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Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery

Emily of New Moon (1923)

by L. M. Montgomery

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Series: Emily Trilogy (1)

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After her father dies, Emily goes to live with her mother's eccentric side of the family, and finds herself struggling to cope with two spinster aunts and one bachelor uncle, none of who have any idea how to raise a young girl of eleven years. Emily's passion is writing, and despite the sarcastic commentary of adults and family, will not stop her daily journals and letters.

This story is similar to Anne of Green Gables in some ways, but not in most, so this did not feel like a copy of that classic. However, for me it didn't have the same charm as Anne's books, so while I'd recommend it, I can't rate it as high as other books by this author. ( )
  fuzzi | Mar 9, 2015 |
This was a re-read. I don't recall how many times I've read the Emily books, but it is certainly fewer times than the Anne books. And my memory is that I always felt vaguely resentful of Emily for not being Anne, and toward her world for being a somewhat more bitter, realistic one. But this time around I was able to appreciate the book-- and Emily-- for what they are. And in truth, they fed something in my reader-soul that the Anne books don't. I still love Anne, but this re-read made me love Emily too, and not because of the ways she is similar to Anne, but because of the ways she is different. I am eager to continue my re-read of the second and third books now! ( )
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
If you havent read any of the Anne books some of my references may be bewildering (: My review is also rambling..

I only found out about L. M. Montgomery's other books a few weeks ago and had a crazy dance of joy because I love all of the Anne series.
I finished reading this and realised what a different feeling this book gave me than the Anne series.

Its a queer mixture of excitement/worry...but I am glad I read it. I don't think I can love this at the moment until I read it a few times over and also the sequels.. I think the best word to describe what I feel is uncomfortable? Usually If I really love a book Ill feel happy and satisfied. I really wanted to enjoy this book.
The uncomfortable feeling may also have to do with the fact I just read the quick wiki of the sequels so I know a shot description of what already happens next...

Anyway moving on.. Emily is apart from having a big imagination like Anne and similar circumstances, a completely different character and temperament than Anne. She seems more stronger in the sense her story has a harsher slant to it and the things she's had to deal with make her appear more stronger. I can't truthfully say this story is more 'realistic' than Anne's because both have 'realistic' aspects of life, its just this has a darker richer tone which makes you appreciate the beauty while mourn harder in the sad parts.
And Emily doesn't have a mellowing older relative like Marilla, Elizabeth even in the last page is still her same old self though admitting to like Emily, not changing her ways one bit, which I guess is the way if life really.

Also one thing that bothers me is the of Emily's companions, I've never got a real fix on Teddy (her supposed future love - spoiler alert!), the descriptions of Perry & Ilse are vivid for me but Teddy his character apart from his mother's jealousy, his pipers call and artistic talent, is an parsonality that is elusive and almost non-existent to me. WHY?! Its weird, there not real quirk or picture that makes him real to me the way ANY of the characters do. I wonder who Montgomery took his character from in real life and if there is a reason she's suppressing his character. Or is it just me and I'm imagining things?

Also Dean Priest. Not sure how to feel about that..also now that I know what happens in the other books.

I feel like this series will leave me with more mixed and complicated feeling, rather than the happy sigh I give when Ive finished the adventures with Anne.

( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
Just re-read for about the hundredth time. I do love my Emily! Most people prefer Anne, but Emily has always held a special place in my heart, and I understand that L.M. Montgomery has said that Emily is more true to her real life than Anne. Someday I am determined to visit Prince Edward Island, as I have grown to love it through reading these books. ( )
  Bduke | Apr 21, 2014 |
Emily Byrd Starr is a dreamer. Even at a young age she writes poems and wanders through nature. When she is orphaned by the death of her father her mother’s estranged relatives descend upon her home and draw lots to decide who will care for her.

This novel obviously shares a lot of ground with its predecessor, Anne of Green Gables. The author’s two heroines share similar temperaments and interests. There are also a lot of characters that feel very familiar. Emily’s Aunt Elizabeth Murray is reminiscent of Marilla, while her Aunt Laura takes Matthew’s role of a softer guardian.

That being said, Emily is a great character on her own and I think my appreciation for her will develop even more with the other books in the series. She has a wonderful imagination, but she can be stoic around strangers. She’s strong-willed and stands up for herself when she feels she has to. She’d immensely loyal and trusting. We also get the chance to see her with her beloved father before he dies, something we never had with Anne.

The story follows Emily as she moves to New Moon and settles into a new life there. She has a deep love of cats and doesn’t make friends easily at first. I loved her best friend Ilse. She is a little unapologetic spitfire. Her close friends also include her cousin Jimmy with his penchant for poetry, the hired boy Perry and her classmate Teddy.

BOTTOM LINE: If you read and loved Anne of Green Gables then you can’t miss this one. Montgomery writes wonderful characters and I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy.

“Gossip lies nine times and tells a half-truth the 10th.” ( )
  bookworm12 | Mar 20, 2014 |
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L. M. Montgomeryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hergin, StinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Inha, I.K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyman, ElisabethCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonely -- until her beloved father died. Now Emily's an orphan, and her mother's snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. She's sure she won't be happy Emily deals with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by holding her head high and using her quick wit. Things begin to change when she makes friends: with Teddy, who does marvelous drawings; with Perry, who's sailed all over the world with his father yet has never been to school; and above all, with Use, a tomboy with a blazing temper. Amazingly, Emily finds New Moon beautiful and fascinating. With new friends and adventures, Emily might someday think of herself as Emily of New Moon.

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When Emily's father dies, leaving her an orphan, she is sent to live with a stern aunt in Prince Edward Island, where her resourcefulness and love of writing help her adjust to a new way of life.

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