I begged my parents to let us go on a family holiday to Prince Edward Island, and honestly? I'm still a little upset that they refused...
I hadn't read Anne of Green Gables in at least 20 years. After we left Canada, my attention was shifted towards other things. So rereading it as an adult was an interesting experience. I can see why I loved Anne so much as a child. She's utterly endearing from the moment she turns up. She's smart and funny and full of imagination, but she's also kind and wants nothing more than to be loved and have friends. But as an adult? There were numerous moments when I sided with Marilla and her "OMG THIS CHILD NEVER SHUTS UP" moments.
While the characters are universally fabulous, the writing isn't always the greatest - the fact that any time Matthew speaks, he starts with "Well now" drove me absolutely nuts in the end. It occasionally feels like Anne's living life from one major mishap to another (Diana getting drunk, dyeing her hair green, putting liniment in the cake, floating down the river in a sinking boat), but in reality those events take place months or years apart. It's easy to miss the passage of time as we leap from season to season in a matter of paragraphs. As a result, we go from Gilbert Blythe pulling Anne's braids and calling her "Carrots" to that ship-tastic ending (with about five years passing in between) in a mere 200 pages.
All in all, I loved revisiting Avonlea, and there's a reason why this book is such a classic. And if someone wants to have puffed sleeves come back into fashion, that'd be great, because my inner child still desperately wants a dress with puffed sleeves.
Have you read it? What did you think? And, more importantly, HAVE YOU SEEN THE MUSICAL???