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Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4)

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Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside--and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy P ...more
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Published October 2002 by Project Gutenberg (first published 1936)
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Anne
I loved this one. I think at the beginning I was a little skeptical, especially since Montgomery kept omitting the parts where Anne "had the right pen" to write love letters to Gilbert. I wanted to READ Anne's love letters!

But for all that, I loved the characters in this book. Rebecca Dew cracked me up, as did Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty, with their buttermilk secrets; Dusty Miller the cat; Katherine Brooke; Nora Nelson and Jim Wilcox; little Elizabeth; Cyrus Taylor (oh, but that was a hilarious e
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Tiffany
Oct 20, 2008 Tiffany rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne fans
Shelves: fiction
In a word....disappointing. It was good enough to finish. but it took 2 or 3 weeks to get through. This is a good indication of my interest level, because really great books keep me up at night until I finish them. This one....not so much.

I didn't care for the style--half letters from Anne to Gilbert, and half third-person, with no good reason to switch back and forth between the two. There are a ton of new characters, but the sheer volume precludes any satisfying character development. Anne see
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MAP
Please someone tell me if I'm crazy....Did Anne Shirley and a student named Lewis meet with a ghost, take a picture of him, and then when they found out he was a ghost, they took in total stride and gave the picture to his father?

Did that seriously happen in this book? Or did some of my pages have LSD on them?
Jeanette
After reading Anne of the Island, my favorite book in the Anne series, Anne of Windy Poplars always seems to fall a little flat for me.
Anne and Gilbert are engaged and while Gilbert is off at medical school, Anne has taken a job as principal at Summerside High School.
Much of this book is made up of letters from Anne to Gilbert. I just wish there was more of Gilbert in this story like maybe some of his letters to Anne. L.M. Montgomery rarely wrote much from the hero's side in her books, something
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Leah
Ok, I have loved all of the books in this series so far, however, this one was a little...how shall I say this - eh. That's what it was. Eh.

Anne writes lots of letters to Gilbert, but we never get to see any letters that Gil writes to her. Also, lots of new characters are introduced in this book and I wonder how on earth Anne is going to keep up with all these people.

Also, Anne has officially turned into the perfect person who changes the life of everyone she meets. Honestly, does this woman hav
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Arghavan
کسالتآور بود خیلی.
و سوال: چرا هر لفظ عاشقانهی آنی به گیلبرت رو سانسور کردهبودن؟ -_- «برایت بوسه میفرستم» رو تبدیل کردهبودن به «برایت ... میفرستم.» . همین رو تعمیم بدید به سایر بخشهای عاشقانهی کتاب. -_-
و این که اونقدر کاراکترها گذرا بودن که آدم نمیتونست بشناسدشون اصلاً. توی ذهن نمیموندن هیچکدوم؛ برخلاف کتابهای قبلی.
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K.
I thought this one was going to be pretty lame from the very boring letters "to Gilbert" which it begins with. Once those were mostly over the book was more delightful than the last one. The story of the sulking Mr. Cyrus Taylor was fabulous.

Although they were funny, there were too many ill-humored cranks in this book...are there really that many in a small population? The book seemed more like a sort-of inter-related series of short stories than a plotted novel, but they stories were fun, so i
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Elizabeth
As much as I enjoy the original Anne of Green Gables , this and Anne of the Island are probably my favorites in the series. Anne's grown up, still both stubborn and dreamy, and I find it easier to read her stories at this stage of her life than when she was a small child. For similar reasons, I'm not as fond of the later books in this series, where Anne becomes a flatter, duller character, and then eventually fades to the background, letting her children's stories come to the fore-front. This ...more
Lady
Anne has morphed into Mary Sue. In other news, bears shit in the woods.

I'm beginning to believe that LM Montgomery wrote the Anne books as an escapist fantasy for herself, as Anne is so utterly impossible a creature - with Anne's background, she would be permanently damaged psychologically, and this happy horseshit of "Oh, [insert name here]! Isn't [insert random natural phenomenon here] wonderful? Isn't it splendid to know that tomorrow will always come?" is simply unbelievable.

