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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library Classics
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Reprint edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812979036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812979039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L. M. Montgomery was born in 1874 on Prince Edward Island in Canada, the setting of nineteen of her twenty novels. She died in Toronto in 1942.

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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.

There are plenty of people, in Avonlea and out of it, who can attend closely to their neighbors business by dint of neglecting their own; but Mrs. Rachel Lynde was one of those capable creatures who can manage their own concerns and those of other folks into the bargain. She was a notable housewife; her work was always done and well done; she "ran" the Sewing Circle, helped run the Sunday-school, and was the strongest prop of the, Church Aid Society and Foreign Missions Auxiliary. Yet with all this Mrs. Rachel found abundant time to sit for hours at her kitchen window, knitting "cotton warp" quilts--she had, knitted sixteen of them, as Avonlea housekeepers were wont to tell in awed voices-and keeping a sharp eye on the main road that crossed the hollow and wound up the steep red hill beyond. Since Avonlea occupied a little triangular peninsula jutting out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with water on two sides of it, anybody who went out of it or into it had to pass over that hill road and so run the unseen gauntlet of Mrs. Rachel's all-seeing eye.

She was sitting there one afternoon in early June. The sun was coming in at the window warm and bright; the orchard on the slope below the house was in a bridal flush of pinky-white bloom, hummed over by a myriad of bees. Thomas Lynde-a meek little man whom Avonlea people called "Rachel Lynde's husband"-was sowing his late turnip seed on the hill field beyond the barn; and Matthew Cuthbert ought to have been sowing his on the big red brook field away over by Green Gables. Mrs. Rachel knew that he ought because she had heard him tell Peter Morrison the evening before in William J. Blaire's store over at Carmody that he meant to sow his turnip seed the next afternoon. Peter had asked him, of course, for Matthew Cuthbert had never been known to volunteer information about anything in his whole life.

And yet here was Matthew Cuthbert, at half-past three on the afternoon of a busy day, placidly driving over the hollow and up the hill; moreover, he wore a white collar and his best suit of clothes, which was plain proof that he was going out of Avonlea; and he had the buggy and the sorrel mare, which betokened that he was going a considerable distance. Now, where was Matthew Cuthbert going and why was he going there?

Had it been any other man in Avonlea Mrs. Rachel, deftly putting this and that together, might have given a pretty good guess as to both questions. But Matthew so rarely went from home that it must be something pressing and unusual which was taking him; he was the shyest man alive and hated to have to go among strangers or to any place where he might have to talk. Matthew, dressed up with a white collar and driving in a buggy, was something that didn't happen often. Mrs. Rachel, ponder as she might, could make nothing of it and her afternoo's enjoyment was spoiled.

"I'll just step over to Green Gables after tea and find out from Marilla where he's gone and why," the worthy woman finally concluded. "He doesn't generally go to town this time of year and he new visits; if he'd run out of turnip seed he wouldn't dress up and take the buggy to go for more; he wasn't driving fast enough to be going for the doctor. Yet something must have happened since List night to start him off. I'm clean puzzled, that's what, and I won't know a minute's peace of mind or conscience until I know what has taken Matthew Cuthbert out of Avonlea today-"

Accordingly after tea Mrs. Rachel set out; she had not far to go; the big, rambling orchard-embowered house where the Cuthberts lived was a scant quarter of a mile up the road from Lynde's Hollow. To be sure, the long lane made it a good deal further. Matthew Cuthberfs father, as shy and silent as his son after him, had got as far away as he possibly could from his fellow men without actually retreating into the woods when he founded his homestead. Green Gables was built at the furthest edge of his cleared land and there it was to this day, barely visible from the main road along which all the other Avonlea houses were so sociably situated. Mrs. Rachel Lynde did not call living in such a place living at all.

1. It's just staying, that's what," she said as she stepped along the deep-rutted, grassy lane bordered with wild rose bushes. "Ifs no wonder Matthew and Marilia are both a little odd, living away back here by themselves. Trees aren't much company, though dear knows if they were there'd be enough of them. I'd ruther look at people. To be sure, they seem contented enough; but then, I suppose, they're used to it. A body can get used to anything even to being hanged, as the Irishman said."

