Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Book Review: Anne of the Island

Anne of the Island

Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

Category: Classic

Synopsis: Anne, Gilbert and Charlie Sloan head off to Redmond to study for their BAs. In Kingsport they make new friends and learn new things. However things are also changing between Anne and her friends.

My Thoughts: Yet another Anne book that I adore. As with Anne of Avonlea the language in the book is beautiful. It is full of scrumptious descriptions and flowing prose. I just love it. It is one of the few books where I don’t mind that the author uses ten words when she could have used one.

I always want to whack Anne over the head in this book. Why oh why doesn’t she realise how absolutely amazing Gilbert is! Gilbert is probably my longest standing bookish crush. I suppose he is my Prince Charming :).

Along with Anne’s changing relationship to Gilbert the book focuses on new and changing friendships for Anne. Anne’s friends from Queens Pricilla and Stella join her at Redmond and the girls make a new friend in frivolous but lovable Philippa, known as Phil to her friends. I love the view of friendship that is presented in the book.

If I could give one criticism it would be that the academic in me would have liked to see more of the classes. What exactly did they study. The book covers four years and could easily have been four times as long. I want more! More of everything!

For me this is the ultimate comfort read. This is one of the books I reach for when life is difficult. This is one of the books that never fails to make me feel better.

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5 comments:

Clarence Carlyle said...

Nicely reviewed. Came to your site while looking for reviews on the books that we are looking forward to keep in our office library.

Being an avid reader, I think the world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts except books. In their world, there are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts of the heart of men centuries dead.

Clarence

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Aarti said...

I love this book, too! I hate Roy Gardiner :-P I love how his sister doesn't much care for Ray, either ;-)

It's interesting that none of Anne's friends are really around much after she gets married. I wonder if that is realistic. It always strikes me as a little sad.

Nymeth said...

I agree; more of the classes would have been fun. But overall I do love this book :D

Eva said...

I love this too! Although I would've loved even more, like you. :D

And OMG, that line Phil has to Anne about her expecting love to ride in on a white horse. *clasps hands to heart*