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This new hardback edition of the much-loved story of orphan Anne Shirley has been created in partnership with the world-famous V & A Museum, and has an exquisite cover design from their original William Morris collection.Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They are waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny, red-hThis new hardback edition of the much-loved story of orphan Anne Shirley has been created in partnership with the world-famous V & A Museum, and has an exquisite cover design from their original William Morris collection.Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They are waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny, red-haired girl turns up instead. Feisty and full of spirit, Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts' affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter. It's not long before Anne finds herself in trouble, but soon it becomes impossible for the Cuthberts to imagine life without 'their' Anne - and for the people of Avonlea to recall what it was like before this wildly creative little girl whirled into town....

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Anne of Green Gables Reviews

  • Shannon
    2018-10-04 20:53

    I don't often give books five stars and as I neared the end of this book, I gave some thought to how many stars this book deserved. I've read the Anne of Green Gables series once before - over twenty years ago. In spite of the amount of time that has elapsed, I clearly recall reading the last book in the series very slowly and thinking to myself, "I will be so sad to not be able to read about Anne anymore." When I picked up this book a few days ago to re-read it, I found within a few chapters that it was like seeing an old friend. Anne was even more delightful than I recalled, since I now have daughters who share her "scope for imagination," her penchant for large words and her zest for life. Reading about Anne's appreciation for life's loveliness made me appreciate my daughters and long to live more in-the-moment myself. So, I decided that a book that feels like an old friend after twenty years deserves five stars.Anne Shirley must be one of the most delightful characters ever written, largely because she is far from perfect. She makes mistakes, as we all do, but her mistakes are much funnier than my own feel and she makes me see the value in learning from each of them, laughing at them and moving on. Like my middle daughter, there is no lukewarm with Anne. I love that she approaches life enthusiastically, despite have spent a decade belonging to no one.I also like that Anne talks straightforwardly about wanting, seeking and building friendships. Even now, I am hesitant, awkward and scattershot at building relationships. I may meet someone who seems a kindred spirit, but lack the time or, let's be honest, sheer boldness to approach them and seek to build a friendship. We see Anne seek and build relationships not only upon her arrival in Avonlea, but during her time at Queens.One reasons I re-read this book was because two friends recommended it for it's fluency in writing dialogue. Unlike Little Women, which I attempted to read for the writing, this book did not disappoint. The dialogue sounds exactly like each character would sound and it flows smoothly from narration to dialogue and back. In fact, I'm baffled that Little Women routinely makes top 100 lists while Anne of Green Gables is nowhere to be found on the lists of must-read classics. Unlike the Little Women characters who are archetypes rather than three dimensional characters, Anne is a bold a female character who refuses to be categorized. That's exactly why I love her and love this book.

  • Maureen
    2018-10-18 22:57

    "Dear old world," she murmured, "you are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you."This quote really accurately depicts how Anne lives her life and what makes you love her as a character. She's stubborn and makes mistakes, but she also has a huge imagination and sees the world as beautiful and full of possibilities.I loved this SO much and I'm sad I never read it before! I love all the characters and the plot, and it's really fun to see Anne grow up through this book. The writing is also really really lovely.I can't wait to read the sequels and follow Anne's story! This has made it up to my favorite books of all time list, that's for sure.REREAD NOTESI didn't think I could love this book more but somehow I do?? I AM SO EMOTIONAL.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2018-09-25 21:16

    4.5 starsAnne, my lovely, I feel restored. "Marilla!" Anne sat down on Marilla's gingham lap, took Marilla's lined face between her hands, and looked gravely and tenderly into Marilla's eyes. "I'm not a bit changed—not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real me—back here—is just the same. It won't make a bit of difference where I go or how much I change outwardly; at heart I shall always be your little Anne, who will love you and Matthew and dear Green Gables more and better every day of her life."Full RTC.Pre-review:You know what? I've been wanting to reread these books for probably a decade, and I'm still (inexplicably) battling my ever present book funk, so I'm just gonna do it. Gilbert Blythe, you were my first and best book boyfriend. See you soon ;)

  • Maxwell
    2018-09-26 20:06

    I never read Anne's story when I was younger, so when I heard that Rachel McAdams was narrating the first in the series I knew I had to give it a go. I'm a sucker for a celebrity-narrated audiobook (if you haven't checked out Maggie Gyllenhaal's reading ofThe Bell Jar, do that now!).It's wonderful to read a story that, for the most part, is extremely uplifting. There's hardly anything truly terrible that happens in this story, and that's quite refreshing. Granted, it is a children's novel and from the early 1900's—so it has that moralistic quality to it wherein each incident Anne undergoes resolves itself with a lesson learned. But it was delightful, and Anne's optimism is contagious. Rachel McAdams also does a great job at encapsulating that attitude; I felt like I could hear her smile.If, like me, you've never given Anne's story a chance, I can highly recommend the audiobook route. And I'm definitely going to continue listening to this series, especially when I'm in need of a pick-me-up.

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2018-09-22 15:55

    I'm so glad I've finally read this book! I started reading it as a young girl, and got distracted by the 10 other books I was reading at the time and never finished it...Anyhow, it was such a fun read, and I'm sure I'll read it again someday!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2018-10-13 22:49

    Never have I ever related more to a fictional character than Anne. This is just the most adorable, heartwarming book ever and I honestly don't think I ever read it before this week! I have the movies practically memorized and they follow the books perfectly, so there was nothing terribly new in this story. The only obvious difference was that Gilbert isn't in the book as much. But seeing Anne ramble on and on for pages more than made up for that. I just have to stick some of my favorite quotes in here:"When people mean to be good to you, you don't mind very much when they're not quite–always.""One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?""Isn't it a wonderful morning? The world looks like something God imagined for His own pleasure, doesn't it? ...I'm so glad I live in a world where there are white frosts, aren't you?""Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?""It's nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one's heart like treasures. I don't like to have them laughed at or wondered over.""Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions. I'm so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that's the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.""I like people who make me love them. It saves me so much trouble in making myself love them.""Ruby Gillis says when she grows up she's going to have ever so many beaus on the string and have them all crazy about her; but I think that would be too exciting. I'd rather just have one in his right mind.""Dear old world... you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you."So if you've seen the movies, you're not really missing any of the book. But this story will never get old and now it can go on my favorites list! Because I seriously am Anne:

