Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Beginnings: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy M. Montgomery. First published 1908. These are the first lines of Chapter One:
Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.
About the Book:
"Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had decided to adopt an orphan. They wanted a nice sturdy boy to help Matthew with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead - a mischievous, talkative redhead who the Cuthberts thought would be no use at all. But as soon as Anne arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever. And the longer Anne stayed, the harder it was for anyone to imagine Green Gables without her."
Initial Thoughts:

Well, my first thought is that this is a book I've had on my "must read" pile/list for several decades. This would be a really good time to go ahead and read it. "Anne" would qualify for a couple of the reading challenges I'm doing this year. And it's one of those classic pieces of children's lit everyone should read.

Since its appearance in 1908, Lucy Montgomery's tale has gone through countless editions, and now it's actually in public domain and available free at Project Gutenberg. My old paperback edition is from the 1970s, but I'll probably read the version I've got on my Kindle -- which has what I think is a really charming "cover":

The problem is... I've started this book several times in the past and haven't been able to stick with it. Will this time be any different? I wonder. That opening passage is all one sentence, isn't it? Hmmm.

What about you? Does this sound like a book you'd carry on with? Have you read it? Did you love it?

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.  As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. I have been thinking about reading Anne of Green Gables as well. I want to like it but somehow I never pick it up. Maybe I will pick it up if I can ever get past the Cedar Cover series I am reading!

  2. I recall loving this book as a child, and went on to read a couple more books in the series. But it has been so long, that a few years ago, I bought a vintage copy and it sits on a stack of other books I want to re-read.

    That first sentence is a bit much, though, isn't it? I hope you love it.

    Here's mine: “ALTERNATE SIDE”

  3. I don't think I've ever read it. Heard about it lots of times. A classic I should try.

    Here's mine:

    Happy Weekend!

  4. I love the entire Anne of Green Gables series. I've re-read it about once a year for the last 30 years. It's my all-time favorite book/series!

  5. I'm thinking Mrs. Rachel is an older woman? She knows her neighborhood and neighbors that's for sure.


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