Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote “Anne of Green Gables” in the year 1908. It’s a true testament to the author and the story, that a book is still read and loved after 102 years. As a child, I read this novel and loved it then. I thought it would be fun to revisit Anne, the city of PEI and the world of Green Gables (especially since Regis and Kelly visited the province of PEI last week).
I’m from Nova Scotia and if you know Canada, you know that NS is quite close to Prince Edward Island. I’ve been to the island before and I’ve got to see the province that inspired L.M. Montgomery to write the story of Anne Shirley.
11 year old Anne (who makes sure to explain to everyone she meets that her name is spelled with an “e”) is introduced to the reader at a train station where Matthew Cuthbert has travelled from Avonlea to pick up the boy that he and his sister sent for to help out around their home. When he gets there and discovers the child waiting for him is actually a little girl, he is shocked but doesn’t have the heart to tell her there’s been a mistake. So he takes her home to have his sister, Marilla break the bad news to the little girl. On the way home however, Matthew realizes that this little girl isn’t like the other girls around Avonlea, she talks endlessly, renames things that are plain to someone “without an imagination” and is delighted by her new surroundings.
Both Matthew and Marilla quickly fall in love with Anne and decide that even though she’s unable to do the work of a boy, she is so loveable and fascinating to them and the town, that they decide it’s in Anne’s best interest to keep her. What they don’t realize though is that Anne helps both Cuthbert’s to become better people throughout the novel. This coming of age story is quite an adventure, because with Anne we get to experience all the trials and tribulations she somehow gets herself into all the time. I laughed when she accidentally gets her bosom friend buddy drunk, I smirked when she vows to never speak to Gilbert Blythe again because he calls her carrots due to her hair color and I smiled at how the town of Avonlea helps Anne to grow up into an amazing person. Not only does Anne grow in this story, but it also helps Marilla to grow as well, which is important, because she was lost just like Anne was when we first met her.
If you haven’t read this classic novel before, you are truly missing out on a story that makes you fall in love with a character that is truly enchanting. This story has been made into movies, cartoons and even has a replica of the house of Green Gables in the province of Prince Edward Island. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been there and it was one of the coolest tourist sites that I’ve ever seen! Because you’re all such great visitors, I’m going to embarrass myself and post this lovely Anne hat that I didn’t buy, but happily agreed to have a photo taken of myself in the gift shop.
So treat yourself and go pick up this unique and loved novel… I promise you that you’ll enjoy every single page!