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Anne of Green Gables #5

Anne's House of Dreams

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Anne's own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor.

A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert will make new friends and meet their neighbors: Captain Jim, the lighthouse attendant, with his sad stories of the sea; Miss Cornelia Bryant, the lady who speaks from the heart—and speaks her mind; and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore, into whose dark life Anne shines a brilliant light.

227 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published January 1, 1917

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L.M. Montgomery

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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.

Montgomery was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911. She had three children and wrote close to a dozen books while she was living in the Leaskdale Manse before the family moved to Norval, Ontario in 1926. She died in Toronto April 24, 1942 and was buried at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

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377 reviews20 followers
November 12, 2013
I originally read the entire Anne series when I was 11. In fact, the Anne books were among the first ones I bought with my money, money I had earned doing odd chores or watching my younger brothers for an hour or two.

I recently went to an event at the Margaret Mitchell House featuring romance authors, and one of the questions was "What's your favorite literary kiss?" I started thinking about my own answer, and decided it might be the very end of "Anne of the Island" - FINALLY Anne realized she and Gilbert were meant to be. That led to a re-reading of the end of "Anne of the Island," and before I knew it I had flipped the Kindle to "Anne's House of Dreams" (alas, I don't possess "Anne of Windy Poplars" in e-form.)

"Anne's House of Dreams" was among my favorite Anne books, and it held up for me all these many years later. I think it's the most personal of the Anne books, the most poignant. Montgomery wrote many angry and disillusioned characters, but in my opinion Leslie Moore is the most nuanced character in the entire series - and that includes Anne. It's also the most romantic book in the series- there's not only the sweet newlywed relationship between Anne and Gilbert, but also Captain Jim and Lost Margaret, Leslie and Owen. And the setting is romance personified - an out of the way cottage, a wild seashore, a lighthouse still manually operated by its keeper. This is not the close-knit village of Avonlea, or the large, rambling, center of town Ingleside manor where Anne and Gilbert will raise their family. In those books, the greater community plays a large role in Anne's life. "Anne's House of Dreams" is more self-contained, centering on a smaller cast of characters: Anne, Gilbert and their immediate neighbors Miss Cornelia, Leslie and Captain Jim.

In fact, "dreams" is very apropos because there is a dream-like quality to much of the book. Anne is often referred to as a "dreamer of dreams" - most of them centering around building a family with Gilbert. Captain Jim sees Lost Margaret in his dreams. Leslie's dreams are dead - or so she thinks. Even Gilbert refers to his dreams coming true, and hates to argue with Anne lest he finds his marriage to his long-sought after love is nothing but a waking dream.

But for all the dream references, this is also (along with "Rilla of Ingleside") the most poignant of the Anne novels. There is plenty of romance, and even humor in the form of Miss Cornelia, but also tragedy and sadness. This is the last book to focus exclusively on Anne - subsequent books are more about the children than her - and Anne is truly a grown-up by the end: a wife, a mother, a survivor of grief and joy.

I find the reviews disappointed in Anne's choice to marry Gilbert and become a wife and mother rather...puzzling. Anne is a product of her times. More important, she is a product of L.M. Montgomery's particular times. Anne was never set up to be a bohemian or to flout society. Anne wanted more than anything to fit in and have a family of her own - go read the scene in "Anne of Green Gables" where Matthew gives her the dress with the puffed sleeves. She doesn't settle for Gilbert - she actively chooses to be with him.

Anne had examples of women who chose careers away from home instead of marriage before her: Stella went to Vancouver, Jane went out West (and landed a millionaire, true, but it wasn't Jane's stated goal), Aunt Jamesina's daughter was a missionary in India, Katherine became a secretary to a globe trotting MP. And Anne saw that women could remain unmarried and still lead productive lives, Marilla being only one example. So she could have followed in their footsteps.

But Anne LOVES. That is Anne's great gift. She loves people unconditionally. She gave love to Matthew and Marilla, to Davy and Dora, to Diana and Phil and Katherine and Leslie. She's everyone's favorite confidante - not because she's some saccharine, two-dimensional Mary Sue, but because Anne demonstrates a deep and abiding interest in and care for others.

For Anne to chose career over love and a family of her own just wouldn't be in her character. At all. Creating a home and a community for Gilbert and their family - and for Leslie, Captain Jim, Miss Cornelia, and all the other characters who spend more time in her house than their own - that's Anne's true calling. Is it anti-feminist? Not at all. Anne isn't held back, she isn't put down, she doesn't kowtow to Gilbert. In fact, he, more than anyone, knows that Anne had plenty of choices and he's still amazed and grateful that she chose him.

