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The Blythes Are Quoted

(Anne of Green Gables #9)

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The Blythes Are Quoted is the last work of fiction by the internationally celebrated author of Anne of Green Gables. Intended by L.M. Montgomery to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne – and delivered to her publisher on the very day she died – it has never before been published in its entirety. This rediscovered volume marks the ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 527 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Viking Canada (first published 2009)
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Echo It's L.M. Montgomery's last work. She turned it in to her publisher shortly before she died, and for whatever reason, they decided not to publish it. …moreIt's L.M. Montgomery's last work. She turned it in to her publisher shortly before she died, and for whatever reason, they decided not to publish it. It's divided into two parts - part one takes place before Rilla of Ingleside, and part two takes place afterward. It's a mix of poems by Anne and Walter (with little snippets of the family members discussing the poems) and short stories about people in the community (the stories don't revolve around the Blythe family, but they're mentioned in all of them). In the 1970s, a shorter version was published with some stories and all of the poems cut out. This version is the full text that was submitted by Montgomery. (less)
Arwen No lo sé, yo también lo estoy buscando, pero me parece que nunca lo han traducido.

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Manybooks
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any L.M. Montgomery fan
I have very much enjoyed L.M. Montgomery's The Blythes are Quoted, although the interspersing of short stories, poetry and Blythe family interludes does make and call for slow and deliberate reading (and while the poems are lovely, descriptive and often even very much thought provoking, if you really do NOT enjoy poetry, you might indeed want to consider skimming or even skipping these sections, as doing so does not really interfere all that much with the short stories and novellas presented).

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Elizabeth
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Alisha
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hrm.
Here's my recommendation: If you hold L.M. Montgomery's books enshrined in your heart and the Anne books have taken you to a happy place from childhood on, then stick with the 8 Anne books, and perhaps the short story collection "The Road to Yesterday," but don't feel bad about not reading "The Blythes Are Quoted."

Here's why: "The Blythes Are Quoted" is the same book as "The Road To Yesterday," except with some depressing stuff added.

L.M. Montgomery put this collection of stories together ri
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Rachel
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Paul E. Morph
Submitted to her publisher immediately before her death and not published in its entirety until 2009, L.M. Montgomery’s The Blythes Are Quoted is a bit of an odd duck.

A collection of short stories only tangentially connected to Anne Blythe and family interspersed with short vignettes of the Blythes at home reading each other’s poetry aloud, it does feel a bit cobbled together.

Some don’t consider this a part of the Anne series proper and that’s understandable as it doesn’t adhere to previously es
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Rachel Brand
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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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
Alicia
I liked every short story in this book. I even liked the poetry! Some of the stories/poems were darker than Montgomery’s typical books, but that’s life and they were still perfect (made all the more so with each mention of Anne and Gilbert). A must-read for any Montgomery fan!
Beata
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
What a total waste of time this book was.

A bit of background information: I'm a huge Anne of Green Gables fan. I was obsessed with the series when I was a kid. Anne of the Island was the first book I ever read on my own. It is the reason I read as much as I do today. I re-read it almost once a year. For a long time, I struggled to find any other books that appealed to me because this series was just SO GOOD. So when I saw this book on the shelves back in 2009, I bought it immediately and devoure
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Elizabeth
I can't even find the words....
This is LMM's 9th Anne book that was not published until 2008.
What an experience it was for me to read this over the last week or so.
Again.... I just can't find the words.

“We lost our son, Anne, as did many others, but we have our memories of him and souls cannot die. We can still walk with Walter in the spring.” Gilbert to Anne
― L.M. Montgomery, The Blythes are Quoted
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Tracey
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, fiction
What a melancholy book. (There will be some spoilers here for the story of the Blythe family: be warned.) A collection of stories in which the Blythes are more or less tangential – "quoted", bracketed by post-Great War snippets of Blythe conversation and poetry by Anne and Walter. Actually, in a fair number of them the Blythes are loathed, which feels strange – and, to LMM's credit, is not necessarily an indicator of whether we ought to like the character doing the loathing. Some are bad 'uns – ...more
Els
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, how I've missed PEI- the dear old red soil, the bluffs and the beaches, the sunlit woods and the cheerful meadows. I believe I purchased this book on PEI, after a long day of running along the cliffs and filling my heart with poetry. The sheer volume of sentimentality reading this book has flooded my soul with...

The Blythes are Quoted takes place half after Rainbow Valley, and half after Rilla of Ingleside. It is mostly a collection of short stories in which- you guessed it- the Blythes are
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Rachel
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting mix of stories and poems -- the stories involve people who know Anne and Gilbert Blythe's family, but they aren't actually in the stories. The poems are by Anne and her son Walter, and we get to hear the family's thoughts and reactions for them, which was by far what I liked best about the book.

Most of the stories have happy endings of one sort or another, but many of them also delve into the ideas of disillusionment, despair, regret, spite, and the constant misunderstand
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Ren (A Bookish Balance)
3.5/5 stars

The Blythes Are Quoted is the ninth Anne novel and is told in two parts, the first taking place before World War I (and prior to Rilla of Ingleside) and the second taking place after World War I (and after Rilla of Ingleside). The novel is a collection of short stories and vignettes in which Anne is reading poetry to her family, either written by herself or by Walter (Walter’s poems are in the second half only).

