Thursday, September 23, 2010
REVIEW: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
From Amazon: "When Marilla Cuthbert's brother, Matthew, returns home to Green Gables with a chatty redheaded orphan girl, Marilla exclaims, "But we asked for a boy. We have no use for a girl." It's not long, though, before the Cuthberts can't imagine how they could ever do without young Anne of Green Gables--but not for the original reasons they sought an orphan. Somewhere between the time Anne "confesses" to losing Marilla's amethyst pin (which she never took) in hopes of being allowed to go to a picnic, and when Anne accidentally dyes her hated carrot-red hair green, Marilla says to Matthew, "One thing's for certain, no house that Anne's in will ever be dull."
Marilla had it right. The entire story of Anne's first four years at Green Gables did not contain one dull moment. At first she was the orphan no one wanted but with her wild imagination and free spirit Anne grew on everyone in Avonlea from Marilla and Matthew to the town busy-body Ms. Lynde to her classmates. Anne has many adventures throughout the book along with her best friend Diana Barry whom she meets shortly after coming to Avonlea. It seems Anne cannot go anywhere or do anything without something disastrous occurring. Some of the adventures which would seem mundane if they were had by other children are brought to life by plucky Anne. As I was reading I couldn't help but thinking what a wonderful imagination the author had to create such a character. This book was first published in 1908 but it is so well written the story would still appeal to kids today. I am glad that I finally picked up this book after having not read it when I was younger. I plan to read the entire series now. I love it when I have the preconceived notion that I will not like a book for one reason or another (with this one I thought I'm too old to be reading it) and then I am pleasantly surprised. I really can't say much more other than give Anne a try if you haven't. You may be surprised at how much you like her too :)
This book is from my own personal library