Anne of Green Gables is the story of an orphan girl who is brought to the home of Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert when she is 11 years old. Anne is excited about finally having a home and is crushed when she learns that the Cuthbert’s didn’t want a girl and that she was going to have to be sent back to the orphanage. Although if that is what happened then we wouldn’t have much of a story. Instead, Matthew Cuthbert has taken a shine to Anne during the ride from the train station to Green Gables and he convinces Marillia to give the girl a home. What follows are a series of wonderful misadventures as Anne settles into life in Avonlea.
The first time I read this book I was 9 and in the 4th grade. I fell instantly in love with Anne Shirley and wished that I could be more like her. She was so smart and brave and a perfect idol for a young girl. I loved reading about her growing up and embarking on a new life. And I also hated that even though Anne aged from 11 to 16 in the book I was still 9 at the end and unable to follow in her footsteps as quickly as she moved. About a month ago I learned of a new website called DailyLit. A site whose premise lies in the fact that “we spent hours each day on email but could not find the time to read a book.” They attempt to solve that by emailing out a small snippet of a story via email on a schedule of your choice. I flipped through the various offerings and when I saw that Anne of Green Gables was listed then I knew that I had to have it. It has been 21 years since I first “met” Anne Shirley and it seemed like the perfect time to renew old friendships.
Getting the story in daily emails was fine initially but it wasn’t long before Anne had drawn me into her world and I just had to download an electronic copy from Project Gutenberg. Everything in Avonlea was the same and yet it was different at the same time. It seems that every time I return to Avonlea there is something new that I learn or feel. This book also never fails to make me laugh and to bring tears to my eyes. It is a timeless story and one that I look forward to being able to share with my niece H when she is older. To watch her as she first meets the precocious Anne as she attempts to walk the rail of the Barry house or cracks Gilbert Blythe over the head with her slate for calling her ‘Carrots’. Anne is an amazing girl and one that is sure to delight girls and grown women for another 100 years.