Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomory

One of my favourite books growing up was Anne of Green Gables (and the rest of the books by LM Montgomory) and I'm definitely not alone.  Prince Edward Island - which is the setting if you're not familiar with the books - has become a pilgrimage site for people from all over the world.  The stories are simple but deeply profound, following the life of an orphan girl who is adopted and starts a new life on an idyllic farm.  There is no self-pity in the books, and I think this is what makes the basic concept work so endearingly.  Anne is a lively, imaginative character, who is often getting into scrapes but is never wilfully bad.  The staid community of the PEI town of Avonlea is seen with gently critical humour through her eyes, and she has a steadily transforming affect on everyone in her circle.

Like many favourites the books have been made into plays and films, which, despite often major diversion from the books, are usually a respectful representation of the essence of the characters and stories and well worth seeing.  When you read the books you'll enjoy the differences and be well rewarded for the effort without feeling spoiled by the films.

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