16 January, 2017


Happy Monday friends! This Monday we are still visiting Canada and since last Monday we looked at rather dark themes of Canadian literature, today we will explore another side of this country and dive into a beautiful story filled with adventures and laughter!

So today we are still in Canada and we will explore:


Canadian writer L.M.Montgomery:
L.M. Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942), was the pen name of Lucy Maud Montgomery, a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. Most of her novels were set in Prince Edward Island, and locations within Canada's smallest province became a literary landmark and popular tourist site—namely Green Gables. She was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. Montgomery herself was designated a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada in 1943. Later in her life she finally got tired of writing about Anne, but no other book she ever wrote was as popular as Anne's.


Everyone's favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

The story is rather similar, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbers decide to bring a child to live with them in their farm, since they are both unmarried and rather old so they need young hands to help around. By mistake the orphanage send a small tiny redheaded girl names Anne to them and the moment she steps her foot on that farm adventurous begin.


1. The end of Victorian era - when you think about it Marilla treats Anne by the Victorian era parenting book. She is harsh and mean, and demands unspeakable work from this little girl. Yet, Anne still doesn't give into the negative and the free and wild spirit breaks free finally breaking the Victorian era chain of child abuse. I liked that Anne didn't give in to this neglect for her emotions, like other Victorian era heroines so often do, but instead she stood her ground and showed that no one break her little heart!

2. Beauty in Nature - I enjoyed that despite the wilderness being horrible and dangerous Anne still saw the beauty in it. The beauty of forest, the beauty of storms even the rain. Truly she became a trailblazer in all meaning of this word. Just goes to show how much one can learn by reading the so-called children literature.


However, this novel should never be considered as only a children's book, even though the main character is a beautiful 11-year-old girl. Anne is you, Anne is me, Anne is everyone who ever felt like they didn't belong, or belonged too much but was alone, who wanted something more and was too afraid to get it. Anne is everyone. This is book is beyond beautiful and funny and shows a different side of the scary Canada. It shows that the nature while wild can also be beautiful and have calming feelings. That people are warm and kind and gentle, and thus we are!

See you next Monday!