  • Hannah Greendale
    2018-09-30 16:59

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley is an orphan girl in need of a family. She may be scrawny and freckled with red hair but she’s also loving and bright with imagination. When she’s mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, elderly siblings who plan to adopt a young boy to help around their farm, Anne faces the prospect of securing a home and a loving family – if she can prove she’s worth keeping. First published in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has long enchanted readers, young and old alike. How could it not with such an effervescent heroine at its heart? Anne is a delightful companion with which to explore the splendor of Green Gables and the quaint town of Avonlea (a fictional town modeled after Montgomery’s hometown of Cavendish in the maritime province of Prince Edward Island, Canada). Montgomery crafts such stunning descriptions of the terrain that her prose risks outshining Anne. With descriptive language that titillates the senses and the imagination, Montgomery brings the rustic setting of Avonlea to life. Gypsy winds, perfumed air, dew-wet ferns, woodland blooms, and trees adorned with glimmering gossamer are just the beginning of the wondrous discoveries made by Anne during her “raptured voyages of exploration.” It was a pretty road, running along between snug farmsteads, with now and again a bit of balsamy fir wood to drive through or a hollow where wild plums hung out their filmy bloom. The air was sweet with the breath of many apple orchards and the meadows sloped away in the distance to horizon mists of pearl and purple. Wild cherry trees and rose bushes grow unfettered, and the birds are always singing, but one gets the sense that Anne Shirley could find happiness and adventure no matter where she goes, whether she be surrounded by beauty or not. Even though Anne’s story is recounted through an omniscient narrator, readers experience wonder of the world as if through Anne’s eyes. At every turn, her personality overflows and her indomitable spirit knows no bounds. She’s an eloquent child with an adoration for big words; “if you have big ideas,” Anne insists, “you have to use big words to express them.” She speaks in a refined manner that belies her age and can always be counted on to impart wisdom. You can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.Anne is a loquacious child with long-winded stints of dialogue. This trait was less noticeable when reading the book as a young girl and proved slightly annoying during this re-read as an adult. It’s a defining quality of Anne’s personality, however, something one cannot help but eventually love about her. There’s a comforting predictability to Anne’s bubbling personality; readers can always be certain that her uplifting thoughts and sophisticated proclamations will boil over and spill from her mouth with abandon. Matthew Cuthbert, much to his own surprise, finds Anne’s chatter quite pleasant. Like most quiet folks he liked talkative people when they were willing to do the talking themselves and did not expect him to keep up his end of it. Be he had never expected to enjoy the society of a little girl. Matthew Cuthbert is described as an “odd-looking personage” with an “ungainly figure.” He’s a shy, quiet man who is made uncomfortable by most women, taking exception only to his sister and their gossipy neighbor who lives a quarter-mile away, Mrs. Rachel Lynde. Women were bad enough in all conscience, but little girls were worse. He detested the way they had of sidling past him timidly, with sidewise glances, as if they expected him to gobble them up at a mouthful if they ventured to say a word. He’s quite taken aback to discover a girl in place of the boy he expected to retrieve from the train station, but he’s too kindhearted (and too cowardly) to leave her behind. He decides to escort her back to Green Gables so that his sister can “tell this child with the glowing eyes that there had been a mistake.” Marilla Cuthbert exudes none of the warmth found in her brother. She’s a practical woman, tall and thin “with angles and without curves,” who furrows her brows at wastefulness and excess. Here sat Marilla Cuthbert, when she sat at all, always slightly distrustful of sunshine, which seemed to her too dancing and irresponsible a thing for a world which was meant to be taken seriously. Marilla insists that Anne be returned to the orphanage. When Anne asks if Marilla would keep her if she were a more attractive child, Marilla replies simply, “No. We want a boy to help Matthew on the farm. A girl would be of no use to us.” Despite her stern countenance, Marilla agrees to accommodate Anne for the night and decides that, rather than sleep on the couch prepared in the kitchen chamber for the anticipated boy, Anne should sleep in the east gable room. While Anne sleeps, Matthew and Marilla discuss what to do about the “odd little figure” with the “long braids of red hair and the eager luminous eyes.” Marilla is quite determined not to keep her, while Matthew reveals he’s already warming to Anne’s irresistible charms. “Matthew Cuthbert, you don’t mean to say you think we ought to keep her!” Marilla’s astonishment could not have been greater if Matthew had expressed a predilection for standing on his head. “Well now, no, I suppose not – not exactly,” stammered Matthew, uncomfortably driven into a corner for his precise meaning. “I suppose – we could hardly be expected to keep her.” “I should say not. What good would she be to us?” “We might be some good to her,” said Matthew suddenly and unexpectedly. And therein lies Anne’s challenge: She must make herself useful around the farm and prove herself worthy of a home at Green Gables by staying out of trouble. But Anne and trouble go together like spring flowers and honey bees. Be it contending with Marilla’s practicality, navigating the politics of a new school, solving the mystery of pesky boys, or trying to make new friends as an ungainly orphan girl, trouble is never far behind the efforts of Anne Shirley. If Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert can find it in their hearts to cherish this little girl, their lives will be made richer for it. And if Anne can stay out of trouble, she might just find a loving home in a beautiful place. With lovely prose and an unforgettable heroine, Anne of Green Gables is an endearing book brimming with scope for the imagination.

  • Matthew
    2018-10-20 18:05

    This story is cute, touching, heart-warming, tear-jerking. In other words, a classic!The target audience is definitely not me. I would say it would be perfect for a teenage girl living in Canada in the early 1900s. That makes sense, because that is exactly what Anne is! However, the point of this obvious detail is that sometimes it is fun to read a classic and try to put your mind in the mindset of who it was written for at the time. A couple of the storylines seemed silly or to not make sense, but if I stopped and changed my mindset, it would click.A bit of a history lesson combined with a well written story. If you haven't read this before, give it a shot and maybe you will find your inner early 1900s Canadian teenager!

