Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

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I’ll admit I’m not usually the first to jump at prequels or sequels to classics written by people other than the classics’ authors. I think it’d be too easy to ride on the coattails of someone else’s good story idea and take it in a direction the original author never would have gone in.

For some reason, though, I could hardly resist the chance to check out an Anne of Green Gables prequel depicting the younger years of the woman who took in the iconic orphan Anne Shirley, Marilla Cuthbert. So I broke away from my normal hesitancy about such prequels and picked up Marilla of Green Gables by author Sarah McCoy.

Yet, as much as I hoped I’d love this book, I just couldn’t get into it, didn’t find the delivery engaging.

I’d also say Marilla here is somewhat idealized for a contemporary audience more than she reflects what would be an early version of the character L.M. Montgomery created.

When it comes to matters concerning race in particular: as heartwarming and idyllic as the Green Gables books are on the whole, the racist references/descriptions of people of color in some of Montgomery’s other, more mature works make it hard for me to find Marilla completely convincing here.

I think she, in this novel, is more what we would now long for a heroine to be, not what Marilla Cuthbert herself really would have been. So I decided not to finish this one.

Still, you never know if I may try another late prequel or sequel to a classic sometime, if curiosity compels me.


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