Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
This is the book that defined my childhood. That statement is quite dramatic, I know… but really. My favorite of the Anne series was, and is, Anne of the Island, but this very first installment introduced me to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s darling world of Anne, Diana, Gilbert, Marilla, and more. I can’t seem to remember how old I was when I first read Anne of Green Gables… very young, I know. Visiting Canada for a week at the age of eight was a dream, I do recall this. I devoured a simple biography of Montgomery while on the trip, and read and reread the Anne novels at least fifty times within the following year.
I will never relate to Anne as I do to Emily from the Emily Starr trilogy, and Gilbert is no Teddy (in my opinion 😉 ), but the world of Anne Shirley will forever captivate me. The prose is dreamy and magical and I love it.
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10 favorite quotes
- “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive – it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”
- “A huge cherry-tree grew outside, so close that its boughs tapped against the house, and it was so thickset with blossoms that hardly a leaf was to be seen. On both sides of the house was a big orchard, one of apple-trees and one of cherry-trees, also showered over with blossoms; and their grass was all sprinkled with dandelions. In the garden below were lilac-trees purple with flowers, and their dizzily sweet fragrance drifted up to the window on the morning wind.”
- “The fairy glass is as lovely as a dream.”
- “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
- “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
- “…a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with delicate mists as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain – amethyst, pearl, silver, rose, and smoke-blue. The dews were so heavy that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of many-stemmed woods to run crisply through.”
- “Anne took the dress and looked at it in reverent silence. Oh, how pretty it was – a lovely soft brown gloria with all the gloss of silk; a skirt with dainty frills and shirrings, a waist elaborately pintucked in the most fashionable way, with a little ruffle of filmy lace at the neck. But the sleeves – they were the crowning glory! Long elbow cuffs and above them two beautiful puffs divided by rows of shirring and bows of brown silk ribbon.”
- “Don’t give up all your romance, Anne,’ he whispered shyly, ‘a little of it is a good thing – not too much, of course – but keep a little of it, Anne, keep a little of it.”
- “Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them – that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”
- “The joys of sincere work and worthy aspiration and congenial friendship were to be hers; nothing could rob her of her birthright of fancy or her ideal world of dreams. And there was always a bend in the road!”
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(Before I go – a brief shoutout to Audrey, who inspired these book posts of mine with her own. Thanks for the inspiration, girl!)
I know this book is a classic, but I’ve never read it before :O I will fix that eventually 😛 You’ve got such a beautiful edition! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s
You must, must read this book, Audrey! I know I say that about, um, A LOT of books, but seriously. This was THE book of my childhood. <3
And this edition, I know! I couldn't resist purchasing it when I saw it online a couple of month ago. It's GORGEOUSSS.
I love the Anne books with all my heart. Most of the people I know prefer Emily, but I’m not inclined to her character at all. Its lovely though that Maud wrote so many different kinds of heroines, that there’s just about someone for everyone to relate to.
Oh, I so agree with you, Sarah. I’ve always found Anne more lighthearted, childish, and playful, but as a child myself I was far more like Emily.
Eitherway, all of Montgomery’s novels are magic. She was such a brilliant, brilliant storyteller. <3
Thank you for sharing. I too love the Anne books, love her dreamy ways. I love the poetry in them, and how light they make me feel.
Oh, Anne, I feel the same way about the beautiful books. Your words describe them perfectly. <3
Oh my! Just swooning over those photos. They make me feel like I’m in some kind of dream world, back in the early 1900s. And those quotes are so lovely. xx
Oh, thank you so much, Laura! Your kind words mean the world. XOXO
I adore Anne of Green Gables! This makes me want to spend the afternoon blissfully reading in the sunshine :).
Thanks, Laura! Treating yourself to an afternoon with a good book is the very best. <3
Anne of Green Gables is a classic and definitely one of my favorite series! I haven’t read the Emily Starr trilogy but now I definitely need to 🙂
Thanks so much, Matea! I adore both Anne and Emily. <3