105. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Publication: originally published 1908, ebook, 320pp
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Read: June 11, 2012
Source: Project Gutenburg
Summary from Amazon:
In this book, the Cuthberts have sent to the orphanage for a boy to live with them and to help Matthew with the farm. The red-haired skinny Anne has already been in situations where as an orphan only her work was wanted. She immediately loves Green Gables and is devastated to learn that Marilla wants to send her back. However after a series of mishaps, the well intentioned but mile-a-minute talker Anne, works her way into their lives and hearts.
This is probably actually a reread, but since I can’t remember the last time I read this I’m counting it as a first read. I enjoyed (re?)reading Anne of Green Gables very much– which was kind of surprising, since I was under the impression that it’d be another Heidi fiasco.1 However! I liked reading about Anne and her life, and although I could do with less of her long speeches I genuinely rooted for her to suceed in whatever she was doing. Plus! Totally love Gilbert and the development of his friendship with Anne. I’m very excited to see what happens next re:their romance.I’ll admit that I was a little frustrated at the end. Why, Anne?! You had a scholarship and everything! And yes, your adopted mother was going blind or whatever but surely she could have got a companion or something? Although, yeah, you’d lose Green Gables, and apparently that’s something beyond even thinking about. I know L.M. Montgomery has got another book series with a female character who’s so in love with a place she can’t do anything else but be there, so I assume there must be some reason LMM carries that theme through several books. And she does, I think, tie in the importance of people/family into the importance of (a physical) home, so it’s not as annoying as it could be.
Plus, of course, later on Anne goes to college or something anyway, doesn’t she? I kind of admire her2 for taking the difficult, slightly crooked path over the easy, straight one. Makes for a more interesting story, besides!
On an almost completely different note, was anyone else shocked at how easy it was Way Back When to pick up an orphan and take them home? As far as I can tell, all you had to do was go up and ask for one, and you’d get a kid. You could even ask for an orphan for someone else, and it was no problem! Nowadays maybe it’s a little TOO difficult adopting someone, but at least they do background checks to make sure you aren’t a psycho. Sheesh.
I really liked it!
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- There’s actually a section in AoGG that strongly reminded me of Heidi: when Anne’s adopted mother finds out Anne doesn’t know how to pray. There’s a scene in Heidi that’s almost exactly the same, albeit more saccherine and puke-worthy than what’s in AoGG. ↩
- as much as one can admire a fictional character, I mean ↩