  • Yaz *The Reading Girl*
    2018-10-08 15:51

    Finally: Full review written December 17th, 2013 and edited the 19th:) ***5 beautiful "Kindred Spirits" stars!!***Sighs...Anne of Green Gables and her crazy doings will forever stay in my heart <3. Can there be such a crazy, beautiful, kindred spirit soul as Anne? No, I do not think so (there are two exceptions: Miranda Cheever and Penelope :D). This precious book is the first out of the many books in the Anne of Green Gables series. I think many of you know what Anne of Green Gables is about or have seen her movies...if you haven't then read on! Anne:Anne is an orphan girl who was adopted by Marilla and Matthew Curthbert...let's say she was meant to be a boy. She is an odd looking little girl with fierce red hair, freckles, gray eyes, and pale skin. She is a full kindred spirit and very imaginative. Everybody suspects that she will be a disappointment but she is not. From adventures,imagination, to meeting new friends, to accidents, to love, being smart, and turning into a beauty Anne's life is not what she ever thought it would be.“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” She has a rival...the amazing Gilbert. Yes, I fell in love with him ;). Gilbert: Ever since he pulled her hair and called her carrots Gilbert and Anne have never been the same. Competitions, glances, rivalry, ignorance,and hate has driven the two to not talk to each other. But as time passes by and with the help of her best friend Diana, Anne has let that hate slide away and has allowed a little bit of likeness to come in through her heart towards Gilbert. And maybe..maybe love will happen. But besides that, Anne has her studies to worry about. She has her beloved best friend Diana, and she has her cold but kind Marilla and sweet Matthew:______________________________________________________________________________________________________But as she grows up Anne's life takes a turn of a grown women and she experiences how life truly is...harsh, unfair, and sad. But also wonderful. But there is something...a place that she will always remember and never forget...her Green Gables.“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” “It's not what the world holds for you. It's what you bring to it.”______________________________________ Anne of Green Gables is a beautiful book. It is one of my favorite classics and will forever stay in my heart. It is full of life, love, innocence, beauty, finding yourself,forgiveness, growing up, and it is tremendously funny! She is one of my favorite heroines and she is such a great example. I think you all know the reason why I gave this 5 stars and I don't really need to explain myself that much :D. But if you have never read this you should. Anne of Green Gables is a beautiful journey of a young girl and her imagination.“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”*All the pictures here I have created and added the effects,coloring, and words(except gifs and the collage up there).

  • James
    2018-10-16 21:50

    Book Review3+ of 5 stars to Anne of Green Gables, the first book in a series by L.M. Montgomery, written in 1902. I read this book nearly 30 years ago and had to refresh my memory a little, before writing the review. I'd forgotten it was part of a whole series. I read more than one, but not sure which other ones. I recall this first one... a tale about an orphan girl, acclimating to a new family, meeting friends and neighbors. On the outskirts, it's a coming-of-age tale about a young girl becoming a woman and learning about the realities of life. It's both a funny book to read and an educational one with some lessons. It's something every kid should read, just to understand how good they have it... or if they are adopted, to learn how to deal with it. Anne's a beautiful person, forgetting age for a few seconds. And whenever she's around, it sorta feels like the comforts of home. If you haven't sampled it, read one of the books in the series just to see what life was like for a girl like her over a century ago. It'll be a positive read, even so many years later.About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  • Samantha Penrose
    2018-10-18 17:03

    Ive decided that instead of reviewing this book, I will copy my favorite passages....passages that capture what I love about the book.....Page 180 describes Anne perfectly, "The downfall of some dear hope or plan plunged Anne into "deeps of affliction." The fulfilment thereof exalted her to dizzy realms of delight."I love the way Anne thinks...I love the way she jumps from thing to thing in a frenzy of thoughts.....Page 44 the chapter begins..."Do you know," said Anne confidently, "I've made up my mind to enjoy this drive. It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind that you will. Of course, you must make it up firmly. I am not going to think about going back to the asylum while we're having our drive. I'm just going to think about the drive. Oh, look, there's one little early wild rose out! Isn't is lovely? Don't you think it would be nice if roses could talk? I'm sure they would tell us such lovely things. And isn't pink the most bewitching color in the world? I love it, but I can't wear it. Redheaded people can't wear pink, not even in imagination. Did you ever know of anybody whose hair was red when she was young, but got to be another color when she grew up?"Page 123 ..."I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it? Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill-several thrills?"...I just love the writing in general...the choice of words is splendidPage 116 ...."But spruce groves are seductive and yellow nuts of gum beguiling...Page 147 "The warning seemed not unnecessary, so uplifted and aerial was Anne's expression and attitude as she sprang to her feet, her face irradiated with the flame of her spirit."Page 285 "But Anne with her elbows on the window sill, her soft cheek laid against her clasped hands, and her eyes filled with visions, looked out unheedingly across city roof and spire to that glorious dome of sunset sky and wove her dreams of a possible future from the golden tissue of youth's own optimism. All the beyond was hers with its possibilities lurking rosily in the oncoming years-each year a rose of promise to be woven into an immortal chaplet."Page 261 "Anne was sitting at her open window, for the time forgetful of the woes of examinations and the cares of the world, as she drank in the beauty of the summer dusk, sweet-scented with flower-breaths from the garden below and sibilant and rustling from the stirs of poplars. The eastern sky above the firs was flushed faintly pink from the reflection of the west, and Anne was wondering dreamily if the spirit of color looked like that, when she saw Diana come flying down through the firs, over the log bridge, and up the slope, with a fluttering newspaper in her hand."The descritions of nature cannot be beat...Page 147 "Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places. Afar in the southwest wwas the great shimmering, pearl-like sparkle of an evening star in a sky that was pale golden and ethereal rose over gleaming white spaces and dark glens of spruce. The tinkles of sleigh bells among the snowy hills came like elfin chimes through the frosty aie, but their music was not seeter than the song in Anne's heart and on her lips."Page 271 "Oh, it was good to be out agin in the purity and silence of the night! How great and still and wonderful everything was, with the murmur of the sea sounding through it and the darkling cliffs beyond like grim giants guarding enchanted coasts."Page 123 "October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths."And of course, how could you not love Anne's wisdom on the subject of growing up...Page 233 "That's the worst of growing up, and I'm begining to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don't seem half so wonderful to you when you get them."Page 251 "But dare I say ther'll be other things to worry me. They keep coming up new all the time-things to perplex you, you know. You settle on question and there's another right after. There are so many things to be thought over and decided when you're begining to grow up. It keeps me busy all the time thinking them over and deciding whats right. It's a serious thing to grow up, isn't it Marilla?"...

