Throwback Thursday: Anne of Green Gables

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Throwback Thursday – this is an event hosted by me! It used to take place weekly, but is now once a month on this blog. It is the time to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog! Also feel free to do this on as many Thursdays as you like. =)

This month's throwback is:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, brother and sister who live together at Green Gables, a farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island in Canada, decide to adopt a boy from an orphan asylum in Nova Scotia as a helper on their farm. Through a series of mishaps, the person who ends up under their roof is a precocious girl of eleven named Anne Shirley. Anne is bright and quick, eager to please and talkative, and extremely imaginative. She is not beautiful, but is interesting-looking, with a pale countenance dotted with freckles, and long braids of red hair. She would really like to be called Cordelia; but she insists that if you are to call her Anne, it must be spelt with an 'E', as that spelling is "so much more distinguished." Being a child of imagination, however, Anne takes much joy in life, and adapts quickly, thriving in the environment of Prince Edward Island. She is something of a chatterbox, which initially drives the prim, duty-driven Marilla to distraction, although shy Matthew falls for her immediately.
*sigh* Ohhh how I loved this book. (My copy is this exact cover). I got the whole eight book set for Christmas (I think) from my grandparents one year. I think it was probably another couple years after I got it before I even cracked open this first book. Once I finally did, I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables and read it many times after that first time. In fact, it may have been my favorite book as a child. Just in writing this post and searching for this picture online I had so many great memories of this book. I had this desire to open it up and read it again right now (but realistically I don't have time for that right now). I used to love reading about adoptions and orphans so this was the perfect story and character for me. And I loved how Anne looked at the world. And I loved how she named everything... to this day I have a fascination with names of places, neighborhoods, etc. and am sad when I don't like the name of something... like the name of the city I live in is so not pretty and that makes me sad, LOL. But I like the name of my neighborhood alright, hehe. And I love her focus on spelling of things and how it makes the word seem different just from being spelled differently. I read maybe the 2nd or 3rd book in this series but never got much further. But this one is definitely a classic! Love it!


Tameka said...

I love Anne! One of my favorite book heroines ever...she's definitely a kindred spirit!

Zibilee said...

I feel so left out because I have never read these books! I need to correct that! I did give them to my daughter and she loved them, so I know that I can get my hands on them! Great review on this book. It so nice to see your excitement!

Melissa said...

love, love, love these books! We went to prince edward island a few years back and were able to visit one of the houses of her uncle, grandparents?? Can't remember, but it was very cool!

Kari said...

Oh you should finish the rest of the books! They're fun! I love the books but...I think I love the CBC movies even more. I like having that visual aspect to these stories and especially the time period. I'm currently in the middle of watching the entire Road to Avonlea series, which is based on some of L.M. Montgomery's other stories. Season 3 was meh, but Season 4 is much better! Three more to go!

Juju at Tales of said...

Can you believe I don't think I've ever read it?

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