The tone of the novel is bleaker, more dramatic, and more scandalous than
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LauraT
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
" [...] themes and topics that kept recurring: adultery, illegitimacy, despair, misogyny, murder, revenge, bitterness, hatred, aging, and death."
In the afterword by Benjamin Lefebvre.
All true; great book.

Some quotations:
"There would be nothing else to do, he sadly reflected. Get up in the morning ... work all day ... eat three meals ... and go to bed at half past nine. What a life!
Clara didn’t seem to mind it. None of his neighbours in the Upper Glen seemed to mind it. Apparently they never got
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Natalie Joan
Dec 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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 up to
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Dianna
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Megan Henshaw
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book more than five stars. Truly beautiful. Completely indescribable. The last poem and story sent chills all through me.
Ruby
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last of the Anne of Green Gables series. It is very different from the others. It is not a traditional novel, but rather a series of poems and vignettes. The title comes from the fact that in each vignette, the Blythes (Anne, Gilbert, and their children) do not play a large role. Rather, they are "quoted" in the sense that there will be actual quotes from a member of the Blythe family or the family will be used for comparison to another family, or a family member to a member of anoth ...more
Niki (nikilovestoread)
The Blythes Are Quoted is last novel written by L. M. Montgomery. Most people believe the Anne of Green Gables series ends with Rilla of Ingleside, but that was not the author's intention. The book was delivered to Maud's publisher on the day she died and publication was suppressed for an unknown reason. Maybe as a result of the helplessness the family feels at the end. With the commencement of World War II, was the death and misery of all those men during World War I futile? They felt they were ...more
Kate
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, litfic
The introduction calls this, the last book by L.M. Montgomery, "splintered," and that seems to me the best description - there are all sorts of sharp bits and things that aren't quite right along with Montgomery's usual short-story-romance-tropes. The best of this edition (which is the first that uses all the bits of the book, in the order Montgomery laid them out, rather than just the stories which were published in the 70s as The Road to Yesterday) is the sense of continuation-of-Anneness. The ...more
Erika RS
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, physical
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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Elinor  Loredan
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, l-m-montgomery
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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Nadine
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Maureen
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an odd beast of a book. It is the final book in the Anne series and was previously published in the much abridged form of The Road to Yesterday. The poems and corresponding Blythe asides were cut and many of the short stories also abridged in that collection. Montgomery scholar, Benjamin Lefebvre, edited the unpublished manuscript in 2009 and re-published the collection as The Blythe's Are Quoted.

Whilst I enjoyed one last lap for Anne, the truth is this is a grab bag of short stories wi
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Maja
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.

For those of you who read fanfiction, do you know that feeling when the author of your favourite fic keeps adding little one-shots, timestamps or AUs to the universe, and they just don't feel the same as the original but you love them anyway because they have the characters you fell in love with? That's how this book feels. Mainly because it is a collection of short stories set on the same island as the "Anne of Green Gables" series, in which
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Ginny
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The manuscript for this book was turned in to Montgomery’s publisher the day before her death. It was shelved at the time and printed in recent years. When I got my hands on it, I wanted to savor the pages. I spread the reading of it out over a couple of years.

Readers of Montgomery’s short stories will recognize the storyline in several here that were published in an edited form in other compilations of her short stories. Is this her best work? No. But, I enjoyed it for what it is. It gives brie
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Jen
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
What an extraordinary book! I have owned "The Road to Yesterday" for years and always found it discombobulating to read, and NOW I KNOW WHY!!!! This lost volume--the final installment of the Anne of Green Gables series which was delivered to Montgomery's publishers the day before her death in 1942--offers a format and insights about her characters that are truly unique. Written in two parts, this work combines short stories in which the Blythe family are mentioned frequently with poetry written ...more
F. O.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
Welp, that was pretty depressing. You could play a drinking game to this book: take a shot of currant wine every time the Blythes are awkwardly described by random characters as THE BEST PEOPLE EVER. That would be much more fun than reading the poetry bits sober. And is it just me, or does Gilbert kinda sound like a misogynist in the dialogues?

Another weird detail -- the author seems to have forgotten the names of her characters. She refers to a past suitor of Anne's as "Charlie Pye," as well a
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Chloe
May 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As those who know me are aware, 𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘎𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘴 is my very favorite novel, and L.M. Montgomery is one of the authors whom I hold dearest to my heart. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴 𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘘𝘶𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘥, however, was a severe disappointment, and in truth, I regret reading it. Some of the poetry included in the work was quite nice, and the plots of a few of the stories were moderately interesting. This does not excuse the fact that the book in its entirety was a depressing, negativity-filled chore to read. The Blythe fam ...more
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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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Other books in the series

Anne of Green Gables (9 books)
  • Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
  • Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)
  • Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)
  • Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4)
  • Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)
  • Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6)
  • Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables, #7)
  • Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #8)

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