Anne of Windy Poplars

Anne of Windy Poplars

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Anne Shirley has left college behind to begin a new job. Now she faces a new challenge, the Pringles. Known as the royal family of Summerside, they quickly let Anne know that she is not the person they ahd wanted as principal of Summerside High School.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Bantam Books, 1988, c1936.
ISBN: 9780553213164
Branch Call Number: YA Mont
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 18 cm.


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Dec 18, 2020

I can certainly see why this is everyone's least favorite entry in the Anne of Green Gables series. It has the same vibe of the previous three, but the stop and start vignette nature of the stories and the epistolary format hampers the experience somewhat. None of the affectionate parts of the letters are included (they are all written to her fiance) which is good and bad. Readers have been waiting so long for Anne and Gilbert to get together, yet they are still denied seeing how they truly feel about each other. On the plus side, it might have been sappy and repetitive had it been included. This is not to say that this installment wasn't an enjoyable read. I had a good time with it- the stories were uplifting and the characters were quirky and interesting. Almost every segment ended well- with a couple getting together, families reunited, or ornery folks getting smoothed down and changed for the better by Anne. It still feels like the same cozy mug of hot cocoa that readers would expect from LM Montgomery at this point, even if it felt a little like the script for episodes of a feel-good TV show. I enjoyed my time with Anne in Windy Poplars, even though this wasn't my favorite book in the series so far. I can't wait for the next!

ArapahoeKati May 11, 2020

My least favorite of the series. I really dislike Anne's letters to Gilbert and I thought the whole book read more like a bunch of short sketches with random characters, so I never quite formed a connection with any of them. Disappointing, and it doesn't quite seem like L.M. Montgomery was as invested in this (it's the fourth book in the series but the seventh one published). If you're seen the 1980's Canadian series, you'll see a lot of familiar characters and funny moments are pulled from this book.

bibliosara Jul 14, 2019

Anne has accepted a position as principal of Summerside High School. She finds herself challenged by a family that dislikes her intrusion, as well as a trio of quirky women whom she board with, and by some particularly difficult pupils. As she matures into a young woman of character and experience, we follow along her adventures – which remain charming and ring with Anne's unique brand of humor and optimism. A wonderful addition to the series that helps us to more fully understand Anne's character as an emerging adult.

Apr 05, 2019

Great book!

Aug 14, 2018

Less romance than I thought there would be but otherwise a great book. I was quite disappointed because Anne and Gilbert don't get married in this book. After all, it did take quite some time for Anne to realize she loves Gilbert. Again, great book but my favorite is the first book. I always find that the first book is always the best because you don't know what to expect in the next books to come. I recommend it.

May 24, 2018

Anne of Windy Poplars, also known as Anne of Windy Willows, is the fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. After her engagement to Gilbert Blythe, Anne is now a boarder at the seemingly pleasant Windy Poplars, Spook’s Lane, Summerside… yet all the difficulties Anne faces through the story is astonishing and heavy. However, through all the noise and bustle and hysterics of the people, there are few little messengers like angels on earth: “Little” Elizabeth Grayson with her severely repressed dreams and fancies… Teddy Armstrong with his dog in the sunlit woods… And the way Anne keeps her own ideals, personality, dreams, and spirit through the crushing influence of a sudden change in surroundings—the way she uses her bright spirit to illuminate others’ lives—is also clearly something for the reader to learn about. Anne of Windy Poplars whirls through a dizzying variety of characters, touching upon many aspects of humans, emphasizing the purity and beauty of a child’s nature, and displays a whole new set of dreams and outlooks on life. Through its luminous warmth and skillful twists, this novel is sure to depict delightfully a prettily spread period of three years of Anne’s life at Windy Poplars. “Nobody is never too old to dream. And dreams never grow old.”
- @StarRead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 24, 2018

This is my least favorite book out of the Anne Series. I read this in a day due do the fact that there was nothing to sink in or something I wished I could read again, like a special moment. I think the author wrote this book to let the three years go bye so she can write about Annes romance with Gilbert. I was disappointed when the letters were omitted because I would have loved the read about there romance. Needless to say, this book was not needed in the series but appreciated:)

Jun 23, 2017

Anne of Windey Poplars was not as Romantic as I expected it to be. I hoped there would be more scenes with Gilbert and more discription about events in Avonlea (the twins, Mrs. Lynde and Marilla, Diana and Fred). Other wise the book was great and I definatly reccomend it!

A welcome (personal) change from the soap-opera-trainwreck of Anne of the Island, Anne Shirley is then comfortably set up in a house on Spook's Lane, Windy Poplars. There she navigates many a turmoil and fracas, and comforts many the distraught personage: which would have the tendency to turn it saccharine if there wasn't a good deal of ditzy airheads, grouchy curmudgeons, and cantankerous, chattery elders.

It is recorded in epistolary format, crossed with third-person. Anne's letters to Gilbert provide a loving testament to her effusive character, and her adorable prose--and that of Maud (there's something about her that makes one want to refer to her by a comfy name)--lights up the book. It is truly magical.

If one would wish to become nitpicky, it is saccharine and formulaic in the middle, and strange in reference to Lewis and Anne's peregrination--prior characters are almost totally omitted (tragically) but in all, it is a lovely, beautifully written, classic.

Oct 12, 2011

This is the fourth installment in the classic "Anne" series. It pictures a young-woman Anne during her three-year engagement to Gilbert Blythe (and we all knew that was coming). A good deal is taken up by Annes letters to loved ones (mostly for Gilbert, though the good parts are censored *sigh*). It is not quite as romantic as I expected, though it is still quite good, and if you want to understand the following installments fully, it is a good idea to read this one. Four starry grey eyes out of five.

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