Durante una gita in barca nel New England, due amici di lunga data si innamorano della stessa ragazza, Sylvia Yule, la quale vive un'età in cui l'ansia di crescere si combina con la voglia di non diventare mai grandi, e l'amore e l'amicizia sembrano ancora la stessa cosa. I mutevoli umori di Sylvia la porteranno a scegliere l'uomo sbagliato, e poi a pentirsene, finché un nuovo conflitto si aggiungerà alle altre inquietudini: la sacralità del matrimonio da una parte, le tentazioni adultere e il richiamo all'amore libero dall'altra. Il romanzo d'esordio di Louisa May Alcott è considerato il suo miglior libro per adulti, quello che - quattro anni prima di Piccole donne - avrebbe potuto sottrarla alla carriera di scrittrice per adolescenti che l'attendeva. Nel 1864 la storia fu amata e fraintesa, attirò un interesse enorme e critiche di eguale portata: da una «giovane inesperta della vita-- ci si aspettavano forse racconti più miti, di alto «valore morale», e invece "Mutevoli umori! mise in discussione l'ideale della famiglia vittoriana, annunciando la nascita di una nuova, diversa sensibilità femminile. Con una nota di Henry James.
- ISBN: 886993909X
- Casa Editrice: Elliot
- Pagine: 283
Edited March 8, 2018 (see below)** Before Alcott's publisher would print this, her first serious novel for adults, written before her more famous works for children, he had her cut it in half. Alcott regretted this and years later when she received back her copyright, before republishing it herself, Leggi tutto
This is my second reading of this book and I admit to liking it even more now than I did a handful of years ago. On the surface, it seems a positively glib little novel about love and marriage and the good and bad choices that one silly young woman makes. Rather, we have here a careful consideration Leggi tutto
Moods was Alcott's first published novel, originally published in 1864, then heavily revised and reissued in 1882. This edition is of the 1864 edition, with appendices including the 1882 revisions, which is fascinating as far as seeing what Alcott changed. Her story of a woman subject to moods (some Leggi tutto
Louisa May Alcott's first novel. Heroine, young Sylvia, a moody teenage girl of 19th century needs to learn life lessons and choose between two men who love her. What is that truly matter - people or principles? Should or should not an eagle and a little wood bird mate for life? Being restless, impet Leggi tutto
This novel centers on a failed marriage plot and the need for individuals – women in particular – to cultivate self-love before they can properly love another. Much of the novel can be read as Alcott’s attempt to work out the Transcendentalist philosophies of her father Bronson Alcott and his friend Leggi tutto
Moods is an emotionally-moving book dealing with adult issues. It was painful, knowing as an observer that mistakes were being made by the characters. I initially was rooting for Sylvia and Geoffrey Moor, but before too long I was thinking that Sylvia should be with Adam Warwick after all. This was
This is so unlike Louisa May's other books. I am so glad I read this. The writing is so compelling and beautiful. The story is odd and the characters are a bit annoying, underdeveloped, and laughable but it's a real gem!
3.5 Stars. I had a really hard time deciding how to rate this book. On one hand, I didn’t fall in love with the story, many of the characters were not very likable, and they were pretty underdeveloped. I also did not care for the ending whatsoever. So, I was leaning towards 2.5 stars(I wish Goodread Leggi tutto
Louisa is the very , very close writer to my heart , my first station of reading <3 but unfortunately the beginning of the novel did not catch my attention so I did not complete it . The 2 stars are for Louisa's name on the novel . <3
Moods is one of Louisa May Alcott's lesser known novels, and one intended for a more mature audience than her Little Women -fare. It was written before her great success with that novel, and later re-written over twenty years later with a changed ending that focused less on its heroine's romances, an Leggi tutto
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