Series: Anne of Green Gables
on October 27th 2009
Reading Challenges: #AYearInAvonlea
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 final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the world.
Adultery, illegitimacy, revenge, murder, and death – these are not the first terms we associate with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed at the end of her life,the author brings topics such as these to the fore.
Intended by Montgomery to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring Anne Shirley Blythe, The Blythes Are Quoted takes Anne and her family a full two decades beyond anything else she published about them, and some of its subject matter is darker than we might expect.
Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914–1918, it contains fifteen short stories set in and around the Blythes’ Prince Edward Island community of Glen St. Mary. Binding these stories are sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending together poetry, prose, and dialogue in this way, Montgomery was at the end of her career experimenting with storytelling methods in an entirely new manner.
This publication of Montgomery's rediscovered original work – previously published only in severely abridged form as The Road to Yesterday – invites readers to return to her earlier books with a renewed appreciation and perspective.
I read this book for the #AYearInAvonlea challenge for the October choice. It took me some time to get through the book. It was interesting, but I just could not get into it like I could the previous Anne books. I liked the poems written by Anne and her son Walter and the dialogue that followed. I did not really care for all the stories included. They were not like what I was use to from the Anne series. Even though I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would, it may be good for others to read just to get a bit more insight into the family.
****I do believe that The Road to Yesterday is pretty much the same book, except without the poems. I have chosen to read the book regardless and see how similar the two are.