Friday, February 23, 2007

Calling All Kindred Spirits!


I am a voracious reader and have read much of the post modern and existential literature that my college English professors insisted were essential for a well rounded library. I have discussed and debated the merits of great American writers like John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything ever written by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. I have swam inside sympathetic darkness in stories penned by Sylvia Plath and J.D. Salinger. I have succumbed to the warm, character driven storytelling of Maeve Binchy and Elizabeth Berg, and have even indulged in a bit of "chic lit" from the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Jennifer Wiener.

But my heart still belongs to Anne with an "e"....





I find myself re-reading this sweet little novel, written by the late Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, at least once a year. I own quite a few copies of it, and will buy new ones every so often, as the binding in the old ones begin to break down. For me, this story, is such a pleasant retreat from daily news, and the heartbreaking stories my husband, who is a police officer, often shares with me after a day out in his world.



I long for a trip to Prince Edward Island, where I can experience all the environs described so beautifully in this book. Any other raspberry cordial drinking, kindred spirits out there?



Which books lend you as much comfort as hot chocolate, knitted chenille socks, and the smell of a sweet pie baking do?

21 comments:

Cherry Menlove said...

Well, I am reading Cider With Rosie for the first time ever and I'm loving it. Why did I wait so long to pick this gem up?

Cherry xx

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

You are a kindred spirit indeed, if you love Anne of Green Gables! My great grandmother's family is from PEI (we still have relatives there). I soooo want to visit PEI someday, too!

Jen said...

I adore Anne. I've read many books in the series. My favourite being Anne of the Island. I simply adore her little cottage! My favourite place in Anne of Green Gables is the VIolet Vale. Is that what it's called? it's been a while.

I almost got to see Green Gables in December, but it would have been a 5 hour detour, and Green Gables was closed. How upsetting. I've vowed to vacation to PEI to visit all the great places LM Montgomery writes about in her various novels.

little lovelies said...

Yes. we would be kindred spirits for sure! I read through my entire LM Montgomery library (yes, library. I have almost everything she has ever written) at least once a year. Usually spring/summer time. I am hoping to visit PEI one day, but am afraid it wouldn't be the world Lucy describes!

Shabby in the City said...

I'm ashamed to say but I've only seen the movie which was so good I could have eaten it.
I want you to see the Green Gables Inn we stayed at on our honeymoon like 1000 years ago.
http://www.greengablesinnpg.com/

TK Angels said...

Well- I will go buy this book. I am going to Florida via bus in 1 week. I am looking for good reading material.

Take care,
Terri

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Another kindred spirit here! I must confess, I saw the movie before reading the series! I just love it! Visiting PEI is a dream of mine as well.

Marie said...

I was born in PEI so am very familiar with it's beautiful landscape and indeed everything to do with Anne. I, too, am a kindred spirit. Right now I'm reading a wonderful little novel by another Canadian author, Lori Lansens, called "The Girls". It's about a set of conjoined twins and it's fascinating. Have a great weekend! I hope you get to go to PEI someday.

deb said...

Oh a kindred spirit!! My all time favorite book and character. Anne with an E. I've been to PEI four times... my husband's family lives close by in Nova Scotia and we vacation there frequently. Such a beautiful island and the house is wonderful and even has Lover's Lane behind it. :)

deb said...

p.s. I've made raspberry cordial. :) I'm a total geek!

Peta said...

I love this book and all the others in the series. I must read them again.

chelle said...

I have grew up on the Anne books,along with, Little Women, Pollyanna, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and many others. Have you ever read Gene Sratton Portter's Books? She wrote the Girl of the Limberlost and several others and they are all enchanting...I am planning a trip to PEI with a dear friend of mine and her daughter once Annabelle is old enough to be appriciate and love Anne, along with the rest of her world.

Tootie said...

Hi Jenny- I thought you might be interested, I started a Flickr group for just paperclay creations.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/paperclay/
Smiles-
Tootie

carolyn said...

Hens Dancing by Raffaela Barker.

Tara in AZ said...

Hello!
Love-love-love books, have 2 bookcases filled and yet not alot of time to read lately. Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorites sets as a kid. Thanks for checking out my blog. - Tara

Jill said...

I love books set in a different time. My favorite is Pride & Prejudice which I've read a zillion times, but I love Anne of Green Gables, too. I thought the movie was wonderfully made, and it always makes me long for a simpler life.

Clare said...

Yes, it is a wonderful book.

I remember reading Little Women when I was very young and found it so enchanting. I have always been a real bookworm and read my way through most of the 'classics' as a teenager.

It's hard to have a favourite book, as moods and feelings change, but right now I would choose Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd.

Lovely post by the way!

Clare x

danielle muller said...

another kindred spirit here...we are planning a trip to PEI this summer...can't wait!

Shirlee said...

I used to read a lot when I was younger. My favorites were the Little House on the Prairie series when I was a kid. I haven't read Anne of Green Gables. Maybe one day I'll be able to find the time to enjoy a book again. :)

craftymama said...

I love Anne Girl too. In fact, my daughter's middle name is Anne. I'm so glad my Grandma introduced me to Anne so many years ago.

Susie Q said...

I SO love Anne...do you remember the line about Anne in the movie You've Got Mail?? SO true. Love the photos...my mom was on Prince Edward on a trip 3 years ago and went to the museum. She brought Grace the sweetest Anne doll.
I think that Anne of Green Agles should be required reading for all girls!!

Thank you for this lovely post!

Oh! I was so close to winning the auction for the fairy on ebay! I know that the one who did win will give her a good home!

Love,
Sue