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Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  508,069 Ratings  ·  12,494 Reviews
When Marilla Cuthbert's brother, Matthew, returns home to Green Gables with a chatty redheaded orphan girl, Marilla exclaims, "But we asked for a boy. We have no use for a girl." It's not long, though, before the Cuthberts can't imagine how they could ever do without young Anne of Green Gables--but not for the original reasons they sought an orphan. Somewhere between the t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 309 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by Bantam Classics (first published 1908)
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Dawn At that time, yes. This book was written in Canada in 1908. In the mid and late 1800's, redheaded Irish immigrants flooded into the eastern U.S. and…moreAt that time, yes. This book was written in Canada in 1908. In the mid and late 1800's, redheaded Irish immigrants flooded into the eastern U.S. and Canada, due to widespread social injustice and starvation in Ireland. They were heavily discriminated against for generations afterwards. Her red hair marks as a likely Irish American and, therefore, she was probably shiftless and a criminal.(less)

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Feb 27, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Strong Girls or those are raising them
Recommended to Shannon by: Mikkee, Tiana
I don't often give books five stars and as I neared the end of this book, I gave some thought to how many stars this book deserved. I've read the Anne of Green Gables series once before - over twenty years ago. In spite of the amount of time that has elapsed, I clearly recall reading the last book in the series very slowly and thinking to myself, "I will be so sad to not be able to read about Anne anymore." When I picked up this book a few days ago to re-read it, I found within a few chapters th ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
4.5 stars

Anne, my lovely, I feel restored.

"Marilla!" Anne sat down on Marilla's gingham lap, took Marilla's lined face between her hands, and looked gravely and tenderly into Marilla's eyes. "I'm not a bit changed—not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real me—back here—is just the same. It won't make a bit of difference where I go or how much I change outwardly; at heart I shall always be your little Anne, who will love you and Matthew and dear Green Gables more and bette
Dec 09, 2016 Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never read Anne's story when I was younger, so when I heard that Rachel McAdams was narrating the first in the series I knew I had to give it a go. I'm a sucker for a celebrity-narrated audiobook (if you haven't checked out Maggie Gyllenhaal's reading of The Bell Jar, do that now!).

It's wonderful to read a story that, for the most part, is extremely uplifting. There's hardly anything truly terrible that happens in this story, and that's quite refreshing. Granted, it is a children's novel and
Oct 30, 2015 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dear old world," she murmured, "you are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you."

This quote really accurately depicts how Anne lives her life and what makes you love her as a character. She's stubborn and makes mistakes, but she also has a huge imagination and sees the world as beautiful and full of possibilities.
I loved this SO much and I'm sad I never read it before! I love all the characters and the plot, and it's really fun to see Anne grow up through this book. The writing is also rea
Apr 30, 2015 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this for class and really enjoyed it! Anne was my favorite character, obviously, followed very closely behind by the sweet Matthew. I grew up watching the live action movies and was obsessed with it, so I'm happy I got around to reading it!
Yaz *The Reading Girl*
Finally: Full review written December 17th, 2013 and edited the 19th:)

***5 beautiful "Kindred Spirits" stars!!***


Sighs...Anne of Green Gables and her crazy doings will forever stay in my heart <3. Can there be such a crazy, beautiful, kindred spirit soul as Anne? No, I do not think so (there are two exceptions: Miranda Cheever and Penelope :D). This precious book is the first out of the many books in the Anne of Green Gables series.

I think many of you know what Anne of Green Gables is about
Samantha Penrose
Apr 27, 2008 Samantha Penrose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ive decided that instead of reviewing this book, I will copy my favorite passages....passages that capture what I love about the book.....
Page 180 describes Anne perfectly, "The downfall of some dear hope or plan plunged Anne into "deeps of affliction." The fulfilment thereof exalted her to dizzy realms of delight."
I love the way Anne thinks...I love the way she jumps from thing to thing in a frenzy of thoughts.....

Page 44 the chapter begins..."Do you know," said Anne confidently, "I've made up
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 09, 2016 Raeleen Lemay marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classics, tbr-ya
I read half of this when I was a kid, but for some reason I never finished it! I'll definitely pick it up again someday....
Mar 21, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yup! Just as good as the last two times! <3
helen the bookowl
Mar 10, 2016 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading "Anne of Green Gables" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a children's book, and so I was expecting a story with a lovely protagonist and some lovely and educating morals, and that's what I got. Anne is simply lovable from the very beginning where she's being fetched by Matthew on the train station to come live in Green Gables. She's highly enthousiastic about everything from the trees to the birds and the brook, and sometimes she was a bit too enthousiastic for ...more
"I don't believe I'd really want to be a sensible person, because they are so unromantic."