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This is an absolute must read book, for children and adults alike.
Kate Oszko
I got married this spring, to a woman who loved and obsessed over Anne of Green Gables when she was younger.
I read this book many many years ago and wanted to find a nice read to share with my daughter.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Carmichael on May 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
When we decided to read a children's literature novel in book club, I nominated Anne of Green Gables with enthusiasm. Nonetheless, it was with some trepidation that I went back to the book, because the things that moved you as a child sometimes fail to have the same impact later in life. As a young reader I shared Anne's joy and wonder at the world and its beauty, her fear of not being accepted into the family and society, her longing for romance in an ordinary world, her outrage at the unfairness with which youth is treated. Her attempts and shortcomings to live up to moral standards.

As an older reader, these features still touched me. Reading the book later in life I also paid more attention to the older characters: The sadness of Marilla, who has watched her life shrivel way. Matthew's mute inability to make contact with others. They are both of caring and kindhearted people but their lives lack joy.

It is not difficult to figure out why Anne is such an endearing and enduring heroine. She is intense. She loves and hates passionately. Her bosom buddy/kindred spirit relations. Her romanticism, great imagination, and that fact that she is given to flights of fantasy. She revels in sentimental tragedy. Her outspokenness. Her adventurousness. She is hard working, honest, caring and compassionate. She is aware of her own shortcomings. She sees beauty and looks for goodness. She approaches the world with wide-eyed wonder and openness.

Rereading Anne of Green Gables brought me back to the Leslie Anne I used to be.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate Oszko on September 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Last year marked 100 years since this book was published, yet it is as fresh and real today as I'm sure it was back then.

Meet 11 year old Anne - with an "e" - one of the most delightful characters in junior fiction. She is an orphan who through a misunderstanding ends up with Matthew and Marilla (unmarried brother and sister) at Green Gables farm. Anne's imagination brings life and romance to everything she experiences. She is a great talker, and some of the funniest parts of the book are where she uses the most amazing language for her age. While she is very smart, she also has an innocence and clear-eyed awe of the world which enchants those around her.

Village life is beautifully drawn, with its characters and the small events that cause great excitement.

This is an absolute must read book, for children and adults alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Shakespeare on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I ordered a set of five of this book, because several of my fourth grade students had enjoyed an abridged version of Anne of Green Gables, so I decided to set up a literature circle and have them read the true version of the book. Local book stores didn't carry multiple copies of any one edition, so I ordered this edition from Amazon. Fast delivery, of course, and an edition of the book that meets what my students needed--it even includes book club discussion questions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unamanic on February 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The book was just as enjoyable as the first time I read it years ago. I laughed out loud a few times. My only issue was that the Kindle edition has sentences, and in some cases whole paragraphs, missing throughout the book. The first one I noticed was Anne's first prayer at Green Gables, but there were lots more. I thought it might be an issue with my Kindle Fire, so I opened the book on my husband's regular Kindle. Sure enough, the same sentences are missing. Disappointing. If you've never read the book before, I would recommend reading a hard copy and not the Kindle edition until (if) there is a better one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
"I'll try and do anything and be anything you want, if you'll only keep me." This is what a little orphan girl says in desperation in Lucy M. Montgomery's realistic fiction novel, Anne of Green Gables, in which she hopes to stay at a place she wishes to call home.
The two elderly Cuthbert siblings, Marilla and Matthew, sent word to the orphanage for a boy to help with the outdoor work, but somehow ended up with a girl. The orphan, Anne, is sure she wants to stay at the Cuthberts' house, Green Gables, and is simply delighted when they decide to keep her. The author does a fine job of bringing the imaginative, humorous, wild, and fiery character, Anne, to life in her quest to be as proper and ladylike as possible.
I loved the way Anne worried herself sick over little things - very funny! If anybody is looking for a whimsical, enjoyable book to read, or has ever been thrust into problem after confusing problem, I would recommend reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra Surbrook on August 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Anne of Green Gables is a fantastic book that takes place in Prince Edward Island located in Canada. This book is about Anne's life as a girl at Green Gables. Anne is an 11-year-old chatty girl who loves to talk. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert plan to adopt a boy to help with farmwork they find a happy young girl thinking she is going to have a true home at last in their hands. After questioning Anne Marilla has second thoughts and decides(with the help of Matthew) to raise the girl herself. This book is book is Anne's life as a child. Through friendship and her mistakes Anne learns lessons and grows up to be a proper young lady. Even at the end of the book, Anne stays strong like a proud young lady with Marilla at her side. In this swift, slick, and sweet book Anne grows up and learns from all her accidents to stand by her friends and Marilla Cuthbert.

Anne makes friends and has many adventures in this book. I liked the part when Anne accidentally died her hair green. She meant to die it black.
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