Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I've read this delightful book many times in the course of my life. It is always a treat to see the way this spunky young girl, who expects nothing from life and yet always dreams of a romantic future, changes from the unloved orphan to a joy to Matthew and Marila Cuthbert. What makes Anne so easy to identify with? She is far from perfect, in fact, she goes from one disaster to another, and yet, she is truly repentant and determined to do better. I think it is because she is so open and honest. She faces up to her faults and I think that makes us love her. We understand the impulses that make her fly off the handle and then abjectly repent. We laugh when she confesses a theft of Marilla's pin in a scene that could come from the "Perils of Pauline," and then laugh harder when we find that the confession was made up.
L. M. Montgomery has created a child for the ages as well as contributing to our creative vocabulary with phrases like, "scope for the imagination," "kindred spirit" and "bosom companion. We all know what it is like to yearn for a better world with the things that really matter and love having them happen to Anne, who takes us along for the journey.
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