- Mass Market Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (May 1 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771061935
- ISBN-13: 978-0771061936
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 127 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1994
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“Montgomery wins our hearts again. This compilation of stories is a beautifully written work of escapism and fair play in a world of turmoil and inequality.”
–St. John’s Evening Telegram
“A handsome volume…readers gain a remarkable look at the talents of Lucy Maud Montgomery.”
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hread among the 18 stories in Against the Odds is the way people can resourcefully overcome obstacles to realize their ambitions and dreams. The odds are varied in these skillfully written tales. An obstacle to ones success or happiness may lie in ones own character or the prejudice of someone else. A potential employer may cast a suspicious eye on an individuals background. A guardian seems reluctant to sponsor any further education for his charge. Other characters here are looking as much for increased self-respect as financial reward or better training.
Set in locales as varied as Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island, the stories of Against the Odds are peopled with orphans, teachers, actors, struggling single-parent families, intransigent relatives. Its a world, though distant from our own, where Montgomerys characters have problems similar to ours, and their methods of solving them are not very diff
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Among the highlights: "In Spite Of Myself", in a which a clever young city lawyer learns the value of an independent-minded country woman; "Where There is a Will, There is a Way", which concerns the humorous efforts of a young man to make a debate on time, if not necessarily in the right clothing; and "How We Went to the Wedding", a souvenir of Montgomery's time in the Canadian West, in which two young women battle floods, mud, a broken wagon and a missing ham to get to a friend's wedding.
Montgomery wrote for the magazines of her day, which expected a familiar format to short stories. What is truly impressive about Montgomery is just how much fun she could wring out of the standard formula. "Against the Odds" is highly recommended to her fans.