This isn’t a full book review–just a happy birthday wish to two of my favorite authors, L. M. Montgomery and Mark Twain.
I think I own everything currently available by L. M. Montgomery in prose, including novels, short stories, letters and about 2,000 pages of her personal journals. I’m sort of a big fan, but she was an amazing writer. For recommendations, you can’t go wrong with Anne of Green Gables, of course, although my personal favorite among her novels is The Blue Castle. It’s a beautiful story about a woman who stops being afraid of the people around her and goes out to seize the life she wants.
Everyone knows Mark Twain, right? Tom Sawyer and steamboats and the Mississippi. I love that he’s one of those authors who can tell a good story that also has a message
(even though he denies it) and neither the story or the message gets in the other one’s way. Huckleberry Finn is my favorite of his books, and every time I see it in a bookstore I feel an impulse to buy it. So far I’ve been resisting and only have one copy, but someday (probably when my disposable income goes up!) I may start capitulating, and will devote an entire bookshelf just to Huckleberry Finn.
As a side note, it’s also the birthday of William Bouguereau (a great pre-Impressionist French painter I’ve recently become obsessed with) and Winston Churchill (born the same year as L. M. Montgomery, he was a writer, painter, famous wit, and, oh yeah, Prime Minister of England during World War II). Who knew November 30th was so significant?