Title: Anne Of Green Gables
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publishing Date: April 1, 1982
Genre: Children’s Literature
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 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 anyone 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.
Is it possible to love a book for one reason and dislike another book for the same reason. I mean, I know it is but the real question is:
“Should I feel guilty?”
Anne Shirley is such a likable character. She is so relatable but she also isn’t. Imagination is something most readers have but Anne’s imagination is unmatched but we also see why it has to be. The struggles she went through before she came to Green Gables, forced her to use and grow her imagination to remain as happy and upbeat as she felt she needed to be.
Anne was so bubbly and kind that I had no choice but to like her. She has so many thoughts and so many things to say that she often goes on these long speeches ( I’m going to call these monologues even though I almost positive that it isn’t the right term) that could take up whole pages. The long “monologues” are also done a few times by other characters but they were never as long or as frequent as Anne’s. The monologues were written a bit differently than what I’m used to.( Of course the only experiences I have with monologues are from works of Shakespeare for school assigned readings ,which is probably why I assume I wouldn’t like that element in other works) But they way the “monologues” are written, you know other things are happening and it’s often quite comedic when characters would interrupt themselves or pause what they were saying, give an instruction to another character and then go right back to what they were saying before all in one breath.
Speaking of comedic aspects, there are a lot of things in this book that I’m sure weren’t written to be funny but I found them quite hilarious and I’m sure other readers have and will find funny as well. One thing that I found hilarious was seeing the way they talked in this time period.
“I’m awful sorry I made fun of your hair Anne” he whispered contritely. “Honest I am. Don’t be mad for keeps now”-Gilbert Blythe
Lines that were written to be funny were written in such a great way. They were slyly delivered, slipped into conversations and I think that made it all the better.
As Anne got older, she did mellow down. She still had her imagination and unique expression but it wasn’t as big or all-encompassing as it was when she had just arrived in Avonlea. My love for Anne didn’t lessen as she mellowed but I did miss the old Anne as much as the other characters did.
The other characters were a joy to read about. Almost all of the characters were lovable, every character was amusing and every character, except maybe Josie Pye, grew and developed. There is a substantial amount of slice-of-life plot happening in the book, but the characters made it enjoyable and their joy leaked through the page and made it impossible for me to not enjoy it.
Unfortunately as this book was written a while back, there are a few outdated problematic aspects. A few of these aspects weren’t actually problematic as they were written to show the growth of the Avonlea people after having Anne in their live and I appreciated that. But there are a few throw away lines in the midst of childish ramblings that I didn’t like, but they weren’t big things or seriously problematic things. Those few lines or instances don’t change the message of the story, or the enjoyment level I had.
This is a book that will be added to the list of book that I would recommend to any and every person, no matter their reading preferences or whether or not they even read. One last thing, this book might be the reason I get into classics because I really enjoyed the “old-timey” writing style.
That’s All I Got, Danielle.