People like Kath
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Tara
Years ago in my early teens I voraciously read the first 3 Anne books and was ready to devour the rest of the series. But this particular book was not available in the library. I couldn't bear to skip a book, so I stopped, intending to begin again when I laid my hands on this book. Years went by and finishing the series dropped in priority. But recently, I decided to pick up the series again on my kindle. Well 2 books are missing from the audio series due to copyright laws, and once again I almo ...more
Seo Woo
"Anne of Windy Willows" is the fourth book in the "Anne of Green Gables" series. In this book, Anne Shirley moves to Windy Willows to be a new principal of the school. However, the school is owned by the family Pringles. The Pringles family is the most populated family in Windy Willows, and they have control over everything. But, the Pringles are far away from what you'd expect from the leaders of the Windy Willows. They're evil, mean, cruel and everything opposite from the word "nice". They don ...more
Erin
Thank goodness I got word just in time that my digital edition from Kindle doesn't include books 4 and 6 (no clue why). Since I was three books in and I'm guessing that post-move it will be months before I ever see my hard copy again I went ahead and shelled out the $5ish bucks for a copy. Well-played, Amazon, you bastards.

So glad I didn't miss this installment of Anne's letters to Gilbert interspersed with her life at Windy Poplars - lots of wonderful characters to be found in Anne's home of t
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Terri (Reading By Starlight)
This is the last book for my Anne of Green Gables read through. Here, Anne and Gilbert are engaged but separated for three years while Gilbert does medical school. Anne has taken the position of Principal at a high school, much to the chagrin of a powerful family in the community.

I was surprised how much of the book plot had been changed for the 1980s movie adaptation. I know that a lot of times, they take creative license, but a lot was different here. (No awkward romance between Anne and the l
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Mandi
After the first twenty pages of this book, I promptly remembered why I'd never made it to the fifth installment of this series in my previous readings. Not wanting to skip Windy Poplars altogether, I found an audio recording of it online and listened to it in the background. It vastly improved my experience.

Ask some readers, and the huge store of characters Montgomery had running around in her head is the greatest attribute of this series. Ask others, and it's her greatest flaw. I tend to fall
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Mia Queen
Buku pertama yang selesai di bulan Januari nih..

Serial ke 4 dari nona Anne Shirley, Anne masih tetap menjadi gadis manis kesayangan semua belah pihak, kecuali keluarga Pringle. Tapi seperti biasa dengan keceriaannya, bahkan keluarga Pringlepun menyukai Anne.

Tidak banyak yang bisa diceritakan dari Anne of Windy Poplars ini, bahkan bagaimana Anne menjadi kepala sekolah juga tidak dijelaskan dengan detail. Hanya ada kejadian-kejadian menarik seputar Windy Poplars, kisah cinta beberapa gadis dan El
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Rachel
Most of the beginning of the book is written in the form of letters to Gilbert, and I didn't quite like it. Oh...Sudden thought: I suppose people who steam other people's mail to read the contents would have appreciated this seeing as it's a free peek into other people's private letters, but in this case the thrill is kind of non-existent because there isn't any challenge anymore, and frankly, try as she may to be interesting, her letters are not. Thus, I'd recommend this as a very good hypnotic ...more
Lydia Presley
My memory of Anne of Windy Poplars is.. non-existent. It's been so long since I've read the books and I see the PBS movies (which are wonderful in their own right) once or twice throughout the year, so it's easy to forget that Anne of Avonlea (the movie edition) is a mix-match of several books in the series.

In Anne of Windy Poplars the dreaded Pringles make their appearance. And it's oh so much more than the movie shows. They are so dreadful, each and every one of them, but everything else is an
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Kaylee Wright
Ok I'm reading this book and on page 127. I really just want to get over the book but I know that I'll miss something so I won't. But I really wish that you knew what was going on with Gilbert, Diana, Marilla, and the twins!!! HELLO!!! Everybody LOVES Anne! So why don't they show that! And I HATE that the book skips over the summer part!! That's what I was looking forward too when I started reading. Thats the good part where she sees Gilbert! And of course Diana and Marilla and the twins!!! And ...more
Laura Cushing
Note to self: Never read an book in a webbrowser again. I read this on my kindle thru one of the free public domain book sites because I couldn't find it in ebook format and man was it a chore. I couldn't bookmark it so I had to scroll every time I picked it back up again, hunting my place.

