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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children. Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared.
And while they searched, it reappeared once more. When Mrs Moss and her girls discovered young Ben Brown and his dog Sancho in a nearby carriage house, the mystery of the cake came to light.
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Mrs Moss soon put that to rights, and Ben found himself a job with Miss Celia and her fourteen year old brother Thornton Thorny who was a little sickly. What would happen to Ben and Sancho? What would be their future? Light and entertaining; filled with wit and humour and of course old fashioned words and phrases, it is a worthy read by both young and old alike.
Originally published in , it is still highly readable almost later! The writings of Louisa May Alcott are read in earnest today just as they were read year's ago! Her relaxed style of writing fills the pages in descriptive detail of each character, even Sancho, a dog. This story begins with Ben, a runaway from the Circus, in search of his Father. Ben and his Father along with Sancho were Circus performers.
His father left in search of work promising to come back for Ben.
Ben finds himself in a small town where most of residents are kind to him and his beloved dog. Throughout the story we encounter mishaps and very cruel acts.
But with the help of his new friends and family Ben endures. For me as in other Alcott books, the ending is abrupt.
A few pages near the end of the book, the author alludes to a possible future wedding- well I want to READ about this wedding- as we have become very attached to these specific characters. I did not discover Louisa May Alcotts writings until seven years ago!
Every librarian , teacher, mother, father, grandparent etc. They are easy to read, filled with adventure and wonderful characters. Under the Lilacs is a sweet, innocent book full of the way things used to be. The story is whimsical and full of genuine happiness yet not without trials and difficulties. The ending is fulfilling and pleasant. The writing drew me in, and I felt the characters were my friends and acquaintances. It would be a good book to read to your children before bed.
Good for all ages. One person found this helpful. I was attracted to this book by the title and was delighted to see that it was by Louisa May Alcott. I thought I had read all of her books! As a child we had lavender and white lilacs outside our bedroom window. I still have lilacs under my bedroom window because that wonderful smell brings back such memories.
Hours spent with books or dolls nestled in the shade. I truly enjoyed reading this book.
This novel is a delight to read. It's full of adventure, humor, and colorful descriptive scenes. Louisa May Alcott doesn't disappoint. Her writing style is perfection, as she shows the reader scenes and actions, rather than merely telling the reader what is happening. I highly recommend "Under the Lilacs" for its adventure, humorous scenes, real dialogue, touching scenes, and a look into a kinder, gentler time.
Another Louisa May Alcott book! I read a few when I was a teenager. Recently I decided to re-read them. I love them so much I wanted to read more! In , after several setbacks with the school, the Alcott family moved to a cottage on 2 acres 0. The three years they spent at the rented Hosmer Cottage were described as idyllic. After the collapse of the Utopian Fruitlands, they moved on to rented rooms and finally, with Abigail May Alcott's inheritance and financial help from Emerson, they purchased a homestead in Concord.
They moved into the home they named " Hillside " on April 1, , but moved in , selling to Nathaniel Hawthorne who renamed it The Wayside. Moving 22 times in 30 years, the Alcotts returned to Concord once again in and moved into Orchard House , a two-story clapboard farmhouse, in the spring of Alcott's early education included lessons from the naturalist Henry David Thoreau who inspired her to write Thoreau's Flute based on her time at Walden's Pond. Most of the education she received though, came from her father who was strict and believed in "the sweetness of self-denial.
She later described these early years in a newspaper sketch entitled "Transcendental Wild Oats. Poverty made it necessary for Alcott to go to work at an early age as a teacher, seamstress , governess , domestic helper, and writer. Her sisters also supported the family, working as seamstresses, while their mother took on social work among the Irish immigrants.
Only the youngest, May, was able to attend public school. Due to all of these pressures, writing became a creative and emotional outlet for Alcott.
In , she and her family served as station masters on the Underground Railroad , when they housed a fugitive slave for one week and had discussions with Frederick Douglass. At one point in , unable to find work and filled with such despair, Alcott contemplated suicide. This felt, to Alcott, to be a breaking up of their sisterhood. As an adult, Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist. In , Alcott began writing for the Atlantic Monthly. Her letters home—revised and published in the Boston anti-slavery paper Commonwealth and collected as Hospital Sketches , republished with additions in  —brought her first critical recognition for her observations and humor.
Her main character, Tribulation Periwinkle, showed a passage from innocence to maturity and is a "serious and eloquent witness".
In the mids, Alcott wrote passionate, fiery novels and sensational stories under the nom de plume A. Her protagonists for these books are strong and smart. She also produced stories for children, and after they became popular, she did not go back to writing for adults. Other books she wrote are the novelette A Modern Mephistopheles , which people thought Julian Hawthorne wrote, and the semi-autobiographical novel Work Alcott became even more successful with the first part of Little Women: Part two, or Part Second , also known as Good Wives , followed the March sisters into adulthood and marriage.
Jo's Boys completed the "March Family Saga". In Little Women , Alcott based her heroine "Jo" on herself. But whereas Jo marries at the end of the story, Alcott remained single throughout her life. She explained her " spinsterhood " in an interview with Louise Chandler Moulton , "I am more than half-persuaded that I am a man's soul put by some freak of nature into a woman's body Little Women was well received, with critics and audiences finding it suitable for many age groups.
A reviewer of Eclectic Magazine called it "the very best of books to reach the hearts of the young of any age from six to sixty". With the success of Little Women , Alcott shied away from the attention and would sometimes act as a servant when fans would come to her house. Along with Elizabeth Stoddard , Rebecca Harding Davis , Anne Moncure Crane, and others, Alcott was part of a group of female authors during the Gilded Age , who addressed women's issues in a modern and candid manner.
Their works were, as one newspaper columnist of the period commented, "among the decided 'signs of the times'". After her youngest sister May died in , Louisa took over for the care of niece, Lulu, who was named after Louisa. Alcott suffered chronic health problems in her later years,  including vertigo. During her American Civil War service, Alcott contracted typhoid fever and was treated with a compound containing mercury. Moreover, a late portrait of Alcott shows a rash on her cheeks , which is a characteristic of lupus. Alcott died of a stroke at age 55 in Boston, on March 6, ,  two days after her father's death.
Lulu, her niece was only 8 years old when Louisa died. Louisa's last known words were "Is it not meningitis? Louisa frequently wrote in her journals about going on runs up until she died. She challenged the social norms regarding gender by encouraging her young female readers to run as well. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Louisa May Alcott Alcott at about age Encyclopedia of women's history in America.
The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, The parents of the authoress removed to Boston when their daughter was 2 years old, and in Boston and its immediate vicinity she made her home ever after. A Personal Biography 1st ed.