The time­less ad­ven­tures of a sparky hero­ine

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Chil­dren’s books by Gemma McLaughlin Anne Of Green Gables,by LM Mont­gomery

While we await the next sea­son of the tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion of Anne Of Green Gables, “Anne with an E”, I’ve de­cided to go back and re­view the book. I’ve loved ev­ery sec­ond of the new Net­flix TV show and was ex­cited to delve into the story in its orig­i­nal, more de­tailed form. I ob­vi­ously went to the book with my own opin­ions around the plot and char­ac­ters but have tried to eval­u­ate Anne Of Green Gables in as fair a way as pos­si­ble.

Go­ing into the story I was daz­zled by the beau­ti­ful de­scrip­tions of land­scapes and was fas­ci­nated to see what the char­ac­ters I’ve al­ready grown to love are think­ing and the mo­tives be­hind their ac­tions. De­spite the old­fash­ioned lan­guage, the mes­sages por­trayed are well writ­ten and easy to un­der­stand at any time.

At the be­gin­ning of the book we are in­tro­duced first to the town of Avon­lea, and then to Rachel Lynde, the lo­cal gos­sip and friend to Mar­illa Cuth­bert, a strong, ca­pa­ble older woman with a se­cret soft side, and her kind, quiet brother Matthew. Matthew and Mar­illa have been liv­ing to­gether for most of their adult lives and de­cide to adopt a boy from Nova Sco­tia to help them with farm chores. The si­b­lings are shocked when the or­phan they re­ceive is a young girl by the name of Anne.

Anne has a beau­ti­ful and wild imag­i­na­tion, a thin gan­gly fig­ure, and shock­ing red hair. Al­though she is not ex­pected by the Cuth­berts, they wel­come her into their home for what they think will be a short time. De­spite Anne not be­ing a boy and be­ing in gen­eral quite dif­fer­ent to what they ex­pected she finds her way into Matthew’s heart and, though it takes some time, Mar­illa finds her­self car­ing deeply for Anne.

Through fas­ci­nat­ing and heart­melt­ing twists and turns we learn about Anne’s past and all the aw­ful things that led her to end up at Green Gables, liv­ing with the Cuth­berts. We watch Anne at­tend school and learn how with mys­tery, dan­ger and ex­cite­ment she grows to be ac­cepted by those around her, and makes some won­der­ful friends.

The book fin­ished just as beau­ti­fully as it started and made me feel hon­oured to be al­lowed to peek into the life of Anne and the res­i­dents of Avon­lea. I was left feel­ing hope­ful and ex­cited to see even more of them in the other books and of course in the vis­ually and emo­tion­ally stun­ning TV adap­ta­tion.

Over­all, the story was mov­ing, in­spired and of course, com­pletely time­less. I adored the plot, char­ac­ters and set­ting with all of my heart and hope to re­visit Green Gables. This book is a clas­sic, and I urge you to take the time to pick it up.

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