by: L.M. Montgomery
Published by:Penguin Classics, Puffin Classics
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
Tom Sawyer is sure to find trouble wherever the river leads him…
On the banks of the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then one fateful night in the graveyard they witness a murder. The boys make a blood oath never to reveal the secret, and they run away to be pirates in search of hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in a cave with scary Injun Joe, can he escape unharmed?
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This year I gave myself the goal of reading more classics. I’ve heard many wonderful things about Anne of Green Gables and everyone knows how amazing Tom Sawyer is. I thought I’d compare the similarities of each novel. I also want to discuss what makes each novel a classic and what I enjoyed about each story.
Anne and Tom as characters have a few similarities. Both are orphans who make the most out of their lives. Neither child has an easy time of it but both use their vivid imaginations to expand the world around them. Tom and Anne are adventures and fun-loving. Where Anne sees the life as amazing, Tom sees the world an adventure. This makes both characters are endearing timeless.
Even though both novels are classics they are very accessible and easy to read. They give us a snapshot of what life was like in a particular region at a particular time. History books tell us about important world events but they don’t give us an accurate picture of what domestic life was like. If it weren’t for contemporarily written novels such as Anne of Green Gables and Tom Sawyer, we really wouldn’t know how children played, or talked, or socialized during this time period. An example of this is how superstitious everyone was during the mid nineteen century (and who knew clue used to be spelled c-l-e-w).
Another big draw for both these books is the wonderful descriptions of settings. Even though Anne of Green Gables and Tom Sawyer take place in different countries and at different times, they both capture simpler times in North American The descriptions of the setting for Anne of Green Gables is especially amazing. It is great best PR for Prince Edward Island. The setting along the Mississippi River in Tom Sawyer also has great scenic descriptions. It gives us a sense of how important the Mississippi River is, and has always been, to the commerce, exploration, and transportation of America.
I definitely see why both these books has endured the test of time. They are both culturally, literary, and historically important while still being relevant and entertaining.