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Anne of Green Gables series

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I’ve been rereading the Anne series the past month or two. I’ve read till the sixth book once before and stopped, because our local library didn’t have the last two books in the series.

Now I’m borrowing my mom’s Kindle and reading it in e-book format.

I love L.M. Montgomery’s writing: it’s comfortable, cosy and homey. You can relate to her characters.

One thing I do wish though: is to read a nice thriller or murder mystery after all this sweetness.

  1. Anne of Green Gables – 5/5
    Back cover: People are surprised when Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, both very set in their ways, decide to adopt an orphan boy. But no-one was more astonished than Marilla and Matthew themselves when the boy they are expecting turns out to be a very talkative, very imaginative, very red-headed, very female girl. Anne has arrived at Green Gables. Her adventures, dreams, sorrows and joys are set down here in one of the most popular books ever written.Characters: Diane Barry, Gilbert Blythe, Miss Barry (Diane’s grandmother), Miss Rachel Lynde, MIss Stacey (teacher), Josie Pye, Mrs Allan, Ruby Gillis, Jane.

Fav part in book: 

‘Dropping her precious carpet-bag she sprang forward a step and clasped her hands.
“You don’t want me!” she cried. “You don’t want me because I’m not a boy! I might have expected it. Nobody ever did want me. I might have known it was all too beautiful to last. I might have known nobody really did want me. Oh, what shall I do? I’m going to burst into tears!”
Burst into tears she did.’
First published: 1908

2. Anne of Avonlea – 5/5
Back cover: Anne of Green Gables is now half-past sixteen, but is still the strongheaded and romantic heroine of the earlier book. Uncle Matthew has died (spoiler alert!), and Anne goes back to Avonlea to teach at her old school.
As romantic as ever, Anne’s new dream is the improvement of Avonlea, but this grownup ambition does not prevent her from falling into scrapes that seem to befall her in spite of best intentions. Every reader who enjoyed “Anne of Green Gables” will want to follow our heroine as she encounters new friends – the irascible old bachelor Mr Harrison, the impish twins Davy and Dora as well as the Lovely Lavendar Lewis

Other characters: Charlotta the Fourth, Mr Harrison’s pet parrot Ginger.

Some truths learned from the book: 
Miss Lavendar to Anne: “Sometimes, I think it is no use to make friends. They only go out of your life after a while and leave a hurt that is worse that the emptiness before they came.”

“This was succeeded by a queer, little lonely feeling… as if somehow Diana had gone forward into a new world, shutting a gate behind her leaving Anne on the outside.”

First published: 1909

3. Anne of the Island – 5/5
Back cover: Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1874. She spent her childhood living with her grandmother in an old farmhouse, and began writing poems and stories at an early age. Many years later, her work came to be published regularly in numerous American periodicals. However, the worldwide success of “Anne of Green Gables”, first published in America in 1908, took her by surprise. She received thousands of readers’ letters, which inspired her to continue the stories of Anne, subsequently translated into many languages. L.M. Montgomery died in 1942.

Characters: Gog and Magog

Some truths from the book: 
“It’s never pleasant to have our old shrines desecrated, even when we have outgrown them.”

“Our friendship will be spoiled – if he goes on with this nonsense. It mustn’t be spoiled – I won’t let it. Oh, why can’t boys just be sensible!”

Ruby: “I’ll be homesick. Heaven must be very beautiful, of course, the Bible says so, but, Anne, it won’t be what I’m used to.”

Fav parts from the book: Chapter XVII A letter from Davy
‘It’s snowing some to-day and Marilla says the old woman in the sky is shaking her featherbeds. Is the old woman in the sky God’s wife, Anne? I want to know.
Mrs Lynde was awful mad the other day because I asked her if she was alive in Noah’s time. I didn’t mean to hurt her feelings. I just wanted to know. Was he Anne?
Why can ministers do what boys can’t? I want to know. I haven’t any more news.
Here are six kisses xxxxxx Dora send’s one. Here’s hers x
PS. Anne, who was the devil’s father? I want to know.’

And… Gilbert’s proposal (spoiler alert!)

First published: 1915

4. Anne of Windy Willows: 3/5
This must be the most boring of the all the books. It’s mostly about Anne being the principal at a school while she waits for Gilbert to finish studying for a doctor.

