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Elizabeth And Her German Garden (Virago Modern Classics)

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Al principio pensé que iba a hablar demasiado para mi gusto de flores y plantas, no es que no me gusten pero sólo sé distinguir las más conocidas y temía perderme, pero no. In this blog site review, there is a review of the book from The Lincoln, Nebraska Courier, August, 1900! Sometimes I feel as if I were blest above all my fellows in being able to find my happiness so easily.

This is the first book she wrote in her literary career (1898) and it was quite the literary hit, going quickly into multiple printings and being published in different languages.As a novel it really doesn't have a whole lot of structure, but its charm comes precisely from the juxtaposition of the freedom and beauty of the natural world with that of a wealthy aristocrat who cannot escape all of her duties. He seems to be doing it with tongue in cheek, just to tease his wife or bait the women listening to him, but I did find myself wondering just how much he really meant it, and these parts were irritating to read. Very pompous and men-know-everything and women should be seen at times but rarely ever heard because nothing of sense comes out of their mouths (that is the attitude of the Man of Wrath). In the novel The Shell Seekers (1988) by Rosamunde Pilcher, Sophie reads Elizabeth von Arnim's "Elizabeth and her German Garden“. This, being the late 19th century, it seemed unusual for a woman to be sworn off all manner of housework.

THE GLINTS OF DRY HUMOUR' AT THE EXPENSE OF HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS IS NEVER REALLY MALICIOUS BUT JUST GIVES THE NECESSARY SEASONING TO A MIXTURE WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE BE TOO BLAND.This little gem of a book, the first novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim I had read, both delighted and intrigued me. As an avid gardener myself, I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth’s long lyrical descriptions of trees and shrubs and wildflowers in bloom--they go on for pages and pages.

The house] appeared to be surrounded by paddocks and shrubberies’ while ‘in the summer’, he notes, ‘some flowers – mainly pansies, tulips, roses [appeared] . When her children appear, they are charming and funny; three girls, all under the age of six and amusingly nicknamed April baby, May baby and June baby. In the middle of this plain is the oasis of bird cherries and greenery where I spend my happy days, and in the middle of the oasis is the gray stone house with many gables where I pass my reluctant nights. The husband being of the German aristocracy, Elizabeth was additionally burdened with the traditions, expectations and conventions. She also has a discussion with her husband about how it