"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Back to America

The AKB Book Club is officially pressing onward! For our next discussion, we will be dealing with two (count 'em: two) books!

We are returning from the world of Bayern and journeying to the (nondescript) 19-Century American New England town in

Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
and its sequel Rose in Bloom, also by Louisa May.
These both come highly recommended by fellow AKB Book Clubber The Brambler. She has even so kindly come up with the questions for both books--helping me out during this currently busy time at work and home. (Will it ever not be?!) Not that she isn't busy herself, but I know she loves the books. And I wanted to know what she wanted to know what I (and the rest of you) thought/think of the books.

So, here we go! I'll give a few days for any other interested partakers to review or read the books. They aren't long reads, they're of the American classics era, and they truly are simple and sweet stories.

Eight Cousins:

1. Who were your favorite characters?
2. What morals did you agree with? Disagree with?
3. If you were Rose, how would you have reacted to the cousins?
4. How would you have felt if you were Phebe and Rose asked to adopt you?
5. What did you think of Uncle Alec?
6. What is your favorite part of the book?

Rose in Bloom:

1. Who were your favorite characters?
2. After your first taste of "society," would you have been able to easily give it up?
3. Did the characters grow up like you expected them to?
4. What is your favorite part of the book?
5. Did anything make you swoon? :)
6. Would Charlie have shaped up if Rose had given in to him?