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How is this book unique? 15 Illustrations are included Short Biography is also included Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Best fiction books of all time One of the best books to read Classic historical fiction books Bestselling Fiction Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys, is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, fi How is this book unique? 15 Illustrations are included Short Biography is also included Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Best fiction books of all time One of the best books to read Classic historical fiction books Bestselling Fiction Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys, is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book in an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott's 1886 novel Jo's Boys, and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men". It tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. It was inspired by the death of Alcott's brother-in-law, which reveals itself in one of the last chapters, when a beloved character from Little Women passes away. It has been adapted to a 1934 film, a 1940 film, a 1998 film, a television series, and a Japanese animated television series.


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How is this book unique? 15 Illustrations are included Short Biography is also included Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Best fiction books of all time One of the best books to read Classic historical fiction books Bestselling Fiction Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys, is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, fi How is this book unique? 15 Illustrations are included Short Biography is also included Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Best fiction books of all time One of the best books to read Classic historical fiction books Bestselling Fiction Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys, is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book in an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott's 1886 novel Jo's Boys, and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men". It tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. It was inspired by the death of Alcott's brother-in-law, which reveals itself in one of the last chapters, when a beloved character from Little Women passes away. It has been adapted to a 1934 film, a 1940 film, a 1998 film, a television series, and a Japanese animated television series.

30 review for Little Men: Illustrated Platinum Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

    Do yourself a favor, oh learned reader: if you love Jo from "Little Women" with as much fervor as her progenitor, Bronson Alcott's famed daughter*, then do not read this sequel. Its like the "Go Set a Watchman" of its time. But worse! Uninspired drudge, it makes one compelling argument about why girls lead more substantial, prettier lives than nasty ass booger-faced boys. * She allows the little ladies-in-a-making cook for & entertain her little men at Plumfield. ENCOURAGES it, voices it. Yuc Do yourself a favor, oh learned reader: if you love Jo from "Little Women" with as much fervor as her progenitor, Bronson Alcott's famed daughter*, then do not read this sequel. Its like the "Go Set a Watchman" of its time. But worse! Uninspired drudge, it makes one compelling argument about why girls lead more substantial, prettier lives than nasty ass booger-faced boys. * She allows the little ladies-in-a-making cook for & entertain her little men at Plumfield. ENCOURAGES it, voices it. Yuck! PS: Happy 150th Birthday, Little Women!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    There is not another book in all of literature that I hold as dear as this one; I never expect to find another that gives me half as much pleasure. It would be impossible to count how many times I've read it over the years (it has to be dozens and dozens by now), and it remains a locale of constant pilgrimage, as I still return to it at least once a year. I'm always a bit nervous whenever I take it up again that my education of postmodern "isms" will have made me suddenly immune to its charms (a There is not another book in all of literature that I hold as dear as this one; I never expect to find another that gives me half as much pleasure. It would be impossible to count how many times I've read it over the years (it has to be dozens and dozens by now), and it remains a locale of constant pilgrimage, as I still return to it at least once a year. I'm always a bit nervous whenever I take it up again that my education of postmodern "isms" will have made me suddenly immune to its charms (and if that day ever does come, it will honestly make me seriously reconsider a possible future in higher education). Thankfully, from the very first pages, where poor, bereft little Nat Blake arrives at Plumfield and is taken in with open arms by "jolly Mrs. Jo" and ushered into her and her husband's experimental school for boys, it never fails to win me over as quickly and completely as the warm hospitality does the sensitive little homeless boy. At this point I know all the tales—because that's all the book is, really—by heart, and as each chapter presents itself I can't help but smile with pleasure and recognition at the story I know is about to unfold. This time around it particularly struck me how much the stories have become an integral part of me—they're as much my memories as if I had actually experienced them "in the flesh," and if I'm honest I probably treasure them more than I do many many of the "legitimate" memories of my past. And every time I revisit it is striking how much it tells me about who I've become and who I am today—it's easy to comprehend now why the lonely little boy I was was so receptive to its vision of a utopian child society where shy and bookish boys have a place just as legitimate as the others; I can understand my complete identification with the character of Nat, because, that was me at that age. Needless to say, I can't help but chuckle now over Mr. and Mrs. Bhaer's asides to each other about Nat behind closed doors--whether intentionally or not (and I'd probably lean towards the latter), Alcott was implying an awful lot when writing that Mr. Bhaer considered Nat "his 'daughter,'" finding him "as docile and affectionate as a girl." Inevitably, I can't help but wonder if some facets of my own personality are rooted in this initial identification with Nat, if my attraction now to extroverted boys has some basis in Nat's relationship with the exuberant Tommy Bangs; it's kind of odd observing now how the symbiotic Nat/Dan relationship play out through the book, as it so eerily parallels a friendship I had in high school (and my own intense emotional attachment to it). Stepping outside myself for a moment, I will make clear that I don't at all make any great claims for this book—it's no undiscovered masterpiece, or even comes within striking distance of such a characterization. It takes the basic formula of Little Women and, for better or worse, amplifies it in some ways, particularly the moralizing stance it often takes. After the first several chapters where Nat is introduced into Plumfield (serving as a narrative device to introduce the reader to its many characters and establishes the locale), the rest of the book is more or less a ramshackle collection of mostly unrelated anecdotes with a genial "don't kids say/do the darndest things?" tone, with Jo assuming Marmee's place in locating a moral or truth in every turn of events. And that's not at all a knock at all towards Alcott or her literary abilities—as I wrote in my review of Little Women, which I read for the first time last year, reading Alcott's work does make me ponder over the loss of what I called "the unsentimental Postmodern dumping of didactic literature." For my money, the "Damon and Pythias" chapter of the book is about as stellar an example of mixing a moral lesson with suspense as I've ever encountered—even though I know exactly how it all turns out, I still read it with my heart at the back of my throat. What can I say? I love this book completely, unreservedly, and perhaps a bit too nonjudgmentally. So it goes. I will continue to treasure the "Illustrated Junior Library" edition I have always had and read, and with each read its corners grow ever more worn, as much from love as from use. If I am remembering correctly I found this book in an abandoned house on a piece of property my family bought when I was a child, lending my discovery of it a bit of an aura of fate; I had also failed to notice until this time around that this is the 1984 reprint edition, making us exactly the same age. I'm not exactly sure what I think about the idea of fate, but if there is such a thing, then yes, this qualifies just as much as anything possibly could. I'm already looking forward to my next rereading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Duane

