Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables Series #1)

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables Series #1)

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Overview

As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever...but will the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected-a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special-a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

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ISBN-13: 9781402714511
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Anne of Green Gables Series
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 56,174
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874–April 24, 1942) publicly known as L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success. The central character, Anne, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. The first novel was followed by a series of sequels. Montgomery went on to publish twenty novels as well as 500 short stories and poems. Because many of the novels were set on Prince Edward Island, Canada and the Canadian province became literary landmarks. She was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.

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Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.

There are plenty of people, in Avonlea and out of it, who can attend closely to their neighbors business by dint of neglecting their own; but Mrs. Rachel Lynde was one of those capable creatures who can manage their own concerns and those of other folks into the bargain. She was a notable housewife; her work was always done and well done; she "ran" the Sewing Circle, helped run the Sunday-school, and was the strongest prop of the, Church Aid Society and Foreign Missions Auxiliary. Yet with all this Mrs. Rachel found abundant time to sit for hours at her kitchen window, knitting "cotton warp" quilts—she had, knitted sixteen of them, as Avonlea housekeepers were wont to tell in awed voices-and keeping a sharp eye on the main road that crossed the hollow and wound up the steep red hill beyond. Since Avonlea occupied a little triangularpeninsula jutting out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with water on two sides of it, anybody who went out of it or into it had to pass over that hill road and so run the unseen gauntlet of Mrs. Rachel's all-seeing eye.

She was sitting there one afternoon in early June. The sun was coming in at the window warm and bright; the orchard on the slope below the house was in a bridal flush of pinky-white bloom, hummed over by a myriad of bees. Thomas Lynde-a meek little man whom Avonlea people called "Rachel Lynde's husband"-was sowing his late turnip seed on the hill field beyond the barn; and Matthew Cuthbert ought to have been sowing his on the big red brook field away over by Green Gables. Mrs. Rachel knew that he ought because she had heard him tell Peter Morrison the evening before in William J. Blaire's store over at Carmody that he meant to sow his turnip seed the next afternoon. Peter had asked him, of course, for Matthew Cuthbert had never been known to volunteer information about anything in his whole life.

And yet here was Matthew Cuthbert, at half-past three on the afternoon of a busy day, placidly driving over the hollow and up the hill; moreover, he wore a white collar and his best suit of clothes, which was plain proof that he was going out of Avonlea; and he had the buggy and the sorrel mare, which betokened that he was going a considerable distance. Now, where was Matthew Cuthbert going and why was he going there?

Had it been any other man in Avonlea Mrs. Rachel, deftly putting this and that together, might have given a pretty good guess as to both questions. But Matthew so rarely went from home that it must be something pressing and unusual which was taking him; he was the shyest man alive and hated to have to go among strangers or to any place where he might have to talk. Matthew, dressed up with a white collar and driving in a buggy, was something that didn't happen often. Mrs. Rachel, ponder as she might, could make nothing of it and her afternoo's enjoyment was spoiled.

"I'll just step over to Green Gables after tea and find out from Marilla where he's gone and why," the worthy woman finally concluded. "He doesn't generally go to town this time of year and he new visits; if he'd run out of turnip seed he wouldn't dress up and take the buggy to go for more; he wasn't driving fast enough to be going for the doctor. Yet something must have happened since List night to start him off. I'm clean puzzled, that's what, and I won't know a minute's peace of mind or conscience until I know what has taken Matthew Cuthbert out of Avonlea today-"

Accordingly after tea Mrs. Rachel set out; she had not far to go; the big, rambling orchard-embowered house where the Cuthberts lived was a scant quarter of a mile up the road from Lynde's Hollow. To be sure, the long lane made it a good deal further. Matthew Cuthberfs father, as shy and silent as his son after him, had got as far away as he possibly could from his fellow men without actually retreating into the woods when he founded his homestead. Green Gables was built at the furthest edge of his cleared land and there it was to this day, barely visible from the main road along which all the other Avonlea houses were so sociably situated. Mrs. Rachel Lynde did not call living in such a place living at all.

1. It's just staying, that's what," she said as she stepped along the deep-rutted, grassy lane bordered with wild rose bushes. "Ifs no wonder Matthew and Marilia are both a little odd, living away back here by themselves. Trees aren't much company, though dear knows if they were there'd be enough of them. I'd ruther look at people. To be sure, they seem contented enough; but then, I suppose, they're used to it. A body can get used to anything even to being hanged, as the Irishman said."


