The novel has a healthy sense of humor that sets it apart from most literature of this period and keeps it from being too sticky sweet It s really so charming, with great insights into human nature, and lovely descriptions of P.
I It s a feel good story and a total comfort read Anne of Green Gables spawned a slew of sequels and five other related novels not to mention any number of film and TV adaptations Not all of the sequels are great reads like this one they start getting progressivelysappy but I do recommend the first four books in this series if you liked this one.
I never read Anne s story when I was younger, so when I heard that Rachel McAdams was narrating the first in the series I knew I had to give it a go I m a sucker for a celebrity narrated audiobook if you haven t checked out Maggie Gyllenhaal s reading of The Bell Jar, do that now.
It s wonderful to read a story that, for the most part, is extremely uplifting There s hardly anything truly terrible that happens in this story, and that s quite refreshing Granted, it is a children s novel and from the early 1900 s so it has that moralistic quality to it wherein each incident Anne undergoes resolves itself with a lesson learned But it was delightful, and Anne s optimism is contagious Rachel McAdams also does a great job at encapsulating that attitude I felt like I could hear her smile.
If, like me, you ve never given Anne s story a chance, I can highly recommend the audiobook route And I m definitely going to continue listening to this series, especially when I m in need of a pick me up.
How do you review a book that transcends books Do you ever love a book so much that it doesn t feel like a book You re so immersed and reading is so effortless that you don t feel like you re reading at all The characters are real enough to be people, and their problems and happinesses feel like they re happening to you That was me with this book.
Which is all well and good until it comes down to reviewing it Basically what I m saying is I m at a loss for words I m saying I have nothing TO say This is just too damn good.
I didn t read this as a kid, or for many years after I didn t think I d be interested I had a copy for years with no intention of picking it up, because I am shallow as hell and only bought a copy in the first place because it s pretty In my defense look HOW pretty Honestly, I can t remember why I decided to read it in the first place.
But I am very, very, VERY glad I did.
I love Anne so much I love Green Gables I love Diana, I love Matthew and Marilla, later on I love Gilbert although I don t really understand how people love him from this book alone Not much to see After reading this, I was obligated to chase the high of the reading experience by picking up the next two installments as quickly as possible, and they were just as good Mostly But still an unparalleled level of good.
I guess what I m trying to carry across here is that somehow this hundred year old children s classic about an orphan girl moving to a rural island in Canada was one of the most unputdownable books I ve ever read.
And also the writing is as pretty as the cover.
Bottom line I want to live in this book, please and thank you fun fact joy exists as a concrete object, and it s called Anne of Green Gables.
THIS BOOK IS PURE JOY.
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5 starsAnne, my lovely, I feel restoredMarilla Anne sat down on Marilla s gingham lap, took Marilla s lined face between her hands, and looked gravely and tenderly into Marilla s eyes I m not a bit changed not really I m only just pruned down and branched out The real meback here is just the same It won t make a bit of difference where I go or how much I change outwardly at heart I shall always be your little Anne, who will love you and Matthew and dear Green Gablesand better every day of her lifeFull RTC.
Pre review You know what I ve been wanting to reread these books for probably a decade, and I m still inexplicably battling my ever present book funk, so I m just gonna do it Gilbert Blythe, you were my first and best book boyfriend See you soon I m so glad I ve finally read this book I started reading it as a young girl, and got distracted by the 10 other books I was reading at the time and never finished it
Excitement hung around Anne like a garment, shone in her eyes, kindled in every feature Oh, what sheer pleasure it was to spend just a moment in time with Anne and her delightful companions in this little classic What pure joy to catch a glimpse of the beauty of Prince Edward Island I am likely one of the last persons on earth well, on Goodreads at least to read this novel What in the world was I waiting for As a child and adolescent, I wrongly assumed that this book would be of no interest to me I wasn t a girly girl and surely this was written for that sort of reader, right Wrong By the time I was old enough to know better, I thought I had grown too mature in years to pick this one up Wrong again The sort of reader that this does appeal to however one who appreciates exquisite writing and vibrant characters, one who relishes being steeped in another time and place, and one who enjoys an all out fantastic story In short, this book should satisfy nearly everyone You can t help but fall in love with Anne She is the friend you have always longed for, the daughter that will bring that much needed light in your life, that student that any teacher would be proud to instruct She is funny, imaginative, bright, and a regular chatterbox She laments about her red hair, apologizes for being a great trial to Marilla, and always manages to see the positive in most everything However, she does maintain a long standing rivalry with her peer, Gilbert BlytheShe was as intense in her hatreds as in her lovesNothing is ever lukewarm when it comes to Anne s feelings There were moments I wanted to laugh with her and moments when I wanted to cry When she first arrived at Green Gables, Anne learned that it had all been a mistake For, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert meant to adopt a young boy to help with the chores A little girl was not needed It nearly crushed me when Anne fell in love with Green Gables only to find that she must surely be turned away and carted straight back to the orphanageHave you ever noticed what cheerful things brooks are They re always laughing I shall always like to remember that there is a brook at Green Gables even if I never see it againWhat transpires after this will melt even the most hardened hearts.
Some might say this book is too wholesome, too charming, and perhaps too unrealistic I have to say that I don t believe those are good enough reasons to skip reading this enchanting novel It didn t take place just yesterday so I didn t expect the trials and tribulations of today s day and age The events do occur on an idyllic island, so I felt the beautiful scenery I was immersed in was wholly believable Anne is not a perfect little girl and each character has their share of flaws Not every story has to be full of doom and gloom to get all the stars Sometimes one just needs to sit back, relax, and just surrender to the small pleasures in life We could all use a lesson from Anne s book of optimism here and thereDear old world, you are lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you What a lovely little book There were a million excerpts I wanted to add but maybe at a later date Happy Reading Mel This story is cute, touching, heart warming, tear jerking In other words, a classic The target audience is definitely not me I would say it would be perfect for a teenage girl living in Canada in the early 1900s That makes sense, because that is exactly what Anne is However, the point of this obvious detail is that sometimes it is fun to read a classic and try to put your mind in the mindset of who it was written for at the time A couple of the storylines seemed silly or to not make sense, but if I stopped and changed my mindset, it would click.
A bit of a history lesson combined with a well written story If you haven t read this before, give it a shot and maybe you will find your inner early 1900s Canadian teenager
I loved this SO much and I m sad I never read it before I love all the characters and the plot, and it s really fun to see Anne grow up through this book The writing is also really really lovely.
I can t wait to read the sequels and follow Anne s story This has made it up to my favorite books of all time list, that s for sure.
REREAD NOTESI didn t think I could love this bookbut somehow I do I AM SO EMOTIONAL.
As Soon As Anne Shirley Arrives At The Snug White Farmhouse Called Green Gables, She Is Sure She Wants To Stay Forever But Will The Cuthberts Send Her Back To To The Orphanage Anne Knows She S Not What They Expected A Skinny Girl With Fiery Red Hair And A Temper To Match If Only She Can Convince Them To Let Her Stay, She Ll Try Very Hard Not To Keep Rushing Headlong Into Scrapes And Blurting Out The First Thing That Comes To Her Mind Anne Is Not Like Anyone Else, The Cuthberts Agree She Is Special A Girl With An Enormous Imagination This Orphan Girl Dreams Of The Day When She Can Call Herself Anne of Green Gables