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  1. says:

    So if the entire truth is to be told while I certainly and most definitely had been very much looking forward to reading Elizabeth Hillman Waterston's Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery I also tend to find that this book really does leave me majorly conflicted with regard of how I should ultimately be ranking Waterston's text what her interpretations and analyses should be considered with regard to both my personal reading pleasure and my attitudes towards both LM Montgomery as an author and towards Elizabeth Hillman Waterston as her or rather as one of LM Montgomery's literary interpreters For yes I do indeed and fully realise that Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery is appreciatively wide ranging in so far that Elizabeth Hillman Waterston analyses and interprets ALL of LM Montgomery's novels and both Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea unlike rather too many both recent and not so recent literary criticism books on LM Montgomery that basically and usually concentrate much too heavily on the Anne of Green Gables and sometimes on the Emily of New Moon series And yes I also have very delightfully enjoyed how in Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery Waterston tries to find and to present to us readers that which has made LM Montgomery so successfully click for many of us and indeed often to the point of her of LM Montgomery being declared a personal and sometimes even the favourite classic Canadian children's author and indeed that this uality is generally the successful combination in LM Montgomery's prose of realism and of a dream like fantasy world all imbued with and graced by delicious wit and irony and sometimes even laugh out loud funny instances of humour a multi faceted and multilayered reading experience that I have both loved and appreciated ever since I read my first LM Montgomery novels ever since I read Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon as a teenager But conversely I have always and even with me considering LM Montgomery a favourite author NEVER ONCE thought or considered that either LM Montgomery's prose or even LM Montgomery as a person should be deemed as perfection and as beyond any and all criticism and there certainly are thus also uite a number of LM Montgomery novels I which indeed have ranked with two and sometimes even with one star with many of my issues regarding these specific stories being textual and in my opinion generally even authorially supported and condoned instances of racial and cultural intolerance and bigotry and as prime examples I will list two of my least favourite LM Montgomery novels Rilla of Ingleside and Kilmeny of the Orchard And sadly with Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery while I have indeed generally enjoyed how Elizabeth Hillman Waterston demonstrates LM Montgomery being able to create with her writing and with her writing style such wonderful reading magic I do admit that it really does bother me both emotionally and academically intellectually that in Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery Waterston really never once seems to even consider the blatant and often consistent anti French Canadian and anti First Nations sentiments often inhabiting the pages of Montgomery's fiction and yes that neither the viciously vile anti German hatred of Blythe Family housekeeper Susan Baker in Rilla of Ingleside or the horrid attitude in Kilmeny of the Orchard that main antagonist Neil Gordon must due to his Italian birth automatically be a dangerous and problematic individual simply due his ethnicity and his bad blood are ever even cursively touched upon by Elizabeth Hillman Waterston in her text in Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery And sorry for a literary criticism book published in 2009 this lack and omission they are in my opinion rather unacceptable which is why and with careful thought I am indeed now only able rank Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery with two stars because I absolutely cannot consider it even remotely acceptable that Elizabeth Waterston really seems to be wearing proverbially rose coloured glasses with regard to LM Montgomery's fiction also containing and indeed rather often so cultural and ethnic stereotypes and some real and very uncomfortable scenarios of deeply held hatreds and bigotries

  2. says:

    I felt like this was a little thin Ultimately each book only got 4 5 pages of analysis and some of the analysis wasn't particularly interesting Not to mention there were a few factual mistakes that bugged But I especially disliked how nearly the entire section on Emily Climbs which to me is one of Montgomery's most intriguing books was devoted to a farfetched explication of character names Ince is an anagram for nice? That's all there is to say?? Kind of a disappointment

  3. says:

    Exerpted from my review of Magic Island and The Gift of Wings Elizabeth Waterston and Mary Rubio Dual Book Review Children’s Literature 38 Spring 2010 254 259Elizabeth Waterston’s Magic Island was conceived as the first critical study to reinterpret Montgomery’s writing in light of Rubio’s important discoveries about Montgomery’s life such as “details about her law cases her difficulties with literary critics the nature of her husband’s mental problems and the effects of her own pharmaceutical regime” Waterston 7 Waterston relies on these new revelations about “self censored events and feelings though unauthorized by Montgomery and omitted from her journals” in order to “ illuminate some half hidden themes in the novels” 7 Thus Waterston’s book has many interesting intersections with Rubio’s biographyWaterston describes herself as setting out “to re examine the novels with every insight offered by contemporary understanding of her life Each chapter focuses on one of her creations in the light of new reflections on her experience her times her reading and her professional intentions The Montgomery fictions beside their obvious appeal illustrate the devious paths of the creative mind” 7 In other words Magic Island tackles the daunting task of synthesizing and condensing Montgomery’s biography roughly forty years of scholarship on her fiction and over a century’s worth of developments in medical legal and psychological studies The scope of the book is staggering—not only in its approach but in the subjects it includes It covers the whole seuence of Montgomery’s novels from Anne of Green Gables in 1908 to Anne of Ingleside in 1938 Waterston analyzes twenty two books—twenty novels and two collections of short fiction Magic Island is an excellent tool for orienting academic readers new to Montgomery criticism; however it may also appeal to a general or popular audience as Waterston consistently encourages appreciation of Montgomery’s achievements She writes “Montgomery’s work survives all interpretations” 8—no amount of analysis can destroy the great reading pleasure her novels offerAt moments Magic Island succumbs to the temptation of offering too extensive plot summaries of the novels; yet these can be useful for readers who may be familiar with Montgomery’s Anne and Emily series but not with Kilmeny of the Orchard 1910 The Blue Castle 1926 or Magic for Marigold 1929 Although the lesser known titles may not represent the best of the Montgomery catalogue the chapters devoted to them give Waterston an opportunity to contribute her most compelling and original readings Her unpacking of one of Montgomery’s “adult novels” A Tangled Web 1931 is particularly fine in integrating narrative details with new biographical information about Montgomery Waterston demonstrates how this forgotten novel which centers on numerous characters’ struggles for possession of a beloved family heirloom jug originates in different threads from the “tangled web” of Montgomery’s own life she finds the source of the comedy in the old “Woolner jug” that Montgomery inherited from her grandmother while the story’s darker tones of thievery and malice come from the “entry of criminality into Montgomery’s consciousness” as she sat in a Toronto courtroom with her friend and cousin Mary Campbell whose son was in trouble with the law 167 An attractive feature of both Magic Island and Lucy Maud Montgomery is the respective volumes’ use of visual material The latter tells its story through text and image alike and contains previously unreproduced photographs including many of Montgomery who fashioned an identity for herself in terms of appearance as well as in her journals Rubio also includes photographs of individuals important in Montgomery’s life family members friends and maids alongside snapshots of travel destinations and of the author’s houses which seems fitting for a writer whose work relies so much on landscape Waterston too relies on illustrations Each chapter of Magic Island begins with an image related to the book under discussion such as a photograph of the front cover of the first edition or a still from a film adaptation It proves fascinating to chart the depictions of Montgomery’s heroines as they transition from “Gibson Girls” to art nouveau sirens to 1970s “earth mothers” Since Montgomery’s novels have enduring appeal and have never been out of print the changing marketing strategies for new generations of audiences prove compelling It is a shame though that the images are only black and white not in color

  4. says:

    This book is like a companion reader to LM Montgomery's works with interesting anecdotal info about each book she wrote I would say this book is not for those who only love Anne of Green Gables you would have to be a true fan of all her works to really get the most out of this book

  5. says:

    I was so excited to read this book because I thought it would be a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery as compared to the books she wroteie what was going on in her life when she wrote the first Anne and so on Well it sort of wasand sort of wasn't A few events from her life were mentioned But not very many life events per chapter and some of them were really confusing with mixed up dates and times And the language used to talk aboutde constructanalyze Maud and her books was so high blown and literary criticism like that it made it hard to read and not very enjoyable I also didn't like some of the very thin inferences and conclusions the author drew in assuming such and such event in the book was based on a certain person or thing in Maud's life Also there were some very basic mistakes that drove me crazy The people writing these types of books are experts on Maud and her work supposedly and yet there are mistakes like Davy and Daisy on page 27 when talking about the twins Marilla adopted Davy and DORA In the chapter on Magic for Marigold page 159 the author states that the final chapter in Marigold had Marigold's friend Budge betray Marigold's trust by telling Marigold's Sylvia secret to his friend Tadwhen that in fact NEVER HAPPENED Marigold even makes a point of asking Budge if he had told Tad her secret and Budge repliesOf course not That's YOUR secret Budge Since I had just barely finished reading Magic for Marigold I was sure that had not happened and grabbed the book to look it up I don't understand why something basic like this that is totally opposite of what happened in the book and contrary to the author of Magic Island's point could be such a mistakeDon't get me wrong I am glad this book was written I absolutely love reading about my favorite authors and their lives and the lovely works they've created But it was not an easy read and at most points through this book I felt like it was a struggle to finish it

  6. says:

    HmmmI have mixed feelings about this book It's set up with a chapter for each novel that LM Montgomery wrote in their original publication order With that in mind I do think you'll enjoy it if you're familiar with all or most of Montgomery's novels as opposed to just Anne of Green Gables like many people areWhat I liked about the book1 The structure I've always known that two of the eight Anne books were written at a much later date but it was interesting to get details behind that decision and to see how the various novels came together at the different times they did2 I enjoyed reading about how Montgomery's life intersected her novels I had a basic knowledge of her life story but this helped fill in the blanks and drew some interesting comparisons between her life and her novelsWhat I didn't like about the book1 Some of the above mentioned comparisons were uite a stretch I mean I get it the woman's not alive to ask so you have to make educated guesses But sometimes it felt like every little detail for her novels was brought out for inspection and shoehorned into some corresponding event from her life It just felt forced2 Along those same lines was the author's obsession with names Some of them I could understand The author highlighted how Montgomery often used the names of friends and acuaintances in her novels But then there was her theory that Di an a and Mary Va an ce both have Anne's name hidden inside of their own names and that's super significant Or her theory that Emily from Emily of New Moon et al when shortened becomes Em which stands for M as in Montgomery's initials M M Maud Montgomery Or her comment about how much the name Ann Cyrilla a minor character in the Emily books sounds like Anne Shirley Really? And that's significant why?Overall it was an enjoyable read especially for an LM Montgomery aficionado like myself But the author was just a little too everything means something for me to give it than 3 stars

  7. says:

    Well this was kinda interesting but not super compelling It went through each of Montgomery's books in chronological order and tied them to events in her life but it seemed like you really needed to have read the book The Gift Of Wings which was a biography of Montgomery to get it I didn't realize this was a companion book and I felt like I was missing the bigger conversation this is taking place next to I didn't necessarily agree with some of the author's conclusions I happen to love Rilla of Ingleside and I felt like she left out some glaring areas of criticism not addressing the BLATANT racism at the end of Tangled Web??? Not even to put it in historical context? or the racism towards French Canadians throughout the books? It felt a little like individual college papers instead of a cohesive book It did give me some new insights though into some favorite books and made me want to reread some of the neglected Montgomery works in my collection maybe this will give me a better appreciation of Emily or Pat of Silver Bush? Still if you're not a hard core LMM fan though you should probably skip it it won't make you love the books and it definitely assumes you know what happens in each book

  8. says:

    This was a fine tour of L M Montgomery's work but it didn't always appreciate it's scope Waterston worked through all the main themes but there were depths she couldn't reach given the format I do wish she had spent less time speculating on the subconscious significance of names to think deeply about what actually happens in each book Even I would have loved if she had talked about how the books were received in than passing references

  9. says:

    This really is a reader's guide and a good one Each chapter discusses a different Montgomery book all of them instead of just the well known ones and goes chronologically Waterston a well known LMM scholar shows the connections between Montgomery's internal island her personal life her professional career and the characters in her novels

  10. says:

    The strength of this book beyond general literary analysis is in presenting LM Montgomery’s books in the order in which she wrote them in light of events in her life and her moods according to her journals and letters This yields insight into how her personal life affected her focus and plots which is rare to have for most authors The book points out the motif of island threaded through her works as an idyllic setting that Montgomery escaped to from her troubled life and shows how that tarnishes somewhat as the author becomes overwhelmed by her troubles later in life Fascinating background and analysis for readers of Montgomery's novels

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Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery [PDF / EPUB] Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery LMMontgomery grew up in Prince Edward Island a real place of politics and potatoes But it's her fictional island a richly textured imaginative landscape that has captivated a world of readers since 19 LMMontgomery grew up in Prince Edward Island The Fictions PDF ↠ a real place of politics and potatoes But it's her fictional island a richly textured imaginative landscape that has captivated a world of readers since when Anne of Green Gables became the first of Montgomery's long string of bestsellersIn this wide ranging and highly readable book Elizabeth Waterston uses the term magic to suggest that peculiar indefinable combination of attributes that unpredictably results in creative genius Montgomery's intelligence her drive and her sense of humour are essential components of this success Waterston also Magic Island Epub / features what Montgomery called her dream life a strange inner life of fancy which had always existed side by side with my outer life This special ability to look beyond the veil to access vibrant inner vistas produced deceptively layered fictions out of a life that saw not just its share of both fame and ill fortune but also what Waterston calls dark passionsA true reader's guide Magic Island explores the world of LM Montgomery in a way never done before Each chapter of Magic Island discusses a different Montgomery book following Island The Fictions PDF ✓ their progression chronologically Waterston draws parallels between Montgomery's internal island her personal life her professional career and the characters in her novels Designed to be read alongside the new biography of Montgomery by Mary Rubio this is the first book to reinterpret Montgomery's writing in light of important new information about her life A must read for any Montgomery fan Magic Island offers a fresh and insightful look at the world of LM Montgomery and the magic of artistic creation.

  • Hardcover
  • 248 pages
  • Magic Island The Fictions of LM Montgomery
  • Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
  • English
  • 03 August 2016
  • 9780195430035