Also: written in 1917, people.

If anything, Montgomery is rather subversive in showing that women truly call the shots in the communities she creates.
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1,589 reviews154k followers
December 10, 2020
What happened to Anne??
You'll stay right here with me, Anne-girl," said Gilbert lazily. "I won't have you flying away from me into the hearts of storms.
Oh, that's right. She got married.

I miss the adventuring Young Anne - with haunted woods and dryad's bubble.

I wish we still had the College-gal Anne - with her little cottage of friends.

I would even prefer the Schoolmistress Anne - battling the Pringles and educating young minds.

Anne was strong, independent, with dreams and ambitions of writing. I liked to see how she reached out and over the heads of many women who were confined to traditional rolls.

And all of a sudden, her highest goal is to be married and to raise children. It's like L. M Montgomery flipped a switch.

I suppose at those times, women were expected to contentedly give up everything to raise the children but Anne used to have her heart set on so, so many things. And for her to give all that up without even the slightest protest??

She does still have her quiet dreamy-ness and her thoughtless meddling, but everything is so much tamer. So much more domestic.
Oh, Marilla, I thought I was happy before. Now I know that I just dreamed a pleasant dream of happiness. This is the reality.
So...she does it because...happiness?

This whole book had me questioning everything. Namely, what was even the point of the first four books?

We spend so much time following Anne through her education. She spent so many of years of her life doing her best in school solely so she could become a school teacher. Then, only a few years in, she completely drops everything??

L. M. Montgomery forced Anne into marriage and erased convenient bits of her personality to fit her into the mold.

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Read by Susan O'Malley and while the audiobook wasn't terrible...the plot of this book just gave me an overall negative impression.

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9,566 reviews55.9k followers
February 15, 2022
Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5), L.M. Montgomery

Anne's House of Dreams is a novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was first published in 1917 by McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart. The novel is from a series of books written primarily for girls and young women, about a young girl named Anne Shirley.

The books follow the course of Anne's life. It is set principally on Canada's Prince Edward Island, Montgomery's birthplace and home for much of her life.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و پنجم ماه سپتامبر سال2012میلادی

عنوان: آنی شرلی در خانه رویاها - کتاب پنجم؛ نویسنده: لوسی مود (ال.ام) مونتگمری؛ مترجم سارا قدیانی؛ تهران، قدیانی، سال1386؛ چاپ دوم سال1388؛ در391ص؛ شابک9789645361929؛ چاپ چهارم سال1390؛ چاپ پنجم سال1391؛ چاپ ششم سال1392؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان کانادا - سده20م

آن شرلی با «گیلبرت بلایت» ازدواج میکند، و برای زندگی به روستایی به نام «گلن سنت مری» میروند؛ او با همسایگان دوست میشود، و به همراه آنها ماجراهایی را تجربه و بوجود میاورد؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 07/12/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 25/11/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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2,025 reviews581 followers
June 29, 2020
A beautiful tale of the beginnings of marriage and family life for Anne and Gilbert. The added characters were lovable and balanced. Leslie's story was fascinating the way it played out, and Captain Jim was such a warm creation that I wished he were real. I am happily moving on to the next book, and to discover the next chapter in their lives.
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1,819 reviews45.2k followers
January 1, 2022
The thing about the Anne of Green Gables series is that for the first three books, the best thing about them is Anne.

And then for the rest of the books, it is not. It is either a very small aspect of the book, or it is an absence, because the book is entirely without a best thing.

This is probably the last installment that has a best thing at all, and that best thing is the House of Dreams.

This book includes the beginning and the end of that as a setting, so even the singular pro has its cons.

In other this-book-related news (if you can call aspects of a hundred-plus year old book "news" at all), this includes so many uses of the phrases "kindred spirit" and "the race of Joseph" that if those terms were banned (as I now think they should be) this would probably lose 25% of its page count.

And the trend with the later installments of this series by which I both miss the characters from the first books and don't care about the new ones continues gloriously.

Bottom line: I am grumpy.


i ascribe to the Peter Pan belief system (no one should ever grow up, let alone own a home or get married or have babies), so this is antithetical to my morals.

review to come / 2.5

currently-reading updates

anne shirley, a whimsical orphan girl: :)

anne blythe, a married woman with a house: :/

let's see how this goes.

clear ur sh*t book 32
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5,659 reviews2,320 followers
May 4, 2020
"Anne was always romantic, you know," said Marilla apologetically.

