Title: Jo's Boys, and How They Turned Out.
Author: Louisa May Alcott.
Genre: Fiction, literature, Bildungsroman, family saga, romance.
Publication Date: 1886.
Summary: Beginning ten years after Little Men, the book revisits Plumfield, the New England school still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer, and the faits, struggles, loves, and journeys of the original Plumfield crew. Jo's own boys, Rob and Teddy, are almost grown, though still with a perchance for mischief. Professor Bhaer's nephew Franz finds love and occupation in Germany, while Emil becomes a sailor and has his ultimate courage tested when he is ship-wrecked and in command of a scared crew quickly losing morale. Meg's Demi is a serious young man with secret romantic sights of his own, Daisy waits for Nan, who goes to Europe to develop his musical talent (and encounters temptation and sin in his freedom and wealthy companions), against her mother's wishes, and Josie dreams of being an actress, despite her mother's high hopes that she would change her course. Amy's Bess is caught up in art studies, and unknowingly becomes a symbol of hope for a lost soul. Dolly, Stuffy, and George go to college, dealing with the temptations of snobbery, arrogance, self-indulgence and vanity. Nan excels in medicine, and Tommy follows suit in order to win her heart, but the independent girl may be as wrong for him as the medical profession. Finally, Dan seeks his fortune in the West, and ends up committing a crime the price of and the redemption for which he has to earn by losing what matter to him most, and the ordeal of which he only gets through by thinking of a certain innocent lady back home.
My rating: 7/10.
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