Jo's Boys

Jo's Boys

by Louisa May Alcott
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Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott

The book mostly follows the lives of Plumfield boys who were introduced in Little Men, particularly Tommy, Demi, Nat, Dan, and Emil and Jo's sons Rob and Teddy, although Franz, Nan, Daisy, Dolly, and Stuffy make frequent appearances as well. The book takes place ten years after Little Men. Dolly and George are college students dealing with the temptations of snobbery, arrogance, self-indulgence and vanity. Tommy becomes a medical student to impress childhood sweetheart Nan, but after "accidentally" falling in love with and proposing to Dora, he joins his family business.

Sections of Jo's Boys follow the travels of former students who have deep emotional ties to Plumfield and the Bhaers. Professor Bhaer's nephew Emil is now a sailor, and takes off on his first voyage as second mate and shows his true strength when he is shipwrecked and the captain badly injured. Dan seeks his fortune in the West and ends up in jail. He also falls in love with a person far beyond his reach, Jo's niece and Amy's daughter Bess. Nat begins a musical career in Europe that takes him away from Daisy, only to fall in with a frivolous crowd and unintentionally lead a young woman on.

Romance also plays a role in Jo's Boys, as Franz and Emil both marry, and Tommy, Demi, Nat and Daisy are engaged by the end of the book. Nan remains single, dedicated to her medical career.

Dan ends up committing the one sin he and Jo always feared he would, though it was in defence of both self and a younger boy, Blair. Dan kills a man who cheats Blair in gambling. Dan is sentenced to a year in prison with hard labour and only just gets through. Following his release, he saves mine workers from drowning and is brought back home a hero, when he confides in Mother Bhaer about his sin and the punishment that followed. She also discovers his fancy for Bess, though is not entirely surprised. Dan tells her of this fancy and that Bess seemed like the bright northern star which guided him. However, knowing that Amy wouldn't approve, Jo makes sure that the Laurences are away when Dan leaves again. Sadly, Dan dies protecting the Indians but lies in peace as if Aslauga's Knight had done his duty.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013021495
Publisher: DB Publishing House
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 286
File size: 707 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Little Women is loosely based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her three sisters.

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Jo's Boys 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the past few books little men being my favorite as i was really sad when laurie married amy. It spoiled everything. Moving on all your favorite characters grow up and become snobby and boring. It had a terrible ending and i feel bad for dan. He was one of the beat. The problem with Alcott' s books is that only in a few can she make them end up with the right ppl. In this way shr is way different than L.M. Montgomerey. I advise you not to get this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TOTES AWESOME BOOK
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
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.
lovestoreadWA More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Louisa May Alcott. I love the way she writes and the fact that you feel like you know the people she is writing about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this story! Louisa May Alcott charmed me again with her heart-warming tales of everyday life in the March family. I am much disappointed, however, with the quality of the e-book. There are no links to even return the reader to the cover page, and the quality of the text is poor. On my NookColor, there were many misspellings and incorrect words. Most annoying were the partial sentences that were illegible due to garbled characters. I highly recommend the story, but not this particular publisher.
NJGirl0976 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Plus I have low self confidence. Another bad trait! I also have complaining! Worst yet! So sorry for complaining.
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I haTE THIS BOOK NEVER READ IT ,EEEEVER! EVER!EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVER!
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It is great just i dont like it when everbody grows up
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