Emily of New Moon

Emily of New Moon

Large Print - 1980
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Publisher: Anstey, [England] : Thorpe, 1980
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780708904015
0708904017
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Montg 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 594 p. ;,23 cm. --

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VaughanPLDonnalee Dec 18, 2019

I love all of L.M. Montgomery's books because of her humour and her insight and observations of human nature. I love the Emily series just as much as the Anne books. Emily is similar to Anne, but she is very focused and determined to become a writer. Emily's ambitions make her distinct and I love the parts of the story where she is writing it herself. The Emily books are full of many wonderful characters. Like Anne, Emily is an orphan, but she is surrounded by a large family and these books show how complicated family relationships can be. New Moon sounds like such a lovely place! I particularly love the school scenes in this book, with the awful Miss Brownell. So funny! This books are clearly written in the past, but Emily is still as vibrant and vivacious as ever. A highly recommended book, the first in a trilogy.

JCLHebahA Nov 19, 2018

I know quite a few people who like Emily better than Montgomery's more famous orphan Anne, but I think this was a case of wrong book, wrong time for me because it was a bit of a slog. Slang phrases that I would otherwise have glossed over as period appropriate threw me out of the story, and while I can appreciate things like Emily's writing being a core tenet of who she was, I just didn't connect with her the way I did Anne, probably because I've had 20 more years of rereading and revisiting Green Gables.

JCLBetM Aug 27, 2018

I read the Anne of Green Gables series before I read the Emily trilogy, but though I dearly love Anne, I feel the strongest bond to Emily — probably because her drive/struggle to be a writer is more of a central theme in her story. In a conversation with her favourite teacher, after he’s looked over some of her writing, he tells Emily:

"If it’s in you to climb you must — there are those who must lift their eyes to the hills — they can’t breathe properly in the valleys. God help them if there’s some weakness in them that prevents their climbing."

Anyone else reminded of Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet?

Emily also talks about a recurring moment that she has, which she calls “the flash,” that I’ve experienced myself.

"It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and herself hung only a thin curtain; she could never draw the curtain aside — but sometimes, just for a moment, a wind fluttered it and then it was as if she caught a glimpse…And always when the flash came to her Emily felt that life was a wonderful, mysterious thing of persistent beauty."

If you love Anne, you'll love Emily, too. And if Anne wasn't quite your cup of tea, give Emily a try anyway.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2017

This exciting story of Emily is another one of Montgomery’s fine works. It tells the tale of Emily Starr, whose father dies of illness and she is handed to her mother’s family of proud Murrays. Here she struggles with Aunt Elizabeth’s strict ways and the interesting characters of New Moon and beyond. She is loved by everyone despite her small scrapes in the world, especially by her Aunt Laura and Cousin Jimmy. This tale also highlights Emily’s love of writing her memoirs and stories through her “Jimmy books” as well as letters to her late father and mother that make the story flow nicely. I love how this story starts with Emily being extremely close to her father and when she arrives at New Moon she becomes a proud Murray herself and grows attached to her maternal family as well. I personally enjoyed this series as equally as I did Anne’s! Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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themonkeygirl
Jul 26, 2017

I love everything L.M. Montgomery has written and this is just one of many! All her characters including Anne, Pat and Emily bring something different and unique. The Story Girl and her short story collections are all truly amazing! She is one of the best female writers!

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Booksss14
Jul 26, 2017

Not as good as Anne of Green Gables. It has some very dark and sad themes that run throughout making it a much more serious book and lots more scenes that tug at the heart and make me cry. Yes, I cried. Several times. A lot of this series is just waiting. Waiting forever, it seems like, for Emily and Teddy just to get together. If you are generally a patient person, then you'll probably enjoy this trilogy. Still good, despite the sad themes and all the waiting.

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Agent_798
Dec 24, 2015

I love this book!!! It really shows the importance of family and friends. In my opinion the book is much better than the movie and if I had to choose one I would choose the book in a heartbeat.

Kereesa Nov 28, 2015

Better than Anne-I devoured this in less than two days!

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 25, 2015

Even though it's not as popular as the Anne of Green Gables series, it's just as good, maybe even better!

jhoerger Jul 28, 2014

I decided to read Emily of New Moon after getting the tv series. I thought that the book was great and very interesting. L. M. Montgomery has such a picturesque way of writing that captures her audience's attention!

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"I asked Aunt Elizabeth if she ever wished that she was beautiful. Then she seemed annoyed about something."

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