From the Audio Cassette edition.

Copyright 1982 by L.M. Montgomery

Table of Contents

What People are Saying About This

Alfred Breit

Lawrence was concerned with one end: to reveal how love, how a relationship between a man and a woman can be most touching and beautiful, but only if it is unihibited and total.

Reading Group Guide

1.  The critic Julian Moynahan argues that “Lady Chatterley’s Lover dramatizes two opposed orientations toward life, two distinct modes of human awareness, the one abstract, cerebral, and unvital; the other concrete, physical, and organic.” Discuss.

2.  What is the role of the manor house, the industrial village, and the wood in the novel?

3.  Many critics have argued that while Lady Chatterley’s Lover represents a daring treatment of sexuality, it is an inferior work of art, though other critics have called it a novel of the first rank. (“Lady Chatterley’s Lover, ” F. R. Leavis writes, “is a bad novel, ” while Anaïs Nin, on the other hand, describes it as “artistically . . . [Lawrence’s] best novel.”) What do you think?

4.  In “Apropos of Lady Chatterley’s Lover” (a defense of the book that he published in 1930), Lawrence wrote that “the greatest need of man is the renewal forever of the complete rhythm of life and death, the rhythm of the sun’s year, the body’s year of a lifetime, and the greater year of the stars, the soul’s year of immortality.” How is the theme of resurrection played out in the novel?

5.  From the time it was banned from unexpurgated publication in the United States and Britain until the trials in the late 1950s and early 1960s that resulted in the lifting of the ban, and even more recently, critics have argued over whether Lady Chatterley’s Lover is obscene and vulgar. Lawrence argues in “Apropos of Lady Chatterley’s Lover”that “we shall never free the phallic reality [i. e., sex] . . . till we give it its own phallic language and use the obscene words”; his goal was to purify these words. Critics have disagreed as to whether he succeeded in this goal; Richard Aldington notes, for example, that the words are “incrusted with nastiness” and “cannot regain their purity” and Graham Hough argues that “the fact remains that the connotations of the obscene physical words are either facetious or vulgar.” Do you think the novel is obscene or vulgar, or do you think Lawrence succeeds in his mission?

6.  “The essential function of art is moral, ” Lawrence once wrote. “Not aesthetic, not decorative, not pastime and recreation. But moral.” Do you think this proposition informs the shape, structure, and meaning of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and if so, how?

7.  Critics have often complained that one of Lawrence’s weaknesses as a novelist is his characterization. So John Middleton Murry writes of Sons and Lovers that “we can discern no individuality whatever in the denizens of Mr. Lawrence’s world. We should have thought that we should have been able to distinguish between male and female at least. But no! Remove the names, remove the sedulous catalogues of unnecessary clothing . . . and man and woman are as indistinguishable as octopods in an aquarium tank.” And Edwin Muir comments generally that “we remember the scenes in his novels; we forget the names of his men and women. We should not know any of them if we met them in the street.” Do you think this applies in the case of Lady Chatterley’s Lover? If so, do you think it is a fault or a virtue?

