Title: Anne Of Avonlea
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Release Date: October 6 1997 (first published 1909)
Genre: Children’s Literature, Young Adult Contemporary
At sixteen, Anne is grown up…almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job as the new schoolteacher, the real test of her character begins. Along with teaching the three Rs, she is learning how complicated life can be when she meddles in someone else’s romance, finds two new orphans at Green Gables, and wonders about the strange behaviour of the very handsome Gilbert Blythe. As Anne enters womanhood, her adventures touch the heart and the funny bone.
My thoughts on this book aren’t really coherent but here we go
I could’ve enjoyed this book as much as the first but there were one or two issues that slightly impacted my enjoyment.
The biggest issue was the way they (Marilla, Anne and Mrs. Lynde) spoke of Dora. Dora is described as quiet and essentially without a personality of her own. She is described as fully grown-up while still being a young child. She does what she’s told and never does anything fun or exciting (without a push from her twin Davy). Dora is what I imagined Marilla would’ve preferred Anne to be like, before she came to love Anne for who she really is. But Davy is the favourite twin, I get liking one person over the other but something about the way they described Dora when hey compared her to Davy rubbed me the wrong way.
I guess it didn’t make a huge difference because the twins were never made aware of who was the favourite, they treated with equal amounts of love and care and Dora, without the assistance of any other character, did have moments or lines where she made me laugh. So despite the thoughts of other characters she wasn’t that monotonous.
One small thing that didn’t make a difference to the story but made a difference to me was that Anne came up with the idea of and Improvement Society but she was the secretary. Not a big deal but it was something that irked me just a little.
Now on to brighter things
L.M. Montgomery was a bit more heavy handed with the descriptions in this book than she was in the first but I didn’t mind. I never felt as if the story was dragging or that a long winded description was taking me out of the story because they were placed in just the write scene where it made that scene and as a result, the book, so much better.
While the long descriptions where relayed to us through the narrator and not through a character I was glad to see that Anne was still prone to her long winded speeches that I was led to believe that she had grown-out of at the end of the first book. She was just as imaginative and even though she didn’t speak her thoughts out-loud as often as she used to, when she did it was just as expressive as before and I really enjoyed that.
I also enjoyed seeing the different relationship dynamics in this book. How relationships from Anne Of Green Gables have changed. How characters have drifted apart, grown closer or in some cases remain the same.
I don’t have much else to say other that, despite its faults, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing the series.
That’s All I Got, Danielle