LibraryThing Review In this fifth installment of the classic Canadian series - first published in 1917, it was actually the fourth Anne book that Montgomery wrote, but is now considered the fifth, as it chronicles events just after those in the subsequently published (1936) Anne of Windy Poplars - Anne Shirley is now Anne Blythe, doctor's wife, and embarking on a new phase of her life. Coming to live in Four Winds Harbour, where Gilbert will be taking over the practice of his Uncle Dave, the newlywed Anne finds her "house of dreams" in a little shore-side cottage - built years before by the old Four Winds schoolmaster, in anticipation of his beloved's arrival from the Old Country - and here she experiences all the joys and heartaches of young married life. Here she and Gilbert pass their honeymoon, settling into a wonderful new routine; here they make many interesting new friends, from that plain-speaking spinster, Miss Cornelia, to that storytelling old sailor, Captain Jim - not to mention beautiful Leslie Moore, with her tragic history - and here Anne bears and loses her first child: the tiny, pale little Joyce bringing true tragedy into her life for the first time. Reading Anne's House of Dreams again for the umpteenth time - I honestly couldn't say, at this point, how many times I have read the eight books in this series - I was once again caught up in Montgomery's powerful storytelling, and struck by her beautiful language. Her descriptions of the wonders of the natural world are particularly lovely here - I loved the passages about the sea and sky, in their many moods - and her characters just as quirky and appealing as ever. I always care about Montgomery's people, even when, like Anne and Gilbert as it concerns some of Miss Cornelia's statements, I am laughing at their flaws. Of course, reading with a more critical eye, in light of our upcoming discussion of this title, over in the L.M. Montgomery Book Club to which I belong, I did spy a number of themes that made the story slightly less pleasing that it had been for me, hitherto. It was annoying to see how Anne constantly downplayed her own literary ability - never before in the series had she dismissed herself as a mere scribbler of "fairy-tales," as if a) that were all she was capable of, and b) there was something less worthy in fairy-tales - and I could have lived without the whole "logic vs. feeling" dichotomy that plays out, in the resolution of Leslie Moore's storyline. Unlike some reviewers, it didn't trouble me that Gilbert proved correct, with regard to this latter (after all, Anne can't be right all the time), but I did dislike the fact that the distinction between logic (Gilbert and Captain Jim) and feeling (Anne and Miss Cornelia) fell out along gender lines. Leaving those issues aside - and I was far more conscious of them, on this reread, that previously - I still found myself falling under Montgomery's spell, and (as per usual) abandoning myself to the experience with pleasure. Recommended to anyone who has read the previous four Anne books!
♥ Favorite Piece of Fiction EVER!!! ♥ Yes, I am titling this as my favorite piece of fiction ever! Or EVER!!!. ;) Anne is the most adorable, lovable, imaginative, accident prone girl you can imagine and there is not a fictional character I wish more to come to life! Besides Peter Pan if Tink came along. Anne is just such a fun character and this is a book I have read so many times that the pages are literally falling out! This book is AMAZING and it is not just "such a shame" to miss out on. It is a crime. Yes, c-r-i-m-e! (Haven't you ever wondered why literally all schools require this book???) Because it is the most wonderful piece of fiction ever and if this doesn't make you want more, I don't know what will!
LibraryThing Review Okay, there's no way I can be objective about this series. I first read these books as an impressionable child (I can't even remember how old I was, but using the publication date as a guide, as well as the ragged state of the paperboard slipcover encasing the books, I'm guessing I was around 10 years old). From the very first moment, I wanted to be Anne, to have that red hair of hers, to stand on the porch of Green Gables and look out over the rolling green fields, to wiggle my toes into the wind-swept dunes of Prince Edward Island. Over the years, I never relinquished my childish fantasy; in fact, I only reinforced it through repeated readings of the novels. And I still imagine that one day, I will travel to P.E.I. I will visit Green Gables and stand on that porch; I will see those dunes and feel the salty sea air in my now-red hair (thank you Clairol).It's true that not all the books in the series are equal in quality. The first three, I'd say, are the strongest, when Anne is still discovering her world and her place in it. Subsequent books became more prone to flights of fancy and romance, yet, despite that, Anne never lost her power to enthrall and inspire, and although her temper certainly mellowed, she never lost her fire. Frankly, I can't imagine a better role model for a young girl. Anne stood by me on those days when I felt sick, depressed, just downright awful about myself and the world. My first stirrings of romance and how love should be formed around Anne and Gilbert's "courting," even down to their very first moments when she cracked her slate over his head because he called her "Carrots." (After reading that scene, I realized the boy knocking me down in the playground wasn't actually being mean to me, but was expressing that he liked me. Silly boys.) Most importantly, I learned from Anne the importance of being oneself, even if doing so makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
LibraryThing Review This is a eight book series that chronicles the life of Anne of Green Gables. These book expands her life from her rocky start to a full grown women. I laughed, cried, lived and died right along with all of the characters in these books from beginning to end. It is well worth the read I have even got my daughter to read them it is a timeless classic that will continue to delight people for many generations.
LibraryThing Review Although I own a hardback version given as a gift in college, one of my aunts gave me the boxed paperback set for Christmas when I was a young girl, and it is one of my favorite books of all time, definitely my favorite schoolgirl age book. I have read this book aloud to most of my classes that I taught Language Arts to, and it has always been a joy - even the boys get into Anne's flights of temper and daring nature. Of course, I am also indebted to public television for playing the Anne of Green Gables movies during pledge breaks for so many years, and the company that made those movies for choosing perfect actors and actresses for the characters. It increased my love for the book and gave me the ability to read it aloud with more characterization and feeling. If you've never read this masterpiece, you should. Get yourself a cup of tea and a quiet corner, or wait until a beautiful warm spring day and find a flowery spot.
LibraryThing Review I love this book. I laugh, I cry. All of it. It's such a great continuation of the Anne storyline. It was hard to give up all the old Avonlea characters, though.
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