The Master Puppeteer is of course another favorite. It is the story of Sabura, a Japanese Robin Hood who steals from the rich to help the very poor inThe Master Puppeteer is of course another favorite. It is the story of Sabura, a Japanese Robin Hood who steals from the rich to help the very poor in the Japanese feudal system. Jiro,an apprentice, learn’s from the puppet master’s son (Kinshi) the trade of both making and using beautiful puppets for entertainment. As the hungry crowd mobs and the authorities furiously search for the true identity of Sabura, Jiro is caught in the middle between Yoshida his master and his family. Fantastic suspense combined with historical fiction....more
**spoiler alert** Anne of Windy Poplars is apparently many people’s least favorite Anne book. I’m a little confused. I think it is completely marvelou**spoiler alert** Anne of Windy Poplars is apparently many people’s least favorite Anne book. I’m a little confused. I think it is completely marvelous. It is sort of in the form of letters- from Anne to Gilbert. However, I don’t think it reads like letters most of the time. It seems just like the others with some added asides to Gilbert and some letters Anne received included as well.
The story of the Pringles is yet another chance to laugh. I never realized before that Emmaline from the Anne movies (I saw these movies before I read the books… as a small child) is a combination of characters from this book. Little Elizabeth is quite taking. This book is the three years Anne teaches in between college and marriage. Katherine Brook’s freedom and discovery of life illustrates how rich Anne really is, with her Green Gables to go home to. I like this book a lot, in part because it shows that people move in and out of each other’s lives....more
Anne’s House of Dreams begins with Anne’s happily-ever-after. This book is one of the many reasons that I still love this series. It seems like so manAnne’s House of Dreams begins with Anne’s happily-ever-after. This book is one of the many reasons that I still love this series. It seems like so many good romances end with engagement or a wedding. In this book, we actually get to see Anne move and adjust to married life. She misses Avonlea and her friends there but embraces her new life as well.
There are new characters again who become beloved parts of the Anne story. Captain Jim, Leslie, and Miss Cornelia among others. Anne deals with sorrow in this book and something is “added to her smile that was never there before, but it was never without after.” We get to see how Anne’s own experience with sadness enables her to relate to others pain, without so much imagination needed to fill the gap.
It’s been a fun week of reading about Anne. It’s wonderful to come back to a childhood favorite and find that I still love it. I think one of my favorite things about re-reading this series is how well Anne illustrates the way awesome people come in and out of our lives. There are different seasons, and some dear friends are present through all of them, but many friends are only there for a season. It is good to watch Anne embrace the people and places of each season, and miss them when she moves on, but embrace the next place and set of people as well....more
Rainbow Valley is the seventh in the Anne series and not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I like it but it does not have quite the same charm for me aRainbow Valley is the seventh in the Anne series and not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I like it but it does not have quite the same charm for me as the rest. It seems to relive Anne’s childhood scrapes without her winning personality. I do love reading about her children but they are not as captivating as their mother.
The valley where the children play does have a magical hold. It is the part of the book that illustrates that Anne personality that by this book many readers have come to expect. The lessons and flights of fancy that Anne’s children learn are sweet but just lack Anne’s sparkle. It’s a good book but just not as great as others in the series....more
Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books. I’ve been thinking about the beginning of her story- dropped off at a train station to wait for someAnne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books. I’ve been thinking about the beginning of her story- dropped off at a train station to wait for someone who wants her- finally. The picture on the cover expresses it well- sitting there expectant and hopeful, longing to be wanted. I also just enjoy Anne’s drama. I think it’s fantastic and it never fails to make me smile. What a character for finding creative ways to get into trouble!
I didn’t realize how much Marilla is explained. I don’t think I noticed all the comments about how when she felt especially loving and tender towards Anne she was less expressive of it. Anne’s enthusiasm over becoming friends with Diana is endearing. I especially enjoy Anne’s confessions. What a way to deal with conversation that you don’t want to navigate! Set your mind to it and turn it into a dramatic event. One of my favorite moments in the book is when Anne declares: “My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.” Words fail! Really, Anne sums it up well: “Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.” That it is, and I thank Montgomery for such a good laugh!...more
Anne’s story continues as she becomes a schoolteacher in Avonlea. Marilla adopts two more orphans who add considerable spark to Anne’s life. Davy andAnne’s story continues as she becomes a schoolteacher in Avonlea. Marilla adopts two more orphans who add considerable spark to Anne’s life. Davy and Dora are quite the pair. Dora is “too good” and Davy will never be in danger of that. Davy is a loveable imp and is constantly asking Anne “why? I want to know!” Anne’s first year of teaching puts her ideals against reality in a couple of situations.
This book is full of new characters. Mr. Harrison and Miss Lavender are two of my favorites. I really enjoy the story of Miss Lavender’s lost love. Paul Irving is another fantastic character. It’s fun to meet a child whose imagination rival’s Anne’s. It did bother me that Anne used Davy’s jealousy of Paul to try and manipulate Davy into better behavior. Anne’s teaching struggles, and the cares of her various students were humorous and touching. Yep, I like that Anne-girl....more
The Last book in the Anne series, Rilla of Ingleside is wonderful. It focuses on Anne’s youngest child, “Rilla.” Set during World War II, Rilla’s comiThe Last book in the Anne series, Rilla of Ingleside is wonderful. It focuses on Anne’s youngest child, “Rilla.” Set during World War II, Rilla’s coming of age is more extreme than most. Dealing with the reality of war and doing her part in the war effort Rilla sets the most sober tone of all the Anne books. The book begins with Rilla as a child and closes with her as an adult. It is wonderful! Rilla is a little over vain which gets a little irritating at moments. She is so sweet that it almost becomes a loveable fault.
Yet again Montgomery manages to introduce new and loveable characters while maintaining a cohesive collection of old well loved ones. This is definitely a must read but should not be read before the previous seven in the series....more