Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Kilmeny of the Orchard by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge was in January, and therefore, ended, but I still want to get my thoughts posted on Kilmeny of the Orchard. Since Blue Castle was the pick for January's Reading to Know Classics Bookclub, it's the one I planned to read. I only had a PDF copy of it, though, and my eyes are in no condition to strain THAT much. The print was beyond tiny. So, hopefully, y'all will forgive me for changing my pick. :)
Despite my disappointment of not getting to read Blue Castle, I ended up loving Kilmeny of the Orchard. It was SO incredibly sappy and corny at times that I snickered a good bit. At one point, I had to stop reading for a minute in order to cease laughing. Still, I loved the fairy-tale(ish) quality of it. This is a very short book(a novella, really), so I was disappointed that it ends where it does. I wanted more!
Just like in The Story Girl, I was surprised that the main character is a guy. Kilmeny is obviously a big part of the book, but the main focus is on Eric. He goes the Prince Edward Island for a temporary teaching position, and meets Kilmeny in an orchard. She plays the violin beautifully, but she can't speak. As you would expect, they get to know more and more about each other.
One thing that annoyed me was the constant attention paid to Kilmeny's beauty. Different character within the story were worried about Eric "friending" Kilmeny due to the fact that she was mute. Once they met her, though, and saw her beauty, they immediately liked her, too. If she had been plain, I guess she'd have been out of luck! ;) Don't get me wrong! I do like for my characters to be beautiful, but I prefer that beauty to shine from within. Kilmeny's does, but there's still so much focus on her outward beauty before anyone gets the chance to know her inside. Does that make sense? It just kind of bugged me.
I'm in Alabama(where it's usually warmer than most of the US), but it has still been much colder than I care for! I am *beyond* ready for some warm weather and SUNSHINE!!! My mentality needs it for survival right now! This lovely little story was like a breeze of springtime through my mind, and I adored that! I think I'll always have fond memories of it for the "cheer" factor it comes with. I've only read 3 books by Montgomery so far, but I've enjoyed the nature descriptions in each of them. As the winter depression kicks into high gear, a book like this is a perfect pick. Really, I need to be reading more books like this right now!
So, that's 2 out of 3 Montgomery books so far that I have loved!