“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”
For over a century, the red-haired heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (1908), Anne (“with an e”) Shirley, has stolen the hearts of readers across Canada and around the world. Through misadventures and heartbreak, Anne confidently challenges authority and convention, shows a deep passion for learning, and demonstrates a profound loyalty to friends and place. Her bold authenticity beguiles young readers, and reacquaints adults with the elusive wonder of childhood.
Our thirty-fourth reader and I sat down for a laughter-filled conversation about our love for Montgomery’s characters, Anne’s connection to natural world, kindred spirits, and the reasons one should return to the book as an adult.
Who should read this book?
“I’d also recommend it maybe to people who are looking for more purpose in life…Sometimes we’re very caught up in trying to find constant meaning and trying to obtain goals, and Anne has this ability to just be…There’s just a really raw authenticity to her that is powerful and valuable… we don’t take time to just think about being… [the book] reminds us of what’s important.”
An iconic moment from the 1985 Canadian mini-series:
The History of Bees – Maja Lunde
Vagina – Naomi Wolf