7.19.2012

Book Review: Anne of Green Gables

The thing with me is that I never go with the flow of other bookworms: while they are on the hype discussing the liberated nature of 50 Shades of Gray or what they expect on the film adaptation of Perks of Being a Wallflower... I am scuttling through the green meadows of Green Gables with Anne Shirley.


I do really have a heart for children classics- it could be because my grandmother have given (and is still giving) me an abundant supply of it or it could be plainly because of the fact that I really am childish. Don't get me wrong, it is not that I am dormant on liberated kinds of books, actually, I do love violence and the entire gamut it has, but a piece of me would really prefer the smooth and calming nature of joining a child reaching his/her dreams or merely just realizing the utter sweetness and bitterness life has to offer to him/her.


PLOT:

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert had planned to adopt a boy to help out around Green Gables farm. But waiting for Matthew at the train station is freckle-faced, red-headed Anne Shirley- a talkative eleven-year-old orphan with a heart full of dreams and a desperate longing for a home. From the minute Anne sets foot in Matthew's buggy, Green Gables will never be the same.
The story revolves around how Green Gables and the Cuthberts will change Anne Shirley from her elusive and imaginative nature into a fine, pure-hearted, though still imaginative, young lady. Also, without her noticing, her presence alone have changed something about Green Gables and the people inside and around it. The story is packed with the languidness of an eleven-year-old girl; her aspirations, which lies in the equinox of being too preposterous and too common;her mischief and dreadful mistakes; her simply inspiring nature; and, as for meeting the requirement in literature- love interest.

What's so special with Anne of Green Gables, aside from the surreal Green Gables itself, is that it didn't lack sarcasm and humor despite the fact that it is meant for kids. Anne herself, Marilla Cuthbert and Rachel Lynde are just some of the characters that blew me away with their quick wit and sly remark. Altogether, they made the story stood as a puddle of wisdom and epiphany about life and dreaming. Gilbert Blythe too, Anne's love interest is really worth noting. Their relationship didn't brim the whole story- and I'm kind of cynical about that, though I must admit that if it did, it will lose its purity and innocence.

Story line:

I must admit that the story of a homeless girl being brought into a new premise and eventually being cause of its sudden aglow, is such a cliche. But if we consider the time of its publication, which is 1904, it inevitably convoke that perhaps, this story have set such trend that we are now seeing in melodramatic novels and television dramas even. The flow of the story, though highly chronological, is not predictable. I personally have caught myself at some points wherein I just needed to drop the book to laugh, cry or merely shake my head in disbelief into what is happening in the story. Anne and Gilbert's progression too, though very common, will live you flustering though it is very emphasized that they are just kids.

Creativity:

When God poured creativity all over the world I assure you that L.M Montgomery, if not Anne Shirley herself, came very first in the queue. The Green Gables itself is very much surreal, the way L.M Montgomery described it all throughout of the story, you can not help yourself but to wish that at some point in your life, you'll set afoot to such dream-like place. The characters, though mostly consist of kids, are tantamount of the different personalities we bumped in to in our everyday lives, only that they are twitched in the way that we can not help ourselves either to loathe them so much or to love them very dearly. Anne, being a writer herself in the story, got such a big head for literature too. The verbose nature of the story is not brooding, for it does connect to its reader every so often that you'll feel the story is talking to you.

Technicality:

Since I reckon that L.M Montgomery was really venting out towards the young minds, she didn't supply the story with such gargantuan vocabulary, though she had overflown it with big adjectives that made the story highly understandable yet breathtaking. Since Anne was described as a little girl with a big way of speaking, the story, needless to say, was slightly brimming with deep words- but you'll see it very funny for it was all coming from a languid eleven-year-old girl.

Over-all:

If you are a kid who is searching for a good book to start with your bookworm dilly-dallying; a parent looking for something to give their child to teach them the proper way of living and thinking or to just make your children realize the whole concoction of life; an adult wanting to take appease from all the bombarding topics most of the books have today; or, someone merely wanting to know what kids has to say- L.M Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is the very right thing for you all!

Quotable Quotes:

"Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile." - Anne

"But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?" - Anne

"My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes. That's a sentence I read in a book once, and I say it over to comfort myself whenever I'm disappointed in anything." - Anne

"When the Lord puts us in certain circumstances, He doesn't mean for us to imagine them away." - Marilla Cuthbert

"Just as soon as you attain one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting." - Anne

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