Continuing my friendship with Anne with the third book in the series, I had the same surefire calm vacation experience as I've done reading the ones bContinuing my friendship with Anne with the third book in the series, I had the same surefire calm vacation experience as I've done reading the ones before. There's not much to be said about a new Anne book - other than the fact that if you've enjoyed one of them, you'll probably enjoy another too. There was only one thing slightly off in this one for me - it's supposed to be a book about Anne in college. And yet - Anne's college goes by without... any college. I feel like we don't hear about it at all. It's just her life during the summers and her house. (view spoiler)[And what's this about killing dogs and cats?.. (hide spoiler)]
However, I have to admit that the romance is absolutely perfect! I'm not a romance reader, so I thought Anne and Gilbert's love story to be done absolutely perfectly in its modesty and minimal approach. It's just so heartwarming, true and cozy. Just what I would have imagined for Anne!
After the first book about Anne, I was a bit late to read this one. That's mostly due to the fact that at first it completely failed to draw me in. IAfter the first book about Anne, I was a bit late to read this one. That's mostly due to the fact that at first it completely failed to draw me in. I felt like it's just filler up to like a third of the book in! Where's all the fun? Where did Anne's spunkiness go?
But thankfully, the book picked up, and by the end I can say I enjoyed it almost as much as the first one. I'll certainly be reading on! I've decided to give you 5 reasons to read about Anne, so here we go. If you want to read this with proper formatting, go ahead and read it here on my blog.
The funny scrapes Anne gets into is part of the fun in stories about her. So at first, as I was reading it, I was so baffled by the fact that Anne grew up – a school mistress now, what fun is there even going to be?? At first it does go like that, but it picks up, and you've got Anne traipsing around Green Gables making a fool of herself as always. Hilarity ensues. (I won't be kidding when I say I literally laughed out loud about the roof scene. Good lord.)
There are a lot of children in this book, and if you've read Montgomery before, you'll know that she is great at writing them. From the best to the worst - you'll find kids with a heart, kids with a brain, and kids that basically crawled their way up from hell (I'm looking at you, Davy Keith.) Good or bad, they are truly entertaining to read about and something chug out some quite deep thoughts. (Although I was a little sad Dora was so disregarded because she was 'too good and docile')
Oh, the romance. If you're thinking anything finally happens between Anne and Gilbert – well, think again. But Montgomery has some other romance to offer, and it's truly adorable in the way it can be only from this particular time - the turn of the century.So innocent, so beautiful and lovely, so plainly obviously orchestrated - in a way that makes you like it even more. Swoon!
I will risk repeating myself, but I can't take away from the book. Anne of Avonlea will let you enjoy another "episode" oh the calm and quiet that you loved when you were reading the first book. Most of us long for something like that... once we get old and overworked enough, I suppose. The promise of green, rolling fields, sunshine and flowers picked in the field.............
The Promise For More
As it's the second book, you're getting into a sort of pleasant sync with the story. And you don't want it to end. The ending of Anne of Avonlea promises our heroine a nice, bright future just round the bend, and you'll want to find out all about it. It reminds me the time I was going off to university myself, off to a new start, to a life I knew nothing about. So let's hope that it will be as Anne would probably hope it would be:
So that's why I think you should continue with this series! It might be slow to start, but it gets good afterwards. I'm sure you'll enjoy it if you pick it up.
If you're unaware about what happens in this story (much like I was just a month before), Anne is an orphan, adopted by an elderly brother and sister. She is a very happy-go-lucky, imaginative child that is a true delight to read about. And it's not just Anne – it's the old romantic aspect of a life before now, at your folks' cottage, way over and beyond... Basically, Little House in the Prairie (now don't start, I need to read that one as well.)
There are so many things I could say about Anne, and at the same time – so few. Most of you have already read this book, probably, so it's hard to write a review. But why should you read about Anne?
✬ You want a reading vacation.
Living in the 21st century is tiresome business, mate.Our pace is just deadly sometimes, especially for some of you who live in concrete jungles. Well, reading Anne of Green Gables has been a true escape for me! I don't know what it is about this book, but it somehow soothes you and makes you feel slowed down, cozy and peaceful. It's a true reading vacation for your heart.
✬ You want meaningful quotes.
I can tell you, this book has been a treasure trove for highlights for my Kindle.I kept wanting to throw nice quotes around for my Instagram so often that I even had to restrain myself. It involves both deep thoughts and childish, sincere ideas that you've once thought yourself, but couldn't quite voice. Some weren't even very deep ones, but just ones that resonated with me so much (like spelling 'Anne' with an e? Ever since starting to learn English, I hated it being spelled 'Ann'... unfortunately, my first text book thought that was pretty much the only way it should be spelled. NOOOOO)
✬ You want to feel safe and cozy.
Cause for some reason that book feels like that! I honestly don't know why. It just gave me so much comfort.
✬ You want to read a revolutionary book for its time.
