Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out (A Sequel to Little Men) (Little Women #3)
Jo's Boys is the third book in the Little Women trilogy by Louisa May Alcott, published in 1886. In it, Jo's "children", now grown, are caught up in real world troubles. All three books - although fiction - are highly autobiographical and describe characters that were really in Alcott's life. This book contains romance as the childhood playmates become flirtatious young me...more
In this book Alcott continues to find a platform for her ideas, including women's suffrage, co-education, rehabilitation for criminals, and temperance,...more
" 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
By the time you get to this third book in the series, you've become so emotionally involved with the characters that it's hard to really critique the book in terms of pace, tone, plot etc. The Marches feel like a family you know and...more
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...more
1/2012 I've been listening to this at night, along with Little Men, for the last few weeks. I haven't a shred of...more
Little Women is one book, amongst many, that honours and celebrates the inclinations of an independent self-learner. It is never too soon or too late to embrace the concept...more
Another ten years have passed and Jo and Fritz’ school is now a college and the cast of characters ever widens. I definitely appreciated Jo’s Boys on the same level as Little Women. Whereas Little Men solely served as a bridge between the two and an introduction to the future brave and generous men of Jo’s Boys.
However, as with Little Men, Dan and Nan were my favorite characters. Nan continues to be a spitfire...more
Then I realised it was the 4th in the series and I didn't have the 3rd.
So then I had to wait for three years before I was innocently walking around in a bookstore when...
I FOUND IT!
So then I had to get past all the books I had on my to-read list before I got to Little Men, which took six months or so.
I read it, loved it, etc.
Then I turned to Jo's Boys.
It was gone.
I seriously turned the house inside out trying...more
Given the success and love of Little Women, this book was not very good. I wanted to enjoy it, but it read more like a series of short stories rather than a novel. I enjoy short story collections, when they are billed as such; however, there was no discernible plot, other than life stories. Perhaps it's because I didn't read Little Men, which comes before, but Jo’s Boys felt choppy to me. Although it had the requisite happy ending and all, at the end I was unsatisfie...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...more
In Little Women and Little Men, Louisa May Alcott introduced readers to the characters that eventually appear in Jo's Boys, in particular to Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer. This warmly parental couple start a small boarding school called Plumfield, primarily for boys whom readers get to know first in Little Men; Jo's Boys (Little Women #3) was mostly written to tell the most curious rea...more
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t...more