rebecca and anne

I’ve long considered Laura Ingalls and Jo March to be old friends worth revisiting.  Their stories are both comfortable and comforting, and ones I turn to again and again.  There are few other books that wrap me in the same nostalgia for a time I’ve never even known (and, in truth, have a difficult time imagining myself actually living in), and few other characters I feel as if I would connect with so well were we to meet in real life.

But I now think I need to add Rebecca Randall and Anne Shirley to that list of ficional friends.  Last month, I listened to Anne of Green Gables, and followed that up by spending the past few weeks listening to Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Anne of Avonlea (and have now gone straight into Anne of the Island).  Rebecca and Anne, like Laura and Jo, live in worlds of scrapes and laughter, hard work and whimsical play.  Their lives, though far from perfect, seem much simpler than ours, and their enthusiasm and energy and determination to make the most of life — in spite of their struggles — practically spill off the page.  Their stories have been a joy to read, and I don’t doubt that I will be reliving that joy many times in the future.


~ by Molly on January 26, 2010.

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