Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) by L.M. Montgomery
1969 The Reyerson Press (first published in 1908)
Finished on January 4, 2019
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)
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.
I have owned my copy of Anne of Green Gables for 50 years! It's a hardcover edition and is sadly missing the dust jacket, but I'm pretty sure it looks like this one.
I am certain that I read Anne of Green Gables more than just once when I was a child and it has traveled with me from Northern California to Eastern Washington to Southern California, across to Nebraska, down to Texas, back up to Nebraska and out to Oregon. Phew! 16 moves, if my memory is correct. That's a long time to hold on to a book and the only one I've owned for that many years. The only others I've had for almost as long are the Little House (Laura Ingalls Wilder) books.
So, having packed and unpacked this classic for all these years, you would have thought I'd have read it many more times in my adult life, but I don't have any recollection of reading it since I was a child. Was it as good as I remember? I thought it was very good, but the language is more flowery than I remember. Of course, that's a reflection on Anne's character, who is a romantic in every sense of the word. I wasn't bored, as I have been a few times when reading children's literature, but there are a few chapters that felt somewhat slow and plodding. I read a few chapters every night, but looked forward to finishing and moving on to something with a little more depth or tension. With that said, however, I do plan on re-reading Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island sometime in the not too distant future. Sadly, I no longer have my copies and can't imagine what happened to them.
I am also anxious to read the new book about Marilla which was published this past year. It's receiving very good reviews, which is nice to know since it could easily be a disappointment as it isn't written by L.M. Montgomery.