The pesky little girl

November 23, 2013 | No comments


As part of my Mission 101 project, and the Classics Challenge, I’m focusing on reading and reviewing classics. First out is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I read it in Swedish when I was a kid, but felt that it was time for a re-read. I barely remember it from the first time I read it (which really should be considered a bad sign).

Anne of Green Gables

The book follows the feisty orphan girl Anne Shirley, who comes to live with the siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on a farm on Prince Edward Island. They had asked for a boy to help out on the farm, but they got Anne instead. For some reason, both Matthew and Marilla become fond enough of Anne that they decide to keep her. The book follows Anne’s everyday life at the farm and in school, and it is a classic coming-of-age story.

Anne is quite the character. She has a very vivid imagination, and she doesn’t follow rules. More often than not, she unintentionally causes problems for her new guardians. I don’t mind that Anne follows the beat of her own drum and questions everything around her. Actually I think that is a very good quality in a character, especially in a children’s book. I still find Anne to be a pesky little girl. She talks all the time. And I really mean all the time. All. The. Time. More often than not, her comments are paragraph after paragraph long. It’s a never ending supply of random thoughts and comments and ideas. It made me tired.

When I think of it, it reminds me of what’s going on inside my head most of the time.

That makes me even more tired.

To be fair, Anne did grow on me. I couldn’t help liking her. No matter what happens, she remains positive and excited about the future. I just wish she would have expressed those feelings with a few less words.

I might still give the rest of the books in the series a try. I just need to recover from this book first.

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