Oh, how I loved this book! This is the first one read for the Classics Challenge and what a great start it is.
Anne has had a rough life. After both of her parents die she is passed between families virtually being a work horse and nothing else. She knows no love. Eventually she ends up in an orphanage. Finally, Mrs. Spencer shows up at the orphanage and Anne is chosen to go to live with the Cuthberts. Anne’s life is about to begin and she’s about to see what love is about.
At first things are up in the air because Marilla and Matthew had wanted a boy, not a girl. Matthew was taken by Anne right away but Marilla holds stron to taking her back to the orphanage and getting a boy to help out on the farm. However, on the way Anne worms her way into even Marilla’s heart and Marilla decides to take her back to the farm and see what happens.
So takes off the story of Anne of Green Gables. She talks constantly and her imagination runs rampant all the time. The story follows Anne from 11 years old to almost 17. We experience her adventures in finding her first bosom friend to her adventures in school all the way up to a point where Anne makes a major decision that will affect the rest of her life.
Anne is such a strong character. Her positive outlook on every situation is admirable. The way she looks at everything with a sense of wonder and lets her imagination go is such a great way to live. I love how when she meets people they are kindred spirits to her or they aren’t. You know in life there is always those people that you meet that you just know will be a huge part of your life and others who are just around the edges. Anne is very particular about this.
Lucy Maud Montgomery’s descriptions in this book of Prince Edward Island are just amazing. She describes the trees, fields, ponds-the sound of the ocean in such detail that you feel as though you’re right there and you can see all this right before your eyes. The way she portrays Anne, Marilla and Matthew, and even the less prominent characters puts them straight into your heart and they hold on.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s a great novel for young and old alike. I can certainly see why it’s a classic and has stood the test of time. I read Before Green Gables shortly before this one and I will definitely look into the following novels in the series to see what happens to Anne of Green Gables next.