Adopted girl. Extensive vocabulary. Auburn hair.
The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it’s impossible to imagine life without her. (Goodreads)
I received this book as a gift many years ago and have enjoyed very much since then. This book is a classic children’s read though has aspects highly regarded by adults alike. I have always been close to the story of Anne of Green Gables shown by me having watched the 1985 film so many times! It is an absolute classic, and that in particular brought me to reading Anne of Green Gables.
Now before we begin it would be ignorant of me to not mention a few things about the Covid-19 pandemic which is shaking our world right now. For all of you who read this I truly wish you are safe and well. For those who are stressed, isolated, anxious or in lockdown/quarantine I would recommend reading as a great thing to pass the time. This book ‘Anne of Green Gables’ is an especially good book to read in distressing times. It has become one of my staples (books I read when feeling overwhelmed/stressed/anxious) as the setting truly whisks you away to a beautiful tranquil coronavirus-free world.
Now on to the review:
I loved reading this book. It is so positive and can show that though life can be difficult at times, we all have a lesson to learn. It is also an essentially happy book. Green Gables is the place that Anne dreams of. A place of such wonder. Author L. M. Montgomery describes Green Gables and Avonlea’s beautiful environment with delicacy and beauty. It just makes you want to go there.
The plot follows the story of orphaned girl Anne Shirley from when she was adopted at eleven years old by the Cuthberts, to when she is a young woman at sixteen and a half. It is full of anecdotes that bring humor, but a lesson to be learned to Anne (like the dying hair facade which taught Anne how she needs to put less emphasis on her looks and more on character). There are so many hilarious stories where Anne ends up in difficult situations, but I won’t say them for anti-spoiler purposes.
The character of Anne is extraordinarily progressive for the time she’s set in. With a strong female voice and dramatic nature Anne sure made for an interesting protagonist. Dreamy, compassionate and expressive Anne developed in leaps and bounds across the novel as she grew in maturity and learnt life lessons. I loved the connection that developed between Anne’s adopted mother, Marilla and Anne. Throughout the book we are reminded of just how much Marilla loves Anne and that she wants the best for her. Matthew Cuthbert was a gentle, caring father to Anne. Anne’s friends were also looked into: from Anne’s nemeses Josie Pye and Gilbert Blythe, to Rachael Lynde the nosy next door neighbor who brought more humor and who was determined to teach Anne how to be a good citizen.
I especially like that the 1985 film is so similar to the original story. It follows it pretty much the same so in the book I could understand and visualize everything that was going on.
I gave this book 5 stars and made it a favorite of mine because of the timeless character of Anne. This book is a classic for a reason and deserves every accolade.
I would recommend this book to people of all ages, even though it is primarily a children’s book. It is an uplifting read and contains stories that can bring joy and a lightness to life. May who ever read this to feel the wonder and awe at the world around us just like Anne.
Content Warning: A death in the family, talk of Anne’s sad childhood. Otherwise fine.
Release Date: 1908
Anne with an e. She is so inspiring and entertaining.
“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”Anne
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”Anne – These quotes sum up Anne’s emotional outlook on life. There are so many more amazing quotes in the book.
- Have you seen any of the films? There are multiple adaptions.
- How do you think Anne is able to have such a positive outlook on life, despite her circumstances?
- Why do you think Anne likes naming objects and places?
- How are you coping during this challenging time? Are there any reads you think would be really helpful during this time?