    I probably judge Little Men unfairly because, well, it's just not Little Women. I think I was expecting to much of it. I was also upset by, and this is silly, the fact that Jo turned down Teddy's proposal which then led me to view Jo's and the professor's relationship negatively. So it had a big strike against it to start with for me. Let's be honest, it's hard to top something as good as Little Women. I gave it 3 stars, it probably deserved four.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Travelling Sunny

    When I was in the 5th grade, my mother gave me this book. Granted, it was an abridged version for children, but it was a CHAPTER BOOK, and was REALLY LONG, and was the first - absolute first - classic story that I'd ever read. I spent the next two years reading this book over and over again. I remember having a Snoopy sticker - the nicest sticker I'd ever seen of Snoopy - and stuck it to the front cover of my book to mark it as my own. 30 years later, I read Little Women. Which I loved. And a week When I was in the 5th grade, my mother gave me this book. Granted, it was an abridged version for children, but it was a CHAPTER BOOK, and was REALLY LONG, and was the first - absolute first - classic story that I'd ever read. I spent the next two years reading this book over and over again. I remember having a Snoopy sticker - the nicest sticker I'd ever seen of Snoopy - and stuck it to the front cover of my book to mark it as my own. 30 years later, I read Little Women. Which I loved. And a week later, when I was describing Little Women to my mother-in-law (who works in a book store) she linked the two together for me. I was telling her how much I loved Jo, and she said Little Men was the story of the house/school for boys at the end of Little Women. WHAT?!? So, I read these out of order, and NOW I want to re-read Little Men with my newfound background knowledge.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yusra ✨

