Synopsis: Of course L.M. Montgomery is still best known for her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, likely the most famous (and best loved) Canadian book of any kind. But many fans who have read further in her work come to love her later Emily books even more. Beginning with 1924’s Emily of New Moon, their story of a young girl’s growing ambition to be a writer has influenced generations of young Canadian writers who followed.
Genres: Classics, Historical, Middle Grade, Coming of Age
Format Read: Audiobook
Release Date: January 6th 1999 (this version) 1923 (Original version)
Review: I think I went into this book with utterly high expectations and then came crashing down as I listened to the story. Now don’t get me wrong the story was good, but it had lots of flaw and things that I didn’t like at all.
The characters were pretty much a big no no for me, there wasn’t a single character in this book that I had a care for fully, they were all kind of rude, horrible and flat. They were cold and un-feeling not one child was actually kind or caring. It was actually a big part of what I didn’t like was the lack of decent characters. There were obviously times when you feel for different characters in the story when something was happening or they were being misunderstood but it was very in frequent. The characters were written as they were and that’s okay, it’s how the author wanted them, I just personally didn’t connect with them deeply and couldn’t see much good in most of them.
I really loved that Emily was a writer and saw the world around her in this really magical way and that she got flashes of inspiration randomly and had to create a poem about it. Though I hated that not one character cared enough about her to help her grown her abilities and actually help her become a good writer.
This book was certainly different to what I wanted from the story, it wasn’t as fun or exciting, it didn’t have a lot of heart to it. It was written well and took you to beautiful locations, but I felt like it was really missing some special element to make it better.
Overall I didn’t hate the story but I also didn’t really like it much either, there were parts and bits that I liked and did want to know more of the story as it went on and I still want to know more now, what with all the 30 years later hints throughout, but I still didn’t connect with the story or the characters at all.
Narrator Review: Susan O’Malley was actually the perfect narrator for this book she actually to me sounded like Aunt Elizabeth and how if I was physically reading the book I’d of expected her to sound. She was very clear, passionate and understood the story she was telling perfectly. I enjoyed having her as the narrator for this book.
About Author: 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, 1911 in Prince Edward Island. Her three children were born at Leaskdale, and she wrote close to a dozen books while she was living in the Leaskdale Manse before the Macdonald family moved to Norval, Ontario in 1926.
Maud died in Toronto April 24, 1942 and was buried at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.