Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, Book 3)

L.M. Montgomery
New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs  her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for  Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant  waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and  frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks  her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers  life on her own terms, filled with  surprises...including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow  imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a  tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But  tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move  into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals  her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome  Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly  Anne must decide if she's ready for love...

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-05-22
Every new glimpse of Anne is merrier, more charming and delightful and moving and the like while also being more and more dull and childish. It sounds harsh but Anne has this great, cheerful tone (almost gossip-like) which suited her in early years but has not matured that greatly - and somehow, I cannot even call that a fault. Anne has the greatest influence on the world around her (and none of her "getting into scrapes" adventures) and things look always so happy an optimistic and she can wrap around her finger 95% of characters - which also should look like too much, since author s attempt at inserting tragedies and so are fewer and far between. And the names and tales ... och, how longish can those be!! I swear that she had to have a list of thousands of names and surnames to when she got to talk about all the other people with all their insignificant lives and not the smallest significance to the story ... Anne do not gossip, she just loves the world and everyone. But she also talks about everyone. Between this exchange of news and pasts about everyone she heard about. And between her great many descriptions of sunsets and snow and trees and streets and houses and people and light and dust and every darn thing she saw (descriptions that would be in small doses so lovely and awe-inspiring and whatnot). Between those two, I feel like I just overindulged - if books were food, this one would be something either really healthy or really fast-foodeous for Anne is good but even better in small doses, so that one has the time to stomach all those too frequent "side roads and side lines" and enjoy their simplicity for what they are. The most prominent feature is, for me, the cherrfulness and hope that just bursts and beams from everywhere - as one of the characters later said, Anne has the ability to make the mostest most of the mostest ordinary and she is uniquely enough so that her perfection feels so natural and just draws you in.

Anne is, again and again, proving this is a different read then what I am used to and also, that different should mean for the better.
Reviewed: 2020-11-14
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Reviewed: 2019-10-21
Re-read of a favorite classic from childhood/young adulthood. Anne's lovely adventures at college with her friends, both old and new.
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