    I didn’t know this existed asdfghkklv but at the same time, super worried to read this bc I’ll likely not like it :/

  6. 4 out of 5

    SailingByAshBreeze

    I found this book to be even more entertaining and heart-warming than Little Women (and I loved, loved, loved that book!). Little Women, of course, is a pre-requisite to Little Men. However, my 10 year old boy read Little Men first and still absolutely fell in love with the book and all the characters. Now, he is inspired to read Little Women (something he felt sure boys would not read) My 13 year old girl read Jo's boys (sequel to Little Men)---loved it as well! Here is my Little Men review I pos I found this book to be even more entertaining and heart-warming than Little Women (and I loved, loved, loved that book!). Little Women, of course, is a pre-requisite to Little Men. However, my 10 year old boy read Little Men first and still absolutely fell in love with the book and all the characters. Now, he is inspired to read Little Women (something he felt sure boys would not read) My 13 year old girl read Jo's boys (sequel to Little Men)---loved it as well! Here is my Little Men review I posted on PaperbackSwap.com: Loved this book even more than Little Women! More importantly, my 10 year old boy loved this book. In this book you will learn what happens to Jo and her family after Little Women. Jo and her husband run a boarding school for boys. Some of the boys' families pay tuition. While others are orphans who are taken in and given a beautiful new chance at life. The book is full of boyish adventures and the reader is both entertained and inspired by Jo and her parenting style. I highly recommend this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have always enjoyed these classic books. They were originally written for older children and the easy language and innocent themes reflect this. This is the 3rd in the Little Women series and follows the lives of grown-up Jo, her husband and the 12 boys and 2 girls that she teaches in her boarding school. It is full of traditional morals and is highly didactic. It is essentially a collection of short stories. As a mother, these books remind me of some of the traditional values that I want to t I have always enjoyed these classic books. They were originally written for older children and the easy language and innocent themes reflect this. This is the 3rd in the Little Women series and follows the lives of grown-up Jo, her husband and the 12 boys and 2 girls that she teaches in her boarding school. It is full of traditional morals and is highly didactic. It is essentially a collection of short stories. As a mother, these books remind me of some of the traditional values that I want to teach my children and about the importance of love and acceptance for families. Many people may find these books boring or childish compared with current literary fashions but I will always have a soft spot for Louisa May Alcott and look forward to the next instalment of the March family.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kimiya Roudgar

    Reading this book felt so right! There are not lots of books out there that you can say this about. I could totally feel those old feelings that I used to get when I was first reading Little Women. The atmosphere was so familiar and fortunately, this fact didn't make it a boring read. My only problem with it was (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!) (I'm gonna give you some space so that you don't accidentally read it) ... . . . . . John Brooke's death. I mean, why?!?!???!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reem Ghabbany

    I should have known from the title that this book will not be about my precious girls but about the little boys in Jo's school. The main characters of little women were scarcely mentioned. still, I enjoyed this cute book about these goodhearted boys. I enjoyed reading about a jo as a loving mother and wife. I love how Louisa may Alcott always manages to make her characters this loveable

