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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Books (April 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770423159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770423155
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Jan. 15 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Blue Castle is a perfect example of marketing gone very, VERY wrong. Those silly publishers who gave this wonderful book such a tawdry cover and shallow synopsis have done L. M. Montgomery and Valancy Stirling a huge disservice. This isn't a conventional romance, but an inspiring story of a woman who takes control of her life and discovers a beautiful world living her dream, her Blue Castle. The positive reviews may sound a little over-enthusiastic, but women and girls have reaffirmed this book as an all-time favorite time and time again. Everyone I know who has read this wishes they had gotten to it sooner and/or laments its undeserved obscurity. My sister and I fight over our copy, stupid cover and all, since we both feel compelled to read it a few times a year.
Here's why: Valancy Stirling is an Everywoman - all of us can relate to her helplessness and apathy, her joys and triumphs. In Valancy's case, her intimidating, suffocating family and poverty have instilled fear from a young age, when she was an insignificant little girl. After a lifetime of negative comments, she finds herself a hopeless, though respectable, old maid at the age of 29, unloved and unwanted even by her own mother. Then Dr. Trent tells her she has a terminal heart condition, and Valancy throws all caution to the winds, deciding to really *live* for her last few months.
Her repressed personality and spirit finally express themselves, often humorously and cheekily. She says what's on her mind, sees her relatives as the sillies they are, and very importantly, refuses to wear her hated red flannel petticoat. You will feel deliciously refreshed as Valancy lives on her own terms for once.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "smithie2" on Dec 14 2003
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Ok, now WHY didn't this woman write more adult novels? She is very good at them! I loved this book, and I couldn't understand why it wasn't as popular as the Anne, Emily, or Pat books.
As opposed to how Montgomery conforms to what society expects of women in the Anne and Emily and Pat books, she does the opposite in this one. Valancy PROPOSES TO THE GUY! I love how she goes from being this docile creature who takes crap from everyone, into this shameless woman who DOES WHAT SHE WANTS! And she goes and becomes a nurse for a girl with an illigitimate child, these are social outcasts! And the guy she marries! He is a HUGE social outcast. I love how proudly and shamelessly she goes about it. This novel may not have been popular in it's time but it sure has to be made into a movie today. And there should be sequals to the movie. The same way books were written about Laura Ingalls Wilders daughter, should there be books written by someone who is alive today about Valancy. Oh Maud, if you could come back and see how we love her now! I wish Emily had learned from her and pursued what she wanted more in life. Maybe then she would have been happier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fire Monkey on March 27 2014
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I bought this copy of the book after my old copy fell apart due to how many times I read and re-read it!

I am genuinely shocked that this book is not as popular as L.M. Montgomery's other books, such as Anne of Green Gables. The character is one you can instantly feel compassion for and identify with. Although it is in part a love story, it is even more a story of growth and self-realization. The underlying themes of the story are eye-opening and thought-provoking. The characters are unique and quirky, but likeable.

I wish the author had written more books in this style!
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By Helga Koehler on June 19 2014
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I choose the rating because children need to read, for entertainment and for learning. Books can and should be your best friend. I transports you to countries and situation one would not meet in real life. This book is funny, oldfashioned and entertaini. And it is clean, compared to the smut we seel these days to our childrren.
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I came across this little gem when Anne of Green Gables appeared on my Kindle...so many praises for this rather unknown book penned by the same author in 1925. Some say it is meant for adults to distinguish any assumption it is in the same genre with Anne's collection. The title & cover sketch would suggest so. It's not really an adult book - I think words "make love" & "drunkard" are as adult like as it gets, no depictions of romance (physically) than kisses. So that could be unnoticed by a child, but the theme would be enjoyed more by young girls, or adult women who will appreciate the innocence & era to which it was written, the magic in the writing & descriptions -esp in the Muskokas of Ontario. Even though we, young women & older gals alike, know there's no likelihood of such a story, it's still wonderful to be drawn in.
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I was cisapride to find that there was a book that Lucy Mont Montgomery had written that I had not read. I loved it.
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By N. Isles on April 30 2012
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I am a huge Maud Montgomery fan and I own most of the books she has written. I bought The Blue Castle sometime back in the 90's and I have read, and re-read it many, many times, and each time I enjoy it just as much as if I were reading it for the first time. You feel yourself become Valancy as she breaks away from her stiff family tradtions and branches out to become the person she really is inside. You live your life with Valancy and Barney in their snug little "blue castle" on Mistawis island. My mother also loves this book and I am ordering another copy for her for Mother's Day this year! I would highly recommend this book to other Lucy Maud fans. You won't be disappointed.
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