Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Anne's House of Dreams

Thanks be, I'm done with geometry, learning or teaching it," said Anne Shirley, a trifle vindictively, as she thumped a somewhat battered volume of Euclid into a big chest of books, banged the lid in triumph, and sat down upon it, looking at Diana Wright across the Green Gables garret, with gray eyes that were like a morning sky.

My 3rd book in the Classics Challenge was "Anne's House of Dreams", the 5th book in the Anne of Green Gables series written by L.M. Montgomery. I had tried to read this series as a teenager, but couldn't seem to make it through the first book. I picked Anne of Green Gables up at a yard sale last summer and thought I'd give it a go again. Totally, completely enjoyed it this time around, so straight over to Amazon I went to get the rest of the series. This 5th book finds Anne preparing to leave Green Gables as the wife of young Doctor Gilbert Blythe. They marry in the shade of the old orchard trees then began their new lives together on another part of Prince Edward Island known as Four Winds Harbor. We meet Captain Jim, the old lighthouse attendant who has many tales of his seafaring days and Leslie Moore, a beautiful young wife with her own tragic tales who quickly becomes Anne's best friend. There are many more characters to meet in book 5, and adventures to follow with Anne and Gilbert. I have yet to tire of this series and can't wait to begin book 6.

For now I'm off to visit "Wuthering Heights" ~ the 4th book in my Classics Challenge.

7 Comments:

Blogger booklogged said...

I'm ashamed to say I've never read the Anne books. My sister has read them several times. Like you, I bought the book several years ago, now I just need to read it. I love the tv series and know I would enjoy the book.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Keep going! The next couple are terrific - less focus on Anne, and more on her children, but still fabulous.
I saw your review at the Classics Challenge and am such a Anne fan I had to comment. Also, I live in PEI and am going to order tickets to the musical - "Anne and Gilbert" for this summer. They are half off if I order this week.

2:58 PM  
Blogger raidergirl3 said...

I'm trying to learn how to make a comment on blogger that links up to me. I showed up as liz in my other comment, but I'm usually raidergirl3. sorry to bother you with my experiments.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Framed said...

I'm so glad you like this series. The first is still my favorite, then it's a toss-up between House of Dreams and Rilla of Ingleside, the last one. I enjoyed reliving the pleasure of these books through your review.

6:04 PM  
Blogger sarala said...

I read one or two of the Anne books as a kid but it would be fun to start again and read the series as you are. First I have to finish my TBR challenge and Chunksters though.
Good reviews.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Thank you, everybody, for visiting and reading my reviews. I'm dug into Wuthering Heights now and missing my "Anne" books...

8:54 PM  
Blogger raidergirl3 said...

You are braver than I to post your age! (I am the same age, ha)
And I like to quip, so my post on booking through Thursday was meant to be humorous.
I hated Wuthering Heights in high school, but I'm sure with age I would appreciate it now. I'm not usually into the tragic love story. THe only one I ever enjoyed was The English Patient movie.

8:48 AM  

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