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Preview — Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
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Set ten years after ‘Little Men’, ‘Jo’s Boys’ is the final novel in the unofficial series that follows the ups and downs of the March family.
The Plumfield boys – including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil and promising musician Nat – are now grown up, and finding their places in the world....more
Plumfield: If everybody could just stop acting in plays here, that'd be great.
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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, ...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
"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 ...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
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
Also, Meg grew up to be a bitch.
Did not like.
OK, there were some good characters (like Nan, the independent woman doctor) and some good messages (many of Alcott's views were progressive, such as women's rights etc), but for the most part... nah
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 IT! I really did it. I read a series within 4 days! I'm so proud of myself!!
(view spoiler)[Aside from falling asleep after reading the first chapter this book was a pretty good read. I
like all of the books tied into each other, well except for Good Wives. I just didn't like that book ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Leaving aside a few charming passages in which Mrs. Jo must hide from her adoring fans (a snippet of authorial autobiography?), this book has always been a major disappointment to me. While no one would deny that the earlier works ...more
Little Women will always be a classic I will re-read once in a while to recapture that innocence we never ...more
This is the final book in the little women trilogy and it does tie things together well. Set ten years after little men we meet the boys as most have turned into men. I loved the way that we find out how the boys have turned out. We do see more of the next generation March women; Bess and josie. My favourite of the boys is Daniel, yes he is the bad boy but he wants so much to be good. Jo is still very much of the matriarch but I love the others taking Centre stage more. I have ...more
First, I am much more sensitive to the dated ...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 ...more
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/ ...more