It might not feel revolutionary now, but think about it. The book centers on women. It treats female independence as a normal thing. Encourages girls to study. Mentions women perhaps voting? And there's more than that. While I felt like 'being Anne' would be quite normal today (in fact, many kids are encouraged to be like Anne now), it wasn't back in the day. Anne's antics are said to be weird so many times, but the general tone of the book shows them as the better way to be. To throw away decorum, to just be yourself. When I was reading this book, I often wondered – would our culture be like it is now, actually, if books like this didn't talk about it a century ago? I have doubts about that.
You may still ask why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5? Well, I felt like the ending was a little bit too sweet, maybe. But that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. Long story short, I'm extremely glad I joined this read-along and can't wait to get started on the second book in the series. I miss Anne already!
Have you read this famous classic already? If not, what's holding you back?
Uh... A lot of classics fall hopelessly out of relevance, and this is one of them. However, that's not even the biggest problem. The biggest problem,Uh... A lot of classics fall hopelessly out of relevance, and this is one of them. However, that's not even the biggest problem. The biggest problem, as it is with most classics, of course, is the blatant, hideous and incredible racism. And of course, sexism. Part of those times, you'll say, but maybe we should just put it down and not read things like that anymore.
There are more reasons to put this down though. The story could be told in 300 pages, yet my copy tortured me for 600. It's full of incredibly dated references which, in honesty, none of us should know anymore, and it has nothing to do with sophistication - none of us should know what play was running in Paris in 1845. If you know that, it's either your job, or maybe you've mixed up the calendar and lost the year you're living in. All of these things bog you down, and it makes reading the story a real chore. Not to mention the overly flowery style, where the author will go on a tangent and talk about irrelevant things for pages and pages, or worse yet - start going on and on about politics that has been irrelevant for more than 150 years.
The only reason I stuck with this book was because it was interesting as a chronicle of the times. But as such, it bored me to death still and had me roll my eyes at the dated notions. I don't know why we choose to study works like this in literature classes still - there's nothing to learn here. We should move on. I've read plenty of classics, and some of them are amazing, but this one has been one of the biggest instances of time wasted so far. I'm sorry, Balzac. It's not your day anymore.
Reviewing Wife in Name Only is quite a dilemma for me – on one hand, it was an engaging, tense read, but on the other – it's entirely full of sexist, clReviewing Wife in Name Only is quite a dilemma for me – on one hand, it was an engaging, tense read, but on the other – it's entirely full of sexist, class-prejudiced nonsense that a book couldn't really do without in the 19 century. Which is why it it's probably best said that Wife in Name Only is simply a product of its time, and should be viewed as such. However, I feel like it could be very harmful to a young mind, especially a female one. This book needs to be read with a clear notion of what you're reading and what kind of outdated views on society and life you will find in it. If you are aware of this, you may enjoy the book quite a lot, because it's built well as a story, despite its very real shortcomings. And this is why I am giving it 2.5 stars.
If you want to read more and find out what in particular was so hard to stomach about this book, but why it was still engaging, come and read the full review on my blog.
I feel it would be unfair to rate someone's actual letters, a living person's letters, as I would a book. If, say, I wrote letters to a friend now, thI feel it would be unfair to rate someone's actual letters, a living person's letters, as I would a book. If, say, I wrote letters to a friend now, thinking nobody else will ever see or read them, who knows what I'd write? Imagine someone publishing your emails to your best friend. Yeah... Nope. Right? And that's why I'm not rating this book.
But anyway, it was mostly boring, but also somewhat informative, and that's why I wanted to read it in the first place. I'm always curious about how actual people lived - and historical novels just don't cut it, they're just fiction. Life is often more simple than that, although sometimes it's wilder too. In this case, it was more simple. But that's okay, since I still noticed two interesting things that I took away from this book.
First of all, it's how much community they seemed to have. Everyone had neighbors and kept them close. It's a thing I've always noticed about fiction from that day as well. Sadly, it's a thing we don't have anymore. We are so lonely. I will always envy the woman who wrote this letter the amazing community she had. It's just not so much a thing that happens these days, it seems. Or at least, maybe not in cities. I hope maybe it still does in rural places like the homestead in the book.
The second thing was how optimistic this woman's outlook was. She had her fair share of sadness - a husband dead, a baby lost to illness. But she didn't let it put her down. She knew she wanted to smile and to find something good in any situation. I've never been able to do that, so I admire real stories of people who seemed to be able to. Fascinating.
Oh, but content warning: this was written like literally more than 100 years ago, so there's definitely some casual racism :(...more
I can now say that the internet must have been a hundred years in the making, if it was so easily predicted in Jules Verne's time (or that of his son,I can now say that the internet must have been a hundred years in the making, if it was so easily predicted in Jules Verne's time (or that of his son, as this is believed to have been mostly written by him). As with any futurologist, parts of it are off, but a truly stunning amount of this is true of our times and you can but wonder at how the minds of the time could foresee or imagine it.
Kind of sad that they predicted space travel, the internet, the advent of news agencies that rule the world and much more, but... Not a woman that is nothing more than the owner of her extensive collection of hats. Or a world where collonialism doesn't reign supreme. Sigh. I guess you just can't see past certain limitations of the age. Must've been too wild to imagine.