Sunday, 4 December 2011

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

I was looking for a book with colour Green in the title for the Color coded challenge. Anne of Green Gables had been in my To be Read list for a long time. So decided to read it for this challenge.

Childless couple Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a 12 or 13 year old boy who would help them in their farm. The orphanage sends eleven year old Anne instead. Matthew who is usually shy of women and mortally scared of girls takes an immediate liking to Anne. Marilla is not sure if she could bring up a girl especially one who talks so much. Kind-hearted Marilla decides to keep Anne.

Anne is very imaginative and talks all the time. She gets into all kinds of scrapes because of her imagination, temper and absent mindedness. She finds her "kindred spirit" and bosom friend in Diana Barry. The only sorrow of her life is her red hair and when Gilbert Blythe teases about her hair. She vows not to talk to him. Her rivalry with Gilbert makes her work hard to achieve good results in school.

This book deals with her school life and Teacher's license exam till she is sixteen.

Below are some quotes from the book that I liked.

"But I'd rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself," persisted Anne mournfully.

“I'm not a bit changed--not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME--back here--is just the same.”

“Oh, but there's such a difference between saying a thing yourself and hearing other people say it," wailed Anne. "You may know a thing is so, but you can't help hoping other people don't quite think it is."

"The things you wanted so much when you were a child don't seem half so wonderful to you when you get them."

A feel good book, I enjoyed reading it. I would like to read other books in the series.

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