A series of letters.

Dear Jo (aged 11),
Get off The Sims and pick up a copy of Anne of Green Gables and read it now. It will change your life.
Best wishes,
Jo (aged 22)

Dear Ms Montgomery,
I would like to take your beautiful prose and drape it over the washing line in my back garden to create a mystical den that only I and my friends may enter.
Who would I have to talk to for this to happen?
Thank you in adva
Ahmad  Ebaid
Jul 11, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب
قرأت نسخة مختصرة، لأن العمر أقصر من أن أحيط بكل الروايات الكلاسيكية السابقة التي فاتتني, وأنا أريد فعلاً أن ألم بهم. لذا فالتقييم سيكون أقل مما قد تجده في النسخ الكاملة من القصص.

آن في التلة الخضراء، للكاتبة الكندية لوسي مود مونتجمري

"بطلة حكاياتنا الفتاة التي تخجل شعرها الأحمر, آن"

فتاة نحيلة بسلوك بري
فقدت والداها وهي صغيرة, ثم تنقلت بين العديد من البيوت
لتستقر في سنتها العاشرة وسط زوجان استقبلاها بالخطأ

الزوجان كان يريدان فتى ليساعدهما
ولكن عندما ارسلت الفتاة
لم يستطيعا إرجاعها, ولعلها تغنيهم عن ال
Cait • A Page with a View
Never have I ever related more to a fictional character than Anne. This is just the most adorable, heartwarming book ever and I honestly don't think I ever read it before this week! I have the movies practically memorized and they follow the books perfectly, so there was nothing terribly new in this story. The only obvious difference was that Gilbert isn't in the book as much.

But seeing Anne ramble on and on for pages more than made up for that. I just have to stick some of my favorite quotes i

She danced up to the little looking-glass and peered into it. Her pointed freckled face and solemn gray eyes peered back at her.
“You’re only Anne of Green Gables,” she said earnestly, “and I see you, just as you are looking now, whenever I try to imagine I’m the Lady Cordelia. But it’s a million times nicer to be Anne of Green Gables than Anne of nowhere in particular, isn’t it?”

I'm so overjoyed to have finally read this. I've set my mind on reading more classics from now on, and I'll defini
When I read Anne of Green Gables I was admitted into the world of orphan Anne Shirley and her life in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I fell in love with her and her adoptive parents, brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Mrs. Rachel Lynde, her meddling neighbor, and Gilbert Blythe, who would become Anne's lifelong love, were also introduced early in this book, the first of eight novels telling the life story of Anne Shirley. I've read every one and it remains one of my favorite series. ...more
Dec 23, 2015 Ingela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every young girl I know
Loved by me, 5 BIG Stars

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Amazing Anne Shirley you should be a role model for many girls. Brave, strong willed and with such great dreams and big imagination.

Gilbert Blythe was perhaps my first Book Boyfriend. Oh sweet, I was in love. Lovely, lovely Anne and Gilbert, what a good and nice young lovestory. Everything in this book series are wonderful. Then there's the great TV series.*) I loved it all ... and still do.

I LIKE - enormously when I was young...

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*) The fun and wonderf
Mar 22, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maggie by: Noelle
DRAMATIS PERSONAE ...................................... Anne Shirley

It's not often that a book lives up to its public-shaming-if-you-haven't-read hype. This book lives up to its 104 YEAR HYPE. I almost divorced my childhood for not reading this then. So many of the words that describe Anne are ones that too many girls are running away from today -- imaginative, impertinent, outspoken, smart, driven. If you have a problem with them, you can take it up with the slate being cracked over your head.
Jan 10, 2012 Lora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of children's classics
Recommended to Lora by: Jo
Anne of Green Gables is the story of a young orphaned girl named, you guessed it, Anne. Born in Nova Scotia only to lose both of her parents from the fever at the age of three months, Anne has grown up in many households, never being able to stay in one place for long. As you can imagine, this has left young Anne feeling needy and unwanted.
And when siblings Marilla and Matthew decide to adopt a boy to help work on their farm, they never expect to get a girl instead. Naturally, their first instin
Franklin Peach
May 13, 2008 Franklin Peach rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classic
To be brutally honest, I was disappointed. I found Anne quite often to be annoying and found my self skimming through many of her rambling soliloquies. Many (especially those of the female gender I suppose) may find her apt to talk ad nauseum to be one of her most enduring qualities, I however did not.

I discovered that it was difficult for me to continue reading once the characters had been established, that is I had no motivation to continue reading as there appeared to be no underlying plot to
Aug 10, 2015 Melki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Well now, she's a real interesting little thing," persisted Matthew.

