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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
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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).

And whil
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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 (which a ...more
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 l
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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 col
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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 university and cu
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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 an after W ...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!
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 quoted. Unlike t/>The
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Amy
Aug 28, 2018 added it
I don't know how to rate this! I really liked it, especially the poetry, which is funny, because Montgomery's poetry can be a bit cheesy. These poems seemed more real and had a depth of feeling to them. This collection is dark, sad, and morbid. The short stories deal with a lot of heartache and despair and knowing now more about Maud's life and marriage, they are probably a bit more honest that a lot of her work. If you don't want to know the real Maud, and just want to remember her via Anne Shi ...more
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
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
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Tracey
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
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 gro
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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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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 they a ...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.
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. There are lit ...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 Yesterda
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Elinor  Loredan
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: l-m-montgomery, 2011
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
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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.<
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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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Annabeth
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-women-2018
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. I
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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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Annette
Much as I love anything that L.M. Montgomery wrote if I hear anything more about the Blythes
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even this kind of Blythes
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Magill
Apr 24, 2010 rated it liked it
As a fan of Montgomery, I liked this book, although it certainly isn't a favourite. The poetry is okay and I read most of them, but the constant references to the Blythes in the stories got annoying and in many cases weren't really relevant to the plots. But, again, as a fan, and having read everything else she wrote, reading this was as much a necessity as anything. Now if only someone could take over the compiling of her short stories that Rhea Wilmhurst was doing until her death. I hate to th ...more
Richard Knight
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A totally unnecessary book, but a somewhat interesting one. This book is actually not really about Anne and her family as much as it is about the world around them. It's like Tales of Avonlea, but with more of the Blythes. Honestly, I think the series is better off ending with Rilla of Avonlea, but whatever. There are some strong stories here, and some weak ones. It's not really a complete package or a fulfilling swansong for Montgomery. It's more like just a curiosity. Only for the dedicated L. ...more
Linda
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I found out there was a ninth and final book in the Anne of Green Gables series I was extremely excited! This book is a collection of short stories and poems not necessarily about Anne and Gilbert but as the title suggests, they are quoted numerous times. I enjoyed this read, I enjoyed the short stories a bit more than the poems but that us because I have never been much of poetry reader. I felt like I got to know the Blythes a bit more intimately, this book was written 20 years later than ...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, 19
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