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The Blue Castle: Extended Annotated Edition

The Blue Castle: Extended Annotated Edition [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Maud Montgomery
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"Montgomery writes beautifully and brings tears of both sorrow and joy on the turning of every page." --The Guardian

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An enchanting adult novel written by Anne of Green Gables author L. M. Montgomery. It tells the story of Valancy, who has not yet found love at the age of twenty-nine. But then she throws away all restrictions and her caution and soon her daydreams about the Blue Castle turn into reality ...

This is the extended and annotated edition including an autobiographical annotation by the author herself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag (12 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1874. She had her first poem published at the age of 15 and after completing college she worked for a short time as a journalist before becoming a teacher.

In 1908 Anne of Green Gables was published to huge acclaim with Anne of Avonlea coming soon after. Many successful novels follwed but by late 1930s, due to personal troubles, illness and depression, she stopped writing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery died in 1942 and was buried on her beloved Prince Edward Island.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my all-time personal favourite!! 23 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Many women even now would strongly identify with Valancy-it gives one hope that it is possible to change one's life dramatically and for the best no matter how ugly it may be.I read this book as a teen-ager and loved it.Years(many) later bought it .read it again-and it grew on me-there's a seed of wisdom and truth in every sentence-I enjoy it in a new way every time I read it.A true gem!!!Puts Harlequin romances where they belong-in the trash!Buy it-read it,treasure it,laugh with its right-on humour!! A timeless little masterpiece!!..Valancy is a genuine ,positive role model--go away helpless snow-white-cinderella-sleeping beauty types!!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a treasure of a book. It has everything it needs; drama, romance, and a strong sense of humor. The main characters are endearing, and the minor ones-- from Old Doc Redfern of patent medicine fame to Valancy's perfect cousin Olive-- are beautifully drawn. I discovered Anne, Emily, and her sisters early in life and I love everything I've read by LMM; I have to say, however, that _The Blue Castle_ is my favorite. After 2 or 3 chapters Valancy became like a personal friend- I wanted to slap her obnoxious family and cheer when she finally stood up to them. The story of Valancy's quest for her Blue Castle is satisfying on every level. And the descriptions of the Canadian woods, while sometimes a bit too prolonged, made me want to go out and buy a plane ticket to Prince Edward Island at once. If you loved Anne of Green Gables, you will love _The Blue Castle._ If you are new to L.M. Montgomery, this is a perfect place to start.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it... it does get good! 27 Feb 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think this is L.M. Montgomery's only novel for adults; strange that it has ended up published in the "Children's Continuous Series"! Not that it is "adult" in today's language - it's all good clean fun - but don't be put off by the idea of it being a children's book (to be honest, I really think the older you are the more you can appreciate L.M. Montgomery). Blue Castle is a charming story of the kind you don't get very often nowadays, and I really enjoyed it.

The reason I give it four stars instead of five is because it starts off too slowly. The first few chapters are irritatingly repetitive; it is drummed into the reader that Valancy's family are oppressive, 'clannish' tyrants (and the characterisation of the Stirling family definitely verges on not-too-funny caricature; your standard L.M. Montgomery puritanical matriarchal old villains, x 10). It stretches the reader's suspension of disbelief.

However! It does really pick up once Valancy hears her prognosis, and gathers steam as she sets about living life as far out on the edge as one can in these books - actually, her boldness was pretty surprising in the context of the times and the genre. The love story was really sweet and genuinely touching, and as always the sense of place was gorgeous. The story goes through some twists and upsets before wrapping up nicely. Actually, by the end of the book, I kind of had the feeling that the plodding restraint of the first few chapters had served a purpose by getting the reader to feel like the repressed Valancy, at almost 30 years of age stuck in the same old house with the same miserable old women telling her the same thing every day, and be screaming for a bit of action and romance!