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Little Men is, technically, the sequel to Little Women and picks up a good numbers of years later, after Jo March and her husband, Professor Bhaer, as they start their school at Plumfield, the house that originally was owned by Jo’s Aunt March. The novel opens when Nat, a street-bound boy with an amazing ability to play the violin beautifully, shows up on Jo’s doorstep, and from then on out the story features a stable but large group of kids and their kind and guiding adult influences. The Bhaer Little Men is, technically, the sequel to Little Women and picks up a good numbers of years later, after Jo March and her husband, Professor Bhaer, as they start their school at Plumfield, the house that originally was owned by Jo’s Aunt March. The novel opens when Nat, a street-bound boy with an amazing ability to play the violin beautifully, shows up on Jo’s doorstep, and from then on out the story features a stable but large group of kids and their kind and guiding adult influences. The Bhaer’s host about ten boys in their school and two girls, and I have to say that, despite the fact that this book should be everything I hate, I can’t help but be in love with it! First of all, there are a number of things about this book that I SHOULDN’T like: It’s highly, HIGHLY moralizing (as in, every time a small speech is made or a story is told, you can be damn sure that there is a moral behind it), it’s saccharin sweet, only a few of the main children are fully developed, and the writing style has the wonderfully early 19th-century aspect where, if you don’t catch the subject and verb right away, you’re going to be lost by the end of a VERY long sentence! But, even with all of these things, I LOVE this book! Perhaps it’s because it’s a sequel to one of my top five favorite books of all time, and, even more than that, follows my favorite character out of said book (what tom-boyish, bookish little girl wouldn’t find a heroine in Jo March), or perhaps it’s because I liked so many of the morals that were being jammed down my throat on almost every page – morals on things like trusting yourself, believing in love, investing in the goodness of people, continuing to believe, having faith – all things that I find extremely important in addition to extremely true! It also has to be said that the morals are taught in some very interesting ways, through some really involved metaphors, that made it fun to learn the lesson, whether the learner by nine or ten (as the ones within the book) or much, much older than that (as the reader was, this particular time). All in all, it has to be said that the book is worth reading, especially if you at all enjoyed Little Women (if you didn’t like Little Women, please, PLEASE don’t ever tell me that. We won’t be able to be friends anymore. I can deal with a lot, but not that). It wasn’t necessarily the best book I’ve ever read, but I didn’t end feeling at all disappointed, and in fact am rather looking forward to reading the last book in the ‘Little Women series’, Jo’s Boys, which follows the children of Little Men into their adult lives. It was a wonderful little book to bring me in to 2010, and be prepared – if you can get through this book without shedding a tear, you’re a far more stony person than I am

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I re-read Little Women, which resonated with me at age 24 going on 25 in a way that it never did when I was younger, and then since I knew nothing would satisfy me but more Alcott, I decided to keep going, since I'd never read the sequels. Little Men is utterly charming, and you can tell that Alcott just went to town creating the school of her dreams. I told my mom about it and she said, "It sounds like homeschooling!" Each boy has his education tailored to his interests and abilities, when they I re-read Little Women, which resonated with me at age 24 going on 25 in a way that it never did when I was younger, and then since I knew nothing would satisfy me but more Alcott, I decided to keep going, since I'd never read the sequels. Little Men is utterly charming, and you can tell that Alcott just went to town creating the school of her dreams. I told my mom about it and she said, "It sounds like homeschooling!" Each boy has his education tailored to his interests and abilities, when they can't get the kids to focus on their studies, they find something else useful and educational for them to do, and "Mrs. Jo" loves all of them like they were her own. It doesn't cover as much ground as Little Women, obviously, so it does tend to be a series of episodes of "kids do the darndest things," but it packs a special emotional punch of its own, when you're least expecting it. I also really liked that Alcott managed to keep Jo the same person she was in Little Women--obviously older and mellowed by marriage, motherhood and fulfillment of some of her dreams, but still mischievous and fun-loving. Looking forward to Jo's Boys. Will Dan go to South America? Will Tommy marry Nan? Will Nat become a professional musician? What on earth is Demi going to be when he grows up? Burning questions, my friends.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Lovable hoyden Jo from Little Women has grown up and married and, along with her Germanic Bhaer of a husband, now runs a school for boys at Plumfield. In addition to her own children she's got 12 little men that she's lovingly shaping and wants to add some girls to the mix as well. Through a series of vignettes we see Jo and her charges through a series of adventures where the March family continue their almost too good to be true development of "real family values" in post civil war Massachuset Lovable hoyden Jo from Little Women has grown up and married and, along with her Germanic Bhaer of a husband, now runs a school for boys at Plumfield. In addition to her own children she's got 12 little men that she's lovingly shaping and wants to add some girls to the mix as well. Through a series of vignettes we see Jo and her charges through a series of adventures where the March family continue their almost too good to be true development of "real family values" in post civil war Massachusetts. Unlike Dickens and the waifs he writes about, Alcott and her characters seem to always end up making the right and loving and ultimately virtuous decisions in an almost "panglossian" best of all possible worlds, where virtue is rewarded and everyone who deserves to be loved, is. While this is perhaps somewhat unrealistic, it provides a number of healthy values lessons while at the same time providing a wholesome break from our more up to date, less optimistic modern fiction. And unlike much escapist fiction, there is much here that is actually good for you. Read and enjoy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chicklet