Characters: Elizabeth, Dusty Miller, Rebecca Dew, Aunt Chatty, Aunt Kate, The Pringles.

First published: 1936

5. Anne’s House of Dreams – 5/5
I remember reading this book in my final year of university. I was absolutely in love with the story – as was the second time.

Characters: Miss Cornelia Bryant, Captain Jim, Lost Margaret, Susan Baker: ‘Mrs Doctor, dear’, Leslie, Owen Ford

First published: 1917

6. Anne of Ingleside
Still busy rereading this book. Anne is married and has six children: Jem, Walter, twins Di and Nan, Shirley and Rilla. The stories are not so much about Anne any more but the trials and tribulations of her children.

First published: 1939

7. Rainbow Valley
The story of how Anne’s children grows up continues. Very sweet and funny. 

Characters: Mary Vance, The Meredith children.

Fav quote: “A faint blue haze rested on the eastern hill, over which a great, pale, round moon was just floating up like a silver bubble.”

First published: 1919

8. Rilla of Ingleside
This was definitely my favourite book of the series. Anne’s children are all grown up and the First World War breaks out. Some of her boys go away to war and some don’t return. The story revolves around what her youngest, Rilla, experiences.

Characters: Dog Monday, Walter “Rilla-my-Rilla”, mention of Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination.

Fav quotes: “her soul was like being tied to the stake because of the suffering of the world around her.”

“When we forget God, He remembers us.”

“Everybody believed that the next thing he would say, church or no church, would be something that would be spelt with asteriks…”

First published:  1921

 

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Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot

I know. I know. I haven’t been here for a while. Have you ever felt like you might be setting yourself up with too much pressure and then you procrastinate only to find the initial project seems so much harder?

Anyway, in a previous post I mentioned that Agatha Christie created the two most brilliant fictional detectives of all time? Well the flip side is of course Hercule Poirot. This is how I made his acquaintance: (shoh! For a moment there I didn’t know how to spell it!)

1) Lord Edgware dies:

This is a very interesting plot: Hercule Poirot and his friend, Captain Hastings, are summoned by Lady Edgware, an actress of the theatre. She explicitly tells him that she wants to get rid of her husband and asks him to help her. To the surprise of Hastings, Poirot agrees. Poirot makes an appointment with the husband and learns that Lord Edgware will only be too glad to divorce his wife. The next day Lord Edgware is found dead in his study. But his wife has a cast-iron alibi!

First published: 1933

Rating: 4/5

How would I describe Hercule Poirot?

He is a very funny (weird), little (perhaps shorter than usual) French man. (Turns out he is a Belgian, but he speaks French?) He has a moustache that he likes to caress when he is thinking hard about something or when he is amused.

2) Murder in Mesopotamia:

I really loved reading this book. It shows Agatha Christie’s knowledge of archeologists: her second husband was one and she used to accompany him on his excavations. It is said that she wrote some of her novels on these trips.

The novel plays off at a archeological excavation site in Iraq. What makes this novel different is that the story is told through a completely new character (usually the Hercule Poirot novels are told through the eyes of Captain Hastings). A nurse, Amy Leatheran, is hired to care for Louise Leidner by her husband. Everyone in the excavation party is of accord: Louise Leidner is a wonderful, pleasant person. She sometimes gets nervous attacks. She must be afraid of something…

Hercule Poirot only features in the second half of the novel, when he’s coincidentally travelling in Iraq himself. He is called in when Louise Leidner is found dead and it is established that it was an inside job. It’s a classis whodunnit.

First published: 1936

Rating: 5/5

I almost guessed it right! I suspected Father Lavigny, but it turns out he was guilty of something else…

3) Death on the Nile:

I guessed it right from the start!

A young married couple are being harassed by the husband’s ex. They are on their honeymoon, travelling through Egypt. They all board a boat to travel on the Nile. Hercule Poirot is also on board while on holiday. The ex confides in Poirot telling him she has been dreaming of killing the wife. A few days afterwards the wife is found dead in her cabin. But the husband and ex has an airtight alibi. Another whodunnit!

First published: 1937

Rating: 5/5