spinning-wheel stories

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link up at Freda’s site

Today’s sentence comes from Spinning-Wheel Stories by Louisa May Alcott.

“When the bustle was all over, Abby found herself a heroine in her small circle of admiring friends and neighbors, who praised and petted her as if she had saved the city from destruction.”

Victorian Literature Challenge 2011 – Completion

For the past six or so months I haver been slowly inching towards finishing the Victorian Literature Challenge 2011. I was participating under the “Great Expectations” participation level of  where the challenge was to read five-nine books from the Victorian era. The first six books I finished with extreme swiftness but the last three took more time than I had anticipated because of my new job and everything else.

Anyhow, I have finally managed to finish the challenge. Thanks to Bethany of Subtle Melodrama for hosting this challenge! I enjoyed participating in it very much!

Books Completed:

1. Under the Red Robe. Stanley J. Weyman.

2.  The Diary of a Nobody. George Grossmith.

3. The Country of the Pointed Firs. Sarah Orne Jewett.

4. Mrs Lirriper’s Lodgings. Charles Dickens.

5.  Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy. Charles Dickens.

6. Sailors Knots. W. W. Jacobs.

7. The Phantom Coach and Other Stories. Amelia B. Edwards.

8. Spinning-Wheel Stories. Louisa May Alcott. 

9. Barchester Towers. Anthony Trollope.

Spinning-Wheel Stories by Louisa May Alcott

Spinning-Wheel Stories by Louisa May Alcott is a collection of 12 short stories with a perfunctory connecting tale. It was published in 1884.

The family has gathered at grandma’s home for Christmas. But a snow storm has all the young ones cooped up in the house. To pass the time grandma teaches the young girls how to use a spinning wheel that they found in the attic. Also, 12 stories with a healthy dose of morals are told. The 12 stories are namely Grandma’s Story, Tabby’s Table-Cloth, Eli’s Education, Onawandah, Little Things, The Banner of Beaumanoir, Jerseys; or, the Girl’s Ghost, The Little House in the Garden, Daisy’s Jewel Box and How She Filled It, Corny’s Catamount, The Cooking-Class and The Hare and the Tortoise.

The connecting tale is present at the first part of the book, then it disappears the midway through and reappears once again towards the end. I found this lack of continuity jarring.

The stories are for the most part very sugary. I am very fond of old classics but even I think that these stories are old fashioned. Some like Grandma’s Story, Tabby’s Table-Cloth, Eli’s Education, Onawandah are really way too sugary.

Some of the stories are pretty good. I enjoyed The Little House in the Garden and The Hare and the Tortoise. Others like Little Things, The Banner of Beaumanoir, Jerseys; or, the Girl’s Ghost, Corny’s Catamount and The Cooking-Class are okay stories. Daisy’s Jewel Box and How She Filled It I found kind of irritating.

Spinning-Wheel Stories has not aged well. Read only if you are a fan of Louisa May Alcott or of classics in general. Otherwise, I do not recommend this book.

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