anne of green gables

I seem to be on children’s book kick here lately, but maybe that’s just Christmas bringing out the kid in me — or maybe it’s the books themselves. 

Anne of Green Gables is one of those classic books that just didn’t appeal to me as a kid.  I think I tried it for the first time around junior high, but I just found it dull and difficult to get into.  It came to my attention again as I was browsing through our libraries downloadable audio books (a wonderful discovery, but that’s another post).  Having come to the realization that my judgment at that age may not always have been terribly sound, I decided to give it another try — after all, books become classics for a reason, right?

It turns out that the tale of the orphan Anne Shirley is neither dull nor difficult to get into — I don’t know what my junior high self was thinking.  From the first moment of encountering Anne, she is nothing but enchanting.  Her imaginings, her knack for trouble, and her unquenchable vivacity all combine to make for one of the loveliest child protagonists I’ve come into contact with.  Adding this to the beautiful setting of rural Prince Edward Island and the cleverly developed cast of characters living within the little town brings the book to life. 

Anne is a perfect example of why I should nearly always revisit books I wasn’t quite sure about as an adolescent.  Timing can make a world of difference — and Anne’s world is certainly one I plan to spend more time in.  I’m looking forward to reading more of the series, just as soon as I can get my hands on them. 

WHO: L.M. Montgomery
WHAT: Anne of Green Gables
WHERE: Digital audiobook downloaded from library
WHEN: December 2009
WHY: Catching up on classics
HOW: Audio

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~ by Molly on December 16, 2009.

One Response to “anne of green gables”

  1. This one of my all-time favorites! Interestingly enough, I also had to start it multiple times before finishing, and eventually falling in love with Anne, Gilbert, Marilla, Matthew and the rest of the island.

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