"Well, married life will most likely cure her of that," Mrs. Lynde responded comfortingly.

Woo-hoo! This is the moment we've been waiting for - the wedding of Anne and Gilbert.

After a simple ceremony at Green Gables, the two lovebirds head to a small house in Four Winds Harbour. (As this book was first published in 1917, there are, of course, no details of the wedding night. That's rather a pity, as I would love to hear Anne's comments about sex.) It's not long until Anne meets her charming and eccentric neighbors: Captain Jim, an elderly sea dog who is bursting with tales about the local area, the lovely and ethereal Leslie, whose life has been touched by so much tragedy, and Miss Cornelia, an opinionated, though kindly, spinster, who has seldom known the luxury of an unexpressed thought. She's not a big fan of the masculine gender; one of her most used expressions is "isn't that just like a man."

"I like a man who can stick to a thing," retorted Miss Cornelia. "Amos Grant, who used to be after me long ago, couldn't. You never saw such a weather-vane. He jumped into the pond to drown himself once and then changed his mind and swum out again. Wasn't that just like a man? Marshall would have stuck to it and drowned."

As always, Anne is surrounded by love and laughter, great joy and sadness. This is my third visit to this book, and it remains one of my favorites of the series.
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June 18, 2007
Sadly, my enjoyment of Montgomery's Anne series diminishes as the series goes along. While even those books set outside of Avonlea still manage to contain wonderful characters who add such lovely color to the stories, especially the Redmond group and the clan at Windy Poplars, once Anne is married and sets up house the appeal goes right out the window for me. One must agree with Gilbert's statement in House of Dreams, that many people would indeed think that Anne, a Redmond B.A. and a published author, is wasted as wife to a poor country doctor. While I as a young girl could relate to Anne in her educational endeavors, I could not relate to her once she set all that aside to become a housewife and mother of six children. I so wanted to like the later books, and was sad when I did not.
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279 reviews478 followers
July 20, 2020
"I have a little brown cocoon of an idea that may possibly expand into a magnificent moth of fulfillment,"

House of Dreams picks up right where the series left of at Windy Poplars. Beginning chapters will make one feel both happy and a bit sad, for there are joyous celebrations along with a farewell, though not emphasized thoroughly, will break the hears of some of the readers. At least, I was happy to have found it in a beginning of a book, where the journey will quickly make up for it.

The author, yet again, does not fail to deliver an engaging story, with a new set of characters. It is amazing how similar is each book in terms of this style of narration while the reader is not being made feel there is any repetitiveness at all with the stories. Hope it will be same till the end of the series.

"It takes all kinds of people to make a world."
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493 reviews4,203 followers
March 12, 2016
I enjoyed this, though not as much as precious books! I still love Anne and Gilbert and I really love all the new characters and Four Winds! Just so lovely.
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2,273 reviews127 followers
September 12, 2022
5+ stars & 9/10 hearts. All the Anne books are beautiful, but this one is particularly lovely and touching. It’s just so gorgeous and I can’t stop tearing up or laughing aloud. Anne & Gilbert's romance is absolutely wonderful. The kind you dream of and wish for. I am always touched by how beautiful their love for each other is.

The setting is simply magnificent and I can’t get enough of the sea and ships part of the book—those descriptions make my waves-loving heart happy. And then the characters. Captain Jim…. ah, Captain Jim. He is wonderful. How can you love him so much when he only figures in this one book? What a good, wise, admirable man. <3 Miss Cornelia, so hilarious and kind, and Susan, so simple and humorous, and Owen, so passionate, and Leslie, so broken and yet so strong… and Anne, so much deeper than ever before.

There is great sorrow and great beauty in this book. The tragedies and beauties of life, the adventures and everyday events, are woven so sweetly together. There is so much passion and wonder and love… so much truth. This is my second-favourite of the Anne books. <3 I love the whole series so much. It’s my favourite book series ever. But some of the books are a little better than the others… In my humble opinion, Rilla of Ingleside is THE best. But I *love* Anne’s House of Dreams. It’s such a paradox. Heartbreaking and swelling with joy. Beautiful and somber. Powerful and gentle. Alive and dreamy. I love the setting, so gorgeous, so moody, so shifting. I love the people—living, vibrant, with their own flaws and virtues, their darkness and light. I love the humour, so brilliant and homely. But the love—the LOVE that fills this book. The love of Anne and Gilbert for each other and their babies. Captain Jim’s love for everyone and everyone’s love for him.… and the same for Miss Cornelia. Leslie’s love for Anne… Anne’s love for Leslie… and Owen’s love for Leslie… mother love and romantic love and friendship love. It’s a picture of life.

