Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is classic novel published nearly 110 years ago, that I had never read as a child and so I decided I would read it as an adult.I chose Anne of Green Gables to be my first classic of 2019 because it was one of those novels I felt I had known about forever, but had just never read. Ann of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is a Novel
Eleven year old Anne Shirley is a red headed, freckled, opinionated girl who is full of vigor and zest for life. With her queer ways and boundless imagination Anne has a natural aptitude for getting into trouble. The novel begins by Anne being brought to Green Gables to be adopted by middle aged siblings, Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert. Although the siblings wanted a boy for farm work, instead of sending Anne back they agree to keep her. She instantly wins the heart of the bashful and reserved Mathew .Being a chatterbox, Anne initially gets on Marilla’s nerves, but the pragmatic, old lady too falls for her queer, loving ways and begins to love Anne as her own. The book takes us further with Anne’s adventures and mishaps, her relation with Mathew and Marilla, her fights with Gilbert Blythe who teases her for her red hair and her friendships especially with Diana whom she lovingly refers to as her ‘bosom friend’. The novel winds up with Anne graduating from Queen’s academy with a teaching license. With time a friendship develops between Anne and Gilbert and the relation is further reinforced when he leaves his job at Avonlea, so that she can teach there instead of him and at the same time be home with Marilla.
What a wonderful funny and imaginative book and I wish I had read this as a nine or ten your old girl, I would defiantly have wanted Anne as My Very Best Friend. She could actually be my “ kindred Spirit”. The most wonderful thing about reading is that no matter what age you can go back and read books that as a child you missed out on and relive your childhood all over again.
First, the writing is exquisite. Montgomery’s loving portrayal of her native Prince Edward Island is perhaps the best description of nature I have ever read. Never have paragraphs describing seasons or flowers or trees transported me so thoroughly to a place I’ve never been.
Second, the characters are lovely. I mean that literally: By the end of the novel, you cannot help but love them. Anne Shirley must be one of the most delightful characters ever written, largely because she is far from perfect. She makes mistakes, as we all do, but her mistakes are much funnier than my own feel and she makes me see the value in learning from each of them, laughing at them and moving on. The other characters are also very lovable. Marilla, who’s hard on the outside but actually a softie, Matthew with his gentleness and fatherly love, Mrs Lynde with her outspokenness and Josephine Barry with her sarcasm!
Third, the wisdom is deep and enriching. Montgomery not only perfectly captures the childlike wonder and innocence, but also perfectly captures the maturing of that innocence into hard-won wisdom and knowledge. The sheer love this novel expresses for humans, for nature and for the interaction between humans and nature is deeply religious – a soulful humanism that is nevertheless divine. Anne reminds us that it is more important sometimes just to accept and make the best out of situations. But it is also very important to dream because Anne says- “when you are imagining you might as well imagine something worthwhile.”
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
This is the book you should pick up when you want something soothing because the way the story progresses and the way this is written, it does make you feel very satisfied.
My Rating : 5/5