Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Gift of Wings

I finally finished reading this book! And, it only took me two months...

Here's the product description (taken from
Mary Henley Rubio has spent over two decades researching Montgomery’s life, and has put together a comprehensive and penetrating picture of this Canadian literary icon, all set in rich social context. Extensive interviews with people who knew Montgomery – her son, maids, friends, relatives, all now deceased – are only part of the material gathered in a journey to understand Montgomery that took Rubio to Poland and the highlands of Scotland.

From Montgomery’s apparently idyllic childhood in Prince Edward Island to her passion-filled adolescence and young adulthood, to her legal fights as world-famous author, to her shattering experiences with motherhood and as wife to a deeply troubled man, this fascinating, intimate narrative of her life will engage and delight.

When I read biographies I take everything I read with a grain of salt...yes, I'm a skeptic. No matter how much research the author has done, we'll never know for sure how accurate the facts are, but I feel that this one is "the" one.

I took out of the book this: Lucy Maud Montgomery lived in two different worlds. The turn of the century in Canada with new technologies, World Wars, the Depression and her everyday family life - which at times brought her great sadness and despair. And her imaginary world where she lost herself in the books that she wrote and which brought her so much joy and a sense of accomplishment.

Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings by Mary Henley Rubio (5/5) Biography; Published: Doubleday Canada (2008); 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (42); 2009 Support Your Local Library (36); Chunkster Challenge (2); Spring Reading Thing 2008 (2)

1 comment:

Kailana said...

I really need to get around to this book! I am glad you liked it so much!