Anne, Lucy & More
Born in 1874 on Canada’s Prince Edward Island, raised by her grandparents, Lucy Maud Montgomery had an incredible literary run, publishing 20 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems and 30 essays. Her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908, was an immediate sensation. I just finished it. It’s the story of an eleven-year-old orphan who has the good fortune of being adopted by a brother and sister well past 50, neither of whom ever married. Reluctant at first, having requested a boy to help on the farm, the adoption improves their lives considerably. The redhaired, freckled face, highly intelligent child is blessed with a love of life, an appreciation of its natural beauty. A chatterbox, she immediately captures the fancy of the painfully shy brother and eventually the stern sister. Her vivid imagination leads to misadventure at times, but it pales in comparison to what happens in the modern world. The narrative continues until she is sixteen. The prose and dialogue are what I deem “tweener,” halfway between old fashion and modern. It is overwritten, but that is true to the protagonist, whose vocal tendency at times becomes tedious. Only one other aspect tried my patience, the constant use in conversation of the name of the character being addressed. It is a pet peeve. Otherwise, it is an endearing story. While reading I wondered how much longer the novel and the eight others in the series would endure. Will modern girls relate to Anne Shirley and her rustic life, the firm belief in God? Then again, hundreds of such books survive. Most of the novels are set on Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. The location became a literary landmark and popular tourist site — namely Green Gables farm, the genesis of Prince Edward Island National Park. Montogomery passed away at 67 in 1942. There are twelve screen adaptations of the series, the most recent Anne with an E, a TV series that shot 27 episodes from 2017-’19.
Good news, headline from nypost.com: “Road to recovery: Salman Rushdie ‘talking and joking’ a day after brutal attack.”
Karma? From NYP: “Trouble brewing: ‘Woke’ NYC Starbucks now a haven for junkies, drunks and homeless.” A McDonalds here in Sheepshead Bay had the same problem. It has long since closed.
Dr. Alveda King is the niece of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King. Here’s an excerpt from an op-ed piece she wrote: “…of the roughly 930,000 abortions performed in the United States each year, about 38 percent are performed on black women… some 24 million black babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973.” Given this and black on black violence, racists must be thrilled.
Interesting tidbit from an NYP op-ed piece by Nicole Gelinas: “Men were behind the wheel in 81.4 percent of fatal crashes in 2021 and 2022.”
Amusing NYP headline: “82 teachers accused of using fake vax cards ordered back on city payroll.”
And an amusing one from foxnews.com: “Texas collects donations to bus more migrants to Dem-run cities.”
For the second straight day only a single item sold at the floating book shop. My thanks to the gentleman who bought the DVD of Norbit (2007), starring Eddie Murphy.
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