2011: 80. The Story Girl

"I do like a road, because you can always be wondering what is at the end of it."

The Story Girl, L.M. Montgomery

           Another book that I bought on my famous trip to P.E.I, The Story Girl is about life growing up on a Canadian farm, and it is such a fun read.  It and it's sequel are the only Montgomery books narrated by a man - Beverly King, telling us about his life as a boy, when he and his brother Felix were sent to live on the family farm in P.E.I., while their widowed father went to live in South America for a year for work.  There they are thrown back into their father's family - the King clan, which includes a whole passel of aunts and uncles, and best of all, a whole crew of cousins.  The books tell of their adventures, funny and sweet, but always exciting, largely because of the presence of one particular cousin - the Story Girl.   The Story Girl (real name, Sara Stanley), is famous because she can weave a story like no one else can - "Her voice could make the multiplication tables charming," as one character says, and in between the scrapes and adventures of everyday life the novel is interwoven with the Story Girl's various fables and tales.  

           Beyond the Story Girl herself, I've always loved this one because the idea of growing up in a big clan of aunts and uncles and cousins all together, in the family homeplace, with all its legends and antiques is so charming (though, really, half the reasons the various cousins are there is because their parents have died, which is the reality of 19th/turn of the century life).  I think the Disney channel made (or ran a Candian version) of these characters  that mushed them up with Avonlea - I never saw it, but I wonder if its any good, and if it captures that sense of family and fun.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-Read, L.M. Montgomery Project  

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