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The Blue Castle Paperback – Apr 1 1988
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"Montgomery writes beautifully and brings tears of both sorrow and joy on the turning of every page." —Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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"At twenty-nine Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she found her only consolations in the "forbidden" books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle. Then a letter arrived from Dr. Trent, and Valancy decided to throw caution to the winds. For the first time in her life Valancy did and said exactly what she wanted. Soon she discoveredSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
Of course, the romance isn't the only reason why this book is great. It's also great because of all of the things Valancy overcomes and triumphs, such as fear, predjudice, etc. I find myself cheering her on every time I read it.
I would also agree with another reviewer who stated that he/she wished "The Blue Castle" to become a movie. I've thought that for some time now. Provided it was done well, I really think it would be great and would allow more of the country to experience what I believe to be L.M. Montgomery's greatest work.
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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Oh my heart! I can't remember a character whom I connected with as much as Valancy Stirling. She has so much more going on inside her than what people realize. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. Cioccolata
This is an often overlooked work of L.M. Montgomery, but it is a great read. It is one of, if not my favourite story of hers!Published 11 months ago by Lucasmom
I've read The Blue Castle many times and I never tire of it! A wonderful story of a woman's journey from a dull, fearful existence to freedom and happiness. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Meredith
I have been reading and rereading this book over and over again since I was 12. At 31 it is just as enjoyable as it ever was! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tara Morgan
This book is a fantastic coming-of-age story of a "spinster" (at the ripe old age of 29) who finally stands up to her bullying family and embarks on an empowering... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bruk
I have read this story over and over for many years and have enjoyed it immensely. I actually bought this second book to make sure I never lose it as I lend my books out to other... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gladys Kerr