Anne of Green Gables – L M Montgomery

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A coming-of-age novel about a talkative orphan called Anne Shirley who is sent to a farm in Avonlea

❚ “Siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert plan to adopt a young boy to help out on the family farm, Green Gables. However a young, talkative, redhead girl called Anne arrives instead. Though initially reluctant to take on the girl, her precocious nature endears her to the brother and sister.

“Anne’s life is never dull, with her imagination, impulsiveness and tendency to talk too much leading her on one adventure after another. Still, through a combination of resourcefulness and good luck, Anne manages to avoid any dire consequences.

“Montgomery captures the happy side of childhood: the excitement of finding a best friend, creating a romantic fantasy world, and receiving small privileges. However, the loneliness of being the outsider, the sense of being unattractive, and the grief of losing someone are also apparent.

Anne of Green Gables addresses social problems of the early 20th century, some of which remain relevant today. Written before American women even had the right to vote, Montgomery reiterates that boys and girls are equally intelligent and talented. Although she does portray gender roles that could be considered stereotypical today, her ideas were progressive for 1908.”

People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?

❚ “Who wouldn’t love a re-read of this classic? Anne Shirley, with her joy for life and her encouragement for young girls to come out of their shells and be their own person, is an infectious character. I love that she’s outspoken and forthright, what we want every girl to be today, yet so few had that opportunity when this book was written.” – Rachel

Published 1908
158 pages

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