Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Thoughts: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The novel actually begins with a mistake. Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want to adopt a boy to help out around Green Gables, their farm. Instead, they get Anne—with an E—Shirley. Anne, however, manages to charm and convince them to let her stay. When Marilla finally relents, Anne’s various misadventures involving Gilbert Blythe, raspberry cordial, schoolteachers, and more follow.
First of all, I want to say that I absolutely loved Anne Shirley. She’s probably the reason why I liked this book so much. If she existed today instead of as a fictional character in the 1800s, we would probably be best friends—that is if she would actually consider me a kindred spirit. She used big words, and renamed ordinary places with names like the Lake of Shining Waters. Who wouldn’t want a friend like her? Yes, she did get carried away sometimes, but, at the same time, Anne managed to make ordinary things seem exotic or special.
I also loved L.M. Montgomery’s prose. If I have to use one word to describe her writing, I would use the word lush. Green Gables and the rest of the places in Avonlea and Carmody came alive for me through Montgomery’s writing. She’s an expert when it comes to writing amazing, not to mention beautiful, descriptions for places like haunted woods or ordinary schoolhouses. I felt like I was right there, experiencing everything with Anne.
I completely loved Anne of Green Gables, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series. This was a breath of fresh air from all the somewhat depressing classics I’ve been reading lately. My only regret is that I didn’t read this when I was little. Harry Potter might have had some serious competition if Anne Shirley entered the scene.