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Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
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Feb 01, 12

Read in December, 2011

I read the first book Anne of Green Gables a few years ago - and it's such a delight to continue the story of Anne. This second in the series follows her life in Avonlea from her 16th to her 18th year.

Anne - of course - get's herself into new accidents and troubles - but are also maturing a lot through her work as a teacher - and finding new important "kindred spirits" - with her open and welcoming attitude to life.

This is some of the best children's literature around - because readers of all ages can find things to laugh and cry about.

One of the themes of the Anne-books is the different approaches to life in the small community. Is it the precise theology of the elders - or the almost heretical questioning of the children? Or the closed society that are slow to open it's arms to strangers or Annes ability to see something positive in all people?

In the end of the novel it's the difference between seeing life through prose or poetry.

Marilla glanced at the radiant young face and refrained from further sarcastic comments. Perhaps some realization came to her that after all it was better to have, like Anne, "the vision and the faculty divine" ... that gift which the world cannot bestow or take away, of looking at life through some transfiguring...or revealing?...medium, whereby everything seemed apparelled in celestial light, wearing a glory and a freshness not visible to those who, like herself and Charlotta the Fourth, looked at things only through prose.
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