19th Century Literature (Montgomery)

M Elizabeth Parks meparks at mtholyoke.edu
Sat Aug 4 05:00:16 EDT 2001

I've never read the Emily books--they're on my list, and I've had them out
of the library a few times, just never quite gotten to them.  I like the
beginning and end of the Anne books--Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of the
Island not so much, but I've read the first two and the last one,
especially, repeeatedly.  The last one is Rilla of Ingleside, about her
daughter, set during the first World War, an event in which Montgomery
herself was very involved (emotionally, and supportingly, that is--she
wasn't off in the trenches).  My favorite Montgomery book, however, has
got to be The Blue Castle.  It's incredible.  The heroine in it has a
realism and a vulnerability that Anne, for all her spunkiness, can't
match; it's more psychological, more transcendentalist, and, admittedly,
more melodramatic than anything else I've read by Montgomery (except for
maybe Kilmeny of the Orchard--that had a bit of melodrama going on, I seem
to remember).  But the Blue Castle is definately my favorite--about all
the Anne books, all the story collections, the Story Girl books, and
everything else I've read--but I've really got to get around to reading
the Emily books and the Pat books.  Anyone read those?



On Sat, 4 Aug 2001 shelly at the-seasiders.co.uk wrote:

> Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2001 08:30:47 +0100 (BST)
> From: shelly at the-seasiders.co.uk
> Reply-To: dwj at suberic.net
> To: dwj at suberic.net
> Subject: Re: 19th Century Literature (Montgomery)
> Ania wrote:
> >> LM Montgomery (both Anna & Emily series)
> >
> >I never even heard of the Emily series. Any good?
> I prefer the Emily series - Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, Emily's Quest - Emily is slightly less iritatingly whimsical than Anne, and her friends are a more interesting bunch than Anne's.
> Rosemary Sutcliff, in Blue Remembered Hills, writes about reading the first book as a child - "it seems as though I read it all summer long" - and then finding again as an adult - "I was almost afraid to open it and begin reading. It was a little like going back to a place where one was happy, years ago, even meeting an old love. Would the specialness, the magic, still be there?"
> She concludes "the magic was still there! ... so now Emily ... lives on the broad windowsill of my bedroom, along with the The Wind in the Willows and The Tailor of Gloucester, The Lady's not for Burning, Brian Hooker's translation of Cyrano de Bergerac and a few more of my nearest and dearest books. And I still do not really know why it has the right to be there."
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