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A funny, heart warming book that has weathered the test of time.

  • Jun 24, 2010

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is A charmingly warm story.   When elderly siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contact an orphanage to adopt  A boy to help with the chores they can no longer handle on their own,  imagine their surprise when they are  sent  A little girl by mistake.  And not just any little girl, but one Anne Shirley;  A skinny little 11-year -old waif with a head full of bright red hair, fantastical ideas  and imaginary friends.  Stern Marilla wants to send her back to the orphanage, but painfully shy, kind-hearted Matthew immediately grows to love the quirky child .  After hearing of the foster homes that Anne has been forced to endure, and faced with sending her to live with another abhorrent  family, Marilla’s heart  starts to warm, and she decides to give the peculiar red-haired child a chance.

                Though Anne is really a sincere, caring girl, she has a knack for getting herself into every kind of trouble imaginable.  She tests the patience of Marilla constantly, with her incessant talk of imaginary fairies and girls living in mirrors and the magical names she gives to everyday things and places.  At one point, she became so engrossed by a story she was thinking out in her head that she forgot to put flour in the cake she was baking.  She causes scandal after scandal in their small community on Prince Edward Island by accidentally getting her best friend Dianna drunk at a tea party, and breaking a slate over A boys head when he commented about her bright red hair amongst other crazy things.   But despite the fact that Anne and her active imagination constantly seem on the verge of giving  Marilla  A heart  attack, she also softens Marilla’s heart  and brings a comfort to her and sweet Matthew that they never realized they were missing until she bought her light into their lives.

                Set against the lush backdrop of turn-of-the-century Prince Edward Island, this beautifully written book takes us on a 5 year journey as we watch Anne grow into a young woman. We get to watch how her whimsical ways influence the lives of everyone around her, from the neighbors down the lane to the school rivalry with that one particular boy, Gilbert Blythe.

This book is full of vivid, well developed characters.  Its beauty lies in the pure emotions and realistic relationships between all of the characters.   The innocent wonder and awe that we experience through Anne’s eyes as she grows up is a reminder that no matter how old you are, you never have to lose sight of your dreams, no matter how fantastic they may be.  I highly recommend this book to girls and women of any age, as well as the entire Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery.


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June 24, 2010
I remember reading this series when I was younger. This is a collection I will have to revisit someday. Wonderful review!
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One of the seminal influences in my life growing up. Worth a good read, especially for nostalgia's sake.
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Amazing especially if read in L M Montgomery's green setting Prince Edward Island Canada, the most beautiful place I've ever been which makes the read even more inspiring!
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Anne of Green Gables is a bestselling novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery published in 1908. It was written as fiction for readers of all ages, but in recent decades has been considered a children's book. Montgomery found her inspiration for the book on an old piece of paper that she had written at a young age, describing a couple that were mistakenly sent an orphan girl instead of a boy, yet decided to keep her. Montgomery also drew upon her own childhood experiences in rural Prince Edward Island. Montgomery used a photograph of Evelyn Nesbit, clipped from an American magazine and pasted on the wall above her writing desk, as the model for Anne Shirley, the book's main character.

Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million books. In addition, this book is taught to students around the world.

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ISBN-10: 0399154787 (hbk : anniversary ed.)
ISBN-13: 9780399154782 (hbk. : anniversary ed.)
Photographer: George Gibbs (illustrator), May A Claus (illustrator) , William A J Claus (illustrator)
Author: L. M. Montgomery
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Date Published: February 21, 2008 (100th Anniversary ed.)
Format: original cover art by George Gibbs ; interior art by M. A. Claus and W. A. J. Claus
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