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Published in 1880, this was the author's first novel....

Title : Anne
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ISBN : 9780405100598
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 540 Pages
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Anne Reviews

  • Teresa
    2019-04-04 22:49

    3.75 starsAnne was Constance Fenimore Woolson's first novel and it made the author famous during her time. She finished writing it in 1878, but it was not published until 1880 when it was serialized in Harper's for 18 months for both American and British readers, becoming both a critical and popular success.The novel is a female picaresque/Bildungsroman that begins on Mackinac Island, in Lake Huron, in Michigan. Later in the novel, I noted parallels here and there to Jane Eyre, which was a huge influence on many female American writers of the time period.The descriptions of the island in the first chapters are especially fine, along with the gripping account of a horrific storm and the ensuing shipwrecks, as well as that of a forest fire seen from a boat when Anne leaves the island for the first time. Yet this is not a regional, or local color, novel. Once Anne moves from Mackinac and travels to other parts of the U.S.—New York, Ohio, West Virginia— Woolson seems to be consciously creating an American novel. (I enjoyed the passages—see my updates—on the American character.)While Anne is finely written throughout, it feels as if it's at least two different novels. The courtroom scene is a force, but Woolson lost me a bit somewhere along the 'detective' storyline. Despite that, I couldn’t help but admire the way Woolson allowed the women to do the detective work while still being able to conjure surprising plot twists to keep Anne out of the public eye and her reputation (women doing such work! especially one so tied up with the mystery!) unsullied.

  • Anne Rioux
    2019-03-30 22:45

    This is my third time reading Anne, a novel that first attracted me to Constance Fenimore Woolson (about whom I have written a biography). This time, I got to read it with a class of graduate students. What a thrill that has been. One of them spontaneously wrote to me this morning, "Anne was full of intrigue, suspense and it had a neat ending. It was a fabulous read!!" It has been heartening to see how much they have enjoyed it. Many of them said at our last class that they had already finished it (although it's not due yet) because they couldn't put it down.Anne was a bestseller in its day. It was such a huge success when it ran in Harper's magazine in 1881-82 that people were speculating in the newspapers about how it would end and the Harpers sent Woolson a thousand-dollar bonus (huge money in those days!) and an exclusive contract. It's easy to see why readers loved it so much--it is an epic love story, a murder mystery, and a coming-of-age novel all rolled into one. My students said they wished they had had it to read along with the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen when they were growing up. I feel the same way.The heroine, Anne, belongs in the pantheon of iconoclastic heroines. She doesn't set out to subvert (usually male) authority, but she does it over and over again. Woolson has written a heroine who goes against type (she is described by everyone as "big" and exercises vigorously) and who must time and again follow her own feelings over what others think is proper. She is also a good girl who falls in love with the bad boy. Many years later, about one of her other books, a reader wrote to the New York Times that "Miss Woolson knows how what kind of men women like." Judging by my students' reactions, I think she was right!

  • Laura
    2019-04-09 19:03

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

  • JodiP
    2019-04-01 01:03

    In the end, I thought this book nearly as satisfying as Jane Eyre. It is a long book, densely, wonderfully written. Thanks to Com Toibin and his book on Henry James, I was introduced to Woolson, who will give me many hours of reading pleasure. The main character is a young woman in the wilds of Michigan. Due to her poverty, she must go East to receive an education. There are a couple love stories, and what I was as a deep betrayal by her sister, but all ends well for our dear Anne, whose constancy is rewarded.

  • Carla
    2019-03-27 21:03

    Loved this - loved reading a book that was older than 100 years old - and hearing the author's perspective of American life at that time. She is a wonderful author - very descriptive and also easy to read.

