Now I do know and realise that I am probably going to be seriously offending and angering some if not even rather many readers and likely alsothan a number of Goodreads friends when I state that I absolutely and utterly despise L.M Montgomery s Rilla of Ingleside and indeed quite with every fibre of my being For while, yes indeed, I do well know and realise that the novel was written not only about WWI but also basically immediately post WWI and that it is and should therefore be considered an object a piece of fiction of its time with its blatant anti German sentiment and ultra nationalism, as a person of German background who has for one often been bullied and harassed because of her ethnicity and who has for two also read a goodly number of both British and German WWI novels that while definitely overly nationalistic were are still not only and simply diatribes of ethnic and cultural intolerance, I really and truly emotionally, personally cannot in any way stand and accept in particular the bigotry and racism against anything even remotely German shown and presented in Rilla of Ingleside by the Blythe Family housekeeper Susan Baker and actually eventhat there is NEVER really ANY type of actual criticism of Susan Baker and her radical hatreds by the author, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, which sadly and frustratingly does make me think that the former, that Susan Baker as a character is likely very much a mirror image of L.M Montgomery and her own perceptions and attitudes And sorry, but actually no, I guess I am not really all that sorry and do stand by my attitude of anger but whenever I do read or try to read Rilla of Ingleside, although the novel is definitely emotionally charged, well written and yes definitely tugs at one s heart especially with regard to Walter Blythe s death in combat and how this affects everyone, emotionally and very much personally, I indeed consider Rilla of Ingleside in many ways, in most ways quite as racist and as nastily intolerant as Montgomery s anti Native Canadian short story, as her anti First Nations ranting tirade of Tannis of the Flats which is one of the only L.M Montgomery pieces of short fiction that I have ever absolutely and viscerally hated and which I also generally skip when rereading the author s Further Chronicles of Avonlea And finally, while I would NOT go so far as to not recommend Rilla of Ingleside, I do leave the I believe necessary caveat that in my humble opinion, the ber nationalistic tendencies of the novel and especially the casual acceptance of this by almost everyone, including the author, including L.M Montgomery herself do need to be discussed and indeed also condemned As honestly, especially Susan Baker, she uses throughout Rilla of Ingleside quite the SAME type of rhetoric against ALL Germans that the Nazis just a decade or so later were using against Jews, against Gypsies, basically against anyone not German, and I for one do find this both troubling and offensive especially since not only the majority of reviewers but sadly also far far too many academic analyses of Rilla of Ingleside seem either blissfully unaware of or would rather ignore and not consider this to be a potential and possible problem and issue So therefore, while I do from a stylistic point of view and departure and also I guess to a certain extent from a historic realism point of view both accept and even grudgingly commend L.M Montgomery for having with her Rilla of Ingleside penned a both sadly emotional and often beautiful story of love, loss and the home front, I still cannot and will not givethan one star to a novel that is basically full to the proverbial rim with vile hatred and nastiness towards and for me simply because of my ethnicity and background as a German, and especially since Rilla of Ingleside is or at least seems so universally loved and considered acceptable in every way but honestly and in my own and humble opinion, if or when those readers who absolutely adore Rilla of Ingleside were to peruse a German WWI account with even just some minor and slight vestiges of that same bigotry, nationalism and racial anger presented and featured, they wouldthan likely lift their heads and rightfully, with justification collectively howl in and with angry protest, even as Rilla of Ingleside and especially Susan Baker s uncritically and even by L.M Montgomery generally positively shown and depicted viciousness and angry outbursts against anything and anyone even remotely German seem totally alright to and for them. Rilla of Ingleside Anne of Green Gables 8 , L.M MontgomeryRilla of Ingleside 1921 is the eighth of nine books in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, but was the sixth Anne novel in publication order This book draws the focus back onto a single character, Anne and Gilbert s youngest daughter Bertha Marilla Rilla Blythe It has aserious tone, as it takes place during World War I and the three Blythe boys Jem, Walter, and Shirley, along with Rilla s sweetheart Ken Ford, and playmates Jerry Meredith and Carl Meredith, end up fighting in Europe with the Canadian Expeditionary Force 2012 1386 480 1388 1392 9789645361950 20 Sateenkaarinotkon Lapset Ovat Kasvaneet, Sodan Uhka On Ilmassa Ja Pian Pojat Joutuvatkin Rintamalle Yksi Toisensa J Lkeen Kotijoukkoja J Johtamaan Rilla, Josta On Varttunut Upea, Vahva Nuori Nainen Aivan Kuin Itins AnnaTapaamme Sateenkaarinotkosta Tutun Kotikunnaan V En Sodan Kynnyksell Rillan Veljet Ja Yst V T L Htev T Rintamalle Ja Tytt Itse Saa Hoidettavakseen Iditt M N Orpolapsen Seuraavat Vuodet Tuovat Rillalle Niin Ilon Kuin Kyyneltenkin Aiheita Turhamaisesta Villikosta Kasvaa Vastuuntuntoinen, Upea Nuori Nainen, Ilmiselv Sti Anna Itins Tyt R I have now read all eight books in the Anne of Green Gables series Eight books that were an absolute pleasure to read I like this one almost as much as the 1st one It s the story of Anne s daughter Rilla, but it is set with the backdrop