Monday, March 23, 2009

Review: Anne of Avonlea

Book: Anne of Avonlea

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Notes: 2nd book in the Anne of Green Gables series
My Review: As addictive and entertaining as Anne of Green Gables

My Rating: 5 Stars

I finished listening to Anne of Green Gables earlier this month and immediately started listening to Anne of Avonlea. I loved the way the first book easily flowed into the second without any kind of a break. Yet in spite of that, Anne in Anne of Avonlea is so much more grown up than the Anne in Anne of Green Gables.

Lucy Maud Montgomery has done a fabulous job in capturing the growth of Anne over the years. In addition, she brings all the people of Avonlea to life and listening/reading the book takes you into that world very easily – Avonlea in the early 1900s is such a beautiful peaceful community and the people are all very endearing – yes, even Mrs. Rachel Lynde!

A host of new characters are introduced in the book. Dora and Davy – the siblings that Marilla adopts when their mother dies, Mr. Harrison – the man who lives next to Green Gables with his garrulous parrot, Little Paul Irwing – one of Anne’s students in the Avonlea school, Miss Lavendar – who is pretty and charming and definitely one of Anne’s kindred spirits who lives in the most charming place called the Echo Lodge!

By the end of the book, you feel like you’ve always known all of them! Anne has definitely grown up in this book but not too grown up to avoid getting into scrapes. The chapter where she sells Mr. Harrison’s Jersey cow is hilarious!

If you’ve read Anne of Green Gables and haven’t read this one – you definitely are missing out on a book that is as fabulous as Anne of Green Gables! And if you haven’t read either of the books, I would recommend that you start with Anne of Green Gables and then definitely read Anne of Avonlea.

I am now listening to Anne of the Island and I am loving it just as much! Audiobooks are so useful when I am trying to knit. I am definitely not one of those prolific knitters who can read while they are knitting and so I just turn on my audiobook and get lost in the world of Anne while the little blue baby blanket that I am knitting for my best friend who is due this weekend slowly and steadily takes shape!

Have you read Anne of Avonlea? Share your thoughts with me!


Nymeth said...

I have, and I completely agree with you. I need to finish this series...they always make me so happy.

bermudaonion said...

I read Anne of Green Gables for the first time a few years ago, but haven't read this one yet. It sounds like I need to look for it.

bethany said...

I just posted mine, and then checked google reader and saw yours! We are on some sort of reading agreement or something! I have been waiting for Anne of the Island, but I haven't been able to get it yet. I too am listening on audiobook!

I gave this five stars too, I like your review much better than mine, you are always more descriptive. Excellent review!

Dar said...

Wonderful review. I really want to read the rest of these books. There's quite a few of them. Your review makes me want to visit Anne again.

Anu said...

hi ramya, i too read this book a few years back and enjoyed it.... going on a rewind of childhood books, are you ???


Ramya said...

@Nymeth - how many books in this series have you read?

@bermudaonion - run! pick it up! i am sure you'll enjoy this one and all the other books in this series!

@bethany - and i love your review more than mine! sigh!;)

@dar - oh! do visit it, dar! it'll be so much fun to read it all over again! bethany and i are somehow on the same reading schedule for this one.. you should join us too!

@anu - lol!:) the funny thing is that it doesnt feel like a children's book and i know L.M. Montgomery didnt intend it to be only for kids. There's something in the books for all ages ..just like Little Women! You should read it again now.. i am sure you'll have a different take on it now!:)

Trish said...

You've convinced me that I need to give the rest of the series a chance. I struggled a little bit with the first one--probably because I grew up with the movies.

People knit while reading?? :) Good luck with your crafting and I hope you might show us pictures!!

Priya Iyer said...

i liked anne of green gables quite a lot, and i sure am gonna go for this too :) this one sounds just as interesting :)

Anna said...

I loved this entire series. I haven't read them in ages, but I'm getting ready to pass them on to my daughter and I hope we can read them together.

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