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Jo's Boys (Little Women #3)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  26,239 Ratings  ·  532 Reviews
Beginning ten years after Little Men, Jo’s Boys revisits Plumfield, the New England school still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer. Jo remains at the center of the tale, surrounded by her boys—including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil, and promising musician Nat—as they experience shipwreck and storm, disappointment and even murder. [Bantam Classics Synopsis ...more
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published (first published 1886)
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Elevetha
The book, ladies and gentlemen: (I very much tried to make everything chronological. Anything that isn't, such as Josie whining about acting or whenever the Professor decides to grace the world with his presence, is completely due to my lack of remembrance and also my utter lack of desire to go back through the entire book, rather than skimming for the important bits, as I am already doing.)


Professor: *chortles*

Plumfield: If everybody could just stop acting in plays here, that'd be great.

Nan: ER
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
My A-Z challenge for the year with the lovely and vivacious Karly and Kristin has officially begun!

A is for Alcott

Read a book that is over 100 years old


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I always find that reviewing an Alcott book is a bit difficult. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with her. I read Little Women only a few years ago at the request of my mother who loved it, but didn't like the other two books in the series. And honestly, I agree with her. Little Women though moralistic and preachy,
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Zoe
Sep 05, 2007 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: generalfiction
A long, sometimes tedious, but almost always charming epilogue to Little Women and Little Men. Alcott wrote it in 1886, eighteen years after Little Women and two years before her death. She must have known, feeling the effects of mercury poisoning from her time as a Civil War nurse, that the lights were really going out, the curtain about to fall.

In this book Alcott continues to find a platform for her ideas, including women's suffrage, co-education, rehabilitation for criminals, and temperance,
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Amber
Nov 25, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
This was a great conclusion of the Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott. If you enjoyed Little Men, you will enjoy Jo's Boys as it tells what happens to the boys of Plumfield as they get older. Definitely check the whole Little Women series out as they are all a joy to read.
Rachel Brand
Finally! I started reading this as soon as I finished Little Men, but didn't really get into so put it down for a few months. Around page 150 I suddenly got hooked on the stories within the book (because every chapter in an Alcott novel has its own individual plot) and read a few chapters every day until I finished it. It's obvious at the end that it's the last book she'll write about the March family as the last page lists what happens to every character - which is a bit sad, as Alcott's novels ...more
Olivia
I grew to love all the characters in Little Men, so one is bound to love this one just as much. There's plenty of laughter and fun in this book. The end bit has some emotional scenes with wandering Dan and I would have loved to see him happy. Ah, but that is life! A lovely read.
Victoria Lynn
Jan 28, 2017 Victoria Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fiction
Another great work by Louisa May Alcott! A must read for Little Women fans! I just love this book!
Erin
Apr 25, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading the entire series of the March family and their descendants. I homeschool and picked up Little Men for inspiration. I gleaned so many wonderful insights for educating young children, finding our personal missions and following your bliss. In reading the entire series, I get a vision of what I want our lives to look like as I raise my children and the kind of experiences I want them to have. It is easy to involve yourself in the lives of the people in these books because y ...more
Trace
Dec 08, 2012 Trace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-booklist
The last sentence of this book had me in tears:

" And now having endeavored to suit every one by many weddings, few deaths, and as much prosperity as the eternal fitness of things will permit, let the music stop, the lights die out, and the curtain fall forever on the March family."

Its sad to say goodbye to a family that I've come to know and love in this past year... Jo has become somewhat of a mentor to me after reading Little Men and Jo's Boys... and so, yes, I'm somewhat emotional that I've
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Xime García
Este es un libro que leí exclusivamente en mis viajes de colectivo. Desde que leí Mujercitas que anduve a la cacería de buscar sus secuelas, por más malas que me dijeran que fuesen. Y si eran de la colección Robin Hood, mejor todavía.