8.  How does nature imagery function in the novel?

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Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
CassidyR More than 1 year ago
Anne of Green Gables is a novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It is titled Anne of Green Gables because it follows the adventures of a mischievous girl, Anne Shirley, who lives in Green Gables. The story takes place in the 1890's and follows Anne through several years of her life. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert had decided to adopt a boy to help on the farm. Instead the orphanage sent a talkative and troublesome girl. They were going to send her back, but quickly came to love Anne and decided to adopt her. The major conflict of the story is Marilla's trouble raising Anne, the protagonist. The rising action involves Anne's imagination, which always provokes her to do foolish things. In addition, Gilbert Blythe (the antagonist) provokes Anne. There never is a true turning point in the book. Anne promises to behave after each incident, but once again finds trouble. The resolution is made when Matthew, her adopted father, dies. Anne promises Matthew she'll behave just before he passes away. The characters and the plot in the book were very well developed and believable. The writing in Anne of Green Gables was vividly descriptive. Anne always liked to imagine things, and often times the book would describe in detail what she dreamed of. The dialogue used was 3rd person. One of my favorite passages was, "Pretty? Oh pretty doesn't seem to be the right word. Nor beautiful, either. They don't go far enough. Oh, it was wonderful- wonderful. It is the first thing I saw that couldn't be improved by imagination." The theme of Anne of Green Gables would be imagination can make the rainiest days bright. The author is trying to say that imagination can lift you through troubled times. I really liked the book Anne of Green Gables. It was very entertaining and I would suggest it to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really had fun to read this book. This book refreshed my brain from the real world.
FunBookWorm11 More than 1 year ago
Anne of Green Gables: Book Review "I'll try and do anything and be anything you want, if you'll only keep me." Anne said. "Well," said Marilla. "I suppose I might as well tell you. Matthew and I have decided to keep you-that is if you will try to be a good little girl and show yourself grateful. Why, child, whatever is the matter?" " I'm crying," said Anne. "I can't think why. I'm glad as can be. I'm so happy. But can you tell me why I'm crying?" Anne Shirley is not an ordinary child. She is a little orphan girl who always talks and tries to make everything exciting. She is imaginative and has lots of ambitions even as a little girl. Anne has an atrocious and frightening life until she mistakenly comes to the Cuthberts' house. The Cuthberts are looking for a boy for help in their daily chores, due to becoming old, but when they meet the interesting Anne, the Cuthberts can't resist adopting her. Anne gets so excited and thanks the Cuthberts for their kindness to her. Ms. Cuthbert wants Anne to be a smart and humble old-fashioned girl while the quiet Mr. Cuthbert only wants to make Anne happy. This story tells about Anne's adventurous life as she adapts to her new environment, including making friends and going to school. Anne also struggles to fit in with all of the older, prettier girls in her surroundings. Beside a few weak and boring parts, this story is fun, exciting, and suspenseful, and it is thrilling to watch Anne as she grows up and tries to make the best of herself. I would recommend this lovable young adult novel to all those people who have ever wondered how it feels to be an orphan.
Bookworm1279 More than 1 year ago
Anne Shirley comes to Green Gables in hopes of finding a home to call home at last. That she does find in Matthew and Marilla who take her in. Of course at first Marilla does not want her because she is not a boy who she wanted but Matthew has fallen in love with Anne wants her to stay. Stay she does and changes their lives forever. She had her ways of living and seening life and gets into plenty of trouble all on her own. Even Gilbert had noticed Anne he does something that Anne really does not like and ends up not likeing him for what he even though he is sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it makes you Feel good inside and you will laugh out loud in this sweet daring and funny adventure of anne of green gables
AvidEntertainmentQueen More than 1 year ago
Anne of Green Gables is a story about a little girl with a HUGE imagination. The language used makes the book sound like it should be worth a million dollars. The richness of the classical literature will leave you breathless and wanting to frame this book for all to see. On a personal note, this book is at the top of my favorites list; in fact, I love it so much that I have multiple copies! Call me crazy, but this book is a treasured gem in the world of children's classics. Every child should read this book because it will enrich their childhood and fill them with an avid appreciation for poetry, literatue, and life. Overall, a great read! Life-changing!
WI-mom4 More than 1 year ago
Got this book for my daughter. We enjoyed reading it together and she is interested in reading the other books of the series as well.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
I've begun re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series. I've just finished the first book and enjoyed it just as much, if not more, as I did when I was twelve!

When Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert, an aging brother and sister, send away for an orphan boy to help out on the farm they are sent a little girl instead by mistake. They decide to keep Anne and it's the best decision of their lives. They fall in love with the little freckle faced redhead as does everyone around her. You can't help but love her dramatic imagination and mischievous ways. She comes to the Cuthbert house of Green Gables as an eleven year old and at the end of the book she's nearly an adult at the age of sixteen. The years she spends at Green Gables and the town of Avonlea are filled with amusing adventures and misshapes usually brought about by Anne's overactive imagination. The story takes place on Canada's Prince Edward Island and the island comes to life beautifully through the eyes of Anne. This charming story is perfect for all ages and one to be enjoyed over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was by far one of the best that I have ever read. I simply love the fact that the author expressed Anne's feelings and dialoge with such vivid details. As I read how Anne adjusted to everyday life at Green Gables, I saw everything as clearly as a movie. The author- L.M. Montggomer did an awesome job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann of the Green Gables was an amazing book. It is about a girl named Anne who came to the Green Gables and started a life with Marilla and Matthew when they adopted her. Then she grows up with them and her best friend and on the way have fun times, sad times, and even some misunderstanding times. I recommend this book to someone who wants to read a good classic book and a few laughs from time to time. There were a lot of fun times in Ann of the Green Gables. Like there was a part where Ann and Diana decide on being Blossom Friends, which kind of means BFFs. There was also when Ann and her friends act out a play near the river. Then there was when Ann and Diana go see a concert in the city. Overall, this book was probably almost all filled with fun things happening. There was also alot of sad times in Ann of the Green Gables too. Like when Marilla almost didn¿t let Ann stay at the Green Gables. And there was also when Diana¿s mom would not let her play with Ann for a long time and when Ann woulds not go out of her room because of that. Even though there was alot of fun things, there was still alot of sad times in the book. There might have been mostly sad and fun times in Ann of the Green Gables but there was a few times where things were a little misunderstanding. Like when Diana¿s mom thought that Ann made Diana drunk when it was only a mistake. And there was when Ann bought hair dye from an Italian and it made her hair turn green and then Marilla made her shave her head. There weren¿t many parts like that but they were the funniest parts to read. Overall this book is a great classic and I certainly had fun reading it. I would recommend it to someone who loves to read good, funny classic books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne of Green Gables is an excellent book. I would recommend this book to an eighth grader because for me, as a seventh grader, Anne’s complex words were a little hard to read in a sentence and left me stumbling.This book is about an orphan girl who is adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert . Anne and her best friend Diana Barry had a lot of interesting adventures throughout the book. This book was boring at first but ended up to be a book that I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne and puffed sleeves you can never take that thought out of her head
MissBoyer3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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." And no book that she's in will be, either.
checkadawson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A headstrong, young orphan girl grows up in her adopted family on Prince Edward Island. A young adult classic. Perfectly constructed and enjoyed by adults and children.
loverofbooks79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne Shirley warms the hearts of two people Marilla and Matthew Cuthbets take in this child. Anne has been going from home to home for some time now. She meets the Cuthberts and warms there hearts especially Matthew who is not so easy to get to. I love this story have seen the movie about dozen times but love the book.
callmecordelia1912 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne of Green Gables is by far my favorite book and is has been ever since I was child. I find the story heartwarming, and all the scrapes she gets in always makes me laugh.
apartmentcarpet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A staid old brother and sister take in an orphan with a huge imagination. I adored this book when I was little, and it has held up well. Even as an adult, I am able to enjoy it.
llamkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It has been my very favorite for as long as I can remember. My Mother checked it out from the Library to read to me when I was very young. I reread the whole series on my own in High School and often watch the Kevin Sullivan Movie version of the story. It is comfort food for the soul!
