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One Giant Literary Classics volume features the first two installments in the life of spunky heroine Anne Shirley. First, the impetuous, red-haired orphan meetsand must win the love ofher foster parents at the scenic farmhouse known as Green Gables. Her adventures continue as she becomes the new schoolmistress in Avonlea, where she finds new challenges and true love.


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One Giant Literary Classics volume features the first two installments in the life of spunky heroine Anne Shirley. First, the impetuous, red-haired orphan meetsand must win the love ofher foster parents at the scenic farmhouse known as Green Gables. Her adventures continue as she becomes the new schoolmistress in Avonlea, where she finds new challenges and true love.

30 review for Anne: The Green Gables Complete Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    I read this when I was about ten or eleven, and forgot how much I adored it. I've finally got the whole set of the Anne books, so I sat down to reread this one today. It's easy to read, and charming, and more touching than I'd remembered -- I came over all sniffly a couple of times. And I also had a lot of delighted little giggles. I read this when I was about ten or eleven, and forgot how much I adored it. I've finally got the whole set of the Anne books, so I sat down to reread this one today. It's easy to read, and charming, and more touching than I'd remembered -- I came over all sniffly a couple of times. And I also had a lot of delighted little giggles.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dee (PlainlyReads)

    Rating: 4.4 A good old children's classic. It was nice to read this after being disappointed with my previous read. While reading this book, I always imagined myself as Marilla, while Anne is my niece and nephew, because like Anne, they talk non-stop. This novel reminds me a lot of Little Prince, where grown-ups, maturity, imagination, friendships and customary practice are the subject matters. Rating: 4.4 A good old children's classic. It was nice to read this after being disappointed with my previous read. While reading this book, I always imagined myself as Marilla, while Anne is my niece and nephew, because like Anne, they talk non-stop. This novel reminds me a lot of Little Prince, where grown-ups, maturity, imagination, friendships and customary practice are the subject matters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Heartwarming and heartbreaking

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chele

    See wildflowers' Amazon review for a list of books included in this complete set. https://www.amazon.com/review/R3J3934... From wildflowers review: "ANNE OF GREEN GABLES covers a span of Anne's first 5 years in Avonlea. She will age from 11 to 16. Her immortal antics that have made this book so beloved include her rivalry with Gilbert Blythe, dyeing her hair, and falling off of Mrs. Barry's roof... ANNE OF AVONLEA spans two years. Anne is 18 at the novel's finish. She has become a teacher. Marilla a See wildflowers' Amazon review for a list of books included in this complete set. https://www.amazon.com/review/R3J3934... From wildflowers review: "ANNE OF GREEN GABLES covers a span of Anne's first 5 years in Avonlea. She will age from 11 to 16. Her immortal antics that have made this book so beloved include her rivalry with Gilbert Blythe, dyeing her hair, and falling off of Mrs. Barry's roof... ANNE OF AVONLEA spans two years. Anne is 18 at the novel's finish. She has become a teacher. Marilla adopts twins. Also, Anne has some more humorous and immortal moments. ANNE OF THE ISLAND spans 4 years--Anne college years at Redmond. She will be 22 at the end of the novel. Anne discovers the real meaning of romance and love and courtship in this novel. ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS also known as ANNE OF WINDY WILLOWS covers the 3 years of Anne's engagement to Gilbert. She is a Principle at Summerside High School where she has to deal with the Pringle clan, Katherine Brooke, and plenty of other interesting folks. ANNE'S HOUSE OF DREAMS covers the first two years of Anne's married life. She and Gilbert now live in Four Winds Point, 60 miles east of Avonlea. Gilbert is making a living as a doctor, and the Blythes have new and interesting neighbors. **My favorite book of the series.** Note: there is about a 6 year break between AHoD and AoI. ANNE OF INGLESIDE covers about 6 years. Anne and Gilbert have moved to Glen St. Mary, near Four Winds Point, and now have children. This novel covers the birth of Rilla to the 15th wedding anniversary of Anne and Gilbert. More about Anne's children's adventures than Anne herself. RAINBOW VALLEY takes place in 1 year. It is about Anne's children, and more specifically their neighbors, the Merediths--Faith, Una, Jerry, and Carl--and Mary Vance, but Anne does come in at important points within the novel. Faith is reminiscent in many ways of the young Anne. Note: there is about a 9 year break between RV and RoI. RILLA OF INGLESIDE is a heroine in her right. She ages from 15 to 19 during World War 1, the setting of this novel's time period. Anne is by now in her 50s and is a background character, but Rilla is a delightful and outgoing heroine with or without her mother. This series was meant to be loved and reread and reread. Read the books in chronological order, or read them out-of-order but you'll still find them as fresh and enjoyable and as humorous as the first time you read them. ***Montgomery wrote some books about Anne's neighbors in Avonlea (CHRONICLES OF AVONLEA, FURTHER CHRONICLES OF AVONELEA) and in Glen St. Mary (THE ROAD TO YESTERDAY). And so if you enjoy the Anne books you might enjoy those books as well---although any Montgomery book is a reccommended read.***"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    I had forgotten how very much I loved Anne Shirley when growing up. Rereading all of her stories has brought back so many memories, and I have fallen in love once again with the girl, Anne. After reading so many not-worth-mentioning, crappy, free, kindle downloaded books, this has been such a refreshing change of pace - well written, poetical, beautiful, and clean; and 'watching' Anne grow-up again is such a pleasure. I had forgotten how very much I loved Anne Shirley when growing up. Rereading all of her stories has brought back so many memories, and I have fallen in love once again with the girl, Anne. After reading so many not-worth-mentioning, crappy, free, kindle downloaded books, this has been such a refreshing change of pace - well written, poetical, beautiful, and clean; and 'watching' Anne grow-up again is such a pleasure.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    BEST BOOK EVER!!! And not just for children!!Seriously, why did I wait so long to read this gem? The writing is simply beautiful and the characters believable and "real". BEST BOOK EVER!!! And not just for children!!Seriously, why did I wait so long to read this gem? The writing is simply beautiful and the characters believable and "real".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shanya Putri

