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The Road to Yesterday (Anne of Green Gables #9)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,805 ratings  ·  163 reviews
For Anne and Gilbert Blythe, life in a small village is never dull because of all the entertaining gossip, and what strange and funny tales they hear: about the mischievous twins whose dearest wish comes true when they meet up with a bored and haunted millionaire; or clever Penelope Craig, who considers herself an expert on children -- until she adopts a boy of her own; or ...more
Paperback, 403 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1974)
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Elizabeth
Sep 01, 2011 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read all of LMM's works and aching for one last book
I did enjoy reading the timeless, fanciful tales of old love triangles, family feuds and poor orphans, but my thoughts and feelings toward The Blythes Are Quoted are complicated. After having read all of LMM's works, it was a bit like enjoying one more day with a loved one who had already passed away. I think for that reason, I give this book four stars. However, the Blythes are referenced in a most unfittingly way. The references to the Blythes are a bit like plums in the middle of a pudding (w ...more
Rachel
I added a new listing for this book because when I updated my review, it became listed as a review for L.M. Montgomery's "The Road to Yesterday". This is incorrect. I know that "The Road to Yesterday" is the abridged version of this book, but it is so extremely abridged that they are not the same book at all.

If you want to understand the differences, the above-mentioned book has all the short stories but with all mentions of the Blythes removed. Also, "The Blythes are Quoted" has a large number
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Rebecca Saxon
This claims to be the “rediscovered last work of L.M. Montgomery”, and while it does have a lot of never before published content, that may be overstating things. Most of the short stories in this book were already published in the short story collection, The Road to Yesterday. There are a couple new short stories but the majority of the new content is a framing devise: the Blythes sharing poetry together and having brief discussions. The book is divided into two parts, a before WWI section and ...more
Rachel Brand
I received this book as a Christmas present several years ago, after reading about it online, but felt a little daunted at the prospect of reading it. This isn't a short book, and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to find the time to sit down and read it while at university. I also didn't like the idea of the Anne books finally being over. I read Rilla of Ingleside in 2009, when this book was first published, and was happy to hear that Rilla's story wasn't the last one.

Having graduated from universi
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Gundula
I very much enjoyed this book, although the interspersing of short stories, poetry and Blythe family interludes does lead to slow and deliberate reading. Although most of the featured stories have already appeared in The Road to Yesterday, and the first story (Some Fools and a Saint) in Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side, the stories were for the most part abridged in those books (and quite significantly shortened at times); in The Blythes are Quoted they appear in their complete, una ...more
Enikő
I enjoyed most of these short stories. There was only the one written from the point of view of the guests at a wedding that was hard to read. It was rather annoying reading people's thoughts, which were mostly very superficial and judgmental. The other stories were vey nice, if perhaps a bit predictable. ;)
I never thought I'd say this, though, but it did get very annoying how Mrs. Dr. Blythe was refered to as such a wonderful person in every story, but she wasn't a character in any of them. Pl
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Gemma
I liked most of the stories in The Road to Yesterday, particularly The Pot And The Kettle and A common place woman.
I really like stories with a twist in them, or simple, yet full.
Roxanne
It is with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to my favourite literary family of all time. I wish LM Montgomery would have allowed herself to live longer to see that the new world did appear, ad that the great and great-great-grandchildren of Anne and Gilbert would have benefitted! I really enjoyed this book - it was funny and emotional and heartbreaking and engaging. I'm sad that I won't be able to read more about Gil Ford or Di Meredith or any of the Blythe family, but I'm happy that this book ...more
Elinor  Loredan
This book should really be called 'Cynical Anne and the Merry Blythes.'

Don't get me wrong-I love the book as a whole, but I really don't like Anne in it. All she does is sigh and say things any world-weary woman might say. I know losing a son would be terrible and haunting, but Anne has lost the things that once made her so lovable and inspiring-her cheerful, dreamy optimism and fanciful speeches. From Anne of the Island on she gets increasingly 'normal.'

But on the whole this book was highly enj
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Erika RS
Publishers received the typescript of this book April 24, 1942, the day Montgomery died from a drug overdose (possibly suicide). This ninth "Anne" book represents a new experiment for Montgomery's storytelling. The book contains 15 short stories that reference the Blythe family. Poems attributed to Anne and Walter and commentary from the family loosely weave together the stories.

