Classic Book Review : Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery I read a lot growing up but didn’t often manage to convince myself to read anything of great quality, preferring the easy and addictive Babysitters Club novels and similar fluff pieces of fiction. I’ve been trying to make amends lately, finally getting around to the classics which have up to now evaded me. Gone With the Wind, Pride and Prejudice and now Anne of Green Gables can be counted as all-time favorites.

I was immediately drawn to this cute, modern book cover in our local store and had to have it, over the more old fashioned classic covers. Even better? This was one less expensive and not abridged or anything silly like that. The font was nice and large, crisp and easy to read without being silly. I think this would be the perfect addition for any of today’s youth, too. I love the spunky look of Anne on this cover – despite the very current style, I think it perfectly portrays everything that Anne with an E is all about.

For anyone new to Green Gables, here’s a quick description from Goodreads.com:

When Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables farm on Prince Edward Island, she surprises everyone: first of all, she is a girl. Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, had specifically asked for an orphan boy. She has bright red hair that won’t manage and a mouth that won’t shut. Nothing will ever be the same at Green Gables!

A favorite story of generations of girls ever since it was first published in 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic story of one girl’s profound effect on a small Canadian community has stayed in print for nearly one hundred years and has been made into a popular TV series and even a musical.

I think it might go without saying that I adored this book, but I’ll say it anyway : I adored this book. Like big puffy heart love love loved it. At first the writing style took a little time to get into, like most classic literature. It is awfully verbose and descriptive enough to give me Nathanial Hawthorne-esque flashbacks – but the character of Anne was so … heartwarming … that I soldiered through the sometimes torturous descriptions of Prince Edward Island, through the eyes of young Anne.

And I was delighted to find that as the grew older, the book got better.  I thought it was a really interesting description of the coming of age – the book’s content grows with the girl and you really come to fall in love with the main character and her cast of adopted family and friends – and you will definitely want to move to Prince Edward Island by the time you’ve finished the book!

I was giddy to find out that all of the Anne books are available for free on my Kindle and quickly downloaded them all, including the first book just because well, it’s free! I don’t read quickly on my Kindle, having so many print books also vying for my attention, but once I finish my current e-read, Little Women, I plan to dive back into the world of Green Gables and I am really looking forward to it!

Did you read Anne of Green Gables growing up? Were you a fan or not? What is your favorite classic novel?

6 Comments

  1. I use to watch the series on TV, and if I remember correctly it reminded me of Little House on the Prairie, but didn’t they do it like a ‘to be continued” kind of thing? I’m sure they dd. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you, and yours!

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  2. I agree that when you first get into it the description makes your head hurt, it didn’t seem to bother me at 12 for some reason. When I read it again a few years ago I almost skipped through the first half of the first few chapters because I just wanted to get to the point already. Still love them of course!
    You almost make me want to read the series again. The second one will only want you wanting more because well..you’ll see…

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  3. I just love Anne Of Green Gables. It is definetly one of my favourite books of all time. I love the Canadian series that was created for the books with Megan Follows. Definitely worth watching.

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