Content: 3 mentions of suicide, one rather detailed; 1 kiss mentioned in passing; and Leslie’s story is very tragical/difficult, so that I recommend this book for ages 18+.

A Favourite Quote: “‘I don’t want to. I know how you feel about it, Mistress Blythe—just as I feel meself. But it ain’t our feelings we have to steer by through life—no, no, we’d make shipwreck mighty often if we did that. There’s only the one safe compass and we’ve got to set our course by that—what it’s right to do.’”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “It was an exquisite morning, full of tints and sounds at once ripe and delicate. The harbour was sparkling and dimpling like a girl; white gulls were soaring over the dunes; beyond the bar was a shining, wonderful sea. The long fields by the shore were dewy and fresh in that first fine, purely-tinted light. The wind came dancing and whistling up the channel to replace the beautiful silence with a music more beautiful still.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘Now, now, Cornelia,’ remonstrated Captain Jim[,] ‘you shouldn’t say that about those two ... boys, unless you’ve got certain proof. Jest because their father ain’t none too honest isn’t any reason for calling them thieves. It’s more likely it’s been the robins took your cherries. They’re turrible thick this year.’
“‘Robins!’ said Miss Cornelia disdainfully. ‘Humph! Two-legged robins, believe ME!’
“‘Well, most of the Four Winds robins ARE constructed on that principle,’ said Captain Jim gravely.”
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410 reviews68 followers
July 26, 2021
This was much different from the previous books in the series. The book starts off with a trip down memory lane and preparations for Gilbert and Anne's wedding. Fourteen years after Anne arrived at Green Gables, she now marries Gilbert and together they move into their house of dreams!

While the story starts off lighthearted and optimistic, it then takes on a more serious and darker tone. That took me by surprise; it wasn't the case in Books 1-4. Regardless, new characters are introduced and the story was engaging throughout. I'm looking forward to continuing with this series.
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319 reviews172 followers
March 18, 2017
These books have a special place in my heart now <3 I can definitely see these being ones that I will reread over and over again as I get older! :D Like I've said before, the characters are just what makes these books so great to me! We got to meet some new ones in this one...Captain Jim, Miss Cornelia, and Leslie Moore are a few :) I was surprised by how much development Leslie's character went through in the story and I just enjoyed seeing her grow. I loved getting to see Anne and Gilbert as husband and wife of course too! :))

It is getting much harder now to try and pick a favorite Anne book :P, but for right now I think this one and Anne of the Island are tied and the very first one is my second favorite!
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3,061 reviews104 followers
February 4, 2020
While of course L.M. Montgomery's Anne's House of Dreams describes Anne and Gilbert's life as newlyweds, the novel should also and equally be considered not only as the most sentimental but also in my opinion as the most obviously and deliberately poetic and philosophical of the Anne of Green Gables stories. It celebrates home and passion, the all important bonds of deep affection (not to mention glorifying the caressing and enchanting magic and lyrical pull of the sea, of the ocean), sometimes with a trifle too much overt emotionality to be sure, but frankly, I for one have always both appreciated and much enjoyed that Anne's House of Dreams is not just the account of the Blythes' newly-wedded bliss. For indeed and in fact, if one considers Anne's House of Dreams as a whole, as an all encompassing entity, Anne's House of Dreams is primarily an account of the immense and lasting importance of deep rooted and lasting adult friendships and relationships (Leslie Moore and Anne Blythe, The Blythes' friendship with Captain Jim, and yes, even Anne and Gilbert, while of course now married, have always considered their bond with one another first and foremost as a link between good comrades, between good and sweet friends, and yes, one also and of course cannot and should not forget Miss Cornelia Bryant, who even though she always and forever claims to despise men is still engaged in a very deep and personal friendship not only with Anne and Leslie but also with both Gilbert and Captain Jim). And therefore in Anne's House of Dreams not only Anne and Gilbert's marriage but actually almost ALL of the diverse relationships presented and featured by L.M. Montgomery tend to evocatively and caressingly conjure up a specifically enchanted and poetic environs and landscape where to quote Miss Cornelia "the race that knows Joseph" (where kindred spirits) are able to live, thrive and feel both safe and loved (and indeed also somewhat protected). And while sadness, tragedy and even possible evil, although horrors certainly do threaten and raise their dangerous thorns at times, in the end, home, love, friendship and trust are omnipresently there to always rebuild and reaffirm.