    I finally finished this book! I have watched the tv series on Netflix a couple months ago and I enjoyed it a lot. Then I tried reading the book, after I remembered that I had it since 2016. 1. Anne of Green Gables I was surprised when I read the first chapters. It looked exactly like the tv series! But then, some things were different. I also just couldn't stand Anne–she talked too much. Sometimes there's a whole page full of her dialogue AND READING IT MADE ME TIRED JSKSKSKS. Well, I can say tha I finally finished this book! I have watched the tv series on Netflix a couple months ago and I enjoyed it a lot. Then I tried reading the book, after I remembered that I had it since 2016. 1. Anne of Green Gables I was surprised when I read the first chapters. It looked exactly like the tv series! But then, some things were different. I also just couldn't stand Anne–she talked too much. Sometimes there's a whole page full of her dialogue AND READING IT MADE ME TIRED JSKSKSKS. Well, I can say that I much prefer the tv series. 2. Anne of Avonlea This part wasn't in the tv series so it's new to me. Didn't really enjoy it but I read the whole thing anyway.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alice Motion

    Read in a fit of nostalgia one afternoon. As lovely as I remember (albeit unsurprisingly extremely dated in some aspects) from reading it as a child.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book. Oh what a happy heart warming story of Anne Shirley. I could not stop reading this book. I found this story to be the best that I have read in a long long time. It brought joy to my heart and happiness into my day. This wonderful little girl changes the lives of Matthew and Marilla. Once she arrives at Green Gables there world is filled with endless stories and imaginations from Anne. She grows to become a scholar and makes Matthew And Marilla proud. The funny things Anne does I loved this book. Oh what a happy heart warming story of Anne Shirley. I could not stop reading this book. I found this story to be the best that I have read in a long long time. It brought joy to my heart and happiness into my day. This wonderful little girl changes the lives of Matthew and Marilla. Once she arrives at Green Gables there world is filled with endless stories and imaginations from Anne. She grows to become a scholar and makes Matthew And Marilla proud. The funny things Anne does are warm and fun. The pictures the author paints in my mind makes me want to be in Green Gables. It will bring a tear to your eye when Matthew passes. In simple terms a story of a girl that is rare in this old world. A story of times that were filled with fun. If you wish to brighten your day, take this book and read it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I loved it! So wonderful and sweet. Can't wait to read the others!! I loved it! So wonderful and sweet. Can't wait to read the others!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Check out my reviews on the main versions of each book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angelia Katsianos

