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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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on 9 May 2000
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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on 22 March 2004
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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on 13 July 2015
This is the fourth book in the "Anne of Green Gables" series and carries the story of Anne some way forward. Anne - as well as Gilbert and others - is now studying at Redmond College. We read about her experiences starting as a Freshman and living in a boarding house with lots of cushions that must be taken care of! We are introduced to a real character of a girl, Philippa - a rich, seemingly irresponsible, but very likeable girl, who comes to board with Anne and Anne's friend Priscilla. Anne is faced with her first proposal - by proxy! And then comes another from Charlie Sloan who has his pride pricked when Anne refuses. Anne's life at Redmond goes on - she and friends come to rent a delightful house called Patty's Place with some more appealing characters. Then Anne meets a man - seemingly the man of her dreams - but in the end she comes to realise which man she really does love - the man who has loved her for so many years - Gilbert!
However, there is much more to "Anne of the Island" than romance. Anne spends some time in Avonlea, where Davy Keith in particular brings some comedy into Anne's life. We read about the day that Davy makes his sister Dora play truant from Sunday School with him - and what happens! Then there is the story of "Averil's Atonement" - the serious novel that, to Anne's horror, becomes a baking powder advertisement! Real tragedy looms when Ruby Gillis is unable to accept that she is dying of consumption - at last Anne is able to help her. And there is much, much more! This is a excellent book, especially for those who know and love other Anne books.
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on 19 November 2001
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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on 1 September 2013
In my opinion L M Montgomery is a Jane Austen She has every day characters described perfectly and every day actions and their consequences followed through to the end I still think all these Anne books are the best ever.
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on 2 July 1999
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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on 3 March 1999
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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on 28 April 2015
The story is lovely (I know because I've read it before) sadly this book isn't! I bought this for my daughter after she fell in love with Anne of Green Gables / Anne of Avonlea and she was so excited to get the delivery. Her first word on opening to the text was 'oh!' The text is so small - I mean super tiny! I should have returned it, but my daughter was so keen to read it I let her have it. Sadly she has given up! The writing is so small she just can't concentrate on it without her eyes going funny - I will have to buy another (decently printed) copy.
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on 23 June 1998
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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