Now for those readers who are used to L.M. Montgomery's fiction being primarily positive accounts of sugar, spice and everything nice, Anne's House of Dreams might well be a bit of a shock to their reading expectations, as both Leslie Moore's life story as well as Anne's own tragedy of her firstborn daughter dying immediately post birth do rather vividly demonstrate and point out that L.M. Montgomery was both well aware that life can also often be filled with sadness and pain and that she was also more than willing to depict this, to actually put this down on paper (and indeed to even have her main protagonist, to have Anne Shirley/Blythe experience this). And actually, for me personally, it is in fact and indeed the episodes of depicted and related sadness, and primarily both Leslie Moore's sad story of thwarted love and being basically sold in marriage and Anne Blythe losing her first born child immediately after birth that do make Anne's House of Dreams such an enjoyable and also sadly realistic tale (a story rendered all the more lovely and satisfying by the fact that the pain and tragedy of Leslie's and Anne's experiences then later make both Leslie finding and marrying Owen Ford and Anne giving birth to a healthy baby, to little Jem, all the more sweet, although I do indeed realise and accept that some readers might possibly find how Leslie Moore's story is related and how it unfolds a bit too over-the-top and unbelievable).
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March 17, 2023
did not expect to like this at all?? but goddamn, this felt like a breath of fresh air after the horror that were book 2 and 3. i love that anne finally took a backseat (because after book 1, montgomery lost her charm and skill in writing her and she was reduced to a mary sue). the new characters were lovely to read about, i especially rooted for leslie! miss cornelia was funny as hell.

this book series is definitely of its time and montgomery is not a progressive writer, so brace yourself for lots of religious propaganda and obsolete notions of how a woman/wife/mother ought to be, but i appreciated that montgomery incorporated infancy death and the grieving period in her story (albeit it was quite short and not explored in a deep/meaningful way).
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950 reviews413 followers
December 15, 2017
Anne and Gilbert are finally reunited and move to Four Winds in their House of Dreams (I wonder how many times that phrase is used in this book teehee). Montgomery has once again created a new cast of characters in Captain Jim, Ms Cornelia Bryant (sounds just like a man!) and beautiful Leslie Moore. I enjoyed this jaunt into the newlywed's life on another part of the island. I enjoyed getting to know Leslie's dark past and appreciated the darker undertones in this novel and the strong female protagonist characters that can stand up for themselves.

I am enjoying this series and I really love being introduced to these wonderful new characters, while still getting interactions with the older, beloved cast. Looking forward to the next one.
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1,340 reviews116 followers
September 3, 2021
Book 5 In the Anne of Green Gables series and I'm now half way through.

I didn't enjoy book 4 so much but this was a good come back. Anne is starting married life and there's some really cute characters coming into play.

This book is such a sign of the times it was written in as anything to do with Anne, Gilbert or pregnancy is not mentioned at all, babies just appear without any reference.

A sure sign of the conservative era, however the author does mention in this book that the liberals had won the latest election so let's see if this changes the authors writing style at all in book 6.
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803 reviews118 followers
June 2, 2017
I've always been and always will be one of Anne's biggest fans! Her poetic love for the world and her vivid imagination has always capture me in ways unexplainable. Even so, I've never read this particular book, for reasons beyond me.

This is most definitely my favourite! It makes you smile, it makes you cry and it makes you feel.
To think I've missed out on it before is almost heartbreaking. But never the less, it's part of me now and I will forever cherish it and hold it O so close to my heart.

L.M Montgomery is the Queen of her era!

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November 22, 2022
April 2022: Wow, this is one my favorite hooks of all time. It hit differently this time. :') I really love Gilbert more than I've appreciated him before.... (update November 2022 - I didn't mention why it struck differently ... “I saved his life, and when you've saved a creature's life you're bound to love it. It's next thing to giving life.” - Gilbert Blythe
Also I read this at the exact same time last year lol
April 2021 - So sweet. I love these books so much. Leslie :'-)
*sigh* Anne truly has a piece of my heart forever.
update 2019 reread: Absolutely darlinggggggggggggggg. even better than the first time.
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473 reviews140 followers
October 8, 2020
Mais uma mão cheia de personagens fabulosos!

