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Yes, I still find it lovely. Though perhaps I'm more aware of its sadness than before.

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I do now see a few shortcomings too, though. Pat and Judy Plum, an I just reread this, probably for the first time since being a teenager, or at least in my early 20s. Pat and Judy Plum, and perhaps Jingle, are the only fleshed-out characters in the book. We are told that all of Pat's family is precious to her, but they seem a little shadowy as people.

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I realized that I went half the book without any clear idea of whether Pat's brother Joe was a small boy or a strapping teen. Even Bets, Pat's very best friend, has hardly any dialogue and seems no more than a beautiful wraith. This book does beautifully capture the warmth of a happy home.


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And the nostalgia level is strong, for better or worse. This makes sense when you add in some context from L. Montgomery's own life. The Pat books were written later in her life, when she was caring for a mentally ill husband and trying to do the best she could as a minister's wife, far from her beloved PEI. I think that she felt like a shadow of her former self, and these later books were an outlet for her terrible homesickness. The tragedy of L. Montgomery's life is that she didn't get the secure and stable home that most of her heroines end up with.

Perhaps this is why she writes so poignantly about, what was for her, the unattainable. Apr 01, Kelsey Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: postclassics. It took me about a quarter of this book to really get into it, because at first I didn't particularly care for Judy Plum, Pat herself wasn't very interesting, and the rest of the family seemed to be glossed over.

The main interesting part of the narrative was Judy Plum's stories, but I wasn't sure how much I cared for them. But as soon as Hilary Gordon, "Jingle," entered the book, I fell in love with it just like the rest of Montgomery's novels.

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He made Pat into a real and interesting person, an It took me about a quarter of this book to really get into it, because at first I didn't particularly care for Judy Plum, Pat herself wasn't very interesting, and the rest of the family seemed to be glossed over. He made Pat into a real and interesting person, and he himself was complex and intriguing. Pat's love for her house, Silver Bush, seemed unrealistic to me when she was little, but as she grew, I could understand it and sympathize with it more and more.

And now I love Silver Bush fiercely just like Pat did. I enjoyed how Montgomery told the story of a whole family, including both parents and plenty of siblingsso different from Anne, Emily, and Jane. I enjoyed how Pat was her own unique person, but somehow she didn't seem as strongly developed as Anne and Emily I loved her physical descriptionlike an autumn chrysanthemum with an imperfect, but distinctive beauty. As always, Montgomery wrote with strong sensory detail. And as I read farther, all the characters, major and minor, became so interesting and alive.

This was a beautiful book to read on my way to Prince Edward Island! Oct 30, Paula Vince rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adults-fiction , historical-fiction , childrens-books , classics , the-roaring-twenties. I've chosen this as my Children's Classic in the Back to the Classics Challenge, and I'm lucky enough to own a very old edition, although I've no idea where it originally came from. But the publication date is , and since the story was first published in , it must be one of the earliest versions possible.

Maybe my mum had it when she was a girl. It's a delight to read something so old. If you're a fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery, you'd have to be living under a rock not to know that seve I've chosen this as my Children's Classic in the Back to the Classics Challenge, and I'm lucky enough to own a very old edition, although I've no idea where it originally came from.

If you're a fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery, you'd have to be living under a rock not to know that several readers throughout the decades have called Pat Gardiner her worst heroine, but to me she's the best! While favourites like Anne and Emily are easy to admire but pretty unreachable, Pat is the sort of girl anyone can aspire to be.

She doesn't have their same drive to excel, but her special talent is simply the ability to love things and people extra hard, including her family home Silver Bush.

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Other than that she's quite content to be ordinary, with just a few close friends, average intelligence and no burning ambition. To me, that makes her a breath of fresh air in a world of self-promotion. No Montgomery heroine can escape their own brand of intensity though, and it's the nature of Pat's that make detractors call her silly. She loves things so hard that she can't bear change of any sort, from the chopping down of trees, to people leaving the family nest, to her dad shaving off his moustache. We can guess from the start that she'll be in for one letdown after another, since change is inevitable.

The episodes are structured in such a way that one looming change after another threatens Pat's security, until they're either diverted or prove to be not so bad. Except for the few that are heartbreaking. In our era of mental health awareness, it strikes me that this is Pat's form of anxiety, which can manifest in many shapes. So twenty-first century readers who call her nasty names may be missing the point, or lacking in sympathy. Pat is also the only LMM heroine to live in a reasonably stable traditional family, with both parents and several brothers and sisters.

