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Work - eBook

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<p>A story about a nineteenth-century woman’s search for a meaningful life through work outside the family sphere, <strong>Work</strong> is at once Alcott’s exploration of her personal challenges and a social critique of America.</p> <p>For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.</p>

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A story about a nineteenth-century woman’s search for a meaningful life through work outside the family sphere, Work is at once Alcott’s exploration of her personal challenges and a social critique of America.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Work - eBook

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Digital Reader Format
Epub (Yes)
Language
en
Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Author
Louisa May Alcott
ISBN-13
9781440674518
ISBN-10
1440674515

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Louisa May Alcott came...

Louisa May Alcott came from a family of professional busybodies (in a good way); they were temperance advocates, abolitionists and feminists. In most of Alcott's books for young people, she endeavors to show female characters that are hard-working, educated and striving to better themselves. She had as much contempt for a society that kept well-to-do young women empty-headed, vain and idle as she did compassion for women whose poverty forced them to endless toil. Work is the story of Christie Devon, a New England orphan brought up by her kind aunt and hard-hearted uncle. Rather than be dependent on (and beholden to) her relatives all her life, she strikes out on her own, determined to work and make an independent life for herself. Christie moves through a series of careers, is proposed to by a rich man (who she refuses) and gets herself into trouble standing up for a friend who has been a "fallen woman." This loses Christie her job; she steadily declines into melancholy until she is helped by kind people. She falls in love and marries, only to lose her husband in the Civil War. Her short marriage brings her a child, which inspires her to work once more, so that she cannot not only give her daughter a better life but help other women. Alcott's prose is hearty and somewhat syrupy. I liked the book for its realistic understanding of the lot of women in the 19th century. Christie Devon isn't a Horatio Alger-type hero; she can't be, because no matter how much of a will most 19th century women brought to work, the decks were stacked against them. They had too little practical training, too few opportunities and the margin for error was far too thin. (Illness or a moral slip brought almost certain disaster.) I found the story pleasant and interesting. Alcott even gets to indulge her taste for melodrama in one chapter in which Christie works for a family with hereditary madness in their genes.

A curious paradox of a...

A curious paradox of a book -- politically radical in places, irritatingly conventional in others. In one sentence, Alcott advocates movingly for equality between the races; in the next, she portrays the Irish as being lower than animals. In one passage, traditional gender roles are questioned and subverted; in another, we hear all about the strengths and weaknesses supposedly unique to females. Here it ridicules romances for putting silly, impractical ideas in girls' heads; there it resorts to the goopiest of sentimental tropes. Almost like reading two books in one.

This is an adult book,...

This is an adult book, and compared to her children's books it is a little more realistic. The topic is a young woman trying to make her way in the world. She wants to earn her living, but there are many obstacles. Deals with predjudice and Women's liberation issues.

A great, sorta ramblin...

A great, sorta rambling story about one woman's life, with asides about slavery, women's rights, the Civil War, religion (with Rev. Power, Alcott's impression of the real-life Theodore Parker) and life in general. Worth reading...makes me want to check out Susan Cheever's new biography of Alcott.

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