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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Children's (28 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486422267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486422268
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Six generations of readers have found in the story of the March family universal truths about girls, families and growing up' --Guardian

'Use a hankie as a bookmark - tears are guaranteed' --Marie Claire --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania in 1832, the second of four daughters. Little Women, loosely based on her own experiences, was published in1868 and was an immediate success. In her later years Alcott became involved with the women's suffrage movement. She published her last novel, Jo's Boys in 1886, and died in Boston on 6th March 1888 at the age of fifty-six. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Horsey on 18 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
This is (sadly) the last in the 'Little Women' series. I would not say that any of the last 3 books were anywhere near as good as the first (Little Women), but they are still all timeless and capturing novels. I would not recommend it to readers who enjoy a light and humourous read, as I and others found it quite heavy and tiring, but it is worth reading just to view the wonderful descriptions of 19th century America and the relationships between the now middle-aged original March girls -Meg, Jo & Amy. I would recommend this book not to younger children, but to teenagers and young adults alike who enjoy reading books of all kinds and genres.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
If you liked Little Women and Little Men, you'll be rewarded for reading Jo's Boys because you'll find out what happened to Nat, Dan, Nan, Emil, Tom, Demi, Daisy, Bess, Jo, Meg, Amy and Laurie in another ten years.

Jo is transformed into a famous novelist who spends her time trying to hide from her public with little luck. It's quite humorous. Plumfield is now a college. Nat goes abroad for advanced training in music and learns other lessons better. Dan seeks to build a new world in the West and runs into the consequences of his quick temper. Emil has a most remarkable adventure on the high seas that will remind many of classic sailing tales in the 19th century. Nan is interested in medicine and little else. Demi turns out to be spoiled. Daisy is patiently waiting for her love to return.

By this time, Louisa May Alcott had become identified more closely with Women's Rights, and Jo's Boys is in some ways a tract piece to advance the cause of equal opportunity for women. I was struck by how modern many of the views are, although the way they are expressed is definitely from the 19th century.

She also takes herself more seriously as a writer and enriches the text with references that may not be familiar to many readers. That effect makes the book seem much less accessible.

But the same loving heart underlies this reunion. You just have to look past more language to find it.
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Format: Paperback
I started reading this as soon as I finished Little Men, but didn't really get into so I put it down for a few months and tried it again recently. Around page 150 I suddenly got hooked on the stories within the novel (every chapter in an Alcott book 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; the last page lists what happens to every character. It's a bit sad, as Alcott's novels are always such sweet, simple reads. But luckily I have Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom on my bookcase still to read! I once read a synopsis for one of Alcott's older, less-popular novels on here, and it was described as a collection of "wholesome and moralistic stories". I think that's a perfect description for Jo's Boys also. A lot of people today don't like stories which have meanings and morals, but I do. I guess I'm kind of old fashioned in that way - I would love to live in a family similar to that of Jo March's.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
Jo's Boys is the third book in the Little Women series by series by Louisa May Alcott, and was written in 1886. It is set some ten years after Little Men. It looks at the lives of the Little Men (and women) who were at Plumfield. Tom is studying medicine and still devoted to Nan, also doing medicine, determined to remain single and do good works. Tom's devotion is suddenly derailed when he finds himself somehow accidentally engaged to Dora West. Nat is hopeful of earning Daisy's hand and goes to Leipzig to study music, where he is seduced by high society and finds himself in some trouble. Franz is a merchant kinsman and finds a bride in Germany, while Emil becomes second mate on a fateful ship journey where he saves the captain and his family. Dan, having pursued many paths including geology, mining and sheep farming, plans to help the Montana Indians but somehow finds himself in jail. Josie is a budding actress and Bess a sculptress. Demi intends to become a journalist, much to his mother's despair. This book is again filled with moral tales, but Alcott also includes a day in the life of a famous author, which seems directly lifted from her own experiences. Mrs Jo disappoints in the final chapters with her attitude to Dan: while forgiven for sins, loved and praised for heroism, he is effectively banished from Plumfield as unsuitable for her niece, which seems quite snobbish and uncharitable. This book might appeal to modern-day children, with lots of explanation, but it is not up to the standard of the first book. Fair.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I adore all Louisa May Alcott's novels but as the mother of sons, this one just gets me every time. I recommend everyone to read it.
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