Published to coincide with the release of Louisa May Alcott's long-lost novel, A Long Fatal Love Chase, Modern Magic will take a significant part in the surge of interest in Alcott's neglected works. The selections include "A Pair of Eyes, or Modern Magic, " The Fate of the Forrests, " "Behind a Mask or, A Woman's Power, " and "My Mysterious Mademoiselle."...
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Les Yeux De Lady Macbeth Reviews
3.5 Stars? 4.5 Stars? 10? It's hard to pin this one down, exactly. I'm of two minds, or maybe even three. I could try standing on my head, and in seeing the world topsy turvy, I just might have a bead on it . I'll start by saying this is the Louisa May that I never knew existed: the Louisa May who thrilled to thrillers and suspense novels; who lived a gothic existence in her dream life and brought it to the printed page. It occurs to me that this is also Jo brought to life: this is Jo, taking full expression of her flights of fancy and turning it into the book she was always meant to write, before interfering Professor Baer re-directs her to something which is more acceptable, in his world. In the end, one's own nature will out, and Jo/Louisa gets to write her thrillers/gothic mysteries/occultist's fancies after all. Hooray for Jo! Hooray for Louisa! There is an entire thesis in this little work -- (oh, if I had time and world enough) -- that could set me writing for hundreds of pages, for there are several worlds to be explored in this very slim volume of short stories. Amid the multiple levels of meaning, and quite apart from seeing Jo personified, what also occurs to me is that these stories were probably very cathartic for Alcott and may well have served as a sort of revenge-therapy against her wastrel of a dad, Bronson. The great writer, philosopher, reformer -- indeed the very essence of transcendentalism -- was nothing more than a deadbeat dad and husband, if viewed in a certain light. Abandoning his family for months, sometimes years, on end, to pursue his artistic sensibilities, all the hard work of keeping the Alcott family together fell on his wife Abby, and ultimately on Louisa herself as the inheritor of the wreckage that Bronson left in his wake.The absent father in Little Women is a benign entity who has gone off to war. So too, Louisa must have viewed her real-life father: fighting a war against ignorance, while all the little women stayed home and did the hard work. On the surface, it is a sacrifice they all willingly undertake. Scratch the surface, and there is nothing but anger and disappointment. The rage that builds up in Jo, and is never allowed full expression, finally emerges in Alcott's gothic romances: where the husband or lover turns into a sort of demon lover, who ends up ruining his beloved's life -- and ultimately his own. What Freud could have done with these little stories!The writing is entrancing, quite literally. You fall into a trance from the opening paragraph as you are forced to eerily creep around darkened hallways and peer into corners, watching and waiting. It makes the hair stand up and you don't want to be reading these on your own, late at night. Of course, it could be very easy to make light of these types of stories -- but not if you really think about the time and place, and the woman who carried these sensational thoughts in her mind and heart, in dark Victorian times. The writing truly is beautiful. A few stories have a Jamesian quality (reminiscent of Turn of The Screw, for instance) which makes the preternatural elements positively nightmarish.I do hope Alcott managed to exorcise all that she needed to in this work, for as a psychological study it is outstanding. As a literary one, truly inspired.
One would be surprised to discover that the author of these "blood and thunder" tales is the same woman who wrote the lovely, domestic, and tranquil story of Little Women. That being said, these stories filled with hypnotism, sexual politics, drug experimentation, and violent Eastern conspiracies are all written in a distinctly feminine and delicate hand. There is something about the way Alcott writes that drips with prettiness; there is something soft and lovely in her narrative voice that remains clear and pure throughout the dark subject matter into which she so boldly dives. It is an appropriate phenomenon that eerily manifests the themes of feminine power and control celebrated throughout her stories. I'd recommend this collection to anyone with a soft spot for feminist literature and/or thrillers.
For me, the foremost interest in reading Alcott's "wilder" tales is seeing seeds within them which I recognize as related to the beloved volumes I've pored over more than once over my childhood, youth and yes, into adulthood. The tales in this collection were definitely on topics which were relevant to the times -- even then the beginnings of hypnotism, mind control, drug use and the pros and cons of these experiences were known. One might say the more things change the more they remain the same -- but that's a bit too neat and tidy. To me, Alcott's writing, life and the fictions are an instruction in how a female found a way to remain independent in a time when most women were not, a way to support her family when most women could not apart from the homely tasks of childcare, nursing, housekeeping, sewing and other jobs. Alcott did see these insidious inroads of drugs and such in dealings with the poor when working with social organizations -- it seems reasonable that those e xperiences found a place in her writing as surely as did the semi-truths and the philosophical ideals of family and home which were a large part of her own family life. Any reader who has been a devoted Alcott fan sicne picking up the first volume at whatever age will find these works of interest.
After trying to read the Bloomsbury book, I wanted to attempt to read more by those authors (Alcott, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Emerson). I just can't get into it. And I'm not a wimp when it comes to archaic language and writing styles- loved Tolstoy. Why do I like the Russians and not the Americans????
It's fascinating to read the stories that Alcott wrote for pleasure and compare them to the girl-next-door books like Little Women. It allows you to see the complexity of Alcott and get a deeper sense of who she is. The stories are far from great, however they are adequately written and a wonderful look into the times that Alcott lived in.
I didn't read it all so I can't rate it but it wasn't what I thought. I didn't know much about LMA but I love her classics. These 5 short stories are about a femme fatale, drugs, black magic/mind control, sex ect. Not really my type of book. I guess I need to research a little more before I start reading books.
Really enjoyed this book. It makes me sad that she was known for her "Little Women" books instead of her short stories. These have a depth and darkness that showcases just how great of an author she was.
I loved this book! I appreciate the feminist themes in her short stories and am amused by the fiery plots. It would be a great starter book for getting into 19th century literature.
Adored, definitely a book to add to my continually growing library. Also, the forward in this edition is wonderful.