No es un libro malo. Sigue la línea de Mujercitas, es decir, el tono aniñado, bien femenino y con grandes moralejas del primer libro. Lo que no me gustó, personalmente, fue que se notaba que Alcott usó este libro para pasar factura a todos los cambios que los edi
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Catherine
I am sad to see the curtain close on the tales about the March family! It is a little slower-paced than Little Women, which is my hands-down favorite out of the series, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The thing I love most about Louisa May Alcott's March family series (Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys) is the way she gently weaves her philosophies about childrearing, feminism, education and living a good life into her stories in such a gentle, non-preachy way. This will ...more
Rikke
Dec 19, 2015 Rikke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a certain sense of emptiness that only booklovers will know. Upon closing a dear book and saying goodbye to its variety of language and characters, it can often feel like some precious part of one's soul is left behind and lost forever. And here I am; with a bittersweet lump in my throat and a melancholic longing for something more.

"Jo's Boys" by Louisa May Alcott is different from the other books in this series. It is far more dramatic - even violent at times - in its plot, and is gener
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Eva
Jun 10, 2015 Eva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
*opens book* Ah, I can’t wait to re-visit all the characters from Little Men.

A few chapters later: It’s kind of boring, but all the boys are still awesome, especially Dan. But he has a beard. That’s weird. Oh, well, I’ll just ignore it.

Later: Wow, this is really boring. Too much moralizing. Whole chapters of it. But at least the Josie-wanting-to-be-an-actress thing is interesting. I wish Alcott would focus more on Dan everyone else, though. And am I the only one who sees definite similarities be
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Suzanne
Oct 05, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some quotes:
p. 116 "Virtue, which means honor, honesty, courage, and all that makes character, is the red thread (British put a red thread in their ropes) that marks a good man wherever he is. Keep that always and everywhere, so that even if wrecked by misfortune, that sign shall still be found and recognized. No matter what happens to your body, keep your soul clean, your heart true to those who love, and do your duty to the end."

p. 112 "It is the struggle with obstacles which does us good. You
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♡Ann  Matalines♡
...and the curtain fall for ever on the March family.



Little Woman is my inspiration in reading books. I longed to read it when I was in nursery and actually read it in elementary. It was my first book and I'm glad to wait for 7-8 years to read this. I didn't read little men so I was gobsmacked reading the changes of Jo's boys. The transition of roles and generations left me in a daze but it was worth it. I really admire Mama Baer's advice and don't forget the playwrights and drama. It was raw
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Dec 04, 2008 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like books that will make them cry
Gosh! I thought Little Women made me cry. This one was even more heartbreaking. Poor Dan. I need to reread these books.
Meriana
Dec 02, 2015 Meriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10 tahun berlalu.

Plumfield yg sederhana, kini telah berevolusi menjadi Universitas dan Bukit Parnassus yg penuh dengan keindahan seni serta kesetaraan hak pria dan wanita. Anak-anak Plumfield kini telah tumbuh dewasa, berusaha melebarkan & mengepakkan sayap selebar dan sejauh yg mereka mampu. Sementara bagi perempuan berumur yg keibuan & bijaksana seperti Mrs. Josephine Bhaer, tak ada yg lebih sulit & mengkhawatirkan daripada harus melihat para elang jantannya mulai beranjak meningg
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Antonella

"Los astros se hallaban esparcidos por toda la tierra; pero estos seis muchachos y las cuatro chicas son mi esperanza, mi orgullo y mi alegría."




3.5/5
De los tres fue el que me menos me gustó, porque lo sentí un tanto distinto a los anteriores.
Primero que nada, me gustó que vuelvan los personajes después de 10 años de Little Men, pero siento que el libro transcurre a medida que los chicos se van casando y se vuelve bastante repetitivo; además que se casaran con desconocidas me tiró un poco par
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Liss Capello
In all honesty, this is a dreary book. Imagine the epilogue to the Harry Potter Series, which most people agree is somewhat hamfisted and not up to par, if not blatant fan service. Now imagine if J.K. Rowling had written it into a full eighth book, rather than a single chapter. That is what we have here. As the third (or fourth, depending on how you care to look at it) and final installment in the chronicle of the March sisters and their families, this draws much too heavily on the less-compelli ...more
Anne
Jul 24, 2012 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously readers of the previous two books in their original publications were clamoring to find out what happened to the titular Little Men, and parts of Jo's Boys definitely feels like a concession to popular opinion. It's slower and more overtly moralizing than Little Men or Little Women (though both of those books have their fair share), but I have to say, I salute Louisa May for not giving in to expectations in every quarter. After having had to marry off Jo at the end of Little Women, Nau ...more
Elvira
Jun 27, 2010 Elvira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read mainly because of the previous books, especially "Little Women".