rainpebble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't truly a review but just a bit of trivia about the author. I think we all know the story of Anne of Green Gables and I loved it and have loved it again and again. Anne Shirley is someone I would have loved to have had for a best friend growing up. Her escapades are hysterical and she is sooo dramatic. I really liked that I was able to connect with all the characters in the book and that Montgomery has created such complete characters; so well rounded and fleshed out.I took Anne of Green Gables to bed with me last evening and enjoyed her tremendously. I bought my copy of the book at my favorite used book store (sadly out of business now) and inside the book was a four page story on the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was quite interesting. I, without really thinking about it, always just assumed anyone who wrote such happy books was quite a happy person. Apparently Mz. Montgomery had quite a bit of hardship in her life. Her mother died when she was two of T.B. and she was raised by her maternal grandparents. She became a school teacher until the death of her grandfather whereupon she returned to tend her grandmother and the farm where she was raised.Her grandmother died in 1911 and she married a local minister who suffered profoundly of depression and melancholy. She, herself suffered "nervous spells" and severe headaches.But she continued to write the Anne series and then the Emily series, which she said was much more autobiographical. In 1933 she became ill and her husband suffered influenza, and a complete nervous breakdown and was entered into a sanitarium. She said that was "the most terrible year I have ever lived." She, herself had a minor breakdown in 1936. Her husband retired and she wrote her last book, Anne of Ingleside.She died in 1942 and her husband survived her by only one year.One just never knows.
babemuffin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely thoroughly loved re-reading this - it has been quite awhile (at least a decade!) since I read it last. Gilbert Blythe did not feature as prominently in the book as I thought he did (he's always there but more as 'one we shall not named or talked about'). Very refreshing, very funny, very touching (I cried when Matthew Cuthbert died - I had to surreptitiously wiped my tears away as again I am reading @ work). Great characters, definitely enjoyed the scrapes Anne inescapably gets into, her long-winded but interesting way of conversing & her development / maturity in time. And what could wrap up the story better than a new friendship with an 'enemy'. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908, is a classic known the world around for its irrepressible, lovable heroine and great good humor. In Anne, L. M. Montgomery has created one of those iconic, inimitable literary characters who take on a life outside their stories. It is my all-time favorite comfort read, a book I nearly memorized as a child because I revisited it so often. I remember how rich I felt when my mother gave me the complete set. When the brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with the chores, Anne Shirley is sent to them by mistake. They decide to keep her, to her great joy, and soon learn that Anne is not like other children. As an orphan thrown on charity, she has sustained her dreary existence with a strange dream-life, comforting herself with the fancies of her mobile imagination. She is a passionate lover of beauty and romance, but that doesn't prevent her from getting into the most embarrassing and ridiculous scrapes. Anne manages to set her best friend drunk, dye her hated red hair green, flavor a cake with anodyne liniment instead of vanilla, and commit many other mistakes that make Marilla despair of her ¿ and all with the most innocent intentions! But though this is a very funny book, that isn't all it is. Books with only humor to recommend them don't inspire the kind of lifelong love Anne fans have for the series. Montgomery's characterizations are one of the main strengths of the book. Characters like officious Mrs. Rachel Lynde, repressed Marilla, shy Matthew ¿ even minor characters like severe Mrs. Barry and coquettish Ruby Gillis ¿ are drawn with such skill. Montgomery lets her characters be themselves, even if that means that sympathetic characters are foolish, prejudiced, or ridiculous at times. Avonlea may seem idyllic with its homey, warm atmosphere, but its people are not perfect by any stretch. They gossip, argue, backbite, act selfishly and self-righteously, and in general behave like people everywhere else. This is a far cry from the type of children's fiction that paints all adults as wise, understanding beings. Oh no! The people in Avonlea are shown with all their flaws, often through the medium of Mrs. Lynde's busy tongue. And what delightful speeches Montgomery gives her characters! Each has a distinct voice, and Anne especially is wonderful. Much of the story is told through the characters' speeches. This gives us a feel for the context of the community; often the characters will discuss people we never see except when they are mentioned in the gossipy dialogue. And that's completely natural for this kind of story. It never becomes cumbersome with all the names, places, and histories that are related. They fade together into a complete and rounded backdrop for the main characters. What keeps Anne from becoming an irrelevant, impossible goody-two-shoes is her humor and Montgomery's brilliant, wryly hilarious narration. Flights of fancy are beloved and the land of faerie certainly receives its due, but Montgomery keeps her story grounded by her keen eye for all that is funny in people. And there is plenty of it. This is one of the bigger themes of the story, the tension between the romance of poetry and the humdrum, unpoetical events of everyday life. As Anne says after her lily-maid adventure comes to a soggy end, "I have come to the conclusion that it is no use trying to be romantic in Avonlea. It was probably easy enough in towered Camelot hundreds of years ago, but romance is not appreciated now" (p. 227). Much of the humor also comes from Montgomery's many literary and biblical allusions, some of which I am just now understanding. The author's love for Prince Edward Island is evident in the lovely nature descriptions that grace each chapter. Some people complain of these frequent descriptions, but I love them. They are probably responsible for more than half of the troops of tourists that descend upon Prince Edward Island ea