  • Apatt
    2018-09-26 19:08

    “Oh, I don’t mean just the tree; of course it’s lovely—yes, it’s radiantly lovely—it blooms as if it meant it—but I meant everything, the garden and the orchard and the brook and the woods, the whole big dear world. Don’t you feel as if you just loved the world on a morning like this? And I can hear the brook laughing all the way up here. Have you ever noticed what cheerful things brooks are? They’re always laughing. Even in winter-time I’ve heard them under the ice. I’m so glad there’s a brook near Green Gables. Perhaps you think it doesn’t make any difference to me when you’re not going to keep me, but it does. I shall always like to remember that there is a brook at Green Gables even if I never see it again. If there wasn’t a brook I’d be haunted by the uncomfortable feeling that there ought to be one. I’m not in the depths of despair this morning. I never can be in the morning. Isn’t it a splendid thing that there are mornings? But I feel very sad. I’ve just been imagining that it was really me you wanted after all and that I was to stay here for ever and ever. It was a great comfort while it lasted. But the worst of imagining things is that the time comes when you have to stop and that hurts.”I swear this is a rare French edition of Anne of Green Gables:I jest, but Anne's motormouth gabbing at Green Gables almost unmanned me. Not only does she never shut up, the twee nonsense she was carping on and on about made me cringe so hard I thought I was going to morph into an accordion. Fiddlesticks indeed! I did consider dropping the book after a few pages of Anne’s mind boggling loquaciousness but something about the book grabbed me when I wasn't looking. There is something rather compelling about the narrative which I could not quite put my finger on at that point, so I kept on reading. I am glad I did.This is going to make me sound terribly ignorant but I never heard of Anne of Green Gables until I read that Netflix was about to air a new adaptation of it. This piqued my interest because it is clearly not a kickass show like most of their recent series. Then I looked up the book on Librivox.org and I found that they have an audiobook of it, read by the excellent Karen Savage. That sealed the deal for me; it is free to read (or listen to) after all, there is no risk in giving it a shot.First published in 1908 Anne of Green Gables is about an orphan named Anne Shirley who is adopted by an old woman called Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew. They wanted to adopt a boy to help Matthew with his farm work but through some kind of snafu, the orphanage sent them a girl instead. Marilla wants to send her back immediately but kindhearted Matt enjoys listening to Anne’s crazy-ass chatter. Soon, however, Anne’s peculiar charms begin to get under her skin and she changes her mind. So Anne gets to live with them at their Green Gables house in Avonlea, a little town on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Pastoral mayhem ensues.Anne and her BFF Diana, art by Kasia1989 It took longer with me than with Marilla but Anne eventually got under my skin too. In spite of being bloody irritating she is interesting and her “joie de vivre”, fearlessness and optimism are infectious. I also enjoy the episodic scrapes she gets into over several chapters: almost breaking her neck, almost drowning, accidentally dyeing her hair green, breaking a slate over a boy's head etc. In George Elliott's lovelySilas Marner Elliott mentions an “unfolding of the soul” that resonates with me, it describes the life-changing effect that the introduction of a child into your life has on your perspective, your attitude, your behavior, and your very soul. There is an identical process going on in Anne of Green Gables with the hitherto terse and practical Marilla. I love this theme and enjoyed reading about her gradual transformation. As for Anne’s nonsensical chatter I become desensitized to it after a while and I was happy to let Anne be Anne. The timeline of the book also spans more years than I expected, I thought it was going to be about Anne getting into scrapes after scrapes until the book ends somehow, and that would have been alright with me. However, it turns out that the book depicts Anne’s coming of age, her gradual development from the age of eleven to sixteen. By the end of the book, Anne is much more mature and not so manic.There is a lighthearted and warm tone to Lucy Maud Montgomery which is a pleasure to read. This is “a book for all ages” so it is not exactly challenging to read. The characterization is very well done. The central characters are all believable and even lovable. The book actually becomes quite poignant towards the end and I closed the book with a happy sigh. There are eight sequels to this book I doubt I will read them all but I would be quite happy to check in on Anne again before too long.Notes:• I am a fan of Ms. Karen Savage’s audiobook narrations, she has such a pleasant reading voice. Her narration of Anne of Green Gables is her best yet. Her love for this book really comes through in her enthusiastic and passionate delivery. I am ever so grateful. (Download page).• Anne of Green Gables is a sort of CanadianSecret Garden orSilas Marner.• This book is not as widely read as I thought, my extremely well read BFF Cecily has never heard of it until this review, which probably means at least 50% of the world's reading population haven't. Have a look at the Netflix trailer, see if it's your thing (though there's more angst in the TV show than in the book).• Ten things Anne of Green Gables taught this Guardian journo. • Netflix’s adaptation (called Anne with an “E”) has been described as “gritty”, the grits are of their own manufacture; there is about as much grit in Anne of Green Gables as you would find in an average glass of milk. Amybeth McNulty who plays Anne is a fantastic young actress, her portrayal of Anne is top notched. The show looks good but I have to say I don't like the additional dark materials they put in, I think it is tonally at odds with the spirit of the book. I have seen a couple of episodes so far and a fairly minor incident in the book is blown up into a huge melodrama with a galloping horse chasing a train! (See message #17 by Tracey below for more details. Thanks, Tracey! 🤗) • It is called Anne with an “E” because that is her badass spelling of it, and she insists the E is always included even when people are vocalizing the name.• A minor complaint. Anne’s acrimonious relationship with Gilbert Blythe (who she whacks on the head with a slate) goes on too long on too trivial a basis to be reasonable or believable. I mean, he calls her carrot once and that started five years of animosity? Quotes:“The long platform was almost deserted; the only living creature in sight being a girl who was sitting on a pile of shingles at the extreme end. Matthew, barely noting that it was a girl, sidled past her as quickly as possible without looking at her. Had he looked he could hardly have failed to notice the tense rigidity and expectation of her attitude and expression. She was sitting there waiting for something or somebody and, since sitting and waiting was the only thing to do just then, she sat and waited with all her might and main.”“Listen to the trees talking in their sleep,” she whispered, as he lifted her to the ground. “What nice dreams they must have!”“Matthew, much to his own surprise, was enjoying himself. Like most quiet folks he liked talkative people when they were willing to do the talking themselves and did not expect him to keep up his end of it. But he had never expected to enjoy the society of a little girl. Women were bad enough in all conscience, but little girls were worse. He detested the way they had of sidling past him timidly, with sidewise glances, as if they expected him to gobble them up at a mouthful if they ventured to say a word. That was the Avonlea type of well-bred little girl. But this freckled witch was very different, and although he found it rather difficult for his slower intelligence to keep up with her brisk mental processes he thought that he “kind of liked her chatter.”But they shouldn’t call that lovely place the Avenue. There is no meaning in a name like that. They should call it—let me see—the White Way of Delight. Isn’t that a nice imaginative name? When I don’t like the name of a place or a person I always imagine a new one and always think of them so. There was a girl at the asylum whose name was Hepzibah Jenkins, but I always imagined her as Rosalia DeVere. Other people may call that place the Avenue, but I shall always call it the White Way of Delight.

