Monday, October 27, 2008

The Story Girl

I've been putting off reading L.M. Montgomery's The Story Girl because I didn't want to cheat on Anne. :-) Seriously though, I just didn't think that anything could be better than the Anne books, so it didn't seem worth reading. But since I did already own it and since I was looking for a simple and innocent book to read for a change, I picked it up and I'm glad I did, of course.

The Story Girl is a charming book. That really is the best word to describe it. Like the Anne books, it takes place on Prince Edward Island - which by the way is my dream holiday destination. Except that going there would scare me too because I would expect it to look like it does in the Anne books and I'm sure it won't!

Anyway, it is the story of a group of children who spend a few months together - playing, arguing, discovering the world and each other and basically growing up. What makes the book charming is the innocence of childhood that is conveyed through the language. I don't know how Montgomery manages it but she does.

My edition had an afterword that explained that Montgomery liked The Story Girl most out of all her books. Apparently there are many autobiographical elements in it. It made me want to read her journals, which I hear are published. Have you read them?

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Ana S. said...

lol, didn't want to cheat on Anne :P I only started reading the Anne books recently, but I think I'll wait until I'm done with the series before I try the rest of Montgomery's stuff. When I do, though, I'll keep this one in mind! It sounds so lovely :)

joanna said...

I'm jealous that you get to discover Anne for the first time! I'll have to re-read them again sometime soon... And yes, do try this one, lovely just about covers it! :-)

Iliana said...

Ah this sounds very sweet. I've only read one book by L.M. Montgomery - The Blue Castle, which I loved. I can't believe I've never read her Anne books! I should remedy that :)

raidergirl3 said...

It does look beautiful here! You will have to come to see it. I can practically guarantee it will be as you imagine.

I haven't read The Story Girl, or if I have, it's been a long time.
Try Blue Castle as well, it's wonderful.

joanna said...

Iliana - I think I have the Blue Castle... I can't remember reading it though. And yes, you definitely need to read the Anne books!!

raidergirl3 - oh, I want to go there now!! :-)