Publishers sat on the book for 30 years. In 1974 an abridged version was published as The Road to Yesterday. This vers
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Natalie Joan
A must read for Montgomery fans. I really enjoyed this. I was not a fan of the format - stories, poems and commentary - but to have this new perspective on Anne & her family, and Montgomery's views of the world, is priceless.
Note that this version is unedited and unabridged, so as to better reflect Montogmery's final writings. But in my humble opinion it is in need of an editor. There are many inconsistencies in dates and details - including more than one reference to Rilla and Ken growing u
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Dianna
This book is L.M. Montgomery's last installment in the Anne of Green Gables series. I can see why it was never published before. Its format is unusual: short stories (in which the Blythes don't play a big part but are frequently quoted) interspersed with poems by Anne and Walter Blythe (each poem is followed by its discussion by the Blythes). The book covers the time from before World War I until World War II. I have to admit I skipped most of the poetry, but I enjoyed the short stories—I think ...more
Linda
When I found out there was a ninth and final book in the Anne of Green Gables series I was extremely excited! This book is a collection of short stories and poems not necessarily about Anne and Gilbert but as the title suggests, they are quoted numerous times. I enjoyed this read, I enjoyed the short stories a bit more than the poems but that us because I have never been much of poetry reader. I felt like I got to know the Blythes a bit more intimately, this book was written 20 years later than ...more
Nancy
As a fan of Montgomery, I liked this book, although it certainly isn't a favourite. The poetry is okay and I read most of them, but the constant references to the Blythes in the stories got annoying and in many cases weren't really relevant to the plots. But, again, as a fan, and having read everything else she wrote, reading this was as much a necessity as anything. Now if only someone could take over the compiling of her short stories that Rhea Wilmhurst was doing until her death. I hate to th ...more
Allison Whelan
AHHH! I was so excited when I found out that the Anne series kept going. After finishing Rilla of Ingleside I found myself very sad that the delicious series had finally come to an end until I discovered The Blythes Are Quoted. It's different than the rest of Montgomery's earlier works and carries darker themes that are not present in the preceding Anne novels. The book is mostly short stories separated by short poems and vignettes. For the most part, I wasn't a huge fan of the majority of Montg ...more
Krystal
Montgomery really can do no wrong in my eyes. These stories are her typical fair with perhaps a bit more scandal than in the Anne books. Four or five of the stories were absolutely beautiful. Plus, she gives little glimpses into the lives of Anne and her family beyond the eighth novel - worth reading if only to find out what happened after the Great War!
Joanna Bedggood
Several years ago I went through this thing of reading everything ever written by LM Montgomery...but missed this book of short stories, so it was a nice surprise to happen upon this volume of short stories at the library. Reading her always puts me in this funny whimsical mood where I want to can strawberries or visit orphanages or write poems...
Elizabeth
Why didn't someone tell me this book existed! A book in the Anne series that I'd never read?? It was published posthumously, and it's a series of linked stories, poems, and dialogues. I really liked all the playing with structure, and the poems written in the voices of different characters, and even the definite dark side that this book has.
T.E.
A nice, fluffy read. Interesting--some of the details were more "adult" than the Anne series. A lot of the stories were adorable. Despite the shortage of commas, it was well-written in the true, romantic, LM Montgomery style, and I enjoyed it. It was a nice break from the heavier stuff.
Cheers, Lucy. You've done well.
Katie
I really liked this! I wasn't sure if I would. All of the talk about how much darker it is than Montgomery's usual books really scared me. But I didn't find it THAT dark. And so many of the stories were just . . . nice. They made me happy.

Plus, it's awesome to hear hints about what happened to the Blythe family!
Nadine Keels
What a delightful trip back to Prince Edward Island! One must be familiar with the Blythes'/Ingleside's history in order to fully appreciate these stories; they did indeed provide good moments of poignancy and laughter. To see Rilla of Ingleside's story taking place in the background was quite a touch.
Alice
Sentimental, yet predictable collection of short stories. For an Anne fan like myself though that is fine! There were 2 or 3 that I didn't particularly enjoy or that had a bit of scandal attached that didn't appeal to my moral senses.
Allison
I know it's called "The Blythes Are Quoted," but the setup -- short stories about people in the Anne world who are constantly thinking about and referring to the Blythes -- positively and negatively -- gives the impression that Glen St. Mary is full of randos obsessed with the Blythes and Anne and Gilbert would be safest moving without leaving a forwarding address.

This is definitely different from her other work -- darker, and meaner, and less hopeful -- but not totally out of keeping with it. Y
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Lisa Urso
This is supposed to be Lucy Maud Montgomery's final work, submitted to her publisher on the day of her death. This is the first time that it's been published in its full text as "The Blythes are Quoted." And indeed they are ... All of the stories have a lot of gossip about Anne and Gilbert's family weaved throughout their plots.

I don't think this is a full-fledged sequel to the Anne series, although some scholars say it is. It doesn't read very smoothly. It is more like one of her short story co
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Jessica
I was sad to see Anne Shirley wind up as Mrs. Dr. Blythe. I'm sorry I bought and read this book.
Kris
I'm rounding up. Have to say, I think lots of the references to the Blythes are misplaced and/or forced in the short stories, and I would feel that way even if I didn't already know the publication history behind them all. But the vignettes between stories give (very) short, better glimpses of the Blythes, both before and after WWI.

Like in any short story collection, the stories are a mixed bag, though it was really fascinating to see the "darker" side of the author's works a bit more at the for
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Nadine
It's probably the Montgomery book I liked the least. I have a hard time appreciating poetry, to begin win, and the discussion afterwards were too short to really enjoy our old friends.
So there's that. And it's fun to revisit characters that you love. But in that book, the presence of the Blythe feels forced. It looks like the author pick some random stories and add a couple of "said Mrs Dr. Blythe" and "Dr Blythe says"... And it's probably what happened, from the editor's note at the end.
I still
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Wynne
When I was a girl, my grandmother would allow me to walk to the little branch library on Soquel Street in Santa Cruz. I could spend as long as I liked finding books for myself. I was instructed to bring her a book too. "I always like what Wynne picks out for me" (But not "those foreign things" like Pearl Buck). This is the kind of book she would have liked: short stories with plots about mostly ordinary people with some kind of observation about human nature. Reading this collection felt like cu ...more
Dichotomy Girl
I've spent the last 3 weeks fairly immersed in L.M. Montgomery's Prince Edward Island of the late Victorian / Edwardian era. And reading so many works in such a short time (The Emily Trilogy, followed by the 9 books in the Anne Series) has given me a much broader insight into the Author's writing (especially when you throw in Looking for Anne of Green Gables: The Story of L. M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic that I read last year.

Having read and beloved the first 5 books of the Anne series
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Samantha Adkins
This is an odd book in many ways. It is the last work L.M. Montgomery submitted for publication
just before she died on April 24, 1942. It is a collection of short stories and poems that are broken up into two parts - before the war and after the war. The foreword and afterword both mention how much Montgomery was affected by both world wars and this matches up with the differences in poetry themes between the two parts.

The book is further separated into imagined "evenings", whereby Anne Blythe (
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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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