  • Helene Jeppesen
    2018-09-22 18:01

    This was my first time reading "Anne of Green Gables" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a children's book, and so I was expecting a story with a lovely protagonist and some lovely and educating morals, and that's what I got. Anne is simply lovable from the very beginning where she's being fetched by Matthew on the train station to come live in Green Gables. She's highly enthousiastic about everything from the trees to the birds and the brook, and sometimes she was a bit too enthousiastic for my taste. Still, I loved her, because she was such a fierce and courageous little red-head at her age.I think that one thing about this book that appeals to children a lot is the fact that Anne has a vivid imagination. She can go on for pages about her thoughts and feelings while we, the readers, are waiting for the story to continue. I found those digressions very endearing, and they are definitely the reason why this children's book is actually over 400 pages long. The book turned into a narrative on Anne growing up, and each chapter became about a new episode in her life. That narrative style did become a bit too predictable for my taste, but in the end I still really liked this story because it warmed my heart and put a smile to my face.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-10-21 18:01

    I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but it turned out to be amazing! Anne herself is a lovable character and her antics and adventures are at times funny, at times sad and at times exciting. The Canadian landscapes were vibrantly described and the vocabulary was wonderful. Anyone who hasn't read this book should definitely do so.

  • Samantha
    2018-09-29 17:02

    Yup! Just as good as the last two times! <3

  • Loretta
    2018-10-06 22:05

    One I really should have read when I was younger. 😕

  • Jo
    2018-10-10 16:57

    "I don't believe I'd really want to be a sensible person, because they are so unromantic."A series of letters. Dear Jo (aged 11),Get off The Sims and pick up a copy of Anne of Green Gables and read it now. It will change your life.Best wishes,Jo (aged 22)Dear Ms Montgomery,I would like to take your beautiful prose and drape it over the washing line in my back garden to create a mystical den that only I and my friends may enter. Who would I have to talk to for this to happen?Thank you in advance,J.WDear Anne,I now understand completely why so many young girls (and some not so young girls!) have fallen in love with you over the years.You are simply marvellous and, even though I’m late to the party, you are making me feel like the guest of honour.I wish I had met you when I was younger so you could have taught me that it was OK to get lost in daydreams and not feel shy about looking at things a bit differently than other people.Because you and I and the rest of our kindred spirits really do have the best view.Lots of love,Jo.Gilbert- Just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I have a feeling that we’re going to get on splendidly in the future. Oh and I’d never crush your candied heart under my foot, though I’d probably just eat it. - J Dear Manchester,It has come to my attention that there are places in this world that are not rife with gangs of delinquents in hoodies, canals brimming with shopping trollies and boys who think it’s acceptable to wear jeggings. There is a place in this world where a “myriad of bees” hums over orchards with “a bridal flush of pinky-white bloom” and where brooks are heard laughing under the ice. You will not find sullen commuters who think it’s courteous to steal the last Metro in the morning. This is a place where you can drift “luxuriously out on a sea of daydreams” and eat plum pudding instead of a Greggs pasty and where “days slip[ped] by like golden beads on the necklace of the year.”This place has scope for imagination. (And it also has seasons other than ‘Grim’)And this place is called Prince Edward’s Island.Consider this your first warning, Manchester. If you don’t buck up your ideas, you will find yourself less one Mancunian.Yours Faithfully,J. Williams. Dear Boys who worked in the cocktail bar at Bangor SU about a year and a half ago, Remember my 21st birthday?That wasn’t raspberry cordial …. Was it?- A former student who would like to remain anonymous.

  • Duane
    2018-09-29 20:02

    When I read Anne of Green Gables I was admitted into the world of orphan Anne Shirley and her life in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I fell in love with her and her adoptive parents, brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Mrs. Rachel Lynde, her meddling neighbor, and Gilbert Blythe, who would become Anne's lifelong love, were also introduced early in this book, the first of eight novels telling the life story of Anne Shirley. I've read every one and it remains one of my favorite series.5 shining stars.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2018-09-23 17:10

    “It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” I finally finished this book. It's easy to get into but not one to fly through, plus I've been in a reading slump this month.Anne is a funny child - she's positive and hopeful and...talkative. It's impossible not to like her. As an adult reading this I understand Marilla because the child definitely was willful and up to getting into accidental mischief, although the beginning where they didn't want her because she was a 'useful boy' was just a shame of the times. I'm glad she was around to bring so much joy around to Avonlea, Marilla, Matthew and neighbors. When she amused them with her stories, she amused me at the same time.Each chapter is divided into an incident or event, which worked well for this type of the story. Montgomery's writing style is a delight, especially considering how old the book is. I can see why this classic has lasted through the ages. Through the afterword I found out how much it meant in particular countries for their hope after the war. Inspiring stuff.I can see why readers fall in love with Gilbert - I did myself (Carrots! Carrots!) This book works so well because it takes an unconventional girl filled with hope and wonder in the world, a girl who loves Octobers, nature, beauty, kindred spirits and friends. One loyal and ambitious and full of daydreams. I think this calls to something in all of us, a type of hopeful wonder that the world is always beautiful despite whatever wrenches are thrown in the way. This isn't the say Anne doesn't have a funny, frightful temper or that she doesn't hit with woes when warranted - actually she feels the intensity of lows as much as highs, making her a dramatic sort. This only makes her more endearing.I think the best part was the feelings she invoked in the practical and still Marilla and the shy and simple Matthew. A beautiful bonding of family tale.I haven't seen any movie or show adaptations of this one yet, but I somehow think the real beauty of the book can only come to life as its fullest in the written form.

  • Michael
    2018-10-21 23:07

    Heartwarming tale I missed from the gender tracking in the readings of youth. The red-headed orphan girl of 11 adopted by the middle-aged Cuthberts was quite the force of nature. Her power of imagination, romance, and language helped to melt their frozen hearts and properness of their childless, Calvinist household. She was not the farmworker they expected when they applied to the orphanage for a boy, but she brought them many gifts, such as the ability to laugh, appreciate play, and hope for the future. Some of the comic scenes were priceless for me, such as when she tried to dye away her red hair to solve the problem of teasing from her peers and ended up with green hair. Or when she accidentally served her new bosom friend Diana wine by mistake and got her drunk. We experience her dealing with many common moral issues of growing up, such as bullying, cliques, and unseemly emotions of jealousy, pride, and vindictiveness. Her stubborn grudge against Gilbert for making fun of her red hair lasts many years, despite his admiration and sincere apologies. Only when illness in the family makes her seek a teaching position in the village and Gilbert makes a sacrifice to allow that to happen does she come to realize her cruel mistake. It doesn’t take much imagination to suspect a romance for them in successor volumes of the original book. Living up near the Canadian Maritimes in Maine, I have had tours of New Brunswick, Quebec, and Nova Scotia but have not had the pleasure of Prince Edward Island. Here I got a nice sense of rural life there at the turn of the 20th century and delights of the island geography, which helped keep modernism at bay for awhile. My one regret with the read is little sense of Anne’s involvement with the hard work of running a farm. Despite certain tomboy ways, she seems to have been tracked into traditional girly ways of cooking, sewing, etc. Literature was her escape into imagination and the life of the mind, and her use of that pathway to become a teacher and nascent writer makes for her a wholesome model for young girls to this day.