Só tenho pena que o Gilbert não tenha um papel mais relevante...

Another handful of wonderful characters!

I just regret that Gilbert doesn't have a more relevant role...
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944 reviews1,096 followers
November 22, 2017
2.5 stars

Really didn't like the setting, every page seemed to have some long, detailed description of Anne's House or the area surrounding it and it was plain boring. I did enjoy some of the new characters though, Cornelia, Owen, and Captain Jim were all great. The parts that were most interesting though were the ones which mentioned Green Gables or had old characters from Green Gables pop up. Anne/Gilbert's relationship was rather weird, after four books of waiting for them to properly get together they hardly interacted with each other, and when they did they didn't seem like a young, married couple in love, especially from Anne's side. Anne just seemed weirdly obsessed with her neighbour and how beautiful and amazing she was, at points it was like she was more in love with her female neighbour than with Gilbert. It was all quite strange.
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September 23, 2017

Yes, if you read between the lines (and "decode" the stork metaphor), then you know that there's a lot more than kissing happening in their "house of dreams", but the on-page count is in the single digits. Saddest trombone noises.

1. I am very frustrated by my reaction to this book on this reread. It's for multiple reasons, but the gist of it is that it didn't tell the story I remembered it telling, and I was bored and annoyed by turns. This feels like a betrayal of the highest order, obviously, so the rest of my review will need many grains of salt to be palatable.

2. I had forgotten just how much of the book was wrapped up in Captain Jim and Miss Cornelia and Leslie. And as much as I enjoy those characters (less so their dialogue tics), I looked forward to Anne's House of Dreams as the story that would be most about Anne and Gilbert. And I don't feel like I ever really got very much to do with them.

There's a sensation in Montgomery's books of stepping back from her characters as they "grow up"; a feeling of giving them space and allowing them privacy. It starts with a small step back with Anne of Avonlea, and another with Anne of the Island—to me, it feels like Montgomery stepped too far back in House of Dreams, and left Anne a shadow creature in the book that could have used her presence most of all.

This is not to say that I disagree with that approach—just that it kept me from engaging with this novel the way I once was able to.

3. This was the first time I read this book as a "newlywed", which I only bring up because I remember all those shining moments of "newness" I experienced and was looking forward to seeing those moments captured between the Blythes. But other than one or two (the first time Gil introduces Anne as his wife! their first "quarrel"!), I felt like all the "good parts" were left to the imagination.

4. Most petty, dated complaint ever, but having "Anne" erased for "Mrs. Dr. Blythe" was...not fun for me.

5. I'm just going to swing for all the petty complaints while I'm at bat: I want the book where Anne keeps writing and doesn't give up everything to play homemaker to Gil. I know Anne wants a family and loves her family more than everything, but her story ultimately makes me sad in a way it didn't just a decade or two ago.

6. JESUS FUCK, GIL: The fact that Gil refuses to believe Anne and Miss Cornelia about the life Leslie would face if Dick "returned to his old self" until he's already told Leslie about the option to operate is just...kind of the biggest dick move. I mean, yes, I see absolutely where he's coming from medically, but he's not looking at the "bigger picture": i.e., Leslie is trapped in that marriage. This is Canada where divorce wasn't a thing. And to know that he values the "health" of Dick Moore so much that he is willing to risk the health and well-being of Leslie to achieve those ends is one of those plot points that blots out forever a portion of the love I felt for Gilbert Blythe.

And sure, it all turns out for the best. But Gil didn't know that would happen.. If that had truly been Dick and Dick returned to being a dick, then what? Do you think he'd have stepped in and "saved" Leslie from the tyranny of her husband? Somehow, I think not.

And that's an unforgivable sin in my book.

