Thursday, January 29, 2009

Anne of Green Gables

So, I took up Carrie's challenge to read a book from one of her favorite authors. Since I've been blogging which led to reading other people's thoughts and memories of books, Anne of Green Gables has come up numerous times, reminding me that I had never read it, so Lucy Maud Montgomery's flagship work was the obvious choice.

Now, I've heard that she was wordy, and that there was lots of narrative in her books. That's not necessarily a determent to my literary-fiction loving self, but I laughed when the first sentence -- the very first sentence - was 16 lines long, with 139 words with 9 commas and 3 semicolons.

But it was a simple sentence at the end of the third chapter that caused my eyes to fill with tears that made me know that I was forever a member of the Anne with an "E" fan club: "And upstairs, in the east gable, a lonely, heart-hungry, friendless child cried herself to sleep" (p. 36).

And the rest defies words. I loved this imaginative girl, and the spinster and her brother whose lives she cheered, and the kindness and joy of bosom friends, kindred spirits, friendly competition, happy tears, sad tears, dresses with puffed sleeves and flounces, and second chances.

So, yes, I finally read this book that has been beloved by many. They might have had a jump start on me, knowing and loving Anne for twenty years or so, but now I love her too.


Carrie said...

LOL! You COUNTED the WORDS!??! Oh my. I never realized . . .

Well, I'm glad you liked her and THANKS for participating. Our friendship is cemented now.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Wordy but poignant. Verbose but beautiful. What other words describe the dichotomy that is LMM?

I'm so glad you liked it!

Malissa said...

AWW!!! I'm so glad to welcome you to the club that LOVES Anne!:)

I was waiting to hear what you thought about her since you mentioned you hadn't read her earlier.

It truly is a beautiful book. I actually haven't read one book of LM Montgomery's that didn't have the same charm!

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

I had to laugh that you counted the 1st sentence. I knew it was long, but now that you put it in print. Heehee. :) So glad that you enjoyed it ... you are going on to read the 2nd book, right? You can't just stop there?!

Katrina said...

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heather said...

I'm cheering, hopping up and down, tearing up, and welcoming you. Yay!
(And I love the new blog design!)

~teachmom~ said...

I remember that line and loved it as well. It's been about two years since I read it for the first time, I fell in love with her character right away!

So glad you love Anne with an "E" now too!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

How funny that you counted! Glad you joined the club.