I had a copy of this book as a child but it’s been a long time since I’ve read it. I read this as part of a classic a month read-a-long which I am going to be continuing with.
I loved this book, the character of Anne is funny, loveable and charming. And the setting of Avonlea is gorgeous, a place which feeds Anne’s wonderful imagination:
“Listen to the trees talking in their sleep,” she whispered, as he lifted her to the ground. “What nice dreams they must have!”
There’s so much to like about chatting, dreamy Anne and I found myself recognising my own childhood dreamy self, though I was shy. I love her postitive outlook on the world, despite the fact that she is an orphan and has seen hardships in life she never loses her optimism, I envy that:
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
She seems like a good role model for a child if only she didn’t get herself into so many scrapes and have such a temper at times. However she is just a child and sometimes the mistakes she makes are because of Marilla neglecting to tell her she’s moved or switched something on the shelf!
The characters are so well developed that you could easily write a study on all of them. Marilla is a guarded, unemotional woman who tries to bring Anne up right but fails to see her own mistakes, although happily criticises Anne hers. Matthew is a gentle, kind soul painfully shy and always wanting the best for Anne.
Here’s my pick of my favourite quotes from Anne of Green Gables, I just couldn’t help highlighting them, sometimes she is so funny. She has such poignant words and also words of wisdom. I love her honesty and her spirit.
“We are rich,” said Anne staunchly. “Why, we have sixteen years to our credit, and we’re happy as queens, and we’ve all got imaginations, more or less. Look at that sea, girls—all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds. You wouldn’t change into any of those women if you could. Would you want to be that white-lace girl and wear a sour look all your life, as if you’d been born turning up your nose at the world? Or the pink lady, kind and nice as she is, so stout and short that you’d really no figure at all? Or even Mrs. Evans, with that sad, sad look in her eyes? She must have been dreadfully unhappy sometime to have such a look. You know you wouldn’t, Jane Andrews!”
This is the best:
Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla. I wonder how the road beyond it goes—what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows—what new landscapes—what new beauties—what curves and hills and valleys further on.”