    Someone once told me that Little Men was written before Little Women. When she tried to get it published she was refused. She was told that the public wanted a story about young ladies from a woman, not young men. It was after that, that she wrote Little Women. Sometime after that became a huge success she published Little Men...I'm not certain if she found someone to publish it for finally resorted to doing it herself. This motivated me to find and read Little Men which was good....and with th Someone once told me that Little Men was written before Little Women. When she tried to get it published she was refused. She was told that the public wanted a story about young ladies from a woman, not young men. It was after that, that she wrote Little Women. Sometime after that became a huge success she published Little Men...I'm not certain if she found someone to publish it for finally resorted to doing it herself. This motivated me to find and read Little Men which was good....and with this prior knowledge I felt a little rebellious just reading it. I've never had this story confirmed, but like to believe it to be true.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)

    Oh wow how did I not know there was kore than one book? But three in a series?!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This was...boring. You can tell Alcott's heart just wasn't into writing this the way it was with Little Women. It's episodic, which doesn't bother me, except that the 'episodes' don't make you feel any closer to any of the characters. The only ones I felt close to were carry-overs from Little Women--Jo, Laurie, Fritz, etc. The kids all sort of blended together after a while, and I wasn't really invested in any of them. Spoiler in this sentence-->The death of John Brooke felt like it was throw This was...boring. You can tell Alcott's heart just wasn't into writing this the way it was with Little Women. It's episodic, which doesn't bother me, except that the 'episodes' don't make you feel any closer to any of the characters. The only ones I felt close to were carry-overs from Little Women--Jo, Laurie, Fritz, etc. The kids all sort of blended together after a while, and I wasn't really invested in any of them. Spoiler in this sentence-->The death of John Brooke felt like it was thrown in to try to lend the novel some gravitas, but since the sudden illness and death was sprung on us, rather than built up to, and since we are merely informed that it changes Demi, rather than shown, and since John doesn't actually appear in the novel to show us his relationships with each of the characters, it only ends up coming off as a cheap bid for tears. As always, obvious attempts to make me cry just make me mad rather than make me cry, so I merely ended up scowling at that part, rather than being moved the way I was with Beth's death in Little Women. All in all, I would say you could read this if you really can't bear not to satisfy your curiosity, but it just isn't worth the time or effort otherwise, and it may be a case of curiosity killing the cat anyway.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    After finishing Little Women, I dove straight into Little Men, the second volume of the series. Little Men continues some years after Little Women left of and details the life of Jo as she and her husband runs a school for young boys. This is a charming book, almost as charming as Little Women but not quite. It also lacks the depth of the latter and reads more like a series of short stories detailing the lives of the boys attending the school. I really liked Dan, the young wild boy who has experie After finishing Little Women, I dove straight into Little Men, the second volume of the series. Little Men continues some years after Little Women left of and details the life of Jo as she and her husband runs a school for young boys. This is a charming book, almost as charming as Little Women but not quite. It also lacks the depth of the latter and reads more like a series of short stories detailing the lives of the boys attending the school. I really liked Dan, the young wild boy who has experienced so much hurt and neglect and who has a hard time adjusting to the rules of the school even though Jo tries her hardest to love and help him along with the love of her baby son Teddy. I also liked Nat, the young musical prodigy. Even though I liked the stories, I felt like the book lacked a lot in living up to what I've come to expect after reading Little Women. I missed a lot of the important characters from the first book because although they appeared in this book as well, they only played rather small parts, sort of only an attempt to add some of the original flavour. Although this is a cosy read and I recommend it for anyone enjoying Little Women, I don't think I will read this again even though I will probably read Little Women again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Masteatro

