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Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery
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Jun 24, 09

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Unlike many other LMM novels, I read this one for the first time in adulthood. I was apprehensive about how I would take it, not having fond childhood memories connected to it, but I turned out to love it quite a bit. It's probably not going to be one of my favourite LMM novels, because Pat as a heroine is a bit too passive, her main characteristic being resistance to change and so every conflict in the story being the result of outside forces. It's not as interesting as heroines who have a powerful drive for something inside them and so cause many of their life events themselves, for example Valancy, Emily or Anne. But I still find Pat an endearing and likeable heroine in her deep love of nature, things and people, and Judy Plum is a deliciously entertaining character. On the other hand, most other characters (with the exception of Jingle) are unusually shallowly characterised for a Montgomery book, and I often felt that Judy's cat and Jingle's dog showed more personality than most of Pat's family.

It's beautifully written, and while Pat in the end of the book seems almost as resistant to change as she is in the beginning, it seems she has learned a great deal about coping with it nevertheless and I really like how she grows during the story. I look forward to reading the sequel, Mistress Pat.
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06/13/2009 page 21
7.29% "L.M. Montgomery book I haven't read! I'm very interested to see how I'll like this."
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