Saturday, November 14, 2009

Aritha van Herk on L.M. Montgomery's The Blythes Are Quoted


Aritha van Herk on what's new about the new L.M. Montgomery book:

The Blythes are Quoted collects 27 short stories about different characters from communities that we recognize as part of Montgomery's map of Prince Edward Island. They are interspersed with poems "authored" by Anne Blythe and her son, Walter Blythe, and accompanied by vignette-like commentaries on those poems from members of Anne's family. These dialogues reflect the Blythe family's memories and cognizance, thus recording an intimate conversation that resonates beyond their circle. More important, they shape this book into an allegory channelled by the medium of sorrow.

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It is Walter's poetic voice, alongside Anne's, that frames this collection, making it less a sunny-side-up Anne redux than a multifaceted ghost story, and a subtle condemnation of the destructiveness of war.

To read the rest of van Herk's excellent review, click here.

5 comments:

raidergirl3 said...

ooh, I can't wait to read this. I'm holding out for Christmas.

Melanie said...

I'm halfway through this book right now (I'm taking it very slowly as I don't really want to come to the end). Aritha van Herk's review was wonderful!

Kate said...

As a die-hard LMM fan, I too can't wait to pick this book up! I am going to try to wait for Christmas, but don't know if I can wait that long...

Suko said...

Terrific teaser! I will read the rest of the review a bit later.

I received Heaven to Betsy and Betsy in Spite of Herself--thanks very much, Kate!

Aarti said...

Wow, I've never heard of this book! How fun :-) I hope the Fords (the parents. Well, let's be honest, Kenneth, too) are featured in it!