    Una lectura tremendamente entrañable y a apropiada para estas fechas navideñas a pesar de que ninguno de los capítulos se desarrolla en Navidad sino que se cubren aproximadamente 6 meses que van desde un poco antes del verano hasta Acción de Gracias. En esta novela acompañamos a la en otro tiempo indomable Jo March que dirige junto con su marido una escuela-hogar para niños: algunos son huérfanos y otros son simplemente son niños cuya educación le han confiado, entre ellos, la de sus sobrinos Dem Una lectura tremendamente entrañable y a apropiada para estas fechas navideñas a pesar de que ninguno de los capítulos se desarrolla en Navidad sino que se cubren aproximadamente 6 meses que van desde un poco antes del verano hasta Acción de Gracias. En esta novela acompañamos a la en otro tiempo indomable Jo March que dirige junto con su marido una escuela-hogar para niños: algunos son huérfanos y otros son simplemente son niños cuya educación le han confiado, entre ellos, la de sus sobrinos Demi y Daisy, los hijos de su hermana Meg. Louisa May Alcott demuestra aquí una vez más su carácter de mujer adelantada a su tiempo apostando por un modelo educativo diferente y que podría dar muy buenos frutos.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Buxton

    This is just a lovely little romp, very similar to Little Women, and therefore very warm and comfortable, just like its predecessor. If you like Little Women, you'll like this! It's one of those books that just meanders on, and feels so familiar and charming because it captures the child in all of us.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Iniya

    A very good read.. Loved reading the journey of Jo's boys and girls... Each one was unique and the way they're taught the virtues in the school is very nice.. A heartwarming read:-) IT's as good as the first book...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kivrin

    One of my childhood favorites. I actually read this long before I read "Little Women". Nat was one of my favorite characters. In rereading, I realized that really the book is a series of little stories. There isn't a real overreaching plot--other than watching the boys develop over a short year's time. There's quite a bit of preaching that I completely missed when I read it as a child. All I remembered were the characters and some of the incidents. It's a sweet read about a time and place that n One of my childhood favorites. I actually read this long before I read "Little Women". Nat was one of my favorite characters. In rereading, I realized that really the book is a series of little stories. There isn't a real overreaching plot--other than watching the boys develop over a short year's time. There's quite a bit of preaching that I completely missed when I read it as a child. All I remembered were the characters and some of the incidents. It's a sweet read about a time and place that no longer exists (if it ever did). It gave me a nice warm glow just the same.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chicco Padovan

    Il capitolo in cui Dan viene scagionato dall’accusa di furto vale l’intero libro. Certo, chi come me ha trascorso l’estate a contatto con bambini e ragazzi delle medie, sorriderà dell’ingenuo candore dei Piccoli uomini della Alcott, ma che importa? Il lettore, io in prima persona, avevo voglia di credere ai buoni sentimenti che spingono i protagonisti del romanzo, e quando l’autrice non si perde troppo in prediche e panegirici edificanti il racconto è vibrante, coinvolgente e a tratti commovente Il capitolo in cui Dan viene scagionato dall’accusa di furto vale l’intero libro. Certo, chi come me ha trascorso l’estate a contatto con bambini e ragazzi delle medie, sorriderà dell’ingenuo candore dei Piccoli uomini della Alcott, ma che importa? Il lettore, io in prima persona, avevo voglia di credere ai buoni sentimenti che spingono i protagonisti del romanzo, e quando l’autrice non si perde troppo in prediche e panegirici edificanti il racconto è vibrante, coinvolgente e a tratti commovente.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Moira Russell

