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Under the Lilacs: From the Original Publisher (Little Women #3)

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Ben Brown and his performing poodle, Sancho, leave the circus and find a new home with Mrs. Moses and her children.
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Published October 31st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1886)
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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
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

Let the games begin....

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,
Nov 29, 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.
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,
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
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
Feb 05, 2013 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
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
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
Jun 19, 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
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
♡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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Aug 26, 2009 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.

"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."

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
Dec 08, 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
Dec 20, 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
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
Jul 25, 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
Jul 19, 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
Nov 18, 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
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
Jul 10, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 26, 2012 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
Aug 13, 2009 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who many not be familiar with Alcott, Little Men and Jo’s Boys are the sequels to the beloved Little Women. Telling the story of Jo’s life after her marriage to Professor Bhear, Little Men introduces us to Plumfield School where boys, and girls, are taught not only the important lessons learned from books, but the important lessons of life as well. Jo’s Boys takes the chronicles of the students to new heights, as the students reach adulthood and choose their future paths, allowi ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
7/2013 I'm so happy to have this among my audiobooks. It's lovely to wake in the wee sma's and have this to resort to. The narration is stellar, the story so familiar that I could describe the very carpet in the dining room at Plumfield, the characters as well-known to me as my own family. I re-read this nearly as often as I re-read LotR. And of course I married a Dan. How could I not?

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
May 10, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I am amazed, absolutely open mouthed that this was written in the mid-1800s! It's so accessible and easy to read and the values - gender and educational - that are described are so modern that I actually had to check the publication date because at first!

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
As much as I loved Little Women, you would think that I would have found the ongoing saga of the March family more entertaining than I actually did.

This book takes place about ten years after Little Men, as the boys at Plumfield School are heading off to college or out into the world. I found the book far more preachy than either of the previous volumes, with a great deal of moralizing issued from the mouth of the once irrepressible Josephine; perhaps Alcott was trying to mellow Jo with age? Har
Kristy Drážovská
Neviem či mám plakať, alebo smiať sa. Na jednej strane som po celý čas dychtivo túžila dozvedieť sa ako skončí príbeh mojich milovaných hrdinov, no na druhej strane som teraz trochu smutná, pretože som dočítala a... určite aj vy poznáte ten pocit kedy vám to príde trochu ľúto, že už ste na konci.
Po tom čo som natrafila na knižky od Louisi May Alcott sa pre mňa začala dlhá cesta pri ktorej som prežila krásne zážitky s hrdinami, ktorí sú mi taký blízky akoby boli moji skutočný priatelia. Tieto kni
Angie Taylor
Jun 29, 2009 Angie Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet sequel to Little Men and takes place 10 years later. It tells what the young men try to accomplishes they go in to the world in search of careers, money, fame, etc. However it kind of reads like an after thought. The details of each character are sparse in comparison to the fluidity of the telling in Little Women. It is fun to know what each young man is doing and to whom they marry, but there isn't enough detail. I kept feeling like there could be so much more to the story. Also ...more
Michaila Janae
Jun 29, 2016 Michaila Janae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last book in the March family chronicles.

First off, I noticed there seemed to be much more words of wisdom from Jo and Fritz in this one. The fact that poor Dan, after all his struggling, never was married but loved Bess all the while, was very heartbreaking because he was one of my favorites. My favorite couple was either the brave Emil and Mary (because they had been so through so much, and helped one another survive through it all) or Demi and Alice, because of his shyness and the beautif
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As A.M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

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
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