Further Chronicles of Avonlea
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea

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Nestled between the ocean and the hills of Prince Edward Island is a road that leads to the house where a girl named Anne grew up, Green Gables, and to the wonderful place called Avonlea. In this second volume of heartwarming tales a Persian cat plays an astonishing part in a marriage proposal . . . a ghostly appearance in a garden leads a woman to the fulfillment of her y...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published June 1st 1970 by State Mutual Book & (first published 1920)
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Rosalba
I didn't come up with too many expectations for these stories, since I read other reviews that said they were not as good as the first Chronicles. So, to my surprise, they were really quite good. Most of them, at least. I liked Her Father's Daughter and The Son of Her Mother best of all, but The Brother Who Failed, The Little Brown Book of Miss Emily and The Education of Betty were very good too. The rest of them were,ah,well,Ok, I guess, but the last three stories were rather bad, and of...more
Elizabeth
Deeply adorable. I suppose there's a certain sameness to the various Avonlea shorts, but as it's a sameness I find comforting and comfortable, I can't bring myself to mind. There's something wonderfully domestic about these stories, in their small scale, in the attention they pay to women's lives and women's spaces, and I'm always delighted by how deftly Montgomery handles the characters. (We don't talk about the horrifically racist last story in the collection. We note that it is a product of i...more
Kara
Like the first volume, this is a collection of short stories set in Avonlea and the surrounding area. Readers of the Anne of Green Gables series will notice many familiar names and places. I have to say that I really preferred the first volume over this one. Many of the stories in this one seemed darker in tone than is normal for L. M. Montgomery, and the racism in the last story was very disappointing, although not unusual in her time unfortunately. I enjoyed stories 1,2, 3, and 6 the most (Aun...more
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
Short stories are not my thing, and I don't know why I keep reading them, but I do. I think I'm trying to find a collection of short stories that I love as much as David Sedaris' work. But, I don't think that I'll ever love any anthology of short stories like I will a David Sedaris book so I need to stop trying.


With all that said, I read Chronicles of Avonlea because it came as part of the Anne of Green Gables series I purchased for Nook, and because I just wasn't ready to leave the Avonlea worl...more
Kathryn
In general, the same remarks I made about Chronicles of Avonlea apply to Further Chronicles of Avonlea. The stories are generally enjoyable little vignettes in the life of Avonlea.

However, there is one exception. The last story, "Tannis of the Flats", is so racist as to be unbearable. Here's the introduction of the titular character: "Tannis' great-grandmother had been a Cree squaw who married a French trapper. The son of this union became in due time the father of Auguste Dumont. Auguste marrie...more
Rachel Brand
This is probably my least favourite of Montgomery's collections, although apparently these were stories rejected from Chronicles of Avonlea, which at least explains why some of them simply aren't up to her usual standards. Below is an overview of my brief thoughts on each story after reading them, but to conclude I did thoroughly enjoy Aunt Cynthia's Persian Cat, The Materializing of Cecil, The Son of His Mother and The Education of Betty. Sadly, the others were rather lacking. Recommended if yo...more
Joy
The collection of short stories was business as usual, until the very end. The last story was completely shocking and 100% out of the usual style of Montgomery. Aside from taking place far away in the “wild” west, it was barbaric in its racism and horrible stereotyping, bigotry, and disturbing racial slurs. Very surprising from the author of “sweetness and light”, but a reality hinted at beneath the Victorian sentiments that are a part of the authors point of view. This story is inflammatory and...more
Tmny
A breezy read, which I enjoyed far more than the previous Chronicles edition. The stories are more varied, there are less old maids getting married, and Montgomery's descriptives are at their finest. The last story, Tannis of the Flats, veers away from Avonlea life to the West and gives us a very real insight into the attitudes of people of the time towards the natives. I found it very interesting that Montgomery casually uses startling racial slurs- "half breed"-, and stereotypes in the same br...more
Theresa
If the second half had been as good as the first this may have been a 4 but alas no, it got really mucked down at the end.

Aunt Cynthia's Persian cat is comical. L.M. Montgomery has such a way with situations.

The materializing of Cecil is also funny and maybe too sweet for some, but for me the sheer lunacy of it made it enjoyable.

Her Father's Daughter tells the tale of a girl loving her father against the grain of her mother's pride. There is a lot of very prideful people in L.M. Montgomery's tim...more
Alison Nagy
Though not as compelling as her Anne of Green Gables series, Further Chronicles of Avonlea continues to demonstrate what Montgomery was best at, telling a story that transcends time through lovable characters. As it is a compilation of 15 short stories, what we might call Montgomery's 'religious agenda' can feel preachy and overbearing as in each story, some moral or religious ideal is expressed. Montgomery branches out in terms of narrator in this compilation of short stories, telling tales fro...more
Abbi
Most of the stories are more sweet short stories from Avonlea. But I was a little stunned by the last story and the racism in it. I think I was just shocked and saddened to encounter it in one a book of my favorite authors - and I think it says a lot about the attitude of many people of that time toward those who were not white.
Nafisa Choudhury
Further Chronicles of Avonlea started off disappointingly. The first five stories were nothing special and could've been accepted as mild reading if the endings hadn't been so abrupt. The stories went along with their usual cheer, a cheer I appreciate in Montgomery's work, but were wrapped up like careless, last-minute presents. Some of the plots were infuriatingly lacking in wisdom, something that had been present in all Anne books, but that can also be overlooked. Not everyone in Avonlea had t...more
Nadine Keels
The back cover of my copy of Further Chronicles describes them as "Tales for Cozy Evenings," and Montgomery's unfailingly beautiful descriptions of nature make them just that: nothing matter-of-fact, overdone, or disposable about them. The enjoyable pictures Montgomery paints appeal to me like actual characters.

