Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

Work: A Story of Experience

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 119,466 / 332 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.5
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 1,629
mnybks.net#: 508
Origin: gutenberg.org
Excerpt

o the night sat thinking tenderly of the past, bravely of the present, hopefully of the future. Twenty-one to-morrow, and her inheritance a head, a heart, a pair of hands; also the dower of most New England girls, intelligence, courage, and common sense, many practical gifts, and, hidden under the reserve that soon melts in a genial atmosphere, much romance and enthusiasm, and the spirit which can rise to heroism when the great moment comes.

Christie was one of that large class of women who, moderately endowed with talents, earnest and true-hearted, are driven by necessity, temperament, or principle out into the world to find support, happiness, and homes for themselves. Many turn back discouraged; more accept shadow for substance, and discover their mistake too late; the weakest lose their purpose and themselves; but the strongest struggle on, and, after danger and defeat, earn at last the best success this world can give us, the possession of a brave and cheerful spirit, rich in self-knowledge, self-

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2012.05.04
Donna H
*****

This novel was far ahead of it's time.
The story begins over a decade before the Civil War begins. In a time when most young women waited at home for Mr. Right to appear, the orphaned Christie goes out to earn a living. Among other jobs, she tries acting, working as a maid & governess, & sewing.
This book is a window into how Victorians looked at single women, insanity, & "fallen" women.
This is my favorite Alcott book & one you should read.

2007.08.27
Maddie
*****

I absolutely loved this book. It spans 19 years of Christie's life as she goes through many of lifes experiences and grows as a woman. It had a sweet love story and I cried at the end. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a memorable story. It's a great book.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

A. W. Exley
When A.W. Exley isn't deciphering hieroglyphs or riding her horse sidesaddle, she is thinking up plots for her next best-seller. Nefertiti's Heart is a beautiful mixture of all Exley's passions in life, set in a Steampunk society, featuring a very Egyptian theme. As our Author of the Day, she chats with us about her fascination with Egypt, why she picked an alternate universe for Nefertiti and how she shaped the book.
Read full interview...