Until earlier this year, I didn't know The Blythes are Quoted existed. I had heard of The Road to Yesterday, which a lot of people who loved the Anne books didn't like, so I never bothered to read it. But I didn't know until recently that The Road to Yesterday is actually an abridged, altered form of Montgomery's final book, The Blythes are Quoted.
I say "book" and not "novel" because this is not a novel. It's a collection of short stories and poems framed as things that happened around Ingleside to people who know the Blythes, and as poems written by Anne and Walter that Anne reads aloud in the evenings. The Blythes don't appear in the stories, but they comment on the poetry, either in words or thoughts.
The stories are an interesting mix -- many of them had been previous published, but Montgomery reworked them to include mentions of the Blythes. My favorite was "A Dream Comes True," and it was possibly the most straight-forwardly happy story in the lot. Most of the stories have happy endings of one sort or another, but many of them also delve into the ideas of disillusionment, despair, regret, spite, and the constant misunderstandings between generations.
But I liked the stories better than the poetry, overall. Some of the poems, I skimmed. Some, I read more than once. My favorite was probably "Come, Let Us Go." But again, the tone of the poetry overall was one of regret and loss, a wishful look back at a happier time.
This is not a cheerful book. It's an interesting book to study -- I enjoyed thinking about what Montgomery must have been trying to say with the collection, and I'm glad I read the book. But overall it has a feel of disenchantment that did not appeal to me.
If This Was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for discussions of marital infidelity (NOT Anne or Gilbert, stop freaking out!), illegitimate children, and war.
This is my last book read and reviewed for the Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge, and closes out My Year With Anne. I'm so glad I re-read this series and discovered the ninth book. My thanks to Elyssa for hosting the challenge! It's been fun sharing thoughts on the books with others.
This is my fifty-first book read and reviewed for the Classics Club, and my nineteenth for the Women's Classic Literature Event.