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BarbaraJean
Mistress Pat | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Mistress Pat discussion- part 5

Did you like the book? Why or why not?

Is there anything else that stands out for you about the Pat books or about Pat as a character?

Anything else you‘d like to discuss from Mistress Pat?

BarbaraJean Pat is both relatable and frustrating for me. As a person, her fear of/resistance to change, and her constant choice of the known (home) over the unknown (absolutely anything else!) are things I relate to in some ways, but not to the extreme to which Pat takes it. As a character, she frustrates me because she's SO passive. Things happen TO her. Such a contrast to Valancy in The Blue Castle--things happen to Valancy and she DOES something! 12h
lauraisntwilder I loved both books, but not necessarily because of Pat. She's fine, but it's almost like she's a blank space for readers to imagine filling. 10h
lauraisntwilder I wish Judy had gotten to go to Ireland. I had a feeling she wouldn't go, but I was still disappointed--even if she wasn't! 10h
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder I think you‘re onto something there. I loved the comfort of both books, but I think a lot of that comes from Judy and the descriptions of the setting. I did love little girl Pat, but with grown-up Pat, I think we‘re told about her personality more than we see it. And I also really wish Judy had gone to Ireland! I wanted to hear all her stories of the trip! 7h
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BarbaraJean
Mistress Pat | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Mistress Pat discussion - part 4

How did you feel about the ending: was it contrived, inevitable, satisfying, rushed?

Further questions are under a spoiler tag in the comments 😊

BarbaraJean Do you get the sense that Pat chose Hilary as a last resort? Or is it that her eyes were finally opened to how she felt about him?

Is he a substitute for Silver Bush, or is he the only one who can help her come to terms with its loss?
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BarbaraJean One of my frustrations with the ending is how rushed and tacked-on it feels. My mind wants to fill in all of the motivations and romantic resolutions that are barely hinted at or left out completely. I could have been fine with the plot choices LMM made (even though they feel contrived), if she had only fleshed out the ending a bit more. I do think that the crisis prompts realization and better self-knowledge for Pat, but I have to assume that. 12h
lauraisntwilder I was SO disappointed that Pat didn't choose Hilary until Silver Bush burned down. I can't BELIEVE the house actually burned down. It was too much! Pat never had to grow or change and burning the house just removed the barrier between her and her future. 10h
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BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder Oh, absolutely—their reunion is robbed of the depth it would‘ve had if Pat had actually chosen him without Silver Bush being taken from her. Even if it hadn‘t burned down, it had already been diminished for Pat by Sid bringing May into the house. And of course Judy‘s death. Sometimes everything has to be stripped away before we see what really matters, but it didn‘t read like that to me. It felt like the only option left to her. 7h
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder It also felt like LMM wrote herself into a corner with Pat and didn‘t know how to get out of it. I do think LMM could have taken the very same circumstances, fleshed out the conclusion, and given us something more convincing, with actual growth on Pat‘s part. And I would have accepted it better. But it‘s all so sudden and rushed. 7h
lauraisntwilder @BarbaraJean It is rushed. I totally agree. Another interesting thing about the ending, based on Pat being 5 when the WWI armistice was signed, this book ends after Canada had entered WWII. It was published in 1935 though, so LMM was writing the future. I'm glad Jingle, Sid, and Joe didn't have to go to war! 6h
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder Oh, that is fascinating! It would certainly change the dynamic of the book if WWII had entered into the narrative. Maybe Sid wouldn‘t have married May Binnie if he‘d gone off to war… 😆 2h
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BarbaraJean
Mistress Pat | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Mistress Pat discussion - part 3

What did you think about May Binnie and the Binnie clan, and the way they are characterized in Mistress Pat?

Are they just Josie Pye and the Pye clan 2.0? Or is there more to it than that?

BarbaraJean I haaaaated May Binnie in Pat of Silver Bush and didn‘t like her any better here. She has some particularly awful, catty, petty moments, but I also couldn‘t help thinking that she just didn‘t *fit* at Silver Bush with its traditions & old-fashioned ways. Her personality & her family weren‘t a good fit for Pat & the Silver Bush family, but honestly, she probably wouldn‘t have been so bad if given her own new, modern home to do with as she pleased. 12h
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BarbaraJean
Mistress Pat | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Mistress Pat discussion- part 2

I saw SO many similarities here with other LMM books—just a few listed above. Were there others you noticed?

