Before Green Gables

Before Green Gables

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An authorized prequel to L.M. Montgomery's classic series about the irrepressible red-haired orphan follows Anne's early years before her adoption by the Cuthberts.

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781410407047
Characteristics: 601 p. ; 22 cm


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Oct 16, 2020

Really well done! I was not interested in reading Before Green Gables when I first heard it had been published 12 years ago in spite ~ or perhaps because of ~ the fact that I've been a lifelong fan of the original series since childhood many decades ago now. It somehow seemed sacrilegious! What led me to recently checking the book out of the library was an essay by Budge Wilson contained In the collection Anne Around the World. I liked Ms. Wilson's writing style and also her own initial reluctance in accepting the job, the heroic challenge, of undertaking such a thing. I was rewarded with the experience of reading her well researched and very well imagined prequel. I appreciate her fleshing in so well the 'ghosts' of Anne's history prior to her arrival on the island and into the household of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Nobody was a one-dimensional substitute for a real human being especially including figures like Mr. Thomas. I am so pleased that I read this novel and would recommend it to any fan of L. M. Montgomery's amazing books.

Nov 10, 2017

Very good book, some new adventure on every page!

Mar 17, 2017

I really liked this story, recommended by my English teacher. It is SO sad, but has a happy ending! I cried and laughed. The writing style is of course different from L.M. Montgomery's, but the story is lovely. I like Anne so much! This book tells the story of Anne's life before she came to Prince Edward Island, based mostly on what Anne tells Marilla in chapter 5 of "Anne of Green Gables". This book makes me want to read "Anne of Green Gables" again! For anyone who loved any of the Anne books! I give this story 5 out of 5 stars!!

Jan 16, 2017

I just happened upon the book and decided to give it a try. I enjoyed the story, laughed and cried - more than I care to admit. I don't think I recommend it for a child, but as an adult with grown kids, I was able to handle it. I don't think kids need to hear about all the situations Anne was put in in this story. I'm glad the author allowed her to leave her old life in Nova Scotia behind when she got to PEI.
I am now going to reread Anne of Green Gables and all of the books in the series. I never read past GGs as a kid, but now I want to read them all. A little light-hearted reading is good for the soul. Off to the J fiction section I go.

Dec 28, 2015

This book is pretty good, even though this book wasn't written by L.M. Montgomery, the author made seem like Montgomery wrote the book since she used some of the words from that time.

Oct 19, 2015

Very good book. It is a good book to read before "Anne of Green Gables". However, I was very upset to know Lucy Maud Montgomery didn't write the book.

devorah1231 Sep 19, 2014

A bit more adult than Anne of Green gables - I wouldn't let a little kid read it. A bit depressing - lots of sad buts as a lot of people die, deal with poverty, cruelty, etc. Also the author carefully put in the 3 sets of twins (but she wasn't with them quite as long as she should have been), croup, etc that are mentioned in the books, but it doesn't seem to match up. For example, why would Anne's teacher bring her ipecac? Why would she learn about bosom friends when she was three? She also seems unnaturally bright and capable when she is far too young. A lot of the book happens when she is 6, but she acts like she is 12.
Still, its well written and a good read.

Jul 21, 2012

I think this book's GORGEOUS! It's not exactly L.M.Montgomery's style, but a lot of hard work's gone into this. 5 stars!!

SarahFlower Jul 10, 2012

green gables series is the when this one came along i wasn't sure if it would be any good......BUT IT BETTER THEN GOOD!!!!!!!!!

JewelMcLatchy Jun 11, 2012

As beautiful and wonderful as it is heartbreaking, this authorized prequel is a must-read for all Anne fans. I would recommend reading it after the original series though to get the full picture and appreciate what's going on.

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Mar 17, 2017

Violence: In the story Mr. Bert Thomas is often drunk and hits his wife.


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Mar 13, 2017

Bertha couldn't really see why you weren't supposed to be a teacher just because you were married.
She'd asked a few people that question: "Why can't you do both?" The answer was always the same: "Because you should be home, looking after your husband." Why couldn't they look after *each other*? The house was tiny, and their meals were simple. You didn't need to dust every single surface *every day*. She'd done all the cooking on her father's farm after her mother died, and she was so good at it that she could make a whole meal -- desert and all -- in twenty-five minutes. And laundry? In the summer, Walter had always helped her to wring out the sheets and to fill the big water heater on the stove. He could still do that if she changed her washday to Saturday. Bertha sighed, and turned to reenter the house. ~ Chapter 1


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