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Anne of the Island (1915)

by L. M. Montgomery

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Series: Anne de Green Gables (3), Anne of Green Gables (3)

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Continues the adventures of Anne Shirley and her friends at college.
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I got a little annoyed with Anne and her head in the clouds. She rejects Gilbert because he doesn't fulfill her fantasy. Than she meets a man who is everything she dreamed of - good looking, rich, a poet, who always says and does the right thing. Yet she ends up rejecting him, realizing there is no spark. She needed to go through that to grow to appreciate Gilbert. ( )
  nx74defiant | May 16, 2021 |
I love Anne's new sassy best friend Phil. Her romance with the ugly minister was way more interesting than Anne acting like she didn't want to marry Gilbert. Cut the bullshit, Carrots, everybody saw it coming from day one. And I'll never believe that Mrs. Lynde and Marilla were not in old lady love when they started living together. Altogether this one was much better than the second one but still not as good as the first. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Tis Anne, what not to love? ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | Feb 18, 2021 |
This is a review I wrote in 2007.

The 3rd Anne book. Anne's story continues in Anne of the Island as Anne and her friends grow up and set out on their individual paths.

The book opens as Anne's best friend, Diana Barry, gets married to her sweetheart Fred, and Anne is to move away from the island to go and study for her BA at Redmond College, with school friends Gilbert & Charlie and her old chum from Queen's, Priscilla.

Anne is still the same eternally sweet and thoughtful Anne, capable of still making the hilarious Anne-ish mistakes she's become renowned for by book three! Romance blossoms at Redmond too, as Anne meets the "man of her dreams", the poetic and dapper, handsome Roy Gardner. The girls meet a third bosom friend, Phil (or Philippa), and "Anne of the Island" shares in the adventures of all three over their three years at Redmond, not forgetting holiday times for Anne in Avonlea as well.

The Anne books are wonderful stories for all ages from 8+. If you haven't read any before, start with number 1 which is Anne of Green Gables. I can't recommend them enough. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Jan 20, 2021 |
At the heart of this exquisite episode into Anne's life is a love story, but it's not merely of romance. Anne falls in love with college and the pursuit of intellect, and that's what makes it one of my favorite books in the series. She finds her college friends, and they form an intimate circle. She starts to write, though this gets downplayed as the book continues--which is odd, since this is one of her dearest wishes. And, yes, she learns what it means to be in love, not just in the fairy stories, but for real.

Let's get spoilery, though. Proceed only if you want to be spoiled.

In the past, I've given Anne a hard time about refusing Gilbert the first time, but rereading it since I've been married has given me a little perspective. I have the feeling that if Gilbert had been alive 100 years later, that proposal would not have taken place, because the pressure to marry would have been less existent and he would have seen how very friend-driven Anne was. I think he fell into the trap of social conditioning. Anne, as it was, was not ready to marry *anyone* at that time in her life, and I don't think she would have been happy had she accepted Gilbert then. She had to realize of her own accord that she was in love with him, and to his credit, he backed off once she said no and only tried again when given a friend's encouragement that Anne would possibly be more receptive.

I also think that Royal Gardner exists to show that a *physical* ideal is not the same as your *actual* ideal, because good grief, that man sounded hideously boring. I believe, too, that Anne needed a relationship with a flat and uninteresting character to contrast Gilbert's vibrant and supportive personality. Had she married Roy, she would have been thrust into the role of society wife, for which she was entirely unsuited and unprepared. And that's an alternate-universe fanfic I would be kind of interested in reading, now that you mention it. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
L. M. Montgomeryprimary authorall editionscalculated
Heesen, MarthaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalima, ToiniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raudman, ReneeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stahl, Ben F.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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All precious things discovered late
To those that seek them issue forth,
For Love in sequel works with Fate,
And draws the veil from hidden worth.
- Tennyson
To all the girls all over the world
who have 'wanted more' about Anne
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"Harvest is ended and summer is gone," quoted Anne Shirley, gazing across the shorn fields dreamily.
We mustn't let next week rob us of this week's joy.
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