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Old 02-15-2020, 07:35 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Bookpossum View Post
Sorry Canadian cousins, but I have to be a dissenting voice.

The book is well enough written, but it is a fairy tale that Montgomery has written for herself because she had a wretched childhood, for which she certainly has my sympathy.

I found the book quite unbelievable. Anne was a child who for 11 years had been unloved and unwanted. She had quite obviously been ill-treated, and been a drudge. She received no education until she was put into the orphanage.

Yet this child was an optimistic chatterbox, prepared to express her feelings of despair when she thought she once again wasn’t wanted. Able to socialise with other children and be popular with them. Really?

I can accept that she could be extremely intelligent, pick up her lessons very quickly and learn how to interact with others. But all that confidence and social skill from the moment we meet her? I doubt it more than somewhat.
This is my first time reading the book and initially I too found Anne’s character very difficult to accept. She was simply too bouncy and cheerful for a child who had gone through a dreadful abusive childhood. Montgomery tries hard to make her character believable by giving us a whole chapter concerning Anne’s horrible past and showing her terror at the possibility of being farmed out again. But I don’t think it works. In the end I simply took Anne as given.

Once I did that I found a great deal to enjoy. The description of the locale and the natural surroundings gave a radiance to the book. The other characters were nicely portrayed and Anne did grow upon me as the story developed. I think I’ll read the sequels.

Just as a coda, I did read the “Emily of New Moon” series and in that case I found Emily to be a far more believable and complex character than Anne.
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