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The Blythes Are Quoted (2009)

av L. M. Montgomery

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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. Short Stories. Adultery, illegitimacy, misogyny, revenge, murder, despair, bitterness, hatred, and death??usually not the first terms associated with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed shortly before her death and never before published in its entirety, Montgomery brought these topics to the forefront in what she intended to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne. Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914??1918, The Blythes Are Quoted contains fifteen episodes that include an adult Anne and her family. Binding these short stories, Montgomery inserted sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending poetry, prose, and dialogue, Montgomery was experimenting with storytelling methods in ways she had never before attempted. The Blythes Are Quoted marks the final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the… (mer)
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  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
Hrm.
Here's my recommendation: If you hold L.M. Montgomery's books enshrined in your heart and the Anne books have taken you to a happy place from childhood on, then stick with the 8 Anne books, and perhaps the short story collection "The Road to Yesterday," but don't feel bad about not reading "The Blythes Are Quoted."

Here's why: "The Blythes Are Quoted" is the same book as "The Road To Yesterday," except with some depressing stuff added.

L.M. Montgomery put this collection of stories together right before she died, but then it wasn't printed till the 1970s, when the darker parts had been excised.

None of the stories are ABOUT the Blythes; rather, they're about any number of their neighbors. But mention of the Blythes is dragged in at every possible moment... hence the title. Much as I adore the entire Blythe family, I have to admit that this plot device is a little tiring, especially when at times it's literally, every paragraph, "Susan Baker says," "Mrs. Dr. Blythe says," "Walter Blythe says," "Dr. Blythe says," etc. One can tell that L.M. Montgomery was thereby doing what was expected of her by giving the public more Blythes, however indirectly.

Some of the stories are very sweet, but as I said, you can get them in "The Road to Yesterday." The only story that is NOT in that volume is the first one, which is a pretty creepy, dark tale (that ends up with a reasonable explanation), but which had an ending I disliked.

The other bits that are exclusive to "The Blythes Are Quoted" are the interludes that describe Anne reading her own and Walter's poems to her family at Ingleside, and then usually two or three of the family offer a brief remark on the poem. Some of the poems are nice and home-like, but others are decidedly disturbing. The saddest thing to me is the family's realization at the end, that the Second World War was upon them and that the sacrifices and lives lost in the First World War were utterly in vain. L.M. Montgomery died in 1942, so that sense of uncertainty and failure was the last thing she knew.

It's sad.

I prefer my Blythes in their original 8 books. ( )
  Alishadt | Feb 25, 2023 |
Publishers received the typescript of this book April 24, 1942, the day Montgomery died from a drug overdose (possibly suicide). This ninth "Anne" book represents a new experiment for Montgomery's storytelling. The book contains 15 short stories that reference the Blythe family. Poems attributed to Anne and Walter and commentary from the family loosely weave together the stories.

Publishers sat on the book for 30 years. In 1974 an abridged version was published as The Road to Yesterday. This version left out all of the family's commentary, removed one of the stories (later published in another short story collection), removed all but one of the poems, reordered the stories, and removed material from some of the stories. Often, the removed material is darker and more pessimistic than most of Montgomery's material.

This book shows Montgomery's struggle with the two world wars. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is before WWI and the second book occurs after WWI and into to WWII. The second half of the book is decidedly more grim than the first half. Anne's poetry shows more pessimism, and you often see Anne on the verge of breaking down as she reads Walter's poetry.

The two poems that bookend the text highlight the struggle. Walter's patriotic poem "The Piper", which made him famous in Rilla of Ingleside starts the book. The book ends with "The Aftermath", a grim poem about death and war that Walter wrote just before his death. The later poem sets up the dialog that ends the book. Anne says, "I am thankful now, Jem, that Walter did not come back. He could never have lived with his memories ... and if he had seen the futility of the sacrifice they made then mirrored in this ghastly holocaust ...". Montgomery left this final poem and dialog out of some manuscripts, but it truly highlights the ambiguity present throughout The Blythes are Quoted. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
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  the_lirazel | Apr 6, 2020 |
Dark. Far darker than previous titles in the series. But definitely worthy of a place on the bookshelf. Somehow, when the stories are framed by vignettes of the Blythe family grieving for Walter, the book hangs together better and makes more sense than Road to Yesterday. ( )
  muumi | Dec 5, 2018 |
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. Short Stories. Adultery, illegitimacy, misogyny, revenge, murder, despair, bitterness, hatred, and death??usually not the first terms associated with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed shortly before her death and never before published in its entirety, Montgomery brought these topics to the forefront in what she intended to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne. Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914??1918, The Blythes Are Quoted contains fifteen episodes that include an adult Anne and her family. Binding these short stories, Montgomery inserted sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending poetry, prose, and dialogue, Montgomery was experimenting with storytelling methods in ways she had never before attempted. The Blythes Are Quoted marks the final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the

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