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8.29.2016

Anne of Green Gables

I just listened to Anne of Green Gables in its entirety on LibraVox--a site for free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world.  There's a lot be listened to in this online resource!

What a wholesome, fun, and nostalgic story!

Although it does become almost sickeningly so.  How many times does L. M. Montgomery use the words "imagination" or "kindred spirit" in this and the other Anne books?  Or "depths of despair", lol.  Anne's constantly "using her imagination", or assessing another person's imagination, or bemoaning him/her for not having one.  And all of the rejoicing over the kindred spirits that come across her path, or discerning that a person is in fact a kindred spirit behind a rough exterior, ugh.  The plot also has a tiresome pattern of Anne causing a comical humiliating fiasco and then, after the subsequent falling out, managing to win over the upset person(s) with her irresistible personality--for example in Anne's outburst to Rachel Lynde, her baking fiasco with Mrs. Allen the Paster's wife, her unintentionally getting Diana Berry drunk, and her accidentally jumping on Diana's Aunt in bed.  I read that after writing several of the Anne books that Montgomery became tired of the Anne character and I don't blame her!

I had kind of assumed that Montgomery lived a similarly charmed and full life and that the Anne books were more or less autobiographical, and wow, was surprised to read that she was beset by depression for much of her life and may have in fact killed herself.

That is sad, but anyway, to me, it suggests that the idyllic life Anne led was the stuff of fiction.  

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