The Story of a Psychopathic Child


SYNOPSIS: Anne is a little orphan girl who somehow becomes brilliant and hardworking after overcoming early signs of antisocial behavior.

The following is a time-lapse of my reading of this book, starting with my concluding remarks. 🙂

Episodical, from the middle of the book more or less changes from the scrapes of a mischievous girl to the triumphs of a smart and hardworking one. It is a vast improvement. It did not improve in the writing style but the story pacing improved and also, the main characters evolved, that was good. It ends up in a cliff-hanger, setting up the next book. Anne was so selfish that she could only pray happily whenever she got whatever is that she wanted at that time. The episodic style reminded me of the cartoons I used to watch from childhood into teenagehood, I undertand how young people can like this book. The first part gets 1 star, and the second 3 stars. Overall, I think 2.5 starts is fair.

I am with ‘Anne of Green Gables’ now. The author is Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was written in 1908. I’m 20% into this book and I still don’t know what all the fuss is about. This book is a little bit like Harry Potter, rather mediocre but somehow people love it. I think it is because is an easy read, both of them. I have the first digital edition of 2017 by Anna Ruggieri. Full of typos, mostly an overwhelming amount of words stuck together which make reading a bit difficult. For example: “ANNE had been a fortnight at Green Gables before Mrs. Lyndearrived to inspecther.” The incidence of stuck words gets worse as the book advances and I wondered if it was somehow the victim of a book-converion app rather than human error.

A little orphan girl that had never had anything, Anne seems to be eternally dissatisfied with what she gets, from a clean and comfortable bedroom of her own, to a set of three dresses made to her size even if they don’t follow current fashions. The character behaves more like a rich spoiled girl suddenly cast out from privilege rather than a poor orphan who had just landed on unexpected if modest good luck.
It seems somewhat chauvinistic how she resists Marilla so tenaciously and listens to Mathew’s opinion without any resistance whatsoever.

Whether she lost the brooch or not, she should not have touched it. At eleven years old, and having taken care of other little children, she should have known that it is not OK to touch the valuable property of other people. I also resent the way Mathew wants to give in to her every whim; if it were up to him, nothing that Anne did would have any consequence and she would end up a spoiled, evil monster of a person. I feel for poor Marilla. And for all her whinning and coddling, I feel that the character of Anne is a bit of a psycopath with her never ending drama and constant state of over-excitement. Reading this book made me feel as if some annoying, spoiled brat was constantly screaming in my ear. And finally, being so obsessed with the damned picnic that she did not spare any thoughts for the feelings of Marilla upon loosing her brooch, and to fabricate a story in a effort to manipulate her into letting her go to the picnic. She has no feelings or thoughts to spare except for her obsessions.

I am 33% into the book and I wonder how much longer can I put up with it. I was hoping that I’d got better as it progressed but it is doing the opposite.

And she’d rather be pretty than clever! What a stupid thing to write!

I’m afraid Anne Shirley is bipolar, and the author doesn’t like or have any charity for the character of Marilla Cuthbert. The narrative goes from shallow to shallow scene of childish disaster that I have the feeling I am reading a detailed outline rather than a novel. Something is missing, the pacing is horrible, and the scenes that could make for variety are mentioned but never developed.

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