Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is a bestselling novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery published in 1908. It was written as fiction for readers of all ages, but in recent decades has been considered a children's book. Montgomery found her inspiration for the book on an old piece of paper that she had written at a young age, describing a couple that were mistakenly sent an orphan girl instead of a boy, yet decided to keep her. Montgomery also drew upon her own childhood experiences in rural Prince Edward Island. Montgomery used a photograph of Evelyn Nesbit, which she had clipped from New York’s Metropolitan Magazine, and pasted the framed clipping on the wall of her bedroom, as the model for the face of Anne Shirley, the book's main character.

This was a charming book - the second complete book I've read on my Kindle (this is not to say I'm neglecting the Kindle.  But I've loaded it with so much that progress on finishing specific books can be slow.)

I was certainly familiar with the story, thanks to the recent film version -as always, the book is much better... though to be fair, the filmed version is a very good adaption!