It is interesting to take the narrator of "Little Women", where Alcott writes "So grouped, the curtain falls upon Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given to the first act of the domestic drama", and compare it to the tired narrator of "Jo's Boys" ("It is a strong temptation to the weary historian to close the present tale with an earthquake which should engulf Plumfi
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Melody
Oct 28, 2009 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Standing by the 5 stars. As I've said before, these people are too intimately wound up with my psyche to be rated objectively.

There's some preaching but to my eye it's not as heavy-handed as in Little Women. There are lots of great female role-models (with respect to the times). All of the young women are working toward careers, with the exception of Daisy (that natural housewife!). The young men are supportive and for the most part, respectful. There are anachronisms aplenty, but there's also
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Laura
Jan 30, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, tyttokirjat
Vaikka en ole lukenut Plumfieldin poikia aikaisemmin, minulle tuli nyt jotenkin turvallinen olo lukiessani. Oli ihanaa vihdoin jatkaa tähän sarjan viimeiseen osaan (en ymmärrä miksi ihmeessä odotin vuoden ennen kuin luin tämän??). Vaikka Plumfieldin pojat on surullinen, se on myös lohdullinen. Pidin siitä, kuinka ajan murros näkyi tässä, sillä myös tytöt pääsivät opiskelemaan Plumfieldin jatko-opistoon (vaikka heitä ei juuri muualle vielä tuolloin hyväksyttykkään). Muutenkin tasa-arvo oli va ...more
Lily Pis
Una bella e dolce conclusione per la famiglia March anche se non paragonabile ai due primi libri. Ho adorato Nat e Dan e non posso credere che Dan *Spoiler* sia rimasto solo :-( una fine che non mi sarei affatto aspettata per lui... perché anche se lui era un'anima "nera" avrebbe solo tratto vantaggio da Bess e lei da lui. Il troppo moralismo di questo libro è l'unica cosa che non posso accettare. Lui meritava come gli altri l'amore perché si è riscattato o cercato di farlo in entrambi i libri. ...more
DeB MaRtEnS
An unforgettable classic; how delighted I was to discover that there were actually sequels to Little Women, although my childhood library did not hold every one. Ah, the magic of those early reading favourites, the escape!
Katie
Jul 10, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yukiraking
Feb 15, 2017 Yukiraking rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so close to five stars, as I really enjoyed it, but there were a couple of things that I didn't like, if I'm being really honest about it. Meg irritated me in this. I felt she was really hypocritical, about her own life choices, vs the choices her kids wanted to make. I sort of understood her differing view, but she bothered me a lot. And I felt that there was a distinct lack of Nat, who was pretty much my favourite character from Little Men, and I wanted more from him. I did, however, ...more
Anna
Apr 28, 2017 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What was once sweet in the first book, became slow and tiring in this one. What was once sort of bearable somewhat old-fashioned morals, now became preachy and forced.
But it wasn't a totally bad book, the writer remained great. It was peaceful and still. I recommend it for long winter nights (just bear the now sexist views and appreciate that for 1886, it was progressive).
Brittany
Jun 06, 2011 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Little Women was great. Little Men was good. Jo's Boys was a disappointment. I truly felt like this book was only written to shut everyone up and make them stop asking for more on the Marches.

I did enjoy the parts of the book that talked about suffrage and co-education. It could be a bit preachy at times, but the parts that were portrayed as actual discussions were lively and interesting IMO.

I was hugely disappointed in Dan's character. After two books which praised him as a diamond in the rough
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Colleen (Soggywarmpockets)
Apparently I read this ages ago and forgot as I found myself remembering many of the plot details as I read. I seem to like the stories about the children grown up more than I like the stories of them growing up. I guess I just love seeing how things end.
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