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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Revelation as Love Takes Up the Glass of Time, 30 Jun 2004
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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"Anne of the Island" is the third of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables novels, and completes what we can see as being a trilogy simply becomes Anne finally realizes what everybody has known from early in the first book, which is that Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe are made for each other. Having spent time as the teacher at the Avonlea Schools in "Anne of Avonlea," the Anne girl leaves Prince Edward Island for four years of college. The theme of this story is Anne dealing with "How horrible it is that people have to grow up," as she confronts how her whole world is changing.
Ironically, what makes "Anne of the Island" so romantic is the way it challenges romanticism. Even as a young woman Anne creates a romantic fantasy around the world in which she lives, just like she did at Green Gables where there was the old Snow Queen at the window, the Dryad's Bubble, the Haunted Wood, Lover's Lane and all those "dear spots where memories of the old years bided." Now Anne and Priscilla, her school chum from Redmond, are renting rooms in Patty's Place, and making the home of Miss Patty and Miss Maria into their own. Meanwhile, after a thousand romantic drams and enduring both Diana Barry's wedding and the rejection of Gilbert Blythe's proposal (her second actually), Anne finally meets her Prince Charming, Royal Gardner.
He is handsome and rich, in short, everything that Anne ever dreamed that she wanted in a husband. Then comes the fateful moment when Roy proposes and Anne opens her lips to say her faithful yes. But this is but a false dawn in Anne's life and there is a fateful Book of Revelation that Anne has to endure before love takes up the glass of time. There is romanticism and then there is that which is romantic and Montgomery shows the difference. There is a reason that this character and these books are enduring classics of (supposedly) juvenille literature.
As usual this book is also filled with interesting and colorful characters, such as young Paul and the Rock People, John Douglas who finally speaks at last, and Anne's friend Phillippa Gordon, who also has her eyes opened to the what true love really means. For those who are familiar with the delightful Kevin Sullivan "Anne of Avonlea" sequel there is also the whole episode of "Averil's Atonement" as well as the entire end game with Gilbert. That is the most important part because at long last the final line of Montgomery's original "Anne of Green Gables" novel rings true for our Anne girl.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favourite of all of the "Anne" books, 9 May 2000
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This has to be my favourite book. After reading all of the Anne series from when she was a girl, then a young woman, then herself as a mother, I feel as if I know all of the characters. The characters are very well described and intresting. When I first read this book I picked it up as i went to bed and didn't put it down until 1:30 in the morning because I had to finish it! Although this is a children's book it is a great read for anyone. There are very few books of our childhood that we can reread with such pleasure; this is one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ideal, or Gilbert?, 22 Mar 2004
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Anne of the Island is a superb book, and one of the best installments of Anne's story. This, the third book in the series of eight, sees Anne head off for college with Gilbert, Charlie Sloane and other Avonlea chums, along with certain friends from Queen's Academy. Once there, Anne embarks on four years of study and romance, with Gilbert finally confessing his long-concealed feelings for Anne. But will she finally choose Gilbert, the best friend everyone seems to think she was made for, or will Anne choose Roy Gardener, her tall, dark and handsome poetry-writing ideal man?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant (and romantic!), 19 Nov 2001
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If you fell in love with Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea you just have to read this! It's one of the best of the series and one of the most romantic! You'll just long to be in Anne's place!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anne is deciding whether she is ready for love, 2 July 1999
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All I have to say is WOW!This book is more heart warming than Anne of Greem Gables,funnier than Anne of Avonlea,and the most romantic of the Anne series.You should buy this book.I only bought this book two days ago and it is now worn out from being read too many times.This book will hold a special place in my heart and book collection. At first i hated all love mush stories but this is an example that people can change.Personally this is my favorite of the Anne series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful compelling book...the best of the "Anne" books, 3 Mar 1999
By A Customer
This book is my personal favourite of all the Anne books. I usually see the first three in the series as a trilogy, because they're the best of the 8 books, with the exception of "Anne's House of Dreams." I was impressed with this book because it managed to go beyond just Avonlea and Green Gables. It put Anne in a new setting and showed how she managed there, with new friends and a home away from home. I admit that one of the best things about this book is the not-quite romance between Gilbert and Anne. Any readers who have been dying to see their romance fulfilled finally get a bit of what they're looking for. However, Montgomery manages to bring in the romance while retaining Anne's free spirit. This diminished in the later books, only to be reincarnated at the end in "Rilla of Ingleside." I recommend this book to anyone who loves a romance, but also loves creative characters like Anne.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Romantic,Lovely story that you can't take your eyes off it, 23 Jun 1998
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Since i read Anne of Green Gables.I thought Anne and Gilbert is a perfect match.But ,still,in Anne of Avonlea,there is nothing about love.Fortunately,Anne of the Island turned out to be a romamtic,lovely story.It is just as enticing as the first two books of the series.I like the entry of Royal Gardner and Christine.And I like all the new characters in this book like Phil.They simply make the story more endearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful..., 15 April 1999
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i love the anne series... that seems a bit cliche to say, but man, does it ring true. each of these books hold a very special place in my heart, and each of them sits on my shelf with the tattered, well-worn pages of a book that has endured the loving hands of one who reads far too much. as i have read in the below reviews, many people focus on the romance of this book. while it is an underlying theme, tossing this book off as a romance novel would be a travesty. this is an enduring book filled with so many timeless issues, romance being only one of them. i do recommend this book, as well as the others, with a clear conscience and hopeful anticipation on your behalf. you will not be dissapointed. do be sure to read the other books in this series, as your experience would not be complete in reading just one. beautiful prose and thrilling imagery. what a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Shirley at her best!, 10 Oct 1997
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This book contains one of my favorite characters from any "Anne" book. I love Philippa Gordon! Not to mention Aunt Jamesina, Priscilla, Stella, and all the gang at Patty's Place. I am a university student myself and all Anne's trials and tribulations as a college student are now very familiar to me. Of course, all the fun is familiar to me too. "Anne of the Island" and any other L.M. Montgomery book are my cure for a dull, depressing day. Anne and all her other wonderful characters will bring a smile to anyone's face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anne's main choice, 20 July 2003
This story contains the hardest choice that Anne had to make based on her future. Whilst Gilbert Blythe her oldest school mate is trying to attract her attention, Anne is smitten by the rich and handsome Roy Gardner. This causes jelousy in Gilbert's part and Anne finds the challenge of choice very hard. I strongly reckomend this story as it is very touching and if you have read the first few books then you should continue with the rest of the collection.
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