by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Anne was a wonderful character, very funny and smart. There were a lot of other heroines that she reminded me of: Alice (of Wonderland fame), Pollyanna a bit, and an odd combination of Jo and Amy March. I really liked Marilla and Matthew and the way they played off each other. I did NOT like the ending, even though I had a feeling about 200 pages in that something similar was coming.
Overall the book was a wonderful story full of adventures and lessons. I especially liked the struggle Anne had with being good and her outlook on religious issues.
"It's all very well to say resist temptation, but it's ever so much easier to resist it if you can't get the key." (p. 141)This book counts toward the Canadian Book Challenge, the Colorful Reading Challenge and Classics Club.
"It's always wrong to do anything you can't tell the minister's wife. It's as good as an extra conscience to have a minister's wife for your friend." (p. 234)
Such a good book! Great quotes, too.ReplyDelete
Knocked off 3 challenges with a single book? Not bad!ReplyDelete
At first I was surprised that you wouldn't have read this book before, but then I checked out your profile and noticed that you live in the U.S. I'd be hard pressed to find a Canadian not already familiar with her (though a good portion of those, I'd wager, are familiar through the CBC miniseries).
I had similar reactions a couple of years ago when I'd read "To Kill A Mockingbird" for the first time. Some Americans amongst my readership were shocked that I'd managed to get through the school system without having read it before... then they realized I'm Canadian. (Though my wife, also a Canadian, did read it for high school).
The CBC series is apparently quite popular. I have several friends from up North who said they love Anne of GG which they knew from the series.ReplyDelete