ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery

anneThis is one of those books that I read more than once. The edition is a horrible cheap Penguin paperback, but for 50 p. what I can ask for. And, at that moment, I need absolutely to have the book and read it again, this time in English.

It is one of those books that cheer you up with each page. The red-hair girl makes me laugh easily with her ideas and her passion for life. The beginning of the books it is a continuo remind of her poor upbringing until she has the luck to arrive at Cuthbert’s house. Matthew and Marilla, a brother and sister, who never married and have Anne even although she is not a boy.

But, the truth is that she lights their house and make them feel alive. She always looks around with wonder and positive expectations and make us readers be part of that particular view of the world.

For this kind of sentences I love Anne:

“I’ve made up my mind to enjoy this drive. It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

“Miss Marilla Cuthbert is a very kind lady who has taken me to bring up properly. She is doing her best, but it is very discouraging work.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE(November 30, 1874– April 24, 1942), publicly known as MotgmomeryL. M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. The book was an immediate success. The central character, Anne, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. The first novel was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery went on to publish 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays. Most of the novels were set in Prince Edward Island , and locations within Canada’s smallest province became literary landmarks and popular tourist sites—namely Green Gables farm, the genesis of Prince Edward Island National Park. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. (There were no Canadian orders, decorations or medals for civilians until the 1970s.)

Montgomery’s work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide.

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FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS by Preston Fleming

In a near future, a Unionist Par10794235ty is ruling the US. They have changed the rules in the Country completely. Everyone is a suspect of betrayal, mostly culture, and wealthy people.

Paul Wagner was going to leave the country with his family when he was arrested, and send to a labor camp in Utah.

He will hardly survive in there the five years sentence, but at least, he can feel good knowing that his wife and daughters are saved in the UK with their Grandparents.

The plot of this story is an extensive use one, but the point of view is different. Fascism or communism, it doesn’t matter. Any dictatorial government ends up treating its citizens as meat.

Power always find it way, and it reasons.

But, survival and friendship grew up in the more difficult situations, and in this story, you can be witnesses of the worst and the best of humankind.

One of the most interesting things in this book is the introduction to each chapter: a quote of some of those Dictators that we had and still have in this world. The perfect way to understand better the chapter and to be prepared.

PrestonPreston Fleming Fleming was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He left home at age fourteen to accept a scholarship at a New England boarding school and went on to a liberal arts college in the Midwest. After earning an MBA, he managed a non-profit organization in New York before joining the U.S. Foreign Service and serving in U.S. Embassies around the Middle East for nearly a decade. Later he studied at an Ivy League law school and since then pursued a career in law and business. He has written four novels.

STONE MATTRESS by Margaret Atwood

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Nine tales all related with death. But, don’t think about the sadness or the loneliness that sometimes accompany the death. These deaths are different. The death can mean more company when the person is not leaving us. Sometimes the death is the only way to close an old wound, to execute revenge, or maybe the last hope for others.

Alphinland.

An alternative world in which you can hide or take a rest. It is the refuge of the main character, and where she is hiding old ghosts.

“But how can you have a sense of wonder if you’re prepared for everything?”

Revenant.

Waiting for the inescapable. He found a different world, and starts again.

Dark Lady.

“,…experiences were what you got when you couldn’t get what you wanted,…”

Lusus Naturae.

When no one is prepared for what you are.

“Now that I was dead, I was freer.”

The Freeze-Dried Groom.

The end of this tale was a little scary.

“Nobody knows where he is.”

I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth.

A spirit helping out?

The Dead Hand Loves You.

Never is late, not even for mistakes.

“But how much time does he have left in his life to worry about mistakes?”

Stone Mattress.

“When it came to love, wasn’t believing the same as the real thing?”

Torching the Dusties.

“If youth only knew, if age only could.”

 

download (1)Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa, and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and in Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Her latest work is a book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Her newest novel, MaddAddam (2013),is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.