Thursday, March 5, 2009

Review: Anne of Green Gables

Book: Anne of Green Gables
Published: 1908
Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Challenges: Orbis Terrarum 2009
My Short Review: Anne is a totally lovable character and this is easily one of my all time favorite books.
My Rating: 5 Stars



The year was 1998. I was 16 years old. I read Anne of Green Gables and all the other books in the series and loved them all! I remember that Anne of Green Gables was my favorite in the series, but I loved the other books as well! I totally identified with Anne. I was the garrulous one at home and I loved nature and day dreaming and Anne just seemed like me in so many ways! I even had a bosom buddy like Diana Barry – an angelic looking girl who was the sweetest ever and stood by me all the time! I even thought I had found my Gilbert Blythe! Those were the dreamy days.


I picked up Anne of Green Gables again this year – 10 years after I had first read it. I was curious to see what I’d think of the book now. I was amazed to see that I loved the book still. I no longer put myself in Anne’s shoes and no longer thought about having story clubs or inviting friends over for tea but I enjoyed the book nevertheless. I actually didn’t read it this time. I listened to the audio version that I downloaded from Librivox.



This would be my first stop in the Orbis Terrarum Challenge this year – Canada and I think it is a perfect book for this challenge. The beauty of Prince Edward Islands in the early 1900s is brought out beautifully in this book. Anne is a nature lover and through her descriptions we get to know about the beauty of the place!



Here’s a little blurb about the book for those of you unfortunate enough to have never read this:

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are siblings who live together in Green Gables, a beautiful farm in Avonlea. They decide to adopt an orphan boy to help them with the farm work but by mistake, they get Anne Shirley – a tall, bony, freckled, smart, talkative 11 year old with bright red hair. They know they should send her back, but there’s something so endearing about her that they decide to keep her. Anne of Green Gables describes the first 5 years of Anne’s life in Green Gables. In this book you can see Anne transform into a beautiful young lady. And she gets more and more lovable as the book goes by.



I loved the book! It made me laugh at so many places and it made me cry as well! I realized that I had forgotten many parts of the book and remembered many other vividly! It was interesting to see what scenes made the most impact on me when I was 16! I personally think that these books can be read by women of all ages. It is definitely a fun read and remains one of my all-time favorites.



I am listening to the second book in the series now – Anne of Avonlea.



Dar, who blogs at Peeking Between the Pages and who was featured in my Book Lovers Recommendation section yesterday said that this was one of her all time favorite books! Bethany, who blogs at B&b Ex Libris just read and reviewed this book as well! Check out her review of the book here.

I am sure most of you have read this book. What was your favorite part in this book? What did you like most about it and what did you not like about it? Talk to me!:)

21 comments:

Dar said...

I'm so glad you loved Anne of Green Gables. I'm listening to Before Green Gables right now. I read it last year but it's fun to listen to. I'd like to reread the whole series someday. Anne is just one of those characters who takes a place in your heart and doesn't let go. I loved how she had her imaginary friend and just how she found beauty in absolutely everything. Wonderful book and a fave of mine as you know!

Dpikay said...

Ramya, I used to LOVE the series.. Anne of Green Gables and Mallory Towers, were my constant favorites growing up!

Anu said...

Hi Ramya,

I also loved Anne of Green Gables.... and just like you, I also re-read it about 10 years after I first read the book!! and enjoyed it all over again!!!!! For me, the best portion is where Matthew gets Anne the beautiful dress............ and where she makes up again with Gilbert Blythe... Oh My God!! the kind of fantasies and dreams I used to have about that!!! Thanks for reminding me........

Anu

bermudaonion said...

I didn't read this until I was an adult and I absolutely loved it. I can't figure out why I missed it as a kid.

Priya Iyer said...

Somehow, never checked out this book.. :( would love to get my hands on a copy NOW! :)

Nymeth said...

I read this for the first time last summer and I loved it to bits! My favourite part? The characters! Anne herself most of all, but not only. The characterization is just perfect. I loved the humour too, and the fact that the book made me smile non-stop. Somehow I didn't expect it to be like that. And I can't think of anything I didn't like about it!

bethany said...

oh, I lOVED it too. I do think it is a little strange how we read so many of the same books! (not really, I like it) I am working on Anne of Avonlea right now on audiobook. Do you think you'll go any further in the series.

ANovelMenagerie said...

I really like your blog!

Priya Iyer said...

i'm reading this book now, and absolutely LOVING it!! thanks for the suggestion! :)

S. Krishna said...

I need to reread this book - I don't even remember it!

Michelle said...

I love when Anne and Diane inadvertantly get drunk. So great!

Kim L said...

I love love love this series. I've always thought that Anne and Gilbert's romance was so sweet. I have seen the movies so many times. I always liked the scrapes that Anne got into. Selling her neighbor's cow. Classic.

Trish said...

You've got to watch the movies if you can get your hands on them!! I grew up with them and absolutely fell in love with Anne. I've only read the first book of the series, but I'd like to revisit someday. So glad you enjoyed it!

Ladytink_534 said...

I LOVED this book as a kid, I've been thinking of re-reading the entire series lately.

One Swede Read said...

I've never read any of these books - my mum swears by them, though, so eventually I'll get to them!! :)

Elizabeth said...

"Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it." I love Anne - I memorized The Highwayman and The Lady of Shalott after reading these books. =)

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