Book Review: Anne of Windy Poplars

25 July 2010

This review has taken way too long to get posted on my blog.  I kept putting it off when I found other "better" or "more important" things to post about, like my abortion post. Very important, but still - I promised to review the whole Anne of Green Gables series, and I intend to keep my word.

Anne of Windy Poplars
By L.M. Montgomery

Anne, now engaged to Gilbert Blythe, is about to take on a huge undertaking. As the new principle of Summerside High School, she must face the unruly Pringles and their unyielding parents. The Pringles are the "royal family" of Summerside, and they rule practically everything in the town. When the Pringles decide that they don't want Anne as the principle, that's that. And it's up to Anne to change their minds.

But the Pringles aren't the only people whom Anne meets in Summerside. Sarcastic Miss Brooke, fatherless little Elizabeth Grayson, and many other characters play a part in this epistolary* Anne novel.

*Epistolary - A novel written as a series of documents through letter writing, diary entries, and newspaper clippings.

In this book, I found Anne to be amazingly forgiving, more so then myself. When she invites prickly and sarcastic Miss Brooke home to Green Gables, I almost fell out of my chair! Really? What, are you trying to ruin your vacation, Anne? I guess I need to learn to be more forgiving! 

Another thing about this book: as previously said, it is an epistolary - a novel written as a series of documents through letter writing, diary entries, newspaper clippings, etc. Half of the book is Anne's letters to Gilbert, describing the Pringles and other characters she encounters.

The thing I found rather confusing about this book is the fact that Anne met and made friends with several new characters that you only read about for one or two chapters, and then you never hear of them again. I found it hard to wrap my brain around this at times, because all of the extra characters got a bit...  confusing. There were a few characters, like Miss Brooke, Jen Pringle, and little Elizabeth, who Anne mentions in the later books of the series. 

There are, though, many comical parts in this book that made me want to laugh out loud. I will not say it here, so as not to ruin the experience for those who have not read the book, but to all who have, you know what I mean!

And there you have it! Anne of Windy Poplars, though not my favorite book in the series, is still quite a delightful read.


"Gilbert darling, don't let's ever be afraid of things. It's such dreadful slavery. Let's be daring and adventurous and expectant. Let's dance to meet life and all it can bring to us, even if it brings scads of trouble and typhoid and twins!" ~ Anne of Windy Poplars

1 epistles:

  1. Nice post. And I also like your theming. I'm a Wordpress guy myself so I think you've done as good as can be with Blogspot.

    I saw an interesting idea for a new Anne movie on twitter. - Anne of Green Gables: Revenge of the Pringles :)

    I grew up 45 minutes west of Summerside and I really impressed by how Montgomery captures the small town social dynamics and characters.

    There are lots of Pringles out there but Matthew's and Marilla's too.

    I'm fine with characters only sticking around for a few chapters. For me, it makes the novel less formalistic.


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