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Anne of Green Gables (Wordsworth Children's Classics) [Paperback]

L.M. Montgomery
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1 Jan 1994 Wordsworth Children's Classics

When the Cuthberts send to an orphanage for a boy to help them at Green Gables, their farm in Canada, they are astonished when a talkative little girl steps off the train. Anne, red-headed, pugnacious and incurably romantic, causes chaos at Green Gables and in the village, but her wit and good nature delight the fictional community of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and ensure that Anne of Green Gables continues to be a firm favourite with readers worldwide.

Anne of Avonlea continues Anne's story. Now half-past sixteen but as strong-headed and romantic as ever, Anne becomes a teacher at her old school and dreams of its improvement. But her responsible position and mature ambitions do not prevent her entanglement in the scrapes that still seem to beset her in spite of her best intentions.

Thoroughly charming and amusing, with a supporting cast of colourful and endearing characters, both books will enchant and entertain readers, guaranteeing that Anne's adventures capture their affections as well as their imaginations.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853261394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853261398
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,731 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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Mark Twain called Anne 'the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice'. The story of how a bad-tempered, naughty, red-haired orphan charmed a whole town. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of dreams and delights. 14 Jun 2007
By Eva E.
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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Old-Fashioned 13 Feb 2002
By A Customer
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
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 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 7 days 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 11 days 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 16 days ago by Rena Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
This was read to me when I was a little girl by my mother. I had forgotten about it and am delighted to have it again to enjoy it all over again.
Published 25 days ago by gayabandon
5.0 out of 5 stars brillan t
i love it
i can never stop reading it
i would read this book all the time so i woul buy it
Published 1 month ago by Yamini Sivaraman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I'm over 40 n thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm the author portrayed in Ann with an e. Highly recommended for everyone
Published 2 months ago by Shona Gough
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice walk back down memory lane
In Italy the had a cartoon about Anne's adventure, so I loved the book. To be fair I am not sure I would have liked it nearly as much if I hadn't grown with it though.
Published 2 months ago by Valeria
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought me back to my childhood again.
Read all the Anne books when I was young and bought this to enjoy a nostalgia trip, Story of a young orphan girl called Anne who is adopted by a sister and brother in Prince... Read more
Published 2 months ago by chiefchuckles
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Bought this book for my Grand-daughter for Xmas as she just adores reading and
listening to bedtime stories.This is ideal.
Published 3 months ago by alcantara48
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne of Green Gables - Book 1
I read these books when I was a child and I really enjoyed them. I decided to re-read them and I have not been disappointed. The are easy to ready and are well written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by maz
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