sablelexi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne of Green Gables is one of the first series I really remember reading. I'm sure I read The Boxcar Children first, but when I think of my first I think of the Anne series. I would have to say that I fully credit this series with my love of books and readings. I loved it so much that I had to have every book by Lucy Maud Montgomery (sans all the short story collections). I enjoyed Anne's attitude and loved the mistakes that she made and the adventures that she went on. As she grew up, she didn't get boring, her adventures just changed and I enjoyed them just as much. While this is historical fiction, and therefore might not be for everyone, I would still encourage everyone to give it a chance.
lycomayflower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A reread of a book I thought, even as a child, that I ought to have liked better as a child. I'm not sure how many of the Anne books I actually read as a sprout (more than just the first, surely, and, certainly, not all of them--and, in fact, I'm not sure I actually read any of them; they may have been read to me), but I know I only liked them okay, and several of my friends liked them a good deal better than I did. That being said, there was a lot in this volume that I remembered clearly and fondly (being in the "depths of despair" and Anne's trials with geometry, in particular). I had forgotten how episodic the book is, and that the first book takes Anne, in only just over 300 pages, from eleven to nearly seventeen. It's episodic nature may have been partly why I didn't warm to it as a kid, as then (and now), I generally like my books hung on solid stories with firm narrative thrust. Still, this was a pleasant and enjoyable read, it does make me want to read more about Anne, and I'm glad I came back to it after all these years.
Kasthu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne of Green Gables is a book that¿s obviously a classic. Everyone knows the story of Anne, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, Anne¿s ¿bosom¿ friend Diana, and Gilbert, and it was a pleasure to re-read this book¿inspired by recently reading The Heroine¿s Bookshelf, a collection of essays about life lessons learned from fictional characters. The lesson to be leaned from Anne is happiness¿despite her circumstance as an unloved, unwanted orphan, she can still use her imagination to see her situation in a positive light. Anne could easily come across as too sugary-sweet for most people, but I think her optimism is refreshing.What I¿d forgotten about the book is how much time passes in the course of the story¿Anne is twelve when she arrives at Green Gables, and sixteen or thereabout when she finishes school. So there¿s a lot of character development that goes on in this book, with Anne learning to control her temper¿and her personality never really changes. Anne still has the same outlook on life at the end of the book as at the beginning.It intrigued me to learn that Anne of Green Gables was originally written as a book for adults¿but it¿s the kind of book, and series, that has universal appeal. It was also interesting to learn than Green Gables is actually modeled on a real house in Cavendish, PEI. The author also apparently modeled Anne physically after the model and actress Evelyn Nesbitt, an odd choice considering that Anne is supposed to be ugly and freckled. What I¿d also forgotten about the book are the excellent descriptions of Avonlea and Prince Edward Island.
keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a book that you read when you were young and which you absolutely adored holds its appeal when reread as an adult, sometimes it doesn't.For me, Anne of Green Gables falls in the "doesn't" tally. I adored the series of books about Anne Shirley when I was in middle school - I think I read the whole set no less than five or six times in a three year period. I wanted very much to be a part of Anne's community, with all the interesting relationships (and gossip) to be had, and the amazing things Anne and Diana were able to imagine. In fact, looking back on that period, my parents have commented that they were a bit worried because every time I'd go through a phrase of reading nothing but books by Montgomery, my personality would start to show mimicry of Anne and the other girls. I don't actually remember this myself, but I don't doubt that it happened - I have Asperger's Syndrome and often will unconsciously mimic real people's behaviors, and I definitely immersed myself in my books enough for the characters to seem real to me.At any rate, I adored Anne Shirley and Anne of Green Gables was for a very long time my favorite of the series. I liked that it wasn't bogged down with her romance with Gilbert Blythe as much as some of the later stories are, and the scene where Anne and Diana act out the Tennyson poem is one of my favorites. I also enjoyed the newness of all the imagination stuff, as Anne and Diana create their little world and give things names, before it all becomes more ordinary. I loved the overarching story of Anne being a lonely orphan outsider who slowly makes Avonlea become her home, and the residents of the town her family. It always crushed me when dear old Matthew dies at the end, leaving Anne and Marilla in Green Gables alone.But. But but but. Trying to read the novel now, ten to twelve years on, it's almost unbearable. Trying to get through the purple prose (which is mostly Anne's fault, really) and the scads upon scads of imaginings is like sludging through a swampy marsh. It's difficult and annoying and I just want to skip ahead to the plotty bits. I still quite like the plotty bits, mind, and the town gossip, and the characters. But I have no patience for Anne's dreamery, and I feel rather more like Marilla as she is at the start as I read.It's not the book that has changed, since that can't be. I suppose that I've grown up and my tastes have changed. My favorite of the Anne Shirley series is no longer Anne of Green Gables or Rainbow Valley, but Anne of Windy Poplars with Rilla of Ingleside following. While I still appreciate Anne of Green Gables and love it with a fond remembrance, it has been demoted from its place on my shelf for books to take with me to a Deserted Island.