    I think the last time I read this book was about in 1989 and was surprised at how much of it I remembered. It is rag-tag and episodic, as the author herself freely admits, but genuinely involving. It gets dreadfully sentimental at many points, but so does Dickens. To a modern reader, or at any rate this one, it's interesting how much of it is an apologia for her father and his educational theories (famously his school was closed down; after Louisa's novel became best-seller, his own Record of a I think the last time I read this book was about in 1989 and was surprised at how much of it I remembered. It is rag-tag and episodic, as the author herself freely admits, but genuinely involving. It gets dreadfully sentimental at many points, but so does Dickens. To a modern reader, or at any rate this one, it's interesting how much of it is an apologia for her father and his educational theories (famously his school was closed down; after Louisa's novel became best-seller, his own Record of a School was republished to take advantage of her popularity), altho Louisa wisely skips over most of their actual content and focuses more on the entertaining day-to-day activities of the children. I still really like Nat, Dan and Nan, found Daisy and Demi creepy (sort of a G-rated version of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore), and Bess the Princess horrifying. Jo is less sympathetic than she was in the earlier March book(s) because she's been thoroughly domesticated -- she is the 'mother' to the dozen or so boys and takes care of their emotional needs, as well as moralizing a lot -- and married off to Bronson's alter ego, Professor Bhaer, who of course does all the educating, at tedious length. 'Naughty Nan' remains my favourite character; she's like an even wilder and unliterary Jo, and it is sad to see her tamed from being a tomboy (in one especially awful sequence she strikes out on her own and gets lost during an outing and is punished by being tethered to a chair the whole rest of the day afterwards, as Jo had been punished for 'running away' by her own mother in her youth). IIRC in the last book she doesn't get married at all and becomes a doctor, and thus Louisa rewards the two characters we most identify her with: Jo finds extreme domestic bliss despite her early rebellion and writing, and Nan remains independent with a respected career. It's sad to contrast their ends with the actual life of their creator, forced to turn out domestic potboilers to support her extended family and dying just days after her beloved, dotty despot, Bronson Alcott. Possibly next I'll read some of her Gothic thrillers, altho I don't know exactly where they are in the house. Amusingly enough Little Women, like Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, and a few other cherished childhood books, is always in reach of my bedside.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rikke

    I never realized there was a continuation of the stories and lives of my beloved March family. Therefore it was such a pleasant surprise to reunite with the dear characters once more. "Little Men" follows Jo Bhaer and her husband in their quest to educate and raise young boys at their school. I was a little disappointed to find that the majority of the March family was forgotten and merely existed as a background story. But as the little women grew up, I guess it was time to focus on a new gener I never realized there was a continuation of the stories and lives of my beloved March family. Therefore it was such a pleasant surprise to reunite with the dear characters once more. "Little Men" follows Jo Bhaer and her husband in their quest to educate and raise young boys at their school. I was a little disappointed to find that the majority of the March family was forgotten and merely existed as a background story. But as the little women grew up, I guess it was time to focus on a new generation of little men. This seems to be more of a children's book than I ever considered "Little Women" to be. The plot mainly consists of accounts of the boys' many adventures and their moral lessons. However Alcott's writing is delightful as ever, and her ability to maintain individuality and distinguish between her characters will always be admirable. Even though there is no silent Beth present or even a vain Amy, there is still a dear charm to the variety of characters. I loved hearing of Amy's little girl, the so-called Princess Bess, and Meg's dear twins. Another wonderful addition was the shy orphan Nat and the kind-hearted troublemaker Dan. Jo was great fun as always and her relationship with professor Bhaer almost mirrored the idyllic idealization of Marmee and Father March. If you loved "Little Women", you will find "Little Men" a great treasure - if nothing else it'll allow you to revisit the remains of the dear March family.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    August 2016 - re-listened with the kids For the last 20 years this book has been one of the greatest influences over my life. The moral lessons, as are commonplace in Alcott's writing, are tender and sweet. The storytelling is so enjoyable. The characters are lovable and easy to invest in. Taken together, however, the effect is downright inspiring. LMA has proven that she knows and loves boys and their pranks as much as she loves girls and their many complexities. I am a better mother, a better t August 2016 - re-listened with the kids For the last 20 years this book has been one of the greatest influences over my life. The moral lessons, as are commonplace in Alcott's writing, are tender and sweet. The storytelling is so enjoyable. The characters are lovable and easy to invest in. Taken together, however, the effect is downright inspiring. LMA has proven that she knows and loves boys and their pranks as much as she loves girls and their many complexities. I am a better mother, a better teacher and a more tender wife because of Jo March and Marmee. I am a better scholar and thinker because of Professor's Bhaer's love for knowledge. My review is not profound but it is with genuine admiration that rank this as being among my most favorite novels.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    I like this one better than Little Women but not as much as Jo's Boys. I adore Dan from the moment he slouches in, and Tommy Bangs reminds me of my own boy. There's not as much overt moralizing here as in LW, and the scenes of domestic life are somehow a little more vibrant in their cheerful chaos. It's in this book that one really sees how perfect the Professor is for Jo, and how happy she is with a houseful of harum-scarum boys to tend. It's certainly hard to be objective about a book one has I like this one better than Little Women but not as much as Jo's Boys. I adore Dan from the moment he slouches in, and Tommy Bangs reminds me of my own boy. There's not as much overt moralizing here as in LW, and the scenes of domestic life are somehow a little more vibrant in their cheerful chaos. It's in this book that one really sees how perfect the Professor is for Jo, and how happy she is with a houseful of harum-scarum boys to tend. It's certainly hard to be objective about a book one has read a zillion times. I love this one and always will, no doubt.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    What a delight to read this book in the summer time and the majority of this book took place in the summertime. Oh boys will be boys and that is certainly what this book is about. Jo and her husband have their own children and run a school where there are lots of boys of all ages and each chapter tells of the antics. It was an easy read with the warmth and love that only Louisa May Alcott can write.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alli