Did these similarities endear you to the Pat books, or did they feel too same-y?

What did you like or dislike about the way these themes and plot devices were handled in the Pat books?

BarbaraJean Some of these worked for me and others didn't. I don't think I'll ever get tired of LMM's descriptions of home & nature, or of characters who love both so deeply. Pat takes it to an extreme, but still. I also liked the way her relationship with David Kirk was handled here...it was like all the good things about Dean without the creepy possessiveness & childhood grooming. I could have done without Pat's repeated “fickleness“ with beaux, though! 12h
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BarbaraJean
Mistress Pat | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Mistress Pat discussion - part 1

We have several new (or newly fleshed out) characters in Mistress Pat: Tillytuck, Cuddles/Rae, Suzanne and David Kirk.

What did you think of these characters?

How do they affect the narrative? How do they affect Pat?

BarbaraJean I loved Rae & how she became a confidante for Pat, almost filling Bets' role. I also loved Suzanne & wanted more of her friendship with Pat (after their connection/misunderstanding, we don‘t get much of Suzanne actually on the page). And I really liked David & wanted to see more of him as well--to read some scenes of those evenings at the Long House, when it becomes such a refuge for Pat. The Kirks draw Pat out a bit, and I wanted more of that! 12h
lauraisntwilder I loved Rae and Tillytuck. I loved both these books, but the first one was too light on dialogue. Having these two characters actually talking helped it feel more real and grounded, so Judy wasn't the only one talking. 10h
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Lindy
In the City of Pigs | Andr Forget
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Nice weather for late September, so I did my Friday Reads outdoors:

Friday Reads September 23: #GillerPrize #Trans+ #LGBTQIA+ #audiobooks #CanLit #ArtWorld #booktube
https://youtu.be/Fv9BjJLLIGw

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AnneCecilie
Mistress Pat | L.M. Montgomery
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#BookReport

Finished Mistress Pat #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

I finished Out of Africa #foodandlit #Kenya.

I read Sandman volume 4, 5 and 6

I‘m currently reading Bless the Daughter and Soul Tourists, and I hope to finish Soul Tourists before the weekly forecast tomorrow.

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! You had an amazing week!!! And you really stayed on track ❣️impressive 🙌🏻 20h
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merelybookish
Margaret Atwood: Conversations | Margaret Atwood, Earl G. Ingersoll
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COVID finally hit our household and along with lots of reality tv, I watched this 1984 documentary about Margaret Atwood. A filmmaker and his crew join Atwood and her family at her family's remote cottage for a few days. What follows are lots of pretty scenery and strained interviews with Atwood who clearly finds the guy's questions idiotic. 😆
Available on YouTube. Learned about it from the IG account @ girlsonthepage

Jas16 Hope that you are all feeling better soon. 2d
fredamans Wish you all a full and speedy recovery! 2d
LeahBergen Speedy recovery! 2d
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batsy Wishing you and all at home a very speedy recovery! 💐 I've been brought down by something that isn't covid but feels pretty nasty, too ... have been watching the BBC adaptation of North and South 🙂 2d
TheLudicReader Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 2d
BookwormM Sounds interesting 2d
merelybookish @batsy I hope you feel better soon too! And maybe I'll check out North & South next. 🙂 1d
Megabooks Hope everyone feels better soon! 16h
vivastory @merelybookish Wishing your family a quick recovery! 7h
vivastory @batsy I hope you feel better soon! 7h
merelybookish Thank you @Megabooks @vivastory Definitely feeling better, although still testing positive.b 6h
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lauraisntwilder
Mistress Pat | L.M. Montgomery
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Pickpick

I get the *very* strong impression that these aren't anyone's favorite L.M. Montgomery books, but I thoroughly enjoyed them...until the last 15 pages of Mistress Pat. I'm sorry, what did I just read?! Can't wait to see what everyone else has to say about it. #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

AnneCecilie That sounds interesting. I‘ve really enjoyed these, but I‘m getting close to those last 15p 2d
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IndoorDame
Nox | Anne Carson
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Bailedbailed

While I did really enjoy the novel experiential act of reading this, it‘s not for me. It‘s odd and obscure even by Anne Carson‘s standards and I was just having too much trouble wrapping my brain around the thread of it.