short stories tied together by their friendship with the main characters, with each story punctuated by a moral lesson (as many of them were). I had a difficult time trying to figure out how old some of the characters were, and that was a distraction to me, but I like [...]

    Beth Ruck
    Not one of Alcott's more famous works.A very good story about a group of friends who mature after two of the friends suffer from a bad accident. I recommend it.

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