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on 24 February 2016
There are two excellent extended short stories in this volume, "The Cheated Child" and "An Unremarkable Woman" - sorry,I may not have the titles exactly right there!
The rest of them are better and more varied than the ones in, say "Chronicles of Avonlea" or "Akin to Anne", but as is often the case with Maud Montgomery, they are clearly pot-boilers written commercially for popular magazines, and lack the depth and detail of her better novels. (To be fair, her ruthless publisher was responsible for compiling "Chronicles" & "Further Chronicles" without her consent, using drafts, sketches and abandoned tales that repeated the same old ideas relentlessly, but "The Blythes Are Quoted" was apparently compiled by Maud herself.)
Interspersed with these short stories are poems supposedly written by Anne Shirley or her son Walter, as well as snippets of conversation between Anne and members of her family, commenting on the poems.
To be honest, I found the poems rather uninteresting, and the dialogues slight to the point of being trite. Furthermore the division of the stories into pre-WW1 and post-WW1 makes little difference to them, and is inaccurate in at least one instance, where characters in a so-called pre-War tale mention Edith Cavell!
If Maude Montgomery is your cup of tea, this collection (her last ever work) is worth acquiring, but I have to say that I don't think this difficult-to-find edition is worth the search nor the expense. (The copy I bought was an ex-library book from Canada, otherwise the prices on Amazon and elsewhere are prohibitive.) The stories alone (without the poems or dialogues) were originally published by Bantam under the title "The Road to Yesterday", which is easily obtained in paperback and would be more than acceptable to all but the most completest of Montgomerians.
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on 11 January 2014
As a serious collector of the Anne books by L. M. Montgomery I was pleased to hear that this had finally been republished, in its original form, with its mixture of life seen through the eyes of Anne and her family and the interesting stories, which in some way always have some sort of connection to them and the ideals that Anne And her family live by.
I have read that when it was first published a lot of the details were deliberately removed as they were considered to be "far too sensitive" at the time but after reading this I do not see that this would have upset people either back then or since.
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on 24 January 2015
Loved the Anne books and bought this for my elderly mum-in-law, who has collected the whole series. Saw this a couple of years ago and thought she'd like it as a companion volume - despite criticism from some purchasers, she loves it and says it fits in very well indeed with the others, despite the gap between earlier books and this.
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on 22 July 2014
As a fan of Anne Shirley since I was 9, I was thrilled to find yet another book with the Blythe family. It was slightly disappointing for me then that they were only mentioned occasionally, apart from the poetry readings. Anne's personality seemed somewhat flat and parts of the book were very dark. Not what I was expecting.
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on 8 July 2016
Some of the individual stories were good but this is a sad final appearance for Anne. Strongly reflects the author later life despair
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on 9 December 2015
The short stories are gems with often unexpected outcomes.
The poetry was rather hard going - maybe better for a poetry lover - but the family discussion afterwards was often very amusing.
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on 2 January 2013
This book was a new discovery and did not disappoint. The stories all though not specifically about the Blythes it gives a insight into how the people of the surrounding area view them.The poems also answer the question of what happened to Anne's weighting and shows the talks that they had in the evening it is also a newer way of showing the progress of the family after Rilla of Ingleside finished.
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on 3 April 2016
As a lover of the LM Montgomery books I found the poetry a bit tedious, and tended to skip to the stories.
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on 18 January 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this e book.Angela
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on 25 August 2013
This is a welcome addition to complete the set of 'Anne' books - shame it had to come from overseas. A handsome and substantial volume received in excellent condition.
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