Some family members come across a bit shadowy at times, but that's fine. I'm not concerned with Winnie and Joe, the eldest sister and brother, not having a bigger presence on the pages. My older sister and brother floated around the periphery of my life too, which didn't mean I loved them any the less.

I listened to their doings, but they never impacted my personal story, which is where Pat is at with Joe and Winnie. Montgomery has made it clear that the two eldest siblings are living eventful lives of their own, but this is Pat's story. Sid, the brother next in age to her, gets more of a look-in, and the father, Long Alec seems like a decent chap. A story like this needs strong support characters though, and this one has two.

First is Judy Plum, the loving old Irish housekeeper who's been with the family since Dad was a small boy. She's a master storyteller who seems to know something juicy about everyone within a hundred mile radius. Her method of childcare would never be endorsed in any modern text books, as it includes stories of ghosts, murders and wicked fairy folk.

The kids all 'get' her though, and enjoy the thrills of her tales. Judy says, 'If ye can't be believing anything, what fun are ye going to get out of life? There's always someone with a sad or dysfunctional family background in LMM stories, and this one belongs to Pat's friend Jingle, aka Hilary Gordon, my favourite character. This boy is an absolute legend. In terms of supportive family members and opportunities for fun, he has nothing going for him.

His father is dead and his neglectful mother has dumped him with her brother-in-law, who's equally indifferent. But in terms of appreciation, beautiful heart and sheer good nature, he has everything going for him. He's one of literature's best geeks, who proves that a boy can be gentle and dreamy without sacrificing manliness and strength of character. And if somebody asks which Montgomery episode first springs to spring to mind from any series, I might even choose the occasion when his mother pays a flying visit to sort out his future, and he's thoroughly disillusioned.

It wouldn't be the same story at all without Hilary. The person who falls short for me is 'Mother. She's like a mousy person who creeps around the house without a strong identity. But I didn't like Mother after an episode where Pat was caught dancing around outside in the nude yeah, truly. The family devises a punishment which a loving mother should never have gone along with. You'll see if you read it.

From then on I saw her as not just a wimp but a cruel wimp, the worst sort.

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Even though we're supposed to think she was a wonderful mother, we are told told and not shown. I'm sorry, Lucy Maud Montgomery, but I hardly liked her any better than I liked Jingle's mother, who was a callous cow, but at least she was a cow with colour. On the whole, it's great to read a family story full of such magic. It's not the obvious magic of Harry Potter stories, but the sort of hidden, subtle, everyday magic that could fill any of our lives, such as psychic cats, subtle atmosphere changes, and the effect of ravishing beauty and great emotion, not to mention legends of kelpies, leprechauns and other fairy folk.

But most of all, how liberating to come across a heroine full of such enthusiasm for what others consider mundane work, who proves that running a household isn't demeaning but just another valid life option for people who genuinely appreciate the lifestyle. I loved seeing the usual ending scenario turned on its head. In many stories, a girl gets an opportunity to spread her wings, leave the family nest and meet the wide world head-on.

But it doesn't have to be that way if there's a better, humbler fit. Pat was nudged out of the nest to spread her wings grudgingly, but expands with joy when circumstances enable her to return home. And that makes me happy enough to give the story full marks. Jan 29, Tarissa rated it it was amazing. Another Montgomery book down! I apologize in advance for this lengthy review Most importantly, probably the first thing you should know, I believe, is that Pat loves things.

Specifically she loves Silver Bush and anything connected to it. She loves many things found in nature. She loves Another Montgomery book down! She loves people dearly. And cats. For a while, when I would read L.


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  • Mongtomery's books, it seemed like each heroine I read about turned out to be my new favorite from all her books first it was Anne that I fell in love with, then Emily, then Valancy, and most recently Jane — who at this moment still takes the cake. I cherished reading Pat's story, but this heroine didn't reel me in as some of the others have so easily done. However, I can imagine just as good as the best of them — Pat and Anne, for example.

