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Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
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Mar 03, 2012

it was amazing
Read on March 03, 2012

Enchantment. Wonder. Delight. These are the words that best describe the emotions of one who reads L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of the Island. The third book in the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne of the Island tells the story of Anne’s early-adult years with charm, description, and humor. Ms. Montgomery accomplishes this through excellent character development, a convincing plot, and a beautiful, enchanting setting.
Character development in Anne of the Island was nothing short of marvelous. Although the book is the third in the series, the author still gives plenty of detail of the characters in the book, giving each one a complex and mesmerizing appearance and personality. Anne grows up, starting to put aside her childish ways, and her friends also grow up around her, starting their own families. Everyone that Anne meets when she goes off to college is given their own way for the reader to remember them, whether it be through striking beauty, amazing brains (or lack thereof), or a perpetually enthusiastic personality, as some of her college friends have. It is my belief that Ms. Montgomery is able to accomplish this through the way that the character talks. The uneducated have noticeably cringe-worthy grammar, and even the sophomores that Anne sees from a distance at the beginning of her freshman year are given the general, collective personality and attitude of superiority over these lowly “freshettes”, as Anne and her friends call themselves in the book. Characterization was fabulous, which beautifully complements the mesmerizing plot of the book.
The plot of the book Anne of the Island was not that of the classic turn-of-the-century love story, full of lace hankies and forbidden love. Instead, it is about a girl who goes to college alongside a boy she’s known since she was eleven, after staying in her hometown to help her adopted mother in her old age and declining eyesight. The author makes the plot extremely believable, making Anne make new friends at college, as everyone does, break up with beaux, as many do, and believe that she is in love, which happens to nearly everyone. This makes everything that happens to Anne, good or bad, extremely relatable to the reader, who can easily feel Anne’s anguish when she discovers that Gilbert, who she realizes that she loved all along, is dying of typhoid fever, or her joy at the new, quaint little house that she and her friends are fortunate enough to actually be able to rent during their sophomore through senior years at Redmond College. This makes Anne all the more endearing to the reader, because Ms. Montgomery, through the believable nature of the plot, forces the reader to love Anne because her trials and triumphs parallel that of the reader’s own life; loss, joy, love, and regret are common occurrences and feelings throughout the book, which are also common throughout the lives of many people. The developments in the plot are also made all the more supposable through the intricately and superiorly described setting.
Anne of the Island takes place on Prince Edward Island, which is an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. By nature of Anne’s personality, paired with the fact that the book is told from her perspective, everything is detailed right down to the exact shade of the color of a particularly pretty flower that Anne happens to see on the side of the road. It is also easy to see the time period of the book, as the residents of Avonlea and the college Anne chooses to attend are delighted with the addition of telephones to their houses and public places, which is something that we take for granted here in 2012. Anne takes a train to get to college, and the style of the clothing being worn is depicted as being adorned in lace, ribbons, and jewels. Everything is in extensive detail, which makes the book much easier to read because one can picture where the book is taking place, ultimately leading to everything else being more conceivable. All in all, the exquisite detailing of the setting of this book is a key element to making the book all the more superior and believable.
Anne of the Island was an excellent book in every aspect. The characterization was refreshingly thorough, the plot was believable, and the setting was crystal-clear. Anyone who loves historical fiction and romance books would fall head-over-heels for this book, and it would surprise no one.

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