Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Story Girl
I have long thought about reading Lucy Maud Montgomery. Who wouldn't? After reading The Story Girl, I know fully well ( and probably knew before ) that I prefer L. M. Montgomery over Jane Austin....not sure why I'm comparing the two. Female Lit, I guess.
I started The Story Girl yesterday.
I finished it today.
Oddly enough, the charm of the story isn't in its plot. It's in its characters, and in the writing itself, which breathes ironic humor and fairy-tales by the descriptions of the wild flora, and even of The Story Girl's cat, Pat.
Nothing entirely amazing happens in the book....it's about what they do in the summer, the ridiculous things that happen, that misadventures that they have...yet the story is so charming! It's funny, and each character is well defined and beautifully written.
We have Felix, precocious and fat, but still irresistible (I just know he was a cute boy), and Cecily, ever the little saint, although a bit plain, at least next to Felicity...who is very vain and prides herself on her femininity and properness.
And there is of course Beverly King, the narrator and Felix's brother. Beverly, who seems to have a good temper and smart head on his shoulders, recounts their adventures, and the many times they got into trouble. The fear and fun they get from thinking about Peg Bowen, the Avonlea Witch.....and I, like the children of the story, know she is not a witch...but I guess that as far as the story goes I've always believed that she was. Oh, the life and the fantasy that Montgomery breathes into the stories! And the Story Girl herself...this isn't the shy and timid Sara Stanley from the Avonlea stories (don't get me wrong, love the TV series...) but a smart girl with a near-magic voice that brings stories to life as she tells them. A girl with a charming smile, a girl that walks up to a strange and asks him for money for the school library fund.
To which the gentleman replies: "And why would I want to do that?"
The Story Girl, smiling, says: "Because a lady asks you."
A lovely answer.
I loved this book...and it is Honorary July Book of the Month. I know I took forever to finally pick a June one...so this will just be a July one and I'll have two. :D So this is the first July Book of the Month.
My only problem is that the copy I have is cheap and printed by a cheap publishing company. The pages are all falling out....I had to keep pushing a stack back in.....and it had several typos.
I want to order myself a better copy. :D
FIVE GOLDEN LUCKY STARS!!!!!!!!
Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of my new favorite authors. Right up there with Tolkien and Lewis. Can't wait to read more!