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Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery
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Jan 12, 2009

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bookshelves: children-s-and-ya-fiction, canadian-literature, authors-mn
Read in January, 2009 , read count: at least 4

I will admit that Magic for Marigold is not one of my favorite Montgomery novels. Marigold is a young girl growing up on Prince Edward Island, in a house with her widowed mother and her grandmother. Like all Montgomery heroines, Marigold is imaginative, making "magic" for herself from a variety of sources. The problem is that she's not much more than that -- she lacks the vitality of Anne, Emily, Valancy, or Jane of Lantern Hill. The book is episodic (based on a series of short stories Montgomery wrote about Marigold before deciding to make it a book), and so we only see Marigold at intervals throughout her childhood and can't follow her development. Also, she doesn't have the obstacles that Anne and the others do and lacking something major to struggle against, she seems to lack their spirit. I think perhaps Montgomery didn't put as much of herself into Marigold as into her other heroines.

Still, there's enough of Montgomery's charm to make me reread the book occasionally (though I always wish I'd skipped the last chapter, in which Marigold learns that she must share her boy friend Budge with other boys but that she'll "always be here for him to come back to" -- ew).
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Moira Russell This is great! I love seeing peoples' updates. I'll have to look up the Marigold series in the big Montgomery bio now....

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