October 27, 2007

Anne of the Island (#3): Review

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Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery is the third of the Anne of Green Gable series. Anne has put off teaching to pursue university life. Anne, Prissy Grant, Gilbert Blythe, and Charlie Sloane head to Redmond College in Kingsport, Nova Scotia to study for their B.A.'s. Being Anne, she finds more than her fair share of adventures.

The title really should be Anne of the Many Proposals. She's proposed to six times by my count! Some of them quite funny. Poor Anne has all her illusions shattered in the romance department. But in the end she finds out what love really means.

Anne of the Island is a series of vignettes that range from the touching (the death of a friend) to the humourous (the Baking Powder short story or Davy's letters). It spans the whole three years she spends at university with visits to Avonlea. I enjoyed most of these scenes although the whole "how to kill a cat" incident didn't do well with age (don't worry. The cat is fine). It's definitely a story of it's era. It was a pleasant visit to a more innocent time.
4/5

5 comments :

  1. I've been going through and reading the series again myself. I honestly have not even picked up the books in 20 years! Anne of the Island is my favorite.

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  2. I only ever read the first in this series but I did see the movie based on the later books. Sort of reminds me of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

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  3. Hi! I love Anne series! I re-read the 6th first volumes recently with the same feelings as the first time, but I discovered there were a lot more stories about Anne to read...

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  4. I just love Anne so much. I really need to re-read these!

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  5. That's definitely what I love most about the Anne books - visiting a "more innocent time" as you put it. :)

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