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Anne of Green Gables

文章日期:2009年7月29日

I keep a small collection of my favorite books in my office. A reading break of 15 to 20 minutes is always a more effective energizer than a cup of black coffee and provides enough fuel to last until the end of the day.

My tank being on the low side after a long morning today, I chose an audio book to fill it up during lunchtime. It was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, read by Liza Ross. I closed my eyes, sank my body into my swivel chair and got ready for some perfect entertainment by this amazingly talented voice artist.

I tuned in to Track 6 – Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Properly Horrified. It is a sad but awfully funny chapter of the book. Anne is an orphan newly adopted by a family in Green Gables. Mrs. Rachel Lynde, an unfeeling neighbor, says the meanest thing to Anne about her looks. Anne retaliates. Now, her adopted mother is demanding that Anne apologize to Mrs. Lynde. Apologize Anne does indeed, but in a most clever and funny way! Did I laugh in my office this afternoon? Ask the Secretary. She heard me and thought I was going nuts.

Do not get me wrong. This is not a book that cracks jokes. Quite the contrary, it is a serious one covering various adolescent issues. The heroine sets remarkable examples of faith, perseverance and humility. This classic story is one of the most enduring favorites of children's literature. I am no longer a child, but all the same, the book still charms and delights me in no smaller way than it has always for the past decades.

Track 6 has come to an end. Lunchtime is over. Encore, encore! Too bad there's work on the desk. Now that my gas tank is full, I'd better return to work. Anne, we'll meet again - another lunchtime, maybe.

Reviewed by Ms. Brenda Mau, Principal of St. Mark's School

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