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-14 00:08

    A year ago I read a collection of Constance Fenimore Woolson’s short stories and, for the most part enjoyed the stories. I can’t really say the same about this novel.I discovered Constance Fenimore Woolson and the book Anne through its connection with Mackinac Island. Every few years we spend a week at a relative’s home on the island. Wanting to know more about the history of the island we all love so much I started digging around and discovered Constance Fenimore Woolson. Part of her first novel, Anne, is set on Mackinac Island, where Fenimore Woolson often vacationed. There is a home, built in 1899 when Anne was still a popular best seller, on the island named Anne’s Cottage in honor of Fenimore Woolson and her heroine Anne. There is also a tablet on the island honoring the author and her fictional heroine. The novel started out alright. A little slow maybe but a decent enough story about a young woman living on Mackinac Island and the struggles she and her family faced. It was setting itself up to a typical bildungsroman. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the island, a place I have biked and explored a number of times and could easily picture what I was reading about. When Anne leaves the island the story began to change tone and pace until I found myself reading a melodramatic trope. And things just kept getting more and more unbelievable the more I read. I was already rolling my eyes and scoffing a bit too much when all the sudden the last quarter of the novel became a murder mystery/amateur detective novel. What???As far as our eponymous heroine is concerned, I think the reader was supposed to find her brave and courageous, in fact we were told a number of times that she was brave, but she ran away from almost every trial or difficult circumstance that she faced! And when she did actually face up to something, it was only when practically forced to do so. Meh. I just don’t care for melodramaAs I said, I enjoyed the short stories that I read but when writing a full length novel things seems to have gone off the rails for Fenimore Woolson. Her writing seems better suited to short stories where she can end things before they get a little out of control.

  • Dianna
    2019-04-03 19:56

    An 1880 soap opera! We have orphans, unrequited love, war, heroism, love triangles (emphasis on the plural), grumpy old ladies, murder, pseudonyms, and deception in love. (Not to mention a harpist randomly showing up in the woods with his monkey.)I would have liked this book better if Anne had married the right guy in the end. I didn't particularly like any of the candidates, but especially detested the one she ended up with.I read this book because part of it takes place on Mackinac Island, which I have been fortunate enough to visit a few times. I loved learning more of the island's history, and especially getting an idea of what life must have been like there before it became a well-kept, crowded tourist destination.

  • Mandy
    2019-03-31 21:10

    This was unexpectedly good! Hadn't heard of the author until I read about her in David Lodge's Author, Author - she was in love and spurned by Henry James. Pity that she's faded away - definitely worth re-discovering, because although there was a rather unrealistic incident towards the end, on the whole this is an absorbing and unusual book. I recommend it.

  • Humphrey
    2019-03-31 00:06

    Anne moves through several recognizable genres: something like local color, a society novel, a romance, and finally detective fiction. I wouldn't personally call it a picaresque, just because it spends quite a bit of time stationary in each of these genres (and their respective locations). The opening 150 pages are really quite excellent: there are some incredibly rich descriptive passages as well as some really interesting discussion of what it means to be local and what it means to be American. I found the rest less interesting despite the intrusion of the Civil War at the 2/3rds mark. This is partly because the novel becomes much more solely focused on a romance plot, which snuffs out the greater variety in theme and style of the earlier section; it's also partly because, frankly, Anne's romantic interest is uninteresting and unconvincing.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-08 22:06

    On the whole, I enjoyed this book. It's an American romance, the author provides charming backstories for various secondary characters, the heroine is intelligent and caring. I'll probably reread it sometime. A couple issues. One is the casual racism which is pretty normal, I suppose, for the era, but in a couple of places becomes offensive enough to put me off the story. I won't describe it, it's too depressing. The other issue is that about 3/4 of the way through the book, it switches from romance to detective novel. I found the switch jarring and the pacing of the mystery was off. I didn't totally dig the ending, but maybe on a re-read the mystery and the ending wouldn't bother me so much since I'd know what to expect.

  • Heather
    2019-04-03 23:10

    This book caught my attention because the protagonist, Anne Douglas, grew up on Mackinac Island. The story began on the island in around 1860, and it was fascinating to read what life on the island then was like. Once Anne left the island the plot took some very wild turns (there were proposals and murder and betrayal- one scene was a literal cliffhanger) but I didn't enjoy it quite as much. I would have preferred if Anne had married a different suitor than she did, but overall, quite an entertaining read.

  • Abigail
    2019-04-02 00:11

    I enjoyed this book, especially its picture of life on the Great Lakes in the second half of the 19th century, but on the whole I was somewhat disappointed by it. It did not seem as well written as other books I've read by Woolson because a great deal of it seemed very contrived and formulaic, even for the period. Woolson can be a rewarding read, but I wouldn't start here!

  • Thomas Walsh
    2019-03-31 19:01

    Not read too much but should be readFromm innocence to reality here is a deeply plotted tale of everlasting love. The author is American in the 1870s.