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The Blue Castle
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Top Customer Reviews
Valancy's mother and aunt really got on my nerves and the entrance of Barney Snaith just driving by intrigued me to no end. Valancy in one of those enlighted spirits who is weighted down by her stodgy, judgemental relatives. She feels she is just doomed to waste away into old-maidenhood or maybe fall over dead. She has no hope of being married and considers herself plain with a "too-small nose". She dares not dress or do her hair as she wishes and can't even speak out of turn when twitted even though she is 29 years old! She hates the house, she hates her room, she hates her life, she hates the strict schedule she forced into as if she is still a child. She even is still called "Doss", her hated childhood nickname. A trip to an "unapproved" doctor turns all this around and she rebels against her family's oppression. After finding that a childhood schoolmate is dying, Valancy goes to nurse her where she becomes friends with the aforementioned Barney. Barney drives a beat-up rattle trap car "Lady Jane Grey" and mostly keeps to himself on his own little island, leading Valancy's nasty family to refer to him as "jailbird", criminal, drunk, etcetera. Valancy feels just the opposite.Read more ›
Here's why: Valancy Stirling is an Everywoman - all of us can relate to her helplessness and apathy, her joys and triumphs. In Valancy's case, her intimidating, suffocating family and poverty have instilled fear from a young age, when she was an insignificant little girl. After a lifetime of negative comments, she finds herself a hopeless, though respectable, old maid at the age of 29, unloved and unwanted even by her own mother. Then Dr. Trent tells her she has a terminal heart condition, and Valancy throws all caution to the winds, deciding to really *live* for her last few months.
Her repressed personality and spirit finally express themselves, often humorously and cheekily. She says what's on her mind, sees her relatives as the sillies they are, and very importantly, refuses to wear her hated red flannel petticoat. You will feel deliciously refreshed as Valancy lives on her own terms for once.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
People can say too much and be too strict and really hold someone back from the person they are inside themselves. It was good to see Valancy go "mad " as her family thought. Read morePublished 9 days ago by elizabeth hoffman
Delightful story from L.M.Montgomery.
I found this as a young girl and have re read it many times.
It still makes me laugh.
I can't believe the marginal price I paid for this book on Kindle. This was the most delightful little story from one of the most talented authors. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rachel Ford
Probably my favorite of all of Montgomery's books, her only true novel for adults (her other adult book, A Tangled Web, is a collection of intertwining stories). Read morePublished 17 days ago by Paula Berman
I enjoyed the book. It made me wonder whether if I were told I was dying, what changes I would make to my life.Published 25 days ago by Pretty Granny
This book is one of my favorites. It's by the same author who wrote the Anne of Green Gables series, but this is one of her books for older readers. Read morePublished 27 days ago by JoAnna