Goodreads: Anne of Green Gables
Series: Anne #1
Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert plan to adopt an orphan boy to help on the farm, but a mistake sends them eleven-year-old Anne Shirley instead. Anne has an imagination as big as her heart, but also a penchant for getting into scrapes.
Reading a Montgomery book always feels like going home. Montgomery’s vivid descriptions of landscapes, her dreamy-eyed heroines, and her knack for describing people and their small quirks and foibles all make her world come to life, until I feel as if I could step into the pages and walk down a forest path along with her characters. Something about her stories just feel right, and make my own world seem a little brighter, too.
Anne of Green Gables is, of course, Montgomery’s most famous work, and it’s not difficult to guess why. Anne is a girl full of imagination who longs for beauty and who also finds herself forever getting into scrapes. She can take readers from a moonlit journey to distant shores back to the harsh reality of farm life, red hair, and broken slates in an instant. Though she was introduced in 1908, touches of the sentimental lie lightly on the story, and Anne’s adventures and concerns feel as fresh and relevant as ever thanks to an emphasis on how she feels about events–perhaps Anne desires puffed sleeves more than anything else in the world, but readers today can just as easily imagine what fashions or items they need to feel they fit in and belong.
Anne of Green Gables is a special book, the kind that makes you feel you are spending time with old friends and that inspires you to look around with new eyes. I never read Anne but I want to capture something of her spirit in my own life, whether that means letting my imagination soar without feeling awkward, or finding ways to be kind and cheerful. And I always look at nature anew, appreciating the glories as I think Anne would. This is the type of book you want to hold on to, and not forget.
13 thoughts on “Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery”
Agree- it’s a wonderful book!
It’s always so lovely when a childhood favorite holds up when you reread it as an adult. Montgomery is splendid for any age! 🙂
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I remember reading this and loving this when I was younger, thinking it was a really special story. But I think I read all of the books in one massive book? But then I also remember someone saying the Anne of Green Gables I read wasn’t the original story but a rewrite. And now I’m so confused because that just sounds strange… They must be wrong though! Maybe?
I’ve never heard of an Anne of Green Gables rewrite. Perhaps it was abridged?
Ohh yes, it was probably an abridged version! That makes more sense.
Reading an abridged version just means you get to look forward to reading even more of a good book late. 😀
I just did a reread of most of these via audio, and I absolutely adore them. I’ve got a series review coming out next week.
I was mostly listening to audio versions, as well. It really brought out just how much Anne actually talks in comparison to the other characters!
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She really does! I fell in love with the Colleen Winton audiobooks while I was listening. I wish she’d done the whole series
I think I read some of the later books don’t have audio versions for copyright reasons? I’ve been trying to look it into and it’s unclear. Maybe they copyright was still in place when some publishers put out their audio series? I just know I could only get the first five books on audio from my library. I listened to Susan O’Malley narrating. I liked her, but some of her voices for different characters were very similar and I don’t think Davy’s voice changed the entire time, even though he was getting older!
I used to watch Anne of Avonlea (is that the name?) as a kid…I loved tha t kind of stuff.
Ah, memories. What’s left of them, anyway.
I don’t know if I ever read this book…I’m thinking I did but it’s been awhile…
There is an Anne of Avonlea movie. There was also a TV series called the Road to Avonlea. Maybe you’re thinking of that?