Fans of Anne of Green Gables will rejoice when they see this title. As described, it is a transcription of the novel with its amendments, corrections and more. There are facsimile pages of the manuscript in Montgomery’s handwriting at the beginning of the chapters. I loved seeing these because they make the writing feel so very real.
The beginning of this book is packed with interesting things to read. There is biographical information about Lucy Maud (who wanted to be called Maud), whose mother died when she was a toddler, leaving her to be raised by her maternal grandparents. Her later reunion with her father and his new family is described as was Maud’s wish to make him proud of her. Readers learn about Maud’s efforts to get her education, her work as a teacher and also as a reporter which culminated in her becoming a novelist.
There is material from Maud herself included; for example, her efforts in sending out her manuscript and the rejections it received. Learn why one publisher finally took a chance on her. Readers share the author’s evident delight when her manuscript is accepted.There is also information on how the characters in her stories are or are not based on real people and how the geography of her community found its place in the book. Readers will learn why Montgomery made Matthew quiet and SPOILER why he died. One anecdote that I found especially touching had to do with the author being asked if Anne was a real person; she was fictional but so very real to the author.
I highly recommend this book for those who are fond of Green Gables and also for those who may be coming to Anne for the first time.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.