Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

What a delightful book! Reading this truly made me happy. Anne’s character was a hoot!! I found myself giggling throughout the book. Her quirkiness was endearing. Her view of life was fascinating. She had the spunk that you can’t help but love! She brought the kid out of me and it felt wonderful.

I loved everything about this book. The beautiful setting, the phenomenal cast of characters, the storyline, the ease of read, etc. It also had everything as well … adventure, fun, laughs, imagination, love story, family, friendship, tragedy, growth, etc. An overall feel happy book. Surely, the words went into my head and converted to dopamine. I was on cloud nine all day!! It’s an awesome feeling.

Marilla and Matthew, two siblings living on Prince Edward Island, Canada, decide to adopt an orphan boy to help out on their farm. But when Matthew goes to pick up the boy from the train station, he is shocked to find little red-headed Anne Shirley, and is instantly taken to her, charmed by her enthusiasm and talent for chattering.

Anne Shirley, or as she likes to call herself, Cordelia (‘It’s such a perfectly elegant name’), is one of the most intelligent, witty, articulate and likeable child protagonists I have ever come across. She’s utterly fantastic and made me wish I was as awesome and imaginative as her when I was a child. She fervently disapproves of anything that leaves ‘no scope for imagination’ and is given to colourful outbursts (‘my life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes’). I adored her imaginative, romantic exaggerations, which made me giggle and smile to myself, and her ability to see beauty in everything, which is rather fluffy, but lovely. She is so glad to live ‘in world where there are Octobers’. It’s like a 1900s Tumblr. I love it. Adults are sometimes threatened by Anne’s extensive vocabulary, but she doesn’t dumb herself down for anybody.

Anne of Green Gables is also surprisingly progressive. I was thrilled to read the characters talk of how brilliant it would be if women could vote, and it’s the women who travel miles to the next town to watch a political tour. Out of context, some passages will seem old fashioned to the point of offensive, such as Anne saying she’d ‘rather be pretty than clever’, but the irony is that she’s one of the smartest children at her school. I think this is more of a set up so we can see how much Anne changes over time, especially as Marilla is always encouraging her to more about being intelligent.

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