Every Friday, Marilyn Knapp Litt, who blogs at ClassicKindle.com, brings us her recommendation of a free classic book to discover (or rediscover) on Kindle. Find more of Marilyn’s recommendations at her blog, ClassicKindle.com, a guide to the best free and inexpensive classic literature for the Kindle. You can also get Marilyn’s blog on Kindle and I recommend that you “Like” the Classic Kindle Facebook page as well so you don’t miss anything. Here’s Marilyn’s post:
When I hear or read a review of an interesting book, it used to be I made a note. Now I download a sample chapter and put it in a folder on my Kindle. When I want a book, I read the sample and if I want it, I can buy or, better yet – borrow it!
But my Kindle is also full of classic books I can keep and they didn’t cost a penny.
I was going to blog about Anne of Green Gables today, but the free version has a corrupted text that leaves out sections of the story. Then I thought, I’ll do Anne of Avonlea. Same problem!
So I turned to one of the less familiar sequels, Anne’s House of Dreams. The novel is free and the text is not corrupted.
Red-headed Anne Shirley of Prince Edward Island, Canada, is one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. And she is not just popular in the English speaking world. The series of books by L.M.Montgomery have made Prince Edward Island an improbable tourist destination for the Japanese.
Fans of the series will understand why I selected this section to quote!
So it fell out that Marilla and Mrs. Rachel Lynde and the twins came to Four Winds for Christmas. Marilla had the face of a woman who had circumnavigated the globe. She had never been sixty miles away from home before; and she had never eaten a Christmas dinner anywhere save at Green Gables.
Mrs. Rachel had made and brought with her an enormous plum pudding. Nothing could have convinced Mrs. Rachel that a college graduate of the younger generation could make a Christmas plum pudding properly; but she bestowed approval on Anne’s house.
“Anne’s a good housekeeper,” she said to Marilla in the spare room the night of their arrival. “I’ve looked into her bread box and her scrap pail. I always judge a housekeeper by those, that’s what. There’s nothing in the pail that shouldn’t have been thrown away, and no stale pieces in the bread box. Of course, she was trained up with you–but, then, she went to college afterwards. I notice she’s got my tobacco stripe quilt on the bed here, and that big round braided mat of yours before her living-room fire. It makes me feel right at home.”
Those of us who love Anne Shirley cannot get enough of her or Marilla or Rachel Lynde. If you do not know the incomparable Anne Shirley, then you are in for a treat.