April 10, 2012

This Old Thing: Lucy Maud Montgomery

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I haven’t done a This Old Thing post since June! I figure it’s time for another one.

LM Montgomery Books

I pulled a few Lucy Maud Montgomery books off the shelf for today’s post. These ones don’t feature Anne Shirley though childhood and growing up are the main concern. I bought two of these books at the used bookstore just after they received a haul of Montgomery books. I don’t think they were even read; they’re in excellent shape. Kilmeny I bought at a thrift store.

Magic for Marigold. Obviously this one features episodes in the young life of a girl named Marigold.

The Story Girl. The players in this story have made their way to television in The Road to Avonlea series. The story is told from the point of view of Beverly King.

Kilmeny of the Orchard. This is the story of schoolteacher Eric Marshall and his ladylove, Kilmeny.

I doubt that any of these will be as good as Anne of Green Gables or The Blue Castle, but a bad Montgomery is better than a good deal of other books.

Have you read any of these?

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  1. The Bantam paperbacks are the editions in which I read my Anne books, but I have the larger format M&S editions of these three. I read Magic for Marigold a few times as a girl (loved it); the other two I read as an adult. I couldn't believe that Kilmeny was narrated by a...boy! And an older boy at that! (After years of girls' voices from her pen.) I liked them both well enough: they are typical LMM, y'know?

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    1. Yes, I know what you mean! She has a definite tone to her work.

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  2. She was really prolific, yes. I only know of the Avonlea books, which a handful of my students have read over the years.

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    1. She wrote A LOT! So many are series that go on forever.

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  3. I have so many Montgomery books sitting unread on my TBR pile...

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    1. It's a requirement for readers in the Maritimes. ;)

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  4. I haven't read any of those but I bet they're good.

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    1. I you haven't read any of hers, I recommend The Blue Castle.

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  5. I adore L M Montgomery, but have never read any of these books. It's exciting to know they're out there still to be read. I've read the Anne books (naturally!) and Emily, The Blue Castle and Pat of Silver Bush.

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    1. I keep discovering more of her books. I don't think I heard of Pat of Silver Bush.

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  6. I love The Story Girl; that is my favorite of the three you got. There is a sequel to it called The Golden Road if you want to continue with the characters. I didn't really care for Kilmeny. It's one of the few Montgomery's I haven't reread.

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    1. I'll make sure to read Story Girl first then. :)

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  7. I only read Magic for Marigold once but I loved it and I remember feeling extremely disappointed once I realized that it didn't have any sequels.

    I liked The Story Girl enough but I didn't love it. From what I remember, I thought that some of the descriptions and the stories (that Sara tells) were a little boring.

    Still, a Montgomery book is comfort at its best. I haven't read one in awhile but when I remember to check them out, I usually have an enjoyable time.

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  8. Can you believe I've never read any of Montgomery's books? Including Anne of Green Gables. Crazy! However, "Avonlea" was on my name list for a possible baby girl for awhile just because I think it's so pretty. :-)

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  9. Those are awfully pretty for secondhand books!

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  10. I haven't read these but I love the Anne series and Blue Castle is on my MUST list for this year. I've heard so many great things.

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  11. I read all the LM Montgomery books that I could get my hands on when I was 14 or 15. If they had these at the library, then I definitely read them. Unfortunately, I can't say for sure if I read them or not because it was 18+ years ago. *sigh*

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