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Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
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Jan 22, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: kids-books, classics-literary

This was pretty disappointing. Lucy Maud spends WAY too much time describing unimportant incidentals, like when Anne spends a summer teaching in Valley Road (I had to Google the name of the town because I couldn't for the life of me remember it, so what's that tell you about how riveting the chapter was?). It had absolutely no relevance to the story and the only thing I recall about it was that the woman driving the cart was flat-out obnoxious. "Jog along, black mare!" Ugh, it's like fingernails on the chalkboard just remembering it. I'm all for using quaint colloquialisms, but L.M. abused them to the point of ridiculousness (see also - Davy with "I wanna know" and Paul with "YOU know, teacher"). The best part of the story was, once again, Anne and Gilbert's romance, but it was relegated to an afterthought. I'm really starting to question whether or not I want to finish the series.
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January 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
January 22, 2009 – Shelved
February 7, 2009 – Shelved as: kids-books
August 9, 2012 – Shelved as: classics-literary

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Shae Well, it WAS written about a hundred years ago, but I know what you mean. This one wasn't as fun as the first two.

smiti but i love it!

Miranda Kerr-bloom yeah i was totally irked with the repetition of the line " jog along black mare"

Fiona Pretty sure the purpose of the valley road chapter was to teach Anne another lesson about love...

Eman I couldn't agree more.. Those repeated lines were getting seriously ridiculous.

Michaela I must confess, I love these books but "You know, teacher" really annoyed me! Oddly..."jog along black mare" not so much...

Anna You expressed my thoughts exactly!

Arwen I agree with Fiona. I think the Valley Road chapter's purpose was to make Anne think about love and teach her to go with her heart and not in pursuit of money.

Mary I think the repeated phrases serve to make these characters so real. I know people in real life who repeat phrases like these constantly (and annoyingly), but it's become part of who they are.

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