7. All my bitter complaining aside, this book is still melded into my DNA. It's rather like hating your nose: you may look at it and seethe but ultimately the only people who can say bad things about it are you and your plastic surgeon.
May 22, 2020
This was another lovely installment from the Anne of Green Gables series. Although, this one is not my favourite of the five that I've read so far, it is still worthy of a read. I thought this one read more like a diary, and the plot was lacking in parts. There were a couple of abrupt time jumps, which didn't help the flow of the story, and also, I thought the general theme felt a tad samey. Personally, I prefer the young, care-free Anne, instead of the housewife Anne, in the kitchen cooking dinner. Despite my slight negativity here, I do love the feeling of calm I experience when reading this particular series, and I will definitely be finishing the series in the near future.
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79 reviews1 follower
August 14, 2022
تا چند صفحهٔ اول فکر نمی‌کردم این جلد رو این‌قدر دوست داشته باشم.
چقدر خوب بود آخه!
توی جلدهای قبل تعداد شخصیت‌ها زیاد بود و ماجراهاشون کم؛ ولی توی این کتاب برعکس بود. پرداختن بیشتر به شخصیت‌ها باعث شد که همه‌شون رو عمیقاً دوست داشته باشم و بهشون دل‌ ببندم.
دربارهٔ پایانش چیزی نمی‌گم تا داستان لو نره، فقط اینکه من ترجیح می‌دادم جور دیگه‌ای باشه. (اهمیتی هم نداره.)
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307 reviews63 followers
December 19, 2020
بالاخره آنی شرلی با گیلبرت ازدواج کرد و به خانه رویاهاش رفت و با همدیگه و در کنار همسایه های دوست داشتنیشون خاطرات تلخ و شیرینی رو تجربه کردن. هر جلد اتفاقات تازه و زیبایی رو نشون میده و روند کتاب تکراری نمیشه
پایان این جلد هم مثل جلد اول تا حدودی ناراحت کننده بود اما مشخص شد که قراره با اتفاقات شیرینی در جلد بعدی رو به رو شیم
پس پیش به سوی جلد بعدی در کنار آنی شرلی و گیلبرت
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204 reviews43 followers
March 23, 2021
Lloré como magdalena en todo el libro.

Ana finalmente tiene la casita de sus sueños. Una nueva etapa en su vida se presenta, con nuevas metas e ilusiones. Se muda a la costa, y conoce a sus interesantes vecinos, que prontamente se convierten en admirables amigos.

Conecté nuevamente con Ana. Los sentimientos agradables al leerla volvieron. Las historias de los nuevos personajes secundarios fueron interesantes, de nuevo, avanzando poco a poco y construyendo un buen desarrollo a lo largo del libro hasta concluir en preciosos finales.

Nada que ver con Ana la de Álamos Ventosos donde había un personaje nuevo por capitulo y ni tiempo de construir una buena historia alrededor de este había. Es bastante superior en ese aspecto... y en todos los demás.

Lo negativo
1. TODOS LOS AÑOS DE EDUCACIÓN DE ANA, A LA BASURA. No quiero ser tan cruel respecto al tema, porque la historia fue escrita en los 1900's. Pero, ¿por qué Ana está casada ya no puede/debe enseñar?, incluso, ¿ni escribir? Es bastante decepcionante y triste que la Ana aventurera e independiente que vi en los cuatro libros pasados termine amarrada al matrimonio.
2. La religión y la política. En cada libro hay un personaje que las saca a colación. Al menos la señorita Cornelia era divertida cuando no hablaba de los temas mencionados.
3. Me hubiera gustado que mantuviera más contacto con personajes pasados. Pero es verdad que son muchos, y he aprendido que los personajes que aparecen en un libro, se quedan ahí y les va bien si al menos son mencionados en libros posteriores. POR CIERTO, pasó algo muy extraño, se hablo de un personaje que ya había muerto como si aun siguiera vivo, es raro que aun se mantenga ese detalle a pesar de los años.

En conclusión... No sé que más decir que no haya dicho en reseñas anteriores (las buenas). Ana sigue ganándose mi corazón, cuando ella llora, yo lloro, cuando ella es feliz, yo lo soy, cuando se ilusiona, yo también. Estoy ansiosa de seguir leyéndola, aunque cada vez me acerco más al final, y no sé que haré entonces. Hacia mucho que una saga no me atrapaba.

UPDATE: a pesar del tiempo que ha pasado, me sigue atormentando no darle las cinco estrellas completas, así que hoy he decidido darle las 5 estrellas porque sí ;D
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170 reviews25 followers
February 11, 2021
Anne's House of Dreams somehow touched me in a different way than the other books. It's so calm and peaceful. Captain Jem is one of my favorite characters, gentle and firm and humorous and wistful. And Leslie Moore... I don't know why I connected so well with the characters, but they're all so deep, flawed, yes, and far more complex than at first glance. Beautiful, beautiful piece <3
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