1. Despite your criticisms, I really enjoyed your review! Probably bc I like the way your mind works…criticism while enjoying the book! I find myself to wonder who can talk quite so much as LMM’s characters…certainly not me.

    Have a great day!

  2. =D LOL! OH you DOUBLE-MINDED one! ;D (I forgive you.)

    I think I’m coming around to Montgomery the same way though. As I mentioned in my comment the other day, she is a very predictable writer. And I do like Kilmeny – mostly because it’s short. The story doesn’t quite bug me the way it bugged you though. But! Someone (I forget who right at the moment) read it last year and hated it. It’s almost like it’s so short that there isn’t time for depth or interesting character and it’s just wordy and sappy.

    Anyway, it’s always fun to hear people’s thoughts, regardless. (I get more of a kick out of people who rave about Emily while simultaneously slamming Anne. What’s the point?)

  3. This (your review, I mean — I’m not familiar with the book) was so much fun to read! My favorite part is the “little slate.” Even granting her “small distinctive handwriting,” she must’ve had to haul around a slate at least as tall as she was. 🙂

    Isn’t it strange how you can be critical and yet enjoy at the same time… I’m having that experience with something I’m currently reading too.

  4. I laughed at your implication that it was inappropriate to compare The Trumpet of the Swan to a romance novel. As a fellow read-aloud mom, I think I would have done the same thing. Who knows? Maybe E. E. Milne read L. M. Montgomery! The older I get the more “over the top” some of Montgomery’s works become, but I always end up loving the characters and that makes me keep reading!

  5. Loved reading your review! I think I enjoyed reading Kilmeny more than you did, but I too was rather incredulous at what she wrote on her slate. I just couldn’t get my head round the really long pauses there must have been in the conversation while she wrote a mini-essay….

  6. I’m sorry, did CARRIE just offer up a criticism of Montgomery?! Shocking! lol

    I have concluded I’m most definitely Marilla. Dramatic and over-the-top people and books annoy me after awhile. I’ve also decided the Montgomery is an author I should take in small spread out doses rather than a focused month. Having said that, it is fun to read what other people think about the same books. 🙂

  7. Bluerose

    I had to come over here and see your review of Kilmeny, and I laughed my way through the whole thing! 😉
    I thought the same thing about Kilmeny’s writing! She was awful long-winded to be writing on a little tablet. And, that quote about Kilmeny’s mouth! I couldn’t help but laugh at that. Ridiculous! 😉
    I still really enjoyed it, though.

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