Friday, November 25, 2011
Anne of the Island
Bantam Books, 1998
Originally Published LC Page & Company, Inc., 1915
This is the book I was waiting for after Anne of Avonlea, the one where Anne and Gilbert get together (and I may have peeked at the last page just to make sure!) While there could have been more of them (as if I wanted to read about Anne and some other guy or Gilbert and some other girl), I was happy with the scant passages we did receive (am now imagining fan fiction that rectifies this lack).
Happily beside the romance, Anne is having plenty of adventures at Redmond College with her roommates and classes. There were a lot of humorous situations and one dreadful one involving a cat, but I don't want to spoil any of those surprises for you! Marilla, although not having a huge role in this book, is still there and I'm grateful for her steady presence and Mrs. Rachael very much endears herself to me by deciding that Anne and Gilbert should marry.
As I write this, I am almost finished with the Anne series, and I'm struck by how much of the books revolve around romances. I know that shouldn't seem very special to me but I guess I'm used to a lot of contemporary YA novels which have one primary love relationship (either a duo or a triangle) whereas these books bring in a lot of characters and match them up and sometimes send them out of the story when no longer necessary. It's not a bad thing; it's just a recurring plot element.
Overall: Yay-Anne and Gilbert, FTW!