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The Road to Yesterday (L.M. Montgomery Books) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1993
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In many ways, The Road to Yesterday displays both the strengths and the weaknesses of Montgomery's work. It shows her genuine ability to tell stories of the community in the voice of the community. Her narrative voice is that of the neighborhood gossip, who doesn't wish ill on her neighbours but who delights nonetheless in their poor decisions, their misfortunes and their downfalls as an interesting tale. It also shows her command of irony and satire, two qualities with which she is seldom credited. At the same time, though, it reveals how she could never quite break away from the narrative patterns of magazine literature with its improbable coincidences and inevitable happy endings. Most of the stories revolved around love and romance, and tend to be rather implausibly constructed. For instance, "Fool's Errand" tells of a man who becomes lonely after his mother dies and remembers a promise he made long ago to a young girl to return and marry her, while "The Pot and the Kettle" is the tale of a young woman who has to marry a certain man to gain an inheritance and who refuses to do so, only to fall in love with him when he courts her by another name.
Only two stories in the collection are genuinely startling and unconventional. "A Commonplace Woman" is striking in its refusal to conform to generally-accepted standards of morality.Read more ›
As another reviewer has noted, the inclusion of the Blythes into every story does seem somewhat forced in parts, but provides a common link which truns the book more into a book rather than just a random selection of stories.
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Has the same stories as "The Blythes are Quoted", except "The Blythes are Quoted" has some poetry. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Another great read from my favorite childhood author. I was delighted to find some of her writing that features characters other than Anne of Green Gables.Published 4 months ago by Ann Braselton
This is a fabulous book! It's one of my favorites! You won't be disappointed! It's hard to put down once you begin to read it!!!!!!Published 16 months ago by 7thChild
Fans of LM Montgomery will love this collection of stories about the neighbors of the Blythe family. Read morePublished 22 months ago by DailyMayo
I read this book several years ago and very much enjoyed the stories. I liked getting newer information on the Blythes even after World War I had ended and the children had grown... Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Alice
This is a book. I didn't read it but my wife did. She really likes all the whimsy and lovey nonsense. Also, Prince Edward Island.Published on April 8, 2014 by lamehead
At 4.5/5 stars, this is a solid volume in the L.M. Montgomery collection of short stories. There are quite a few funny tales in here that will make you smile, and Anne and Gilbert... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by M