A must-read for generations of book lovers, this remarkable prequel to the classic Anne of Green Gables was specially authorized by L. M. Montgomery's heirs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the original novel.
Before Green Gables is the story of Anne Shirley's life before her arrival at Green Gables-a heartwarming tale of a precocious child whose lively imagination and relentless spirit help her to overcome difficult circumstances and of a young girl's ability to love, learn, and above all, dream.
Published in 1908, L. M. Montgomery's coming-of-age classic Anne of Green Gables has enchanted generations of readers, both children and adults. The story of the spunky red-haired orphan from Prince Edward Island is known to millions, and copies of the eight titles in the series have never gone out of print. But when readers first meet Anne, she is only eleven and has just been sent from an orphanage to meet her new family. No one ever knew the events of Anne's life before she arrived at Green Gables. Until now.
For the millions of readers who devoured the Green Gables series, Before Green Gables is an irresistible treat: the account of how one of literature's most beloved heroines became the girl who captivated the world.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Unabridged, 11 CDs, 13 hrs. 30 min.|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Actor and voice-over artist Renee Raudman has performed on film, television, radio, and stage. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and numerous starred reviews.
What People are Saying About This
"Profound ideas, persuasively fleshed out. L. M. Montgomery would surely have approved." -The Washington Post
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I listened to this book rather than read it. As a fan of all of L. M. Montgomery books I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book which tells the tale of Anne Shirley before she arrived at Green Gables. It was commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Anne of Green Gables. When it appeared as a free down load from my library I thought what the heck, I'll listen to it.I'd never really thought much about where Anne came from. I don't really remember seeing any references to that aspect but apparently Budge Wilson combed through the Anne books to find references to Anne's pre-Green Gables life and lots of people gave her guidance. So, as I understand it, a lot of the story is based upon something Montgomery put in the later Anne novels. It would be interesting to know how close Wilson came to what Montgomery imagined.According to this book Anne's parents, who were school teachers, died when she was just 3 months old. Anne was taken in by the woman who looked after Anne's mother even though she already had a number of children. Anne was an unpaid labourer in that household from quite a young age. She was finally allowed to go to school and she blossomed there. However, when her adoptive father died in an accident the children were split up and Anne was taken by another woman with lots of children. Anne kept up her schooling despite having to do a lot of housework and the male teacher was from PEI. He talked about the Island and showed pictures and Anne vowed to get there some day. And she eventually did because again the father of the household died and the children were split up. That time Anne was sent to an orphanage but since that's where she was found and taken to PEI it all worked out.I though Anne in this incarnation was just a little too nice. She never held a grudge or let her temper get the better of her. The Anne of Green Gables that broke her slate over Gilbert's head never seemed to surface.Other than that this was a decent enough read and all Anne lovers should probably read it.
Can a gifted and spirited young soul shine in spite of a terrible home environment? I was curious to learn how the author would describe Anne Shirley's birth and orphaned childhood and end up with the lovable and spunky girl we all know from Anne of Green Gables. I'd say that Budge Wilson has done a good job writing in the style of L.M. Montgomery. A few scattered items in the writing indicate a 21st Century author unlike L.M. Montgomery. However, I'm not complaining since I am a 21st Century reader.The first characters we meet in the book are Anne's parents before she was born. They are portrayed as having the combination of personalities that were obviously inherited by their daughter-to-be. The reader learns what wonderful parents they would have been had they lived. Then the reader receives the devastating news that the little three month old orphaned Anne ends up in a dysfunctional foster family.I know this story is fictional. But I want to believe that it is possible for at least some children to persevere and thrive in spite of disadvantaged environments. Perhaps this book will inspire a young person somewhere to be like Anne. Actually, her example can inspire adults as well. The description of her joy of attending school for the first time is a good reminder of the joy we should all seek from learning new things.This books supports the rule that there is always a mentor or role model somewhere in the lives for those who transcend disadvantaged environments. This story can serve as a reminder of the influence that unrelated adults can sometimes have on the lives of children and young people by simply offering encouragement and being a role model.