This books brings the personnal thoughts of Maud Montgomery and so much insight into her life and her litterary works. After reading the book, I read again the Anne of Green Gables series with so much more enjoyment. The comments by Mrs Rubio add to the insight of a life and times of this great author!
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The REAL Maud MontgomeryOct. 3 2012
Corey A. Doyle
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I have been a huge fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery ever since I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables when I was 5 years old. Despite reading all of her works (The Blue Castle is my favorite) I never really read up much on Maud herself until after I visited Prince Edward Island in 2006. I saw so many quotes and things about her everywhere I went that I decided to read her journals and picked up the first at the bookstore on the site where her home used to be. I really enjoyed the journals and eventually read all of them but I always was sad when I saw the dreaded ... as things would just seem... off sometimes in those entries. I had, at the time, believed though that things were edited out for monotony.
This year I find that they are re-releasing the first journal with ALL entries present and I quickly preordered my copy from Amazon. It took a while for a copy to find its way to me but I was glad when it finally did and I jumped right in. I immediately liked how much better the new version is formatted - with all of the pictures within the texts and the footnotes at the bottom of each page rather than at the back of the book.
The journal itself is hard to describe. I remember when reading the journals originally, I thought that it was odd how Maud went from this happy go lucky girl to this somber, sad woman as the years went on. However, now with all of the entries put back in, one can see that she was always a bit moody and prone to the blues from an early age. While her blues seem to have been more prevalent as the years went on, it's not something that stared with her marriage, it was with her long before that. I also liked being able to read more of her verbose entries about the landscapes.
I feel after reading this journal in full I have a better understanding of who Maud was and I like her a lot more. I'm very glad they decided to redo these and hope that there is more to come!
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The Real DealFeb. 5 2013
Mrs. Nancy A. Smith
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I have been a Montgomery reader for 30 years and have gobbled up any book by her or about her. I recall getting the first set of journals back in 1990 and being very much caught up in the mind of the author. How great it was to see the daily life of someone who you are very fond of. It was a very intimate glimpse. Since this book is the complete journal without editing, I find it only more interesting and charming. I want to know it all and this book surely gives the insights into Montgomery's mind and what she thinks of those around her. She was not one to mince words. As this is the first journal it is amazing to think that this woman had such an inkling of her skills as a writer to maintain such a volume. I am grateful that she took that time. As your read through the journal, it reads very smoothly and although there are a few dead spots, I think overall it is an even more satisfying read than the edited version. If you are a fan of Montgomery and want to get a taste of the woman behind the writer, then I would recommend this title.