2011: 57. Anne of Green Gables


“Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into the little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place . . . "

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

So, reading the Montgomery’s journal’s sent me off (well, technically, it was the journal plus Peter pulling all the Montgomery books off the bookshelf, so it was basically kismet).  And I’ve started on a major re-read of all her works, which I hadn’t done for ages (at least since 2006, since there are no Montgomery books on this blog).  And I am LOVING it, so much I’ve decided to go ahead and make a L.M. Montgomery project for the blog (since I’m reading all the darn books anyway).  And therefore, while this isn’t the first one I re-read, I decided to start my blogging with the little lady that started it all, Anne Shirley.

I should start by noting that I’ve actually blogged about Anne before, and every word there is true today, and there isn’t so much more to say about my personal relationship with Anne.  So, let’s talk about the book itself.

It’s hard for me to objective - I’ve loved Anne so long - but it is such a great book.  Anne Shirley is such a character - the little romantic orphan, always getting into scrapes.  Each incident in the book is so familiar to me (cracking the slate, dying her hair, getting her first real dress), and the characters seem like people - strict Marilla, sweet Matthew, gossipy Mrs. Rachel Lynde, and (SPOILER) dreamy Gilbert Blythe.   I can’t really be critical, but I guess if I HAD to criticize, I’d point out that Diana Barry is sort of dim to be friends with Anne - but she is sweet, and if Anne has more kindred friends later, she was lucky to have such a nice girl for her first one.  

Oh my lord, I love reading this book - it makes me feel like I’m home.  Indeed, as much as I love, love, my mens part of me is a little sad I’ll never have a little girl to share Anne with.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-Read, The L.M. Montgomery Project

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