    You know when there's been a book in your childhood that you want everyone in your life to read because this is the book that you internalised so much that once you re-read it when your older you actually realise you don't know how much of your personality is your own and how much is a fictional character's? There's something about Anne Shirley, her ideas and her personality that makes her a modern character even years after the novel was written. L.M Montgomery wrote Anne with ample enough imagin You know when there's been a book in your childhood that you want everyone in your life to read because this is the book that you internalised so much that once you re-read it when your older you actually realise you don't know how much of your personality is your own and how much is a fictional character's? There's something about Anne Shirley, her ideas and her personality that makes her a modern character even years after the novel was written. L.M Montgomery wrote Anne with ample enough imagination and romantic idealism. She is a character that is timeless, relatable and engaging, in the beginning, her numerous mistakes and her tendency to have her head in the clouds was literally everything to me as a child who was often daydreaming so often during school that I never really had any idea what my teachers were talking about half of the time. Something I love about Anne is the value she places on friendship. Her friendship with Diana is one of the most iconic friendships in literature, and the reason is because of how much they love one another, that even trancends romantic relationships. With an amazing supporting cast, heartwrenching, funny and wholesome moments, Anne of Green Gables is a series that will forever have a place in my heart as one of my favourite books of all time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adran Celf

    Some episodes are laugh-out-loud funny, others are philosophical and poignant. The writing is light and lyrical and only seems dated here and there, but this only adds to the charm. Likewise, some of the attitudes are of their time, but the 'negative' ones are often questioned in this context. Can be read and enjoyed by any age and makes a welcome change to the crash-bang-wallop of most modern books. There is a great sense of magic and poetry brought to the smaller happenings in life and the main Some episodes are laugh-out-loud funny, others are philosophical and poignant. The writing is light and lyrical and only seems dated here and there, but this only adds to the charm. Likewise, some of the attitudes are of their time, but the 'negative' ones are often questioned in this context. Can be read and enjoyed by any age and makes a welcome change to the crash-bang-wallop of most modern books. There is a great sense of magic and poetry brought to the smaller happenings in life and the main character, Anne of the titles, is gentle, wise beyond her years and very likable. It encourages us all to take time to enjoy the good things, even those small everyday good things we often overlook.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Val

    This book contains the first two novels of this series. Just some clarification: I didn't read the books ever as a kid, and I don't think I ever heard of the character before the Netflix series was released (which I watched until it was cancelled, and like it to a certain degree). A short introduction about the theme of the books: Anne Shirley is an 11 years old orphan who gets adopted by two farmer siblings living in Prince Edward Island, Canada, by the end of the 19th century. These siblings a This book contains the first two novels of this series. Just some clarification: I didn't read the books ever as a kid, and I don't think I ever heard of the character before the Netflix series was released (which I watched until it was cancelled, and like it to a certain degree). A short introduction about the theme of the books: Anne Shirley is an 11 years old orphan who gets adopted by two farmer siblings living in Prince Edward Island, Canada, by the end of the 19th century. These siblings are rather old and never got married, so they are also childless. They decide to adopt a boy, so he could help them in the farm, but instead this skinny red haired girl arrives, and conquers their hearts with her quirky personality. She is very talkative and romantic, full of imagination and passion. The novels are not my cup of tea. I enjoyed the second a bit more than the first, but it was not enough for me to like the series. The first novel, Anne of Green Gables, has no plot, just episodes in the life of Anne, sometimes with a big temporal gap in between them. The second one, Anne of Avonlea, is similar in that aspect, but at least by the end there’s an attempt to a plot that develops in several consecutive chapters... But I didn’t find it interesting anyway. The style in these novels is often poor, monotonous, boring, too poetic and pretentious to my taste. Anne's personality is tiresome. At first she seems sweet and quirky, but soon enough she shows to be shallow and extra, to not say plain silly. She pays a lot - A LOT - of attention to her physical appearance, and the one of others, which makes her a very boring character, at least for me. I don’t buy all her poetics if she can be that shallow. I know we're not meant to take Anne's discourse so seriously, especially in the first novel, but being a book for young people it makes me cringe to see that certain ideas get validated by Anne - the hero and protagonist - so often. In general the characters were not interesting for me, many of them don’t develop much of a personality (even if they are important ones like Gilbert or Diana), or they have a very cliché one. I guess the only character that enjoyed reading was Matthew, and sometimes Marilla. The writing style of the first novella has a very repetitive structure. The chapters very often go like this: we get an introduction about the season or weather of that day, then Anne attempts to do something and much likely she will make a mistake or something outstanding out of it. And then it ends with Marilla or Matthew making a comment about Anne. Other common formula for these chapters: Anne is the narrator of what happened lately in her life, so we don't get the author to narrate a situation, but instead there's a description that Anne makes of particular events. So we get these long monologues by Anne quite often, that are obviously not very detailed and again, leave no much room for side character development. Everything seems so focused on Anne that makes the book very boring. The second novel, Anne of Avonlea, improves in this aspect, and we see things as they happened, with less (but still some) monologues by Anne. Buuut, this one novel had something that it’s quite awful: it validates whipping children as a correct punishment for behaving badly (in school.) I know this book is old, but I can't believe people love these books so much today. Whipping kids has never been a good thing. There are also very awful comments about women, that don’t look like critics from the author. For example, Mr Harrison saying “A woman would forgive a man for beating her sooner than for hinting she was too much pleased to get him.” (p. 480) So, overall, I don’t recommend these books, even though I enjoyed some bits. But, hey, it’s the first time that I can endure 527 pages of a book that I don’t like and I’m not obligated to read ;p