    If I had to grab just a few books out of my burning house, this would be one of them. I learned more about how to parent and educate my son in this delightful story than I have reading any other book specifically written on those subjects. It is a treasure that I will cherish as long as I remain a parent.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Cecile

    When I was young, I imagined I was one of the March sisters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    3,5 tähteä Tykkäsin, mutta en ihan yhtä paljon kuin sarjan kahdesta ensimmäisestä osasta.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    Esta relectura de la novela la he hecho en castellano y no en su idioma original como hice la primera vez que lo leí. No hay a fecha de hoy una traducción decente de este libro así que recomiendo leerlo en inglés. Todo aquel que no haya leído Mujercitas que se abstenga a leer el comentario porque puede haber pequeños spoilers. Dicho esto, reconozco que esta historia es inferior a Mujercitas, los protagonistas son los chicos que Jo tiene acogidos en Plumfield, una especie de residencia-escuela. El Esta relectura de la novela la he hecho en castellano y no en su idioma original como hice la primera vez que lo leí. No hay a fecha de hoy una traducción decente de este libro así que recomiendo leerlo en inglés. Todo aquel que no haya leído Mujercitas que se abstenga a leer el comentario porque puede haber pequeños spoilers. Dicho esto, reconozco que esta historia es inferior a Mujercitas, los protagonistas son los chicos que Jo tiene acogidos en Plumfield, una especie de residencia-escuela. El libro parece en ocasiones un manual sobre como educar a niños complicados, es bastante más moralizante que Mujercitas o eso me ha parecido. No obstante, también hay momentos entrañables y divertidos con los chicos. Uno de los personajes que más me gusta de Mujercitas es Jo y me cuesta mucho reconocerla en este libro, se ha convertido en una madraza que cuida de sus polluelos. También se aprecia el machismo de la época que a estas alturas hace rechinar un poco los dientes, las niñas no juegan al balón, juegan a las comiditas, etc, aunque esto intenta suavizarse con la aparición de un personaje femenino que me ha gustado mucho y que me recuerda a la joven Jo y con el final de la novela. Los personajes que más me han gustado han sido Nat, Nan y Dan, muy variados los nombres, verdad? He hechado en falta algunos personajes, me imagino que la intención de Alcott era pasar página y dejar atrás la anterior historia de las hermanas March para crear una nueva con los chicos. El libro me ha gustado pero menos que sus antecesores.

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