Truer words were never spoken when the whirlwind known as Anne Shirley comes to live with siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at Green Gables.

In one terrific example of cosmic trickery, the Cuthberts, who were hoping to adopt a boy to help out around the farm, are sent instead a garrulous and imaginative, red-headed girl. Matthew takes to her immediately. Marilla needs some convincing.

"Matthew Cuthbert, you don't mean to say
Jonathan Stroud
My daughter loved this book over the summer, one of the classics I’ve never read and it’s now firmly on my To Read list. JS
***Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature***

Finally, I met Anne of Green Gables. Honestly, it’s taken me so long that I’m surprised my Canadian citizenship hasn’t been revoked. (I never watched the TV show, either). I don’t know the source of my prejudice against the tale, but it was unwarranted. I quite enjoyed Anne with an E. It is definitely a tale of an earlier time in Canadian history.

Actually, in many ways it reminded me of stories that my parents told of the one-room school hous
Dannii Elle
May 02, 2016 Dannii Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fully expected to love this book as it is such a treasured childhood favourite for so many people, but what I did not foresee was how beautiful and poignant the writing would be and how much I would fall in love with Anne. She reminds me so much of myself at her age with her wild imagination, talkative and outgoing nature and a knack for getting herself, inadvertently, in all sorts of scrapes. The plot was simplistic and ordered so that each chapter could read as its own self-contained short s ...more
May 26, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, owned, reviewed, 2009
Let me just say up front: I loved this book.

I tried reading this when I was young, and I couldn't get into it. I was fairly prejudiced against it as well, because apparently I fancied myself to be some great judge of literature at 8 years old, and any time this book was mentioned I'd start right up with the "Oh, I couldn't get into that book... it's boring..." spiel and just write it off completely.

Luckily, a combination of factors converged at the right moment in time to allow for me to put a
Apr 22, 2015 Schuyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On Saturday, I found out Jonathan Crombie (Gilbert Blythe) had passed away of a brain hemorrhage. While I never wanted to marry him, I loved everything he stood for in the Anne books--truth, love, faithfulness--one of those Jimmy Bean type heroes that never do anything stunning, but prove by their uprightness in family and community that providing for their hearth fire is the most worthy calling they could think of. I loved his grin, and his 'soorry' and his teasing.

So today, in memory of his s

“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

Now, I will admit that I was actually introduced to “Anne of Green Gables” through the animated TV series that used to come on PBS and I remembered liking this TV series when I was little. Now, I finally had the chance to actually read L.M. Montgomery’s all-time classic book “Anne of Green Gables” and I was surely not disappointed with the results!

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert wanted
Nov 18, 2015 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars (weird rating I know, there's a reason)

"..Diana puts too many murders into hers (stories she writes). She says most of the time she doesn't know what to do with the people so she kills them off to get rid of them."

Also known as: how most authors write fiction.

Anne of Green Gables is considered a Canadian Classic novel so it's pretty much blasphemous that I hadn't read it before now. Honestly, it's a book I've always known about, but not a book I thought of. But my best friend Ashlynn
Jul 06, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read, reviews
An Enchanting and Spellbinding Story of Childhood

There is something enchanting in the innocence of children and their extraordinary imaginations. We follow Anne, a hot-tempered, fiery, passionate, and highly imaginative girl, on her adventures on a small island in Canada.

It doesn't matter how old you are, this book will touch you. The magic of this book is in the imperfections, trials, and tribulations of our protagonist Anne. The reader follows her on her adventures and mishaps, with much lau
Sonia Gomes
Nov 16, 2010 Sonia Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like the simple things in life
Recommended to Sonia by: Gutenberg e-books
I loved Anne, really loved her. I have read reviews which say that Anne (spelled with an e !)is silly, vain, hot-tempered. Oh yes, she is all that and much more. Anne is a human being brimming with dreams and most of all ready to enjoy life, not in a jaded fashion, but how it should be enjoyed, she loves every tiny fern, every little flower, even puffed sleeves! Her capacity to enjoy life is amazing. That is what Mathew must have seen when he was taking a skinny, redhead girl 'home' A tempest ha ...more
Simply rating L.M. Montgomery's's Anne of Green Gables is (for me at least) ridiculously easy (five well deserved stars, and a permanent residence on my favourites shelf). That being said, and unfortunately, posting an actual review is proving both daunting and exceedingly difficult, for how do I review a favourite both childhood and adulthood comfort read in a way that is even remotely adequate, that not only shows my deep and lasting appreciation of and for Anne of Green Gables (and L.M. Montg ...more
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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Anne of Green Gables (10 books)
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  • Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)
  • Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6)
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“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” 2828 likes
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” 2547 likes
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