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Adapted by Mariah Marsden
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:144947960X (ISBN13: 9781449479602)
BLURB: Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.
Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.
My rating: 3.5 kindred stars
My shelves: netgalley, book-to-graphic-novel, graphic-novel, classics, coming-of-age, situ-1870s
The story about the orphan girl going to live to Avonlea has become a beloved classical . Her long dialogues full of hyperbolic wonder -and despair- and her life with the Cuthber siblings in a small community in Prince Edward are a delight to read.
In this adaptation of the novel as graphic novel we see moments of great success, and others in which the continuity is lost.
Although much of the story of Anne is expressed here, I would say that this is rather a companion for those who already knew the novel from before and so do not get lost with these jumps, and where several characters lack the depth due to understand certain aspects of his relations with Anne, and her reactions (to friends and frenemies).
*The art is somewhat naive and is beautiful especially in the landscapes and colors of nature; however, I do not agree with her interpretation of Anne herself. and even Diana and sometimes Gilbert. I like, on the other hand, the depiction of Marilla and her neighbor, Rachel Lynde.
One thing that rubs me wrong, is that Anne appears frequently drawn barefoot, even when visiting other girls. That seems very unlikely, since she is always very aware of herself and her appearance in front of the others.