  15. 5 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    I read and reviewed each of the two books collected here separately, so this is basically just for my own records. The rating is an average of the ratings I gave the individual books, rounded up because Goodreads doesn't do half stars. Green Gables earned four stars from me, while Avonlea earned three. While I like Anne a lot, she's rather over-dramatic, with a tendency to purple prose, and needs to be surrounded by more practical types who make her shine by contrast. Marilla is a particularly e I read and reviewed each of the two books collected here separately, so this is basically just for my own records. The rating is an average of the ratings I gave the individual books, rounded up because Goodreads doesn't do half stars. Green Gables earned four stars from me, while Avonlea earned three. While I like Anne a lot, she's rather over-dramatic, with a tendency to purple prose, and needs to be surrounded by more practical types who make her shine by contrast. Marilla is a particularly effective foil, but Avonlea seems to me to be slightly unbalanced, with too many Anne-like characters for that contrast to work as effectively. It also has the execrable Davy, a truly horrible little boy who Montgomery (and Anne!) seem to have an inexplicable fondness for. Personally, I think he needed to be thrown down a well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lily Argeneau

    I surprisingly enjoyed this book after putting it off for so long (years, in fact). Anne is a wonderfully charming and energetic girl, whom we see grow and change throughout these books. It is wonderful optimism and made me smile to read her antics and goings on. It is not without its sorrow however but it emphasizes the realities of life, which is that while there can be a lot of good if we know where to look for it, there can be unexpected sadness as well. IT is how we deal with it that develo I surprisingly enjoyed this book after putting it off for so long (years, in fact). Anne is a wonderfully charming and energetic girl, whom we see grow and change throughout these books. It is wonderful optimism and made me smile to read her antics and goings on. It is not without its sorrow however but it emphasizes the realities of life, which is that while there can be a lot of good if we know where to look for it, there can be unexpected sadness as well. IT is how we deal with it that develops up and it shows through Anne's portrayal and her interactions with the town of Avonlea. Her descriptions of places and things are charming and highlight the innocence of youth. She is not without her faults however, but as she grows she matures delightfully and with grace. I only wish i had read it sooner.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sj LeHoven

