- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Bantam (1981)
- ISBN-10: 077041673X
- ISBN-13: 978-0770416737
- ASIN: 0553149946
- Parcel Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,401,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Anne Of Windy Poplars Mass Market Paperback – 1981
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Anne takes on the duties of a school teacher in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and manages to win over even the crustiest school board. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside - and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty - and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside's strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her triumphs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I am now reading through these books again as an adult, and now I see why I lost interest back then after the third book--because Anne of Windy Poplars is sort of just a "filler" book.
The first three books are really excellent. In them we get to see Anne growing up into a mature young woman, and eventually becoming engaged to Gilbert Blythe. After reading those books, most people will want to see what happens when Anne and Gilbert start their life together--these people should continue on to book #5, Anne's House of Dreams, where the story continues.
In book #4, Anne of Windy Poplars, nothing important happens at all. (This is understandable, as the author wrote this book much later than the other books, just to fill in some missing years.) Rather, we witness a series of adventures and triumphs that Anne has while working as a highschool principal in the town of Summerside, for three years while Gilbert is finishing medical school. Much of Anne's adventures here involve acting as a matchmaker for the town's various residents. She meets many interesting an eccentric people in Summerside, and although there is one tragedy, most of the book has a very light tone.
As an Anne lover, I did enjoy this book. It is not as compelling as the earlier books; and quite frankly, it annoyed me that Marilla, Diana, Mrs. Lynde, and the others from Avonlea are barely mentioned at all, let alone appear in the story. Also it irked me a bit that about half of the chapters are in the form of letters from Anne to Gilbert, but we never see a single letter from Gilbert! But, I can't seem to dislike anything L.M. Montgomery wrote. This book, like all her books, reminds me of a rambling stroll down a quiet country lane. Very little excitement or danger. No sex or violence. But lots of amusing conversations, lovely descriptions, interesting characters, comical situations, and above all, the feeling that I am escaping into another time and place--a gentler, more simple time, and a beautiful place.
So I give Anne of Windy Poplars 4 stars, and I recommend it for those who love the Anne books, although more casual readers will want to skip it and move on to Anne's House of Dreams.
Whenever the story was not told within the context of letters, it was told in Montgomery's regular fashion the reader would be used to. I enjoyed the many tales and experiences that involved fellow Summerside residents. There were so many interesting and unique temperaments to get acquainted with. Anne also seemed to have a knack for really getting herself involved in the lives of the people around her and changing them for the better.
Some of the highlights of this book were Katherine Brooke, the two siblings from hell that Anne babysat, and of course Pauline and Mrs. Gibson. There were many adventures to enjoy in Anne of Windy Poplars.
Anne, as a graduate of Princeton is now a principal of a small school. She has to deal with a snobbish local family, and an uncooperative and unfriendly vice principal. In both cases, she manages to unravel a sad story in the past and uses it to get things going her way.
This also applies to the little girl who lives next door to Anne - Elizabeth, or Lizzie, or many other variations on the name, depending on the little girl's mood. This story has a happy ending, too, thanks to Anne - of course!
The characters of the two widows - Anne's landlors - and their house keeper, Rebbeca Dew - are very amusing, and are very similar to other "funny" characters in earlier or latter books in the series - Susan and Rebbeca are a lot alike...
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