  • Alex Farrand
    2018-10-05 16:16

    Alright, I liked it. It was a flat lined, static book, but Anne's personality made me like it. I thought this book was a cross between Little Women and the Little Princess. Little Women because there was no real climax to the book, but each chapter had it's lesson, but not as long and I didn't skim the last chapter. Little Princess because of her wild imagination to create stories. Then you add a character who has some flaws, red hair, and loves to talk in the mix and you have Anne of Green Gables. I was more interested in Gilbert and Anne's relationship. That is going to happen. *wink, wink* There were a few funny moments throughout the book. I might read the rest of the series. I could end here. Who knows.

  • Melki
    2018-10-04 17:14

    "Well now, she's a real interesting little thing," persisted Matthew.Truer words were never spoken when the whirlwind known as Anne Shirley comes to live with siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at Green Gables.In one terrific example of cosmic trickery, the Cuthberts, who were hoping to adopt a boy to help out around the farm, are sent instead a garrulous and imaginative, red-headed girl. Matthew takes to her immediately. Marilla needs some convincing."Matthew Cuthbert, you don't mean to say you think we ought to keep her!"Marilla's astonishment could not have been greater if Matthew had expressed a predilection for standing on his head."Well now, no, I suppose not -- not exactly," stammered Matthew, uncomfortably driven into a corner for his precise meaning. "I suppose -- we could hardly be expected to keep her.""I should say not. What good would she be to us?""We might be some good to her," said Matthew suddenly and unexpectedly.Poor Anne, who has spent her brief life in foster homes caring for the children of drunkards, or penned up in an orphan's asylum, is devastated."You don't want me!" she cried. "You don't want me because I'm not a boy!"But, of course she gets to stay, and as Matthew predicts, they are indeed good for her. The surprising thing is how good she is for them. Anne's unbounded enthusiasm for the world around her is infectious, and before long, Marilla finds herself reminded of the young girl she once was."All sorts of mornings are interesting, don't you think? You don't know what's going to happen through the day, and there's so much scope for imagination."Imagine Anne's delight at seeing Prince Edward Island for the first time.If you ever need a reminder of how amazing the world can be, look no further than Montgomery and her plucky, indomitable heroine.Green GablesThis book is my comfort food - my grilled cheese with tomato soup, my hot chocolate on a cold winter's day, my cupcakes with sugary frosting."Dear old world," she murmured, "you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you."

  • Ingela
    2018-09-30 20:05

    Loved by me, 5 BIG StarsAmazing Anne Shirley you should be a role model for many girls. Brave, strong willed and with such great dreams and big imagination.Gilbert Blythe was perhaps my first Book Boyfriend. Oh sweet, I was in love. Lovely, lovely Anne and Gilbert, what a good and nice young lovestory. Everything in this book series are wonderful. Then there's the great TV series.*) I loved it all ... and still do.I LIKE - enormously when I was young...~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*) The fun and wonderful TV series http://anne.sullivanmovies.com. Don't miss it - watch it with your daughter or just enjoy although you now are a grown up. Old classic girls' stories will never be outdated.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...and all these great old covers

  • m a r y l i z
    2018-09-25 19:59

    Five stars don't seem to do this beautiful book justice.This book is exactly what I needed at this point in my life. The poignant tale of a little freckled, red-haired girl growing up. Leaving childhood. But never forgetting the days of blissful youth, lingering still as she matures.This book made me cry. It made me laugh. It gave me thrills that shot through my heart and made my soul sing.I can't imagine my life now without Anne. The world is a better place because of the story about a starry-eyed girl in Avonlea.'Dear old world', she murmured, 'you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.' 5 stars!

  • Norah Una Sumner
    2018-10-16 20:52

    MY HEART IS SO FULL RIGHT NOW. I absolutely ADORED this book. I loved the writing so much and was surprised how lovely it is. The characters are, of course, already familiar to me but I think I love them even more now. Yes, I know, it's an unforgivable crime that I haven't read this book/series until now but maybe this was the perfect timing after all. Ah, I am so happy and content right now & I can't wait to continue this amazing journey with our Anne with an E.

  • Anne
    2018-10-05 21:50

    She danced up to the little looking-glass and peered into it. Her pointed freckled face and solemn gray eyes peered back at her.“You’re only Anne of Green Gables,” she said earnestly, “and I see you, just as you are looking now, whenever I try to imagine I’m the Lady Cordelia. But it’s a million times nicer to be Anne of Green Gables than Anne of nowhere in particular, isn’t it?”I'm so overjoyed to have finally read this. I've set my mind on reading more classics from now on, and I'll definitely see it done. I'll be moving slowly, I don't see myself going on a classic book binge anytime soon but I plan to have a proper count of read classics sooner than soon, little by little I'll build that shelf up.Story time...The name on my first birth certificate wasn't Anne, my parents named me Ann - and you'd think, "what's the difference?" Oh, but there is one - and I hated it. Just like Anne Shirley of Green Gables who said, "Anne is such an unromantic name" and thought that Ann was an even worse name than Anne, I too thought both names were terribly unromantic: Stiff, non-lyrical and final sounding. But I felt the latter was more forgiving than the former.In a moment of sheer foolishness, during my national exam(which all seniors have to take and pass in order to graduate from high school in my country), I put down my name as Anne and not Ann on all my papers in all the subjects I took. That was a very bad decision, I was 15 and so I was very accountable for my actions. The name on my result which came out months later didn't match the name on my birth certificate - and every other record of mine. I never realized until that moment how important identities are and how little things can make a big difference. I couldn't use my result to register for university, or use it at all because there were doubts pertaining to my claim as the owner of my result. All because of that small detail; absence of one silly letter 'e'. My father had to go to court and swear an affidavit of identify in my stead. And I was given a new birth certificate with my present name, Anne. I swear if I were my parents, I would have killed me. Bless my father for his patience. Though I do know I was no angel, I want to believe growing up Anne Shirley is an orphaned girl who is adopted by the elderly Cuthberts living at Green Gables in need of a handy-boy to help with domestic and field work. Needless to say, her adoption was a mistake, because obviously Anne is not a boy. Somehow Anne's charm and potential doesn't leave the pair unaffected, so they decide to keep her. And thus begins the tale of Anne of Green Gables.Anne reminds me so much of myself. It's absolutely no surprise that I identified with her so much, it's very possible I fastened onto her character so passionately because of our shared name. I can't even count how many times I went- "That's what I said!" everytime she said something that resembled thoughts I'd once had or words I'd once spoken. I don't know...at this moment I just feel glad for my moment of foolishness that earned me the name Anne.I feel glad about the existence of this book.Even if I had to peel the personal off this review, the facts would still remain; Anne is a divine and sound model character who is easily loved. Her relationship with those around her, and her radiant effect on them was such a pleasant thing to read. I was so thankful with her for her loving adopters who took it upon themselves to raise her right and iron out her kinks, but also appreciate and commend the good in her. I was grateful for every kindred spiritshe encountered along the way. A letter to the girl whose name I shareDear Anne,You are such a dear character with a resonating story. So animated and full of life, I swear I could almost feel all your emotions rolling off the pages of the book, I imagined I could reach out, grab and bottle them all up. All your emotions and thoughts, your very fertile imagination and highly opinionated thoughts. I don't think it's possible to read about a character as talkative and affective as you. I wish I had met you when I was younger and fallen in love with you just as I have now. You're the epitome of childlike wonder and you remind me(and lots of girls around the world) of the beauty of innocence and starry-eyed wondering world of a child; of what it felt like to imagine up all the most insane and ridiculous things from the depths of my mind and be content and pleased at my own capacity; of memories of mischief and caprice which are given to childhood days, because to be a child means to make blunders and be rigorous, hopeful and full of dreams. You remind me of what it feels like to be amazed at the capacity of the world in itself. I hope people continue to read about you, I hope you continue to inspire and comfort many as the times change. As for me, I take the best of you you give, and the rest, those too I'll endeavour to keep - meaning all of you. Thank you for words like these; "Dear old world," she murmured, "you are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you."Yours fondly,Anne.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2018-09-27 18:01

