Anne of Green Gables Oct 1, 2007
When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send to a local orphanage for a boy to help on the farm, fate sends them a skinny, imaginative, red haired girl called Anne Shirley.
Anne is far from Marilla's idea of a well behaved little girl, but she decides to "bring Anne up" as best she can. Anne is a neglected soul, hungry for love and many comic misunderstandings ensure.
This is the first book of a series of eight, which reflect a Canadian, Victorian childhood and girlhood and an Edwardian womanhood. I have read this book many times since I first read it as a child and have given it to various nieces as well as my daughter. I always find something to amuse me even after many perusals.
Anne engages your interest because she is painted as a human , with her fair share of faults. She has a bad temper and is vain about her nose and wishes fervently for the latest fashions. She exhibits crushes on her teacher and the minister's wife from which more mature friendships spring.
Her bosom friend is Diana, a Victorian ideal in looks and intelligence. Anne departs from this as she is ambitious and clever, with her own way to make in the world.
Montgomery does not shrink from visiting real sorrow on Anne and imparts the morals of love, gratitude and troubles bravely born.
You are left wanting to know more and the good thing about this series is Anne of Green Gables is just the beginning of a series which continues into the second generation.
A good read with a feel good factor suitable for all ages.