Louise May Alcott wrote Jack and Jill: A Village Story in 1880, 12 years after the publication of Little Women. Like that most famous of her novels, Jack and Jill takes place in a small New England town, and examines the lives of its inhabitants.
The story opens on the first sledding day of the season, and all of the children in town are out in force. Our hero and heroine, 13-year-olds Jack Minot and Janey Pecq, go down a particularly treacherous run and are both seriously injured.
Over the next year, Jack and Jill (as she is called) are nurtured back to health by their widowed mothers. As the seasons pass, we become intimately acquainted with not only Jack and Jill, but their group of friends. As in Little Women, Alcott's fine character studies leave us with indelible impressions of these young people, touching upon humor, honor, patience, temperance, great sorrow and even greater delight in the world around them and the love they feel for one another.
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Excellent Louisa May Alcott classic!
Because Little Women is one of my favorite American-authored classics, I greatly anticipated listening to Jack and Jill: A Village Story by Louisa May Alcott. Like Little Women, Jack and Jill includes well-defined characters and tight-knit family unity. Based on her own childhood experiences, Alcott captures what it was like to grow up in an a very loving family in a small New England town in the 19th century.
The story follows the lives of two 13-year-old neighbors, Jack and Jill. Similar to the nursery rhyme where “Jack and Jill went up the hill,” the two main characters in this story are destined for a fall. They go sledding on the first day of the season whereupon their adventurous natures and competitiveness get the better of them. After sledding down a particularly treacherous slope, both are seriously injured.
The rest of the story takes place over the next year when Jack and Jill are nurtured back to health by their widowed mothers, and their family and friends try to keep them entertained, despite not having TV, the internet, or cellphones. I particularly enjoyed the tone and reality of this story, from play acting with neighborhood friends, to infatuations and jealousy between a few of the girls, and heartache after the death of a beloved friend.
I listened to the Audible version of Jack and Jill narrated by Becket Royce. Becket did an excellent job narrating this book, providing distinct and consistent voices for all characters. Her narration really contributed to my satisfaction of the story. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys the old classics.
Old Fashioned Village Fun
- Sara Rutgers