Book Review: Anne of Green Gables

22 May 2010

Before we start, I have a short quiz...

"Which best describes how Lizzy feels about the Anne of Green Gables series?"

a. She loves the humor
b. She's passionate about the writing style
c. She adores the characters
d. All of the above

I hope you answered "d" because that is the answer! And what better way to sum up my feelings involving this series than that?

Of course, the first book is the most humorous... Ah, Anne Shirley... One of the most well-known characters of all time. Shall we begin?

Anne of Green Gables
By L.M. Montgomery
*Credit to ME! (I am going to try my hand at this synopsis-writing. Let's see how I do...)

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are brother and sister, unmarried, and live together at Green Gables, in the fictional town of Avonlea. They arranged to have a boy sent from the asylum to help out with farm work, but the girl who is waiting for Matthew at the station is nowhere near their original ideals. Skinny, freckled, and decidedly red-headed Anne Shirley is an imaginative, inventive being, and not at all what the Cuthberts expected. Anne's life has been a sad history of being passed from family to family, unloved and unwanted. From the first moment of viewing Green Gables, Anne falls in love with it, and it breaks her heart to think of leaving it. Matthew is won over by Anne from the start, and even Marilla comes to love her.

As is her nature, Anne's life at Green Gables is soon filled with up's and down's, rapturous joy and heartbreaking misery. She makes friends with the neighbor girl, who is indeed a 'kindred spirit,' makes enemies with a schoolboy who calls her 'Carrots,' and has an altogether unique gift for getting into scrapes. Even though they don't know what to make of her at first, soon the Cuthberts, and even the whole town of Avonlea, can't imagine life without little Anne of Green Gables.

Now, that wasn't too bad, do you think? I just may try writing the synopsis' from now on. And I have decided that I rather do like cliffhangers. If I tell you the whole story, what reason do you have to read it? 

Anne is entirely a character unto herself. She is decidedly against her fiery red hair, is a passionate lover of beauty, has an un-praiseworthy habit of holding grudges, possesses a talent for getting into odd scrapes, and all-in-all is an unforgettable heroine. This book is a true delight to read, for Anne does get into many funny accidents, coming about them in a completely innocent manner. Those are the best kinds, don't you think?

Although I loved all the books, this first one was truly one of the best. Over the years, Anne grows and matures, as most of us do. She grows into a beautiful young woman, inside and out, but part of you still longs for the inquisitive, imaginative little red-headed Anne Shirley. Nothing can ever replace this first book.

(I am feeling regret that this post is a bit... um, shorter than my other book reviews. Well, I guess it is best. As I said, if I told you the whole story, what purpose would you have in reading it?)

And now for some pictures... I am only going to post movie pictures for this first Anne book, because I really dislike the other two Anne movies. Really, is it so hard to make an accurate movie? Apparently it is for this director. However, the first movie is very good, and the characters are almost identical to the way I imagined them.

Anne, Diana, and others ~

(Anne and Diana in the much-desired puffed sleeves)

(Anne upon arriving at Green Gables)

(Anne, Diana, and Jane Andrews after Anne's unfortunate dunking)

(Anne and Diana in school)

Gilbert Blythe and the Cuthberts ~

(Marilla Cuthbert, probably after one of Anne's odd speeches)

(Gilbert Blythe)

(Matthew Cuthbert)


"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?" ~ Anne of Green Gables

Alright, I think that concludes this post. Keep coming back to read the coming post on all of the Anne books!

3 epistles:

  1. I agree that the first Anne book is the best, though I've enjoyed the others I've read. Goodness, it's been years since I watched the movie--I can barely remember it.
    I recently watched a musical of Anne, and it was really good--particularly Marilla and Matthew, two of my favorite characters.
    Nice review.

  2. I also love Anne of Green Gables! I've read the whole series and I do agree that the first is one of the best. Great review! I haven't seen the movie, but I hope to see it soon.


  3. I just read this book! And I LOVE it! I'm working on a review of it myself at my blog You can check it out on Tuesday (Nov 16) if you want!

    I'm definitely reading the whole series now. And that movie looks like something I definitely want to see. I wish they'd done movies on all the books.. like they did for the Narnia books and Lord of the Rings (and Harry Potter).

    Anyway...great review! I love Anne!! :)

    ~Liz B


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