Before Green Gables

Before Green Gables

by Budge Wilson

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 relent spirit help her to overcome difficult circumstances and of a young girl's ability to love, learn, and above all, dream.

M. Montgomery's coming-of-age classic Anne of Green Gables has enchanted generations of readers, both children, and adults.

No one ever learned the events of Anne's life before she arrived at Green Gables.

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.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.86
  • Pages: 387
  • Publish Date: February 21st 2008 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Isbn10: 039915468X
  • Isbn13: 9780399154683

What People Think about "Before Green Gables"

My actual rating 1/2 star I love the whole Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. One thing I love about the original books is the innocence of the writing. I am not an expert on late 19th century Canadian life, other than my countless readings of the Anne books, but there were some things I knew would never have happened the way they are described in the book. For example, Bertha Shirley (Annes mother) mentioned to an acquaintance that she feared she may have consumption, the disease that killed her mother. The only actual date in any of the Anne books is in Rilla of Ingleside World War I begins, this was in 1914. At times it felt like Mrs. Wilson had never even read the original Anne of Green Gables books! There is also no indication in any of the books that Anne had previous knowledge, much less a deep abiding love for Prince Edward Island prior to arriving at the Cuthberts. The only exception would be if Mrs. Thomas, who knew Annes parents had mentioned to her that her mother insisted on spelling Anne with an e. Much better to stick to the books written by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

And for two that Before Green Gables is (and just as I had feared and dreaded) so chock full of one tragedy after another (death, destruction, alcoholism, domestic violence, neglect, you name it), that even though L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and its sequels indeed are both dark and light, both pleasant and sad and as such are meant to be read and enjoyed by both children and adults, in my opinion, with Budge Wilson's Before Green Gables, the majority of the featured thematics and content are really so very much saddening, at times even bordering on the viciously horrifying and actually decidedly and according to my tastes pretty much entirely adult or at least young adult oriented in content and scope (therefore of course not all that child friendly anymore either, and often even, in my opinion, rather massively off-putting and infuriating so to speak, leaving a sickening pit in one's stomach and not much that is in any way joyful).

Before Green Gables seems to stay close to Anne's own description of her life before arriving at Green Gables (but it's been a few years since I last read it, so purists may have gripes I didn't notice). She is too remarkable, even for Anne of Green Gables.

Perhaps this book will inspire a young person somewhere to be like Anne. 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.

This book is clearly very well-researched, giving Anne's background leading up to the beginning of Lucy Maud Montgomery's original series.

It was also interesting to see how the author took Anne's established personality traits, quirks, and interests and gives them a foundation in the early years -- this is part of what felt non-innovative about the book, but simultaneously what felt kind of rewarding and made me want to reread the originals.

An unrelentingly grim discourse on poverty turning people abusive and unloving, and on having many children ruins women's lives - with discursions about pre eclampsia and postnatal depression - is not really what I was hoping for in Anne profic.

I enjoyed this book because it gave me alook at what Anne Shirley's life could have been like before.

For all of those Anne of Green Gable fan out there, this is a great book.

She illustrated three books for the University of Toronto Press, worked for several years as a freelance commercial artist and child photographer, and was a fitness instructor from 1968 to 1989.