Anne of Green Gables Library: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of the Island; Anne's House of Dreams (An Anne of Green Gables Novel) Paperback – 23 Oct 2014
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" Aficionados of the auburn-tressed waif will find "Anne of Green Gables" lavishly illustrated."
- "Smithsonian Magazine"
"From the Hardcover edition."
" Aficionados of the auburn-tressed waif will find Anne of Green Gables lavishly illustrated. "
- Smithsonian Magazine
From the Hardcover edition.
"Aficionados of the auburn-tressed waif will find "Anne of Green Gables" lavishly illustrated."
"Smithsonian Magazine"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
However, I'm not as familiar with the books as I was during my library ticket prime some three decades ago, and I needed to piece together a reading order now that I'm re-discovering them with younger members of the family.
Pinning this order down is surprisingly difficult - the 'Anne' books were not written in chronological order, and there are two books of short stories that are set in Avonlea, but not about Anne Shirley. Also, 'Anne of Windy Poplars' and 'Anne of Windy Willows' are one and the same novel; the latter title was used in the UK upon first publication, but now appears to be used only in the Penguin paperback edition. There are two 'sequels' that are actually about Anne's children, and then several more books by L. M. Montgomery that sound similar but are not part of the `Anne' series.
So, in the hope other customers find this useful, here's the reading order for the series, at least as far as I can make it out:
1)'Anne of Green Gables'
2)'Anne of Avonlea'
*2.5) Short stories 'Chronicles of Avonlea'
3)'Anne of the Island'
4)'Anne of Windy Poplars' (also known as 'Anne of Windy Willows')
5)'Anne's House of Dreams'
6)'Anne of Ingleside'
7)'Rainbow Valley' (a sequel, in which Anne is an adult background character, with her daughter Rilla taking up the juvenile protagonist role)
*7.5) Short stories 'Further Chronicles of Avonlea'
8)'Rilla of Ingleside'(another sequel primarily featuring Rilla, obviously!Read more ›
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.
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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Absolute marvelous old classic, must read for all girls. Ann is vivacious, smart and endlessly funnyPublished 1 month ago by Tea-and-toast
Wonderful descriptive writing of nature (scenes we may have lost in this century) a good story with real charactersPublished 1 month ago by Pamela