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L.M.M.'s greatest book! 13 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Blue Castle is L.M.M.'s greatest book! I started reading it and I just couldn't put it down. It's about an old maid named Valancy who has never had a chance for romance. She is controlled by her family and can find no escape. When she recieves a letter from Dr.Trent saying she has a year or less to live, she decides to speak her mind and please herself. Valancy goes to help an old friend who lives with her father(who is nice even if he's drunk all the time). The girl is dying and Valancy comforts and helps her. And while she is there, Valancy meets Barney Snaith, and discovers the love and romance she never knew. I won't say any more about that because it would ruin the plot if you haven't read it. All the time her family feels disgraced and thinks she has gone crazy, which makes the book very interesting and funny. Then when Valancy recieves some shocking news, her world falls apart, and she decides to return to her previous life with her family. To find out if true love really does conquer all,and if Valancy returns to her Blue Castle, read this book and discover a whole new world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A re-readable classic 31 Aug 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book over ten years ago and I have to admit it still speaks to me. The story of oppressed, miserable Valancy who finds reckless freedom after being given a terminal diagnosis is a tale of inspiration, warmth and humour.

Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book! 13 Mar 2008
By Miss LG
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a beautiful book, no other name suits it. It's my favourite Montgomery book.

Valancy Stirling wakes up on the morning of her 29th birthday hating her life. She is unmarried, lives with her miserable mother and cousin, cannot make one single own decision and is trapped within an old-fashioned family clan, led by pompous uncles. She is not allowed to say what she thinks, read books she wants to read or even sneeze. She escapes this grim existence by fantasising about her Blue Castle. Until she learns that she is ill and has only a year to live.

Valancy, realising that she has never had any real life, decides to go and look for her Blue Castle instead of just dreaming about it. She feels the strange kind of freedom that makes her speak her mind, befriend a lovable local drunk, leave home to go nursing his sick daughter (who was abandoned by everybody when she had an illegitimate baby) and later propose to the man she loves.

Valancy throws away her fear and for me, this is what gives the book a hidden message - what are we actually afraid of and isn't our fear just illogical?

The books is full little cute stories and decriptions and I like the relationship between Valancy and Barney, even though he didn't marry her for love - there's a lot of mutual respect and no romantic nonsense.

The scene that brought tears to my eyes was when Barney took Valacy to his island when they married and she, on seeing his little house, exclaimed: "My Blue Castle, oh, my Blue Castle!"... Truly a beautiful book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful story. I really did not know before I ...
What a wonderful story. I really did not know before I started to read it, what the story was about as I had not read any of the reviews but I had read "Anne of Green... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Graya
5.0 out of 5 stars good to read from 9 to 99
Mrs. Montgomery's books are not popular with German readers. It's nice to discover this loveable story which addresses a wide audience of both young and adult readers
Published 2 months ago by Nostalgiker
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful book
Loved every well chosen word of it. A delightful tale told in beautiful language with lots of humour . Sheer enjoyment.
Published 3 months ago by Tansycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I really enjoyed this book (a perfect holiday read). I was sorry when I got to the end but was happy with the way things worked out for Valancy.
Published 3 months ago by Greyhound
4.0 out of 5 stars A little gem
I read Anne of Green Gables many years ago but hadn't read any others by this author. Found this by chance and tried it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a less know novel
This is one of Montgomery's lesser known novels, but worth the read never the less.mi remember reading this as a young girl and being mesmerised. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Hands
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and enjoyable read
I really enjoyed this story I love the way in which the main character changes her life and frees herself from the restrictions of her upbringing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jane N
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, romantic, heart-warming...aww
Valancy Stirling is twenty-nine, unmarried, and has never been in love. She still lives with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, and her light relief is buried in her... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical story
I couldn't put it down! A romance with a predictable ending, but lovely to read. Will appeal to any romance lover, but also to those who like the outdoors, and those who like... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ginny
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful
Beautiful coming of age novel. I book I could not put down, and enjoyed reading from start to finish. Simply wonderful! You really fall in love with all of the characters.
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