Anne Of Green Gables
15/11/2014 § Leave a comment
I was fond of reading juvenile fictions, and classical literature, but so far, this story by Lucy Maud Montgomery has been one of my favorites ever since I read the first book. Since Anne of Green Gables was the first work of L.M. Montgomery that I read, it took me some time before I got used to her writing style, and be swallowed into her world. But when I did, I just couldn’t stop. I wanted more. I only had one printed book, which is Anne of Green Gables, so when I wanted to read more of her works, I tried to find them. That is when I found out that Anne and company are not only present in one work, but in a whole series comprised of several other books. I wasted no time trying to find e-books of the next stories following the adventures of Anne. I was way too absorbed in the story that I even neglected my sleep.
This classic story, well, obviously, was about the adventures of Anne, following her arrival at the Green Gables in Prince Edward Island. Anne, a red-haired, day-dreaming, orphan girl, came to Green Gables by a chance mistake which changed her life and of those around her. She has an active and wild imagination, and likes to express her thoughts and feelings. She came to think that she is an unwanted and unloved girl because she has been moving from houses to orphanages. But with Marilla and Matthew’s guidance, she came learn things that she ought to, of course with her imagination hindering every little thing she does.
I like to describe the the Anne series as a story about life and growing up, love and hatred, making mistakes and learning, letting go and moving on, birth and death, accepting and adapting to changes, and every little thing that would happen in a normal life of a person. In short the story is about life. I only managed to read up to Anne’s House of Dreams because the stories after that has a more mature and adult touch. The different books tells about the different phases in the life of Anne. Touched with humor, drama and lots of imagination, the series just swept me off my feet. I love how it was made and I liked how the story progresses. I will be honest and admit that I actually looked forward to how Gilbert will approach Anne in every book.
Lines that struck me from Anne of Green Gables:
“Somehow, things are never so good when they’re thought out a second time”
“Saying one’s prayers isn’t exactly the same thing as praying.”
“But I’d rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.”
“Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them. You mayn’t get the things themselves; but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them”
“All things great are wound up with all things little.”
“You know there are some things that cannot be expressed in words.”
“Mrs. Lynde: You never stop to think- whatever comes into your head to say or do, you say or do it without a moment’s reflection.
Anne: Oh, but that’s the best of it. Something just flashes into your mind, so exciting, and you must out with it. If you stop to think it over you spoil it all.”
“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me.I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne, it would be so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”
“That’s the worst of growing up. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don’t seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.”
“So I thought it over after I went to bed. That is the best time to think things out.”
“But we can’t have things perfect in this imperfect world.”
“There are so many things to be thought over and decided when you’re beginning to grow up.”
“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”
“For we pay the price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, bu exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement.”
“I am sure we should not shut our hearts against the healing influences that nature offers us…We resent the thought that anything can please us when someone we love is no longer here to share the pleasure with us, and we almost feel as if were unfaithful to our sorrow when we find our interest in life returning to us.”
“….because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile…”
“I’ve had a splendid time and I feel that it marks an epoch in my life. But best of it all was the coming home.”
From other Anne series books:
“Everything that’s worth having is some trouble.”
“Changes ain’t totally pleasant but they’re excellent things.”