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Anne Of Green Gables (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) [Hardcover]

L. M. Montgomery
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7 Sep 1995 Everyman's Library Children's Classics
The appeal of this Canadian classic children's book is seemingly everlasting - for it is a story of an individual making good by her own efforts, an orphaned girl sent to live with an elderly brother and sister who really want a boy to help on the farm. First published in 1908, the book was written by a scoolteacher who'd experienced the same upbringing as her heroine and who set her story in the place she knew best - Prince Edward Island. The story was popular from the start, and Mark Twain described Anne as 'the dearest, and most lovable child in fiction since the ommortal Alice'. The book has been filmed, staged, tramslated in many languages, and has been introduced by a highly successful TV dramatization. Sybil Tawse, English portrait painter and illustrator of many classics, including Mrs Gaskell's CRANFORD and Lamb's ESSAYS OF ELIA, provided the pen-and-ink drawings in 1933.

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  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Childrens Classics; New edition edition (7 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857159365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857159363
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Devereux's editing is judicious...and the supplementary materials will be fascinating to students and general readers alike." -- Lorraine York, McMaster University

"Devereux's edition is a wonderful way to introduce readers to Anne." -- Misao Dean, University of Victoria

"This is an exciting edition of Canada’s most enduring literary classic." -- Irene Gammel, University of Prince Edward Island --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A beautiful new edition of this classic tale about the girl who wins a place in everyone's heart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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MRS RACHEL LYNDE lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops, and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof. Read the first page
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of dreams and delights. 14 Jun 2007
By Eva E.
Format:Paperback
I hope you have already experienced this book yourself, but if you haven't I can only begin to tell you how wonderful it is, the rest you will have to discover for yourself.

I grew up reading it, loving the fact that year after year I could watch Anne growing up, just like I was. I always wanted to be just like her and, to tell the truth, I still do! She is the sweetest, loveliest character ever to grace the pages of any book. She is bubbly, imaginative and irrepressible, and always positive no matter what the situation may be. This book shows her through the highs and lows of her childhood after coming to live with the Cuthberts.

I picked the book up the other day after many years of not reading it, semi-expecting that my memory of it would be better than the book actually is. By the end of the first page I was enthralled once more by this beautiful, sparkling world of fun, imagination, minor catastrophes ("always look before you leap, especially into spare room beds") and the sweet innocence of times gone by. The writing is so flowing and touching that no matter how many times I read it and think I'm immune, it still manages to make me laugh out loud, both at the whole story, and at the lovely little hidden touches of humour that I missed while reading it as a child, and also cry buckets when the situation calls for it.

This is a book that everyone should read and have as part of their childhood, or indeed adulthood. It's certainly one that I'll never stop reading.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I first read Anne of Green Gables when I was 8... I loved it then and still love it now (some years later). It's an all time classic, heartwarming story, with everlasting appeal for age 8s to adults. First published in 1908, it's every bit as readable now as I'm sure it was 100 years ago.

Naughty, dreamy, emotional Anne is a wonderful role model - with her fiery temperament and endless chatter, she can sometimes be a nuisance, but her adoptive parents, Marilla and Matthew, wouldn't have her any other way. She's bright, hard-working, caring and sociable and they soon find it hard to remember ever being without her.

Marilla and Matthew originally applied for a "boy" from the orphanage to help with work on their farm in idyllic Avonlea (Canada), but when Anne turns up lost and lonely, and immediately falls in love with Green Gables, they find they haven't the heart to send her away. Follow Anne's story from her arrival, age 11, to when she's 17 and leaving college, and then be sure to follow on with the rest of the "Anne" books - they're all delightful, and I can't recommend them enough!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Old-Fashioned 13 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It does not seem to be four years ago, when I was ten, that I ripped open the wrapping paper on a birthday present from my aunt to discover this book. I started reading it, but had to read the first page three times before I understood it - I was ten years old and not used to the style of language that it was written in.
But as I got further in I realised that this book was something special. I took my time and after seven enjoyable weeks, I had turned the back cover. This had kick-started my love affair with books.
Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley is an orphan, mistakenly adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert who are expecting a boy to help on their farm in the small, quaint village of Avonlea in Canada. The book takes us through her first few years of existence in Avonlea, and all the scrapes she gets into, the acquaintances that she makes, and the brilliant relationships between her and both "bosom-friend" Diana and the brilliant character, Gilbert Blythe.
You really have to read the five other books in this series, I managed all six in under a year - that was when I was ten so I challenge anybody to defeat me!
But really, I thought it was a cliche not to be able to put a book down until I started this series. I came out breathless and amazed at the reality of such a book. I did not know such literary excellence existed, and if you think that being only ten I was bound to be impressed, I have read Anne of Green Gables four times since I first read it! At the end of the series I had to go back to the first book and read that again to make the difference between little Anne Shirley and adult Anne Shirley become more prominent.
I urge you to read not only this book, but all six books in the Anne series, they are pure genius.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Every child (and hopefully every adult who has not lost the child within) can identify with our heroine, Anne (most definitely spelt with an "e"),
who is the typical poor and plain child who lives in a world of fantasy in order to compensate for her reality, and who eventually turns out to be both beautiful and clever. On the road to this end, we encounter Anne's adopted parents, the seemingly harsh Marilla and the adorable, shy Matthew together with her "kindred spirit" Diana,
the much hated (?) Gilbert Bly and many other full and rounded characters who you will sadly miss when you have finished the book.
I first read this wonderful book when I was around 10 years old, then again at 25 and have just reread it with my daughter - it loses none of its charm over the years. Joy, sadness, hope, love and much laughter are all contained within - not to be missed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a lovely entertaining story that you don't want to put down.
Published 10 hours ago by Friary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy.
Bought this for 10 year old granddaughter who loves it Arrived ahead of time, so great buy.
Published 20 days ago by savvyshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
As we travel a lot I thought I'll get it for my son to listen to. I put the CD on to see if it is appropriate to his age (6) and I found it very difficult to stop it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Nacira Sebouai
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Read this as a youngster so bought to read again and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it again.
Published 1 month ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story from Canada
This was a present for a student learning English in Africa. It is well written and includes word and situations involving English speaking people in another part of the world.
Published 1 month ago by Dogonradio
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read classic
A it slow and boring, not much happens, but read to the end because it's a classic. Won't bother reading the rest of the series, though.
Published 2 months ago by clare
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
I am still reading the book, good fun and reminds me of the TV programme :-) that was on in the 80s
Published 2 months ago by Daniel McNeill
5.0 out of 5 stars old fashioned book
I remember Anne of Greengables and a few others from my younger days. And have enjoyed reading the others available. Have not yet completed all of them yet..
Published 3 months ago by Alma Brougham
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne of Green Gables
A charming book suitable for all ages. Well written, lovely. A classic story of good come right, we don't see much of that these days..
Published 3 months ago by Ms Linda Louisa Dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne of Green Gables
My Canadian friend who was born in Prince Edward Island couldn't believe that I as an adult had not read this book. I bought it and absolutely adored it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rena Macleod
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