    Might as well not accidentally make the same mistake. I'll try to keep out the spoilers, in case you haven't read the book yet. So here's my chapter-by-chapter notes I hope you find them just a little bit witty Maybe this is because Pat loves Judy so much. Judy appears to be the housekeeper at Silver Bush, I believe. Pat isn't an orphan, or anything like an orphan; so this is different. But Pat and I are certainly not on bosom friend level yet. And she's only 7 at the moment? As usual, Montgomery has infused quite the imagination into this little girl's brain.

    Even more now, I'm seeing that little Pat has a terrible penchant for cats it's ever-increasing. And at last, one of my favorite details so far It was a long, rather low house Pat called it the Long Lonely House. It hadn't been lived in for years. Pat always felt so sorry for it, especially in the 'dim' when the lights sprang up in all the other houses over the countryside.

    Hello, my Disappointed House. This girl's family tree has me out of sorts. It appears she has a full family, complete with a father and a mother, siblings, — and yet another sibling on the way. So, she's not orphaned, half-orphaned, or been sent away to live with strange relatives. Where are you, Montgomery that I know?

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    Chapter 4: Sunday's Child Still a little befuddled in finding that one extra spark from Montgomery. Chapter 6: What Price Weddings? I may have stumbled onto something. One sentence in particular contains dramatic and prophetic foreshadowing, perhaps? It remains to be seen. And an a different note, since I haven't mentioned it yet I truly do love Judy Plum and her amazing stories. And her Irish lilt. An orphan appears. Hopefully this is headed somewhere interesting. How I adore this line That lovely little dog has up and gone off somewhere I can't hardly stand the thought of it.

    And I'm not sure that even if I were to read the chapter a hundred times, I'd ever understand that twisted ending to the dilemma. Chapter Company Manners It's Christmas time now, and, oh, what a delightful what it is. Especially Jingle. How is it that I think that this is secretly a book about an orphan boy instead of his friend Pat?

    His story is what pulls at my heartstrings. You should just see our house. You haven't a veranda But we've got a graveyard,' said Pat triumphantly. Norma was a bit floored. She couldn't deny the graveyard. Chapter Elizabeth Happens I love it when new friends enter the picture. Don't you?

    Chapter The Rescue of Pepper No! Judy, don't tell me such things about Bets. I'll not hear of it. We are so sorry for our middle names because they are never used. We think they feel bad about it. It involves bathing — in moonlight, not water. Chapter Shores of Romance Oh! What an adventure Pat gets into now! Why, she's now turning 13? My, my. And she didn't even slap her relatives this time when they visited. Chapter Mock Sunshine I love this line I have my doubts. Chapter Ashes to Ashes Goodness, this is heart-breaking! My poor Jingle. For just as for Pat, he will always be Jingle to me — and by no other name can I call him.

    And no tree was ever cut in the grove of white birches behind the house. That would have been sacrilege. Occasionally one blew down in an autumn storm and was mourned by Pat until time turned it into a beautiful mossy log with ferns growing thickly all along it. Everybody at Silver Bush loved the birch grove, though to none of them did it mean what it meant to Pat. For her it lived. Loyal and loving, and overly sensitive to any perceived slight to her home.

    She believes nothing can ever take her away from Silver Bush and that love is something she is not suited for. Sid Gardiner : Pat's older brother, who marries Pat's hated childhood acquaintance May Binnie, to the consternation of his family. Rachel Gardiner called "Cuddles" and later "Rae" : Pat's youngest sister, who attends Queen's Academy to get a teacher's license, and continues to share Pat's room at Silver Bush until her marriage to Brook Hamilton.

    She and Pat are very close. Gardiner : The mother of all the Gardiner children. Her health steadily improves after an operation at the conclusion of the previous novel. Josiah Tillytuck : The family's new hired man, who fits right in at Silver Bush. He plays the fiddle and tells outrageous stories, much to the consternation of Judy Plum, though she holds him in enough affection to make him his favorite treats. David Kirk : A widower, older than Pat, who buys the Long House the former home of Pat's deceased best friend, Bets Wilcox and comes to live there with his sister Suzanne.

    He and Pat become close friends and she enjoys his company and conversation, to the point that they become engaged, but he ultimately breaks the engagement. She and Pat eventually become close friends. Hilary "Jingle" Gordon : Pat's childhood friend, who for the majority of the novel is studying architecture at college and overseas.

    He loves Pat but Pat insists she feels he is like a brother to her.