of World War I which has a huge influence on Anne s family This story has aserious tone than the other books but it is a fitting conclusion to a wonderful story. Now, I loved Anne Don t get me wrong, but this book was on another whole level I ADORED It The heartbreak of ww1, the grown up Blythe family I just loved everything about it. This is probably my favorite of the Anne books I love watching Rilla mature into a young woman, and I think the romance betwen Rilla and Ken Ford is one of the best in kidlit. Before this war is over, he said or something said through his lips every man and woman and child in Canada will feel it you, Mary, will feel it feel it to your heart s core You will weep tears of blood over it The Piper has come and he will pipe until every corner of the world has heard his awful and irresistible music It will be years before the dance of death is over years, Mary And in those years millions of hearts will break At first, everyone isconcerned with local gossip than the fact that some Archduke Ferdinand or other has been assassinated in a place called Sarajevo, but soon the affairs of the world have intruded into the quiet, peaceful village of Glen St Mary England declared war on Germany today, said Jack Elliot slowly The news came by wire just as I left town And before longThey are calling for volunteers in town, father, said Jem Scores have joined up already I m going in tonight to enlist Anne can do little but watch as her oldest son goes to war I am determined that I will send my boy off tomorrow with a smile He shall not carry away with him the remembrance of a weak mother who had not the courage to send when he had the courage to go And, so the womenfolk put on their brave faces, and begin their busy vigil There are socks to knit, hastily arranged marriages to plan, and war babies to care for Rilla, Anne s youngest child, grows from a rather spoiled fifteen year old into a caring and responsible young woman Our sacrifice is greater than his, cried Rilla passionately Our boys give only themselves We give them Then Gilbert relates the devastating news that changes so many lives forever .I enjoyed this visit into Anne s world, though there is an incident of religious nutjobbery view spoiler A young boy drowns his kitten in the hopes that his sacrifice will make God bring Jem back home safely Shudder But, everyone in the novel seems to think it s a touching gesture hide spoiler I started reading the Anne of Green Gables series for the first time in late 2016 Slowly, but surely, I made my way through I liked some of the books and loved others, but none of them ever quite match the first book, which remained my favorite of them all Then, along came Rilla I knew from certain Goodreads friends that it was different from the rest of the books because it s focus is on Anne s daughter rather than Anne herself What I didn t realize was how very emotional it would be in a good way, actually , because, as the book begins, they are approaching the beginning of WWI The Great War In all the previous Anne books, I discovered that there was literally ALWAYS one thing in every book sad enough to make me cry, and I had to learn to brace for it List of some spoilery sad things, just because view spoiler Matthew dying, Anne sitting at Ruby Gillis bedside and talking about heaven with her as she was dying of consumption, that poor little boy of whom Anne and her friend took a picture and he later died his dying words to his father were what got me Wah , Anne s first baby dying, Captain Jim dying, etc, etc hide spoiler This is the final book of the Anne series, and deals with the lives of her children While it s wonderful to see characters evolve into adulthood and have a next generation come to life, the real strength of this book is it s window into the homeland society of rural Maritime Canada during the first World War It s one of few documentations even if the characters are fictional of what women were doing at home during the war, and this setting breathes new life into the end of the series The setting also allows Montgomery to challenge readers with darker elements that are often present but less overt in other books Rilla, Anne s youngest daughter, is a wonderful, spirited character and one of my favorites In general, Montgomery s work is constantly under estimated, and the way the books are marketed doesn t help the flowery script, the swoony illustrations There are many layers at work in her stories, and some pioneering feminist concepts tucked in between the deep appreciation of nature, the commentary on the stuffy contemporary society of her day, and the delightful, well drawn characters. This is the book that finally severed my relationship with Kevin Sullivan When Anne of Green Gables The Continuing Story premiered in the early 2000s, I was shocked to discover that Anne and Gilbert were suddenly time warped to WWI That s wrong On so many levels.WWI wasn t Anne s war, it was Rilla s, and Ken s, and Walter s, and that damn dog who turns me into a gushy mess every freaking time I read the last chapter Rilla the youngest child of Anne and Gilbert is fifteen see what I mean about the time warp and desperately in love with the boy next door When the world around her crashes and she s forced to grow up quickly, her journey is just as enjoyable as her mother s was in the first three books The difference is, this is a mature kind of love Though I devoured the entire series as a seven year old,Rilla of Inglesideis the one that I ve worn through with repeated readings as an adult Simply put, it s perfection.The fact that Kevin Sullivan clearly ignored the fact that this book was written at all is frustrating and, to a reader who considers this book one of the reasons she became a romance writer, downright cruel.
Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov 30, 1874 She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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