    I had so much fun reading this book! I realize that girls of my generation read it eons ago, BUT I was too busy outside playing to sit still for that long. This really is a timeless classic. Though I imagine some of the vocabulary could be challenging for today's worth, I think the beauty of the writing will out. The story telling is so masterfully done. Full of surprises. Not overly sentimental. But just touching enough to remind us of how precious life is. The author most definitely was very awar I had so much fun reading this book! I realize that girls of my generation read it eons ago, BUT I was too busy outside playing to sit still for that long. This really is a timeless classic. Though I imagine some of the vocabulary could be challenging for today's worth, I think the beauty of the writing will out. The story telling is so masterfully done. Full of surprises. Not overly sentimental. But just touching enough to remind us of how precious life is. The author most definitely was very aware...whether she realized it or not. : ) I LOVE all the deeper meanings to things that I can see that I would not have seen in my youth. Have fun discovering this classic OR re-reading it and savoring the skill with with L.M. Montgomery wrote.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This was my favourite childhood book and it is over 50 years since I read it so I decided to buy it (it was a library book 1st time round) and re-read it. I fell in love with Anne all over again and realised why it is still my favourite. The character of Anne Shirley is simply wonderful, funny, great fun and highly entertaining. The resulting TV series (especially the more recent ones) are not a patch on the book and the most recent is a terrible, altered version of the story. This book also rem This was my favourite childhood book and it is over 50 years since I read it so I decided to buy it (it was a library book 1st time round) and re-read it. I fell in love with Anne all over again and realised why it is still my favourite. The character of Anne Shirley is simply wonderful, funny, great fun and highly entertaining. The resulting TV series (especially the more recent ones) are not a patch on the book and the most recent is a terrible, altered version of the story. This book also reminded me of the reason why I love the countryside so much as Montgomery's descriptions as truly beautiful. It is my hope all girls will read this at least once in their life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cendaquenta

    (Rating + review only for Anne of Green Gables, have not yet read Anne of Avonlea.) Best word I can think of for this book is "charming". It really is. The writing is gorgeous, and despite going in with a bit of cynicism and being initially turned off Anne by her incessant yattering, I absolutely fell in love with the characters. (view spoiler)[The ending broke my heart as Matthew was a favourite. ;_; (hide spoiler)] I will have to watch "Anne With An E" (the Netflix adaptation) ASAP. (Rating + review only for Anne of Green Gables, have not yet read Anne of Avonlea.) Best word I can think of for this book is "charming". It really is. The writing is gorgeous, and despite going in with a bit of cynicism and being initially turned off Anne by her incessant yattering, I absolutely fell in love with the characters. (view spoiler)[The ending broke my heart as Matthew was a favourite. ;_; (hide spoiler)] I will have to watch "Anne With An E" (the Netflix adaptation) ASAP.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    3.5 stars. I really liked Anne of Green Gables (it was a re-read; I have read it in Dutch as a kid). The ending felt super rushed though, that last year could have had so many more good chapters. Anne of Avonlea I liked less. It seemed to me it was too much about the new characters. The last chapters were very enjoyable though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Yanti Nura

    This book has a very slow plot. All occasions are told in detail. Though Anne is very funny and innocent for being talkative but she really takes my time (i struggle a lot in reading her parts) because she tells almost everything at the beginning of the story. From there then she grows up and I feel that she becomes a mature woman and becoming a teacher.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bobo

    finished - anne of green gables i picked this up after watching the netflix adaption and falling in love with it. the book is a lot different then the series as it progresses but i still enjoyed it. i think i have found a new fave! have yet to read anne of avonlea.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Viki

    I listened to the first audio book of Anne while Baking Christmas cookies, and thought it was so sweet, I wanted to know more about Anne becoming a teacher. This book too, was very charming. Narrated by 2 different women, but their voices were both similar and wonderful!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne Kim

    I actually enjoyed the book very much. Having watched the series first gave me a sort of overview on how the characters are. Anne is such a complex yet relatable character. Now i need to search for the other books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    3.5 stars This is definitely the type of book you want to read in a park at the beginning of spring. I'm taking off points for lacking a more interesting plot and me not liking chatty Anne in her younger years but overall enjoyed to read it and am glad it's a rather easy classic. 3.5 stars This is definitely the type of book you want to read in a park at the beginning of spring. I'm taking off points for lacking a more interesting plot and me not liking chatty Anne in her younger years but overall enjoyed to read it and am glad it's a rather easy classic.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri

    What's not to love? I only wish I had read these books when I was younger... What's not to love? I only wish I had read these books when I was younger...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nhi

    too lazy to finish. but anne is adorable. "i'm anne - with an e!" too lazy to finish. but anne is adorable. "i'm anne - with an e!"

  28. 5 out of 5

    Benitez Bryn2

    this book was very fantastic

  29. 5 out of 5

    Syndi Siahaan

    Definitely 5 stars. I laugh and cry with Anne throughout this book. If only I have the continuation of this series, I will jump straight into them.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    These books get better with each re-read.

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