Due to my blog’s Paris Month, and all the prep reading I did for that leading up to April, I was pretty behind on my Green Gables Readalong. So it wasn’t until halfway into the next month that I finally got around to finishing Book 3: Anne of the Island.
“Spoiler” warnings, per usual, but here are some of my observational thoughts as I was reading it:
- The New Characters | Phil was a complicated character for me.. I guess she was meant to be naively oblivious of how vain she was and then it was supposed to be endearing since Anne could see past that but I just couldn’t deal with her. And poor Charlie Sloane.. Takes the brunt of teasing .. Like an early Neville Longbottom vibe. Although, good on Anne for standing up to him when he gets angry at being rejected.
- Fast Paced | All three books up till this point have a fast pace as it moves along in years, add to that the way things were back in that time and people experienced life events at a younger age, it still takes me aback a bit to have Anne and the girls start – and graduate – school all within a book, many get married, Diana even having a kid! And then Anne might take a principalship job at a high school? All while just fresh from graduating! I guess, especially because many books written now have stories drag out (some in a good way, some not) that I’m not used to something moving at such a fast pace.
- Oh My! | This third book was full of weddings, death and angst!
- Gilbert Angst | Speaking of angst.. Gilbert. Oh boy. I honestly had no idea where this was going and kudos to Ms Montgomery for taking me on a rollercoaster ride with this boy. About 2/3 in I wanted to give Anne a good shake when she rejects him. Then she’s seeing someone else, and he’s seen with another girl. Then she suddenly thinks she likes him again. THEN he’s got a deathly sickness! OMG. XD
And to catch up, I’ll add in the 4th month’s book into this same post.
- Cover Love | This is probably one of my favourite covers of the series so far. Gorgeous artwork on this one, and how appropriate given the weather we’ve had in Toronto the last week.
- Letter Format | It’s an interesting take the way this fourth book’s written, almost all in letters from Anne to Gilbert. I can’t help but chuckle at the parts where Anne’s going to get lovey-dovey and that part of the letter is suddenly omitted. 😉 That being said, I don’t know if I really liked it. It was a novelty at first, but when I realized the majority of the book was told in letters, I wasn’t sure about it anymore.
- Dated Vocabulary | Yes, yes.. I know we can’t hold any real weight on this but I still find some of it amusing as I read along in this series. I’m surprised Anne would sign off a letter “your obedient servant” given how strong and independent she is, even if it was a callback to Aunt Chatty’s old letters. The immature side in me couldn’t help but chuckle at this line, knowing full well the innuendo is not really what is meant. 😛
- Looks-Obsessed | Anne, and others, were very much obsessed with “good looks” this book, I felt. More than the other ones had been. So much talk of how so-and-so would be better looking if they did this, or wore that.
- Cast of Characters | Boy was there a big mix of characters in this book! Poor boy.. Little Fellow who got his photo taken and then died shortly after! Hazel Marr, among many other really aggravating characters in this book. It felt like chapter after chapter was just Anne dealing with (and sometimes meddling in) the business of these not-nice people. I do adore Rebecca Dew though. The ending to this book was so sweet.
- Gilbert Blythe | Or, the lack thereof. Not once does he actually make an appearance in this 4th book, only being mentioned within the letters that Anne writes to him. His absence is all the more felt because of the sad news of the passing of Jonathan Crombie, who was most famous playing Gilbert in the TV mini-series.
Overall, Book 3 I quite enjoyed. I loved the build-up between Anne and Gilbert. Book 4, while I love the cover, it was probably my least favourite of the series so far in our readalong. And I’m excitedly finally back on track. Onto book 5 while I leave you with this frighteningly hilarious find I came across the other night…