Book Review: The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables
This post is in collaboration with Thomas Allen & Son.
Reading Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables almost feels like a rite of passage for young Canadian readers. The combination of Anne's strong, memorable character and Montgomery's skill as a descriptive storyteller not only made this book an instant hit, it also firmly established Anne Shirley as an intergenerational heroine whose place in the hearts and minds of readers never seems to diminish. The recent release of a new television adaptation on Netflix has done nothing the diminish the power of the book as new readers and old fans return to Avonlea again and again.
For die-hard fans who can't get enough Anne of Green Gables, a new companion book has just been released to enhance your Avonlea experience: The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables by Catherine Reid. For readers looking for a deeper understanding of the book, the author, and how they both came together to create a timeless classic, this is a must-read. Filled with beautiful colour images and original illustrations from the book's 1908 edition, The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables is an easy, enjoyable read, but it is packed with much more fascinating information than your average coffee-table book.
While the book focuses on the parallel lives of Anne Shirley and Lucy Maud Montgomery, it is the backdrop of Prince Edward Island that truly comes alive in its pages. With a focus on the gardens, seasons, and landmarks of both PEI and Anne of Green Gables, this companion book is a gardener and nature lover's dream. Author Catherine Reid has been able to use Anne and Lucy's stories to explore broader themes of how the natural world fits into our lives. Reid perceptively highlights how Montgomery's vivid descriptions of nature remind us "of the importance to Anne of a natural setting, the kind that embodies so much of her emotional and spiritual life" (150). As such, readers are prompted to reflect on how the landscapes of their worlds speak to their own internal lives.
If you're a fan of Anne of Green Gables, I highly recommend this companion book, and if you're also a nature lover, it really cannot be missed! Order your copy here.