Anne of Green Gables is a classic written and set in the early 1900’s. Although it’s a children’s classic, anyone of any age can enjoy it. It’s set in the idyllic and rural Prince Edward Island of Canada.
It’s about an orphan girl named Anne who comes to live with foster parents in the town of Avonlea. The story is about her adventures in this town. It is heartwarming to see how Anne, who has never had a place to call home, charms the hearts of many and becomes a dynamic resident of this town that is adorned by nature. The book is simply full of breathtakingly beautiful nature descriptions. Anne is a unique character whose fiery temper, and wild imagination get her into all sorts of scrapes all the time. Her love and appreciation of all things beautiful is really endearing. Her vigour and enthusiasm give you a fresh and renewed sense of life. By appreciating all the little joys that life has to offer, she makes you fall in love with being alive all over again. She rekindles your childish curiosity about everything, from attending concerts to performing in concerts, baking a cake, meeting new friends, and chasing your dreams.
But this book is not at all about a person who is always happy and cheerful. That would be preachy. Anne is a flawed and imperfect human being you can’t help but sympathise with and relate too. Being very sensitive and high-strung, she has a strong emotional reaction to everything that life throws at her. The author manages to capture these instances and emotions with verisimilitude. Anne’s wild imagination gets her into many difficult situations, which is very interesting to read about.
Given that the book is set in the early 1900’s, Anne is very ambitious for a girl of that time when girls were only expected to be good housewives. It is a book worth reading and rereading many times.
Tara Awate loves to read and listen to classical music. She loves nature and is an environmentalist at heart. In her spare time, she works on her speculative fiction novel while balancing school and homework.