Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
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Review of Anne of Green Gables:
Anne (with an e) simply stole my heart. Her curiosity and limitless imagination can’t help but make you smile, and her even stubbornness and temper are surprisingly endearing. Anne reminded me to be in constant wonder of the world.
Though I didn’t think the writing was particularly noteworthy, it was the characters that turned this sweet story into a timeless classic. Anne had me laughing out loud (particularly when she stomped on the candy valentine Gilbert gave her). Heart on her sleeve, sassy, stubborn, fiery, loyal and sensitive all at once – Anne is the friend you want by your side.
On a road trip, I went to Prince Edward Island and of course had to see the Lake of Shining Waters, Lover’s Lane, and the red, red roads. We stayed with hosts our hosts who owned an old farm house that looked out onto the ocean. The stairs creaked, their piano was old and out of tune, and the windows shook with the wind. They shared strawberry jam on top of coconut ice cream with sliced pineapples in crystal bowls while we talked about life on Prince Edward Island. I mentioned the plans to visit the Anne of Green Gables museum, and the hosts gently set down their spoons and very seriously said, “You know Anne wasn’t real…right?”
We busted out laughing at that. But it turns out that they had hosted quite a few families that went in search of Anne’s grave to pay their respects! Doesn’t that just say volumes, though? Lucy Maude Montgomery made it feel like Anne was real with all of her spunk and determination. Anne of Green Gables is utterly charming, and one that you can turn to again and again for comfort and adventures with our dear Anne.
“Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely, and I’m glad to be alive in you.”
Have you seen the new Netflix series, Anne with an E? How do you think it compares to the book? What are your thoughts?
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