Review: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 Book review | Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery | 4 stars

Anne of Green Gables  by 
L. M. Montgomery

Cover illustration: Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.
Creative direction: Kristin Logsdon
Puffin Books 2014
ISBN 978 0 11 751400 4

 

Synopsis

Puffin in Bloom A new line of classics with gorgeously illustrated covers by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.s lead artist, Anna Bond. Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.


Bullet-point review

★★★★☆

+ witty main character
+ elaborate language
+ ‘good enemy’
+ Anne’s elaborate descriptions of what everything looked like
+ Anne’s naming

-last years were written about only briefly


Full Review

Yes, I loved this book. There’s only one thing that bothered me. It bothered me to deduct a star. The last years we read about have only been described so briefly. Honestly, most of that I could’ve done without. It didn’t feel as much as the beginning and was thus disappointing to me. The very last two chapters however felt like the beginning again.

The story of Anne is amazing. I loved her over-the-top descriptions of everything she sees and experiences, including the new names she gives everything. The other characters are great as well. I especially liked Marilla: stoic on the outside, because she’s been brought up that way, but with lots of love to give.

It’s an coming-of-age plot, which becomes clear throughout the book, as Anne learns more and more about life at Green Gables. The new Netflix series (definitely worth watching!), doesn’t quite stick to the book. I’m not sure which plot I liked better. On the one hand, the book seems more realistic. The show however, always has something dramatic going on, which has it’s own merits.

Definitely would recommend. Especially if you like wise-beyond-their-year, smart-aleck characters, who eventually are appreciated for who they are.


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