I finished Anne of Green Gables some days ago. It was the first volume in the series and I enjoyed it a lot, much more than the TV series, which is one of my favorite TV series of all times. Reading Lucy M. Montgomery was an interesting experience, because her writing remind me why some classics are so valuable to read once in while and many times again and again. Her language is exquisite, as many readings of 1800's, and, at the same time, not too old for my modern mind. The main character is maybe more lovely in the book than in the TV series and is understandable why people who read these books became so addicted to the child and her story.
There are some other cultural aspects that attract my attention. For example, the religious vision is intense. In the TV series is not present, although you could glimpse some thoughts in Rachel Lynde's speeches, but in the book the religious part of the Anne's life is really important. I think this is a small taste of the time: after all, Montgomery was a victorian woman and a minister's wife. But, at the same time, you can find out some new ideas about the religious institution, like Anne's questions about why a woman cannot be a minister and her comments about how wonderful minister would be Mrs. Lynde. Montgomery was an educated woman, with college degree and an active work as a reporter in a newspaper, so it is not a surprise that Anne is a smart girl with ambitions related to education and intelligence. This interesting characteristic in the main character makes this book connectable with modern girls and modern women. In fact, I think this book is highly recommendable reading for young girls and even for women who maybe has forgotten they can still have dreams and ambitions without stop being women.
As soon as possible I will find Anne of Avonlea and the other stories written by Lucy M. Montgomery about this lovely character. =)