Aunt Cynthia's Persian Cat: "Ismay, the house is on fire!" I laughed aloud for a good minute or two.
In Her Selfless Mood: in a word, tragic.
Tannis of the Flats: it was...interesting to se...more
Rebecca
A series of stories set in Avonlea and surrounds, or involving people from Avonlea. Here are the stories: 'Aunt Cynthia's Persian Cat' is one of the funniest--about a lost Persian cat. 'The Materializing of Cecil' was my favorite, about a 40-year-old spinster sick of people patronizing her and excluding her because she's never had a beau--Montgomery is great about showing that you're never too old for romance. 'Her Father's Daughter' is about a daughter insisting that her father attend her weddi...more
Elinor  Loredan
This collection is definitely not on par with the first volume, but it's still worth reading and has some really nice stories. The ones I like best are Jane's Baby, The Brother Who Failed, The Return of Hester, The Little Brown Book of Miss Emily, and The Education of Betty.

Some of them are downright morbid, depressing, and empty of beauty, like In Her Selfless Mood. A recurring theme in this book is long-term, stringent self-sacrifice, and the tone reminds me somewhat of The Doctor's Sweethear...more
Tara
I enjoyed these stories too. One common theme (besides the marriage theme) I noticed this time was there were a lot of characters who expressed a possessive "love" for the object of their attention, trying to hold them and exact unfair promises of fidelity from them like demanding that a sister never marry so they are never left alone etc. It is called love towards the other person, but obviously it is rooted in a selfish self-love with little or no concern for the well-being of the other. So ho...more
Mary
I did not like this collection of short stories as much. At least one of the stories had racist references to Native Americans and "half breeds" - which I know were common attitudes of the time.

Also, it felt like more of these stories were stretching for the love story. Maybe I have just read too much LMM, but I did not feel the connection to most of these characters.
Megan
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Tiffany
I really enjoyed some of these stories. But some of them I skipped over because they were just too depressing. Can people really be so selfish and proud? The first book, Chronicles of Avonlea was better.
Kris Larson
This is a reasonably charming little collection. I was surprised by how much Montgomery wanders amongst different kinds of people in these stories -- several stories are about the type of Anne-esque characters who people her novels, but quite a few centered on the poorer or less educated people who usually seem to be comic relief for her rather than real people with their own tales to tell. I enjoyed seeing her world out of different kinds of eyes for a change.

But I guess the most remarkable thi...more
Isblue
This is my first read of this book as an adult and it is not a good or particularly enjoyable collection of stories. The final story is so horribly racist I couldn't finish it. There had been earlier indications of racism in other Montgomery books (Rainbow Valley had one that disappointed me in the author) but I laid it down to the times. Tannis of the Flats managed to surpass that entirely.

If one wanted a work of fiction that indicated how white Canadians of the time felt about the First Natio...more
Carol
Montgomery threads wit here and there throughout the stories. Like this sentence: Ismay is good at having presentiments—after things happen.

My favorite was "The Conscience Case of David Bell", a chronicle of the very first revival meeting ever held in Avonlea. Montgomery calls it a "virgin parish"! I'm not sure the story was better than the others, but I knew from my childhood the revivalist mentality.

L.M. Montgomery seems to be drawn by the paranormal, or at least ghost tales. She also had a s...more
Laurie D'ghent
The only short stories I actually like
Mariannne
More short stories from the world around Avonlea. Anne shows up only in cameo, but I think these are well worth a read for her fans. The names and circumstances are different, but the charm and appeal of L.M. Montgomery's writing are the same.
Carrie
I didn't know what to expect from this book my L.M.Montgomery, but I really enjoyed it. The stories end well and happily (for the most part), lots of simple love stories, excellent pre-bedtime reading. In fact, I had a hard time putting it down several times, and chuckled over the characters and their quirks. Anne Shirley even makes an entrance a few times throughout the book, which is a treat for all Anne-lovers! All in all, a very enjoyable read (and FREE on Kindle)!
Elizabeth
This volume allows Montgomery to go beyond Anne of Green Gables and explore other eccentric characters of Avonlea and the surrounding communities. Anne makes brief appearances in some of the stories but not most. Fans of Montgomery will find a good mixture of humorous household situations, crusty people with good hearts underneath, old folks secretly regretting their youthful fits of pride and temper, young folks narrowly avoiding the mistakes of their elders.
Elisabeth
I guess my love affair with Anne & Avonlea will have to end here...
Delicious Strawberry
This is a rather nice collection of short stories, if you're already a L.M. Montgomery fan, you will enjoy this. I know I did, BUT be aware of racist overtones (Tannis of the Flats) as well as some slightly sexist ones. These stories need to be read/understood within context, so should not be given to young ones to read. Definitely more of a Young Adults book than a children's one, but some of the stories are enjoyable.
Dawn
I found the stories in this book to have a sharper edge than most of Montgomery's stories. The second to last story felt rushed, as though she had not quite finished fleshing it out before it was published. I was also really uncomfortable with the overt racism in the last story. I know it was a different time, but still. It was like hearing a sweet pink-cheeked old lady drop an F-bomb. But not funny at all.
Victoria
This book is filled with stories about people living in Avonlea (some include familiar names, or last names from the Anne of Green Gables series). Further Chronicles of Avonlea was less enjoyable than Chronicles of Avonlea. There were some interesting stories, and this book was filled with more sadness than the first, but it wasn't bad. I just was a little bored while reading through some of the stories.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

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