Narrator: Jess Nahikian
I am a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables, and in 11th grade I moved to a whole new class, the nine girls in a class of 30 bonded over actually playing sports during the prescribed time and books. We had a trend for a couple of birthdays to gift the other books, and on mine, they picked out the second book of Emily of new moon because Goodreads did not exist then to help them in their search. It was a gesture that brought me great joy because it meant they (my new friends) registered my fondness for Anne and actually hunted out a more obscure (to us) book by the same author on the off chance that I would like it as much, since by then I already owned all of Anne’s books (8 of them!) the only series that I did apart from Sherlock Holmes.
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it as much, and till date credit that reaction in part to jumping into the second book with no prior knowledge of Emily and her quirks. After listening to the first book, I have come to the conclusion that I do not like Emily as much as I like Anne. Emily is an orphan, but she has almost eight years with her father before she becomes one, so it is slightly different. Emily has a lot of relatives on her mother’s side who take it upon themselves to bring her up either financially or actually by participating. Here we have the eldest aunt who is strict but does not have the sense of humour that Marilla did in Anne and going further into the story, I will refrain from making any more comparisons.
Emily grows up with a fondness for poetry and friends who are very different from each other. They each have a skill that marks them out as different from the crowd. The growth of the child and her understanding of the world around her is the core of the narrative.
The book has not aged well in a couple of things. There was a lot more of religion than I expected and not in the abstract sense. Certain events seemed sudden instead of happening in a more believable manner (i.e. the vision) because we had no prior inkling that Emily had any form of powers. After all this venting, I would not have it said that I disliked this book. The problems Emily encounters are more serious and probably more grievous than her fictional counterpart. The people are more neutral or even downright mean than just misunderstood with hidden depths. The book is well written and conveys all of the above facts to me, and I, as the recipient, was not pleased with any of them and lacked the enthusiasm to see what happens next. Some day I may re-read the second book to see if I like it better than I did all those years ago, but it will not be any time soon.
To other Anne of Green Gables fans out there…do you like Emily?
My last KU review was The Raid (Ryan Decker #2) by Steven Konkoly, and since then, my queue has seen some overhaul. I actually listened to Wives of war but did not like it enough to want to review it, my review would have been too blah. This is something I very rarely do because it means it will go undocumented on Goodreads and elsewhere (except this tiny corner of the internet world). Still, I am compelled by sheer indifference to do so. Not that the book deserves the reaction, it was just not the right time. My queue now looks like this:
Only when I was building this queue that I found out that I read the second last book in 2016, since the series has since grown and I do not remember the story offhand, I will pursue it again with my current enthusiasm. Most probably, I will only get to these next year, so there is not much on a bearing on my current mood or plans.