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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Perfect

This book shows all the human trials we have to go through. Like Tommy and Nan, how he always wanted her but she didn't love him and how he marries someone else. Dan, Nat, and Emil are the key characters in this book. They were all raised and admire Mrs. Jo, the lead ch...
This book shows all the human trials we have to go through. Like Tommy and Nan, how he always wanted her but she didn't love him and how he marries someone else. Dan, Nat, and Emil are the key characters in this book. They were all raised and admire Mrs. Jo, the lead character in little women and Little men. She gives them advice and worries for them during money problems and the loss of who they were. Also through murder and she worries when one is lost at sea. this book is great, and their are also boys and girls. Some include her sons ans nieces and nephews.

posted by Anonymous on July 5, 2002

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

It has Laurie in it, so it can't be completely bad...

First, the chilling confession: I've never read Little Men. So I can't say how this book compares to that one, or remark on any significant character development. I have read Little Women however, and can freely remark that, this book, although readable, is hardly wor...
First, the chilling confession: I've never read Little Men. So I can't say how this book compares to that one, or remark on any significant character development. I have read Little Women however, and can freely remark that, this book, although readable, is hardly worth comparing to that book, and Jo, if possible, gets even more annoying. It's not that I didn't like it. If you can get past Alcott's, at times, overbearing pedagogy and anti-temperance lectures, it's a fairly good read. I most enjoyed Dan, who is probably the most interesting character in the story. His sins, passions and redemption are wholly believable and intriguing. As Anne Shirley would say: there's plenty of "scope for imagination" in them. If the whole book had been written about Dan, it would have been lovely. As for the the others, Nan was insufferable, Josie and Teddy were adorable, Laurie was still alarmingly attractive. I've always found Jo sort of annoying, even when I liked her, and in this book it seems that everything that made her endearing has been sapped out to make room for a motherly advice dispenser. It gets old after a while. In all, it's a decent read for a boring afternoon. Not a book that I think I'll find myself coming back to again and again; albeit the occasional peek at the chapters about Dan.

posted by Anonymous on February 14, 2003

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Phoning It In

    As a devoted follower of "Little Women" as a girl, I couldn't wait to read "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys." Well, I loved "Little Men" but "Jo's Boys" left me feeling blah. The characters--well-known and well-developed in the other novels--are flat, boring and so chatty with paragraph-long monologues, I wanted to fall asleep. The characters manage to ramble on for lines and lines in fragmented sentences completely void of pronouns, but say nothing of importance. If I had to listen to someone natter on for so long in real life, my good manners would break and I would find myself snapping "Get to the d@mn point already!" more often than not. My favourite character from "Little Men" (Nan) has morphed from a sassy, intelligent girl to a bossy "feminist" so focused on her career, she can barely speak about anything else.
    I know Louisa May Alcott wrote this book two years before her death and I wonder if perhaps failing health is what ruined what could have been a triumphant finale to a brilliant series.

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