Anne of Green Gables Montgomery, Lucy Maud
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From its very first sentence, which is 148 words long and covers, in part, the evolution of a local stream, Anne of Green Gables is a charming novel, but in an excruciatingly bland way. It’s nice in the same way Niagara-on-the-Lake is nice; it’s a place you take your grandmother who collects Christmas ornaments.
The story, first published in 1908, begins with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, brother-sister shut-ins with nary a desire for social interaction. The Cuthberts, who are getting old, decide to adopt a boy to help them around the PEI farm on which they live. Instead of a boy, they’re sent an 11-year-old girl, Anne ...