That being said, the book itself covers chronologically the time that Gilbert was in medical school and he and Anne wrote letters back and forth to each other. Somewhat disappointingly, you only get to read A
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Kailey
I never get tired of reading these wholesome books. Even without the love interest hanging in the balance for Anne and Gilbert, this book is so full of fun and heartache both, and it never gets boring! Each character is lively and unique!
Amie
It was just too neat and pretty. As usual, I loved Montgomery's characters, but it was really just a book of stories, which really could have been told in almost any order. There was no story developed, no one changed, unless it was suddenly, and Anne was just too perfect through the whole thing. One of the things I loved about Anne in the other books was that she was genuinely human. She had actual failings, there were people who actually disliked her, and people she actually disliked. In this ...more
Sophia
While doing this reread, I have somehow discovered that this might be my favorite of the Anne books. I think it's because the supporting characters are so great, and all the little folksy stories are funny, sweet, or heartbreaking. If I was reading it for the first time, I might not feel that way, but since I've been rereading this book for so many years I don't remember if I was disappointed to have the main story take a backseat for a while to a series of quaint sidenotes when I first read it. ...more
Tiffany
Sep 07, 2009 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to Tiffany by: Anne Shirley, of course!
Everyone loves Anne. Even the Pringles must admit defeat when it comes to Anne. As I have stated in my other ANNE reviews, I love these stories, and L.M.Montgomery has done it so many times, and yet the character never fades, the story never wanes; you just stick with Anne and then she sticks with you. This one has more wonderful characters, like Rebecca Dew and Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty. And the wonderful mix of Pringles, who try to bring Anne down a peg in her resolve and cheer. But that is no ...more
 ᴍɪᴄs *that kind of girl*
Después de quichicientos años lo terminé, bueno en mi defensa al tenerlo en papel solo lo leía en el colegio cuando terminaba las pruebas, tareas o tenía horas libres.

Volviendo al libro, no me gustó tanto como los anteriores, se me hizo un poco aburrido y me molesto que Gilbert ni apareciera.

Una frase que me encantó:
" De día pertenezco al mundo... por la noche, al sueño y a la eternidad. Pero a la hora del crepúsculo, estoy libre de ambos y me pertenezco solo a mí misma...y a ti"
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Roxie
I feel like this book, more than any other in the series, is a filler. That's not to say that I don't enjoy it, because I really do. But I do think it's one of the weaker books in the series, and only exists because L.M. Montgomery realized that crap, she had three years to kill while we wait for Gilbert to finish medical school before he and Anne can (finally) get married. And thus, Windy Poplars.

I'm a little more frustrated with the plot of this book than I was with the earlier installments. T
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Carina
I definitely think this series is going sharply down-hill, and I think this is a mixture of Anne's adventures not being as delightful as they were as a child and that Anne is, or seems to be, an ideal woman of that time.

Yes, she makes mistakes (that situation with the young girl believing she shouldn't have accepted a proposal then taking umbridge when Anne tries to help her out) and often her plans don't work (the new twins of this episode) but apart from those occasions she seems to always suc
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Liss Capello
Maddening to me! (view spoiler) ...more
Kristi
This book seems to drag a bit, possibly because Anne's life has entered a new phase. She and Gilbert are engaged but separated for three years while she is teaching at Summerside. The town, and particularly its "royal family," the Pringles, are challenging for Anne at first, but she soon wins them over in typical fashion. The narrative is told alternately by Anne's own [truncated] letters to Gilbert and by a third person narrative, which probably contributes to the feeling that we are listening ...more
Kim
I read this book as part of the Reread Challenge 2015. You can also find my thoughts over at my blog, What Kim Read Next.

I first read Anne of Windy Willows when I was quite young... six or seven, I think. My parents used to have this red and yellow hardcover edition of Anne of Windy Willows in our living room bookcase. The spine was falling off and the pages were spotted and yellowed and there was this lovely old book smell coming off its pages. As a child I'd always read Anne of Green Gables an
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The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Anne of Windy Poplars is vintage Anne, albeit Anne grown up and in charge of two other teachers at Summerside High. But the book has plenty of the memorable, often humorous characters at which L. M. Montgomery excels, and more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. (Every time I read it, I thank my lucky stars I never had to babysit or teach any children as unmanageable as the twins Anne watches for a day.) Windy Poplars and its residents are a joy, and I've always wished Montgomery had written more ...more
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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.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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