    It's hard to believe I had not read this book until now. I thought I had read most of the children's classics (except Laura Ingalls Wilder and Old Yeller), but I guess not. I am so glad that this was nominated as the July read for the Classics for Beginners Group. It lit a fire under me to read this finally. This was a fantastic book.I have a list of singular heroines and I'm adding Anne to my list. Anne is so lovable. Even with all her flaws, or maybe because of them. She is prone to making mistakes, she talks a lot, she tends to in her head and forgets what she's doing (that sounds familiar to me), and she's a huge dreamer. The last trait is what I believed helped her to survive a very sad childhood. Anne is a young girl who never lost hope and hope keeps a person alive. Anne has the power to change people's lives, and it's evident in this story. The way she causes Matthew to love her is so effortlessly done. He picks her up at the train station, a shy man who in his own words, doesn't know how to talk to or deal with girls or women, and she has him eating out of the palm of her hand by the time they get home, just by her easy way of talking to him and allowing him to listen. It's beautiful. In fact, that was my favorite thing about this book, Anne's relationship with Matthew.Marilla is a difficult nut to crack. She doesn't want to keep Anne at first, but Anne works her magic on Marilla and the next thing she knows, she's living with them instead of the boy they wanted to help work on the farm. Marilla is very hard on Anne and is sparing with praise, but it's evident as the story progresses how deeply she loves Anne. I was actually very touched at the reveal on how Marilla came to love Anne. I knew that Matthew adored Anne from the beginning, but Marilla tempers her reaction to Anne in every way, out of her sense of duty. The show of love that occurs between a found family always gets me.In my opinion, Anne is very easy to love. She is a person of very strong emotion, and nothing really can temper that. While she seems to take the trauma of her past in stride, what's going on daily in her life always impacts her deeply. She loves fiercely and dislikes the same way. She's one of those people who will never mislead a person about where they stand with them. That's refreshing. Even when she's tough on others, such as Gilbert Blythe, her rival. It takes her a long time to forgive him for what happens that he inadvertently causes, but Gilbert still has feelings for her. I liked that her ongoing rivalry with Gilbert is an ongoing motif of Anne's school life through this book. Also her friendship with Diana. Diana and Anne have one of those friendships that ideally every child should have. As life changes, your friendship continues through life.The island of Prince Edward and Green Gables is another character. Green Gables is a magical place through Anne's eyes. She has such a unique way of viewing the world, although it does get her in trouble sometimes. I loved her exploits, they made me laugh, but also they showed how Anne changes lives just by being herself. The current events of the time play out in the periphery, such as the political status of the country and the way that the roles and opportunities for women are changing.Life is hard, and LM Montgomery doesn't pretend otherwise, but there are so many "pockets of joy" as my sister phrases it, throughout our lives, and we just need to calibrate ourselves to take those in.This book entertained me, enchanted and charmed me and made me cry like a baby. If you have read this, although you probably have, I highly recommend reading this book sooner rather than later.

  • Erin
    2018-09-22 22:52

    I had never written a review because I have read this Canadian classic probably about a thousand times! It's probably also the reason that I eventually went and completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island. Montgomery's Anne Shirley made me a reader. My mom started reading this series to me when I was 6. We started with Green Gables and worked our way through all the books in the series. To this day, I always know what part my mom is reading because she always cries at certain parts ( for example, when Marilla realizes how much she has come to love Anne). My mom and I read those books so much that it was a magical Christmas when she presented me with my own bookset.The tale of the Nova Scotian orphan that went to live in the fictional village of Avonlea, PEI and had an imagination that was limitless will forever be etched on my heart.

  • Manybooks
    2018-09-27 17:51

    Simply rating L.M. Montgomery's's Anne of Green Gables is (for me at least) ridiculously easy (five well deserved stars, and a permanent residence on my favourites shelf). That being said, and unfortunately, posting an actual review is proving both daunting and exceedingly difficult, for how do I review a favourite both childhood and adulthood comfort read in a way that is even remotely adequate, that not only shows my deep and lasting appreciation of and for Anne of Green Gables (and L.M. Montgomery as an author) whilst also providing an analysis, a presentation that is more than simply a gushing and unserious love declaration? And thus, while I have finally decided (while I have finally dared) to post a review, I already suspect, I already kind of know that the latter will in no way be worthy of either Anne of Green Gables or author L.M. Montgomery (at least according to my own rather exacting academic standards). But I do hope that my poor words, my musings, will at least prove sufficient to stimulate interest, especially amongst those of you who have not as yet read this sweet and poignant classic of Canadian children's literature (and its sequels). And suffice it to say that I obviously most strongly recommend Anne of Green Gables for anyone (both children and adults), just as I also and with equal strength of conviction recommend both the sequels and really almost everything penned by L.M. Montgomery.What, and speaking here as an older adult who has read and reread Anne of Green Gables at least twenty or more times since the early 80s, continues to astound, continues to most pleasantly amaze, is that although Anne of Green Gables is now over a century old (it was first published in 1908), many if not most of its themes are still remarkably fresh and actually even current, recent. Anne Shirley's starved for love childhood, her sad and lonely life before she arrives at Green Gables as a penniless and in most ways friendless orphan (and although Anne's past is never dwelt on in much detail, it is still nevertheless always clearly palpable and present between the lines of Montgomery's narrative), her struggles to settle in at Green Gables and Avonlea (which actually kind of goes both ways, as the Cuthberts and the residents of Avonlea also have to get used to Anne, her ways, her behaviours and, of course, her often overactive imagination) these are all problems, these are all potential issues that if one considers, if one thinks outside of the proverbial box, are not really that much different from those faced by recent refugees settling in a new country, children who are adopted or placed into foster care (even simply immigrating, moving to a new city, changing schools and such can present similar challenges both then and now). And fortunately, most laudably, L.M. Montgomery (while of course first and foremost on Anne's side and presenting Anne's point of view, Anne's story, Anne's hopes, despairs and feelings) also clearly acknowledges and demonstrates the difficulties, the both humorous and also potentially serious issues and scenarios that Anne's arrival in PEI, at Green Gables, causes for Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, Rachel Lynde, the school teacher, basically the entire small town of Avonlea. When I first read Anne of Green Gables as a teenager (and yes, even during my first few rereads of the novel in my early 20s), while I absolutely adored and appreciated Anne, Matthew and even Marilla to a point, I had a critical if not actually a rather nasty and frustrated response and attitude towards the character of Rachel Lynde; all I could see was her tendency towards gossip and that she was often rather majorly judgmental. The rather obvious fact that many of the residents of Avonlea, including Marilla Cuthbert, are not only similarly disposed as Rachel Lynde, but that in many ways, especially Marillla is much more unbending and much of a martinet with regard to child raising and discipline than Rachel, that realisation has come slowly, but always increasingly surely. And in fact, (although Anne Shirley herself and perhaps even L.M. Montgomery might well chafe at this assessment), Rachel Lynde as a character, as a person, is actually rather akin to Anne Shirley in many important, essential ways, and vice versa. Yes, Anne definitely has more imagination and more of a sense for the poetic, but both Anne and Rachel are curious, take pleasure in speaking their minds and also often say the wrong things at the wrong times (although of course, this is more publicly accepted of Rachel Lynde, as she is an adult and a respected member of Avonlea society, while with regard to Anne Shirely, she is not only a newcomer and an orphan, but there also exists the traditional dictum that children should be seen and not heard). And while many Avonlea residents do at least privately consider Rachel Lynne somewhat of a busybody, if you really read between the lines, if you actually delve into the bowels of L.M. Montgomery's text, Rachel Lynde, even with all of her faults, cares deeply for Avonlea and her fellow man (in an almost matriarchal and all encompassing manner). Unlike Marilla, for example, Rachel firmly believes that there is not one way of raising children (and that Marilla dressing Anne so shabbily and plainly will likely NOT cause Anne to embrace a spirit of humility, but rather lead to jealously and envy). And while Marilla generally and rather strictly (at least until the end of Anne of Green Gables) tries to engage in the ancient and much annoying and counterproductive attitude that one should be generous with one's criticism and more, no very, miserly with one's praise of children, of people, Rachel Lynde firmly and strongly believes that one should give praise when and where this is due, a life affirming and supportive philosophy she not only believes in, but resolutely practices and adheres to.Now finally, I also do NOT in any way think that Anne of Green Gables is perfect as a novel, that there are not some minor authorial weaknesses present (it does NOT change my love and appreciation for both story and author, it is simply a reality of which I am aware and that I willingly accept and embrace). While I have in general always adored and actually often passionately loved L.M. Montgomery's charactisations, her literary ability to present living and breathing characters with whom I can easily and readily identify (even if for some of these characters, some of these depicted, crafted individuals, I might not like them on a personal level, even if for some of them, I might even much despise them), I guess for me, there is one main exception to this, as the only Montgomery characters which I (and not just in the Anne of Green Gables series either) tend to often find a bit wooden and lacking in personality are boys (not toddlers, but male children from around the ages of ten or so until young adult). Now I do realise that this is a bit overly simple and even generalising, but especially in the Anne series, and particularily in the first two books of said series, the diverse Avonlea schoolboys who both taunt and are sweet on Anne Shirely, they always seem (at least to me) to be somewhat lacking in brilliance and character (not only compared with and to Anne, but actually with and to many of the other teenaged Avonlea girls as well, such as Diana Barry, Jane Andrews, Ruby Gillis and even an enemy of Anne's like Josie Pye). I just do not personally find Charley Sloane, Moody Spurgeon et al all that interestingly portrayed (and while that might have been a deliberate narrative strategy by Montgomery, even Gilbert Blythe, I find rather insipid and much too commonplace, too standard, and even tedious as a character until Anne and he get married, until Anne's House of Dreams, although he does begin to show some promise in Anne of the Island).

  • Franklin Peach
    2018-10-04 23:53

    To be brutally honest, I was disappointed. I found Anne quite often to be annoying and found my self skimming through many of her rambling soliloquies. Many (especially those of the female gender I suppose) may find her apt to talk ad nauseum to be one of her most enduring qualities, I however did not.I discovered that it was difficult for me to continue reading once the characters had been established, that is I had no motivation to continue reading as there appeared to be no underlying plot to the book. Each chapter was it's own story and there was very little connecting one chapter to the next, so after you finished a chapter it's easy to put the book down and not be in the least bit curious was was going to happen next. After reading about 3/4 of the book, I must have put it down for two weeks as I did not care was was going to happen next, nor did it seem to matter as the next chapter was just as likely to be the same as the last one: Anne would get into some minor scrape which would be resolved in one way or another by its conclusion.Having said that, I must conclude that I was glad I did finish it. The last two or three chapters were by far the best of the book and they did bring the conclusion of the book to a wonderful little ending. Keeping with my policy of not posting spoilers, all I will say about this is that it was nice to see the person that Anne grew into. I started the book with the hope of understanding young girls just a little bit better as I have two daughters of my own. I think that in the end I was successful in that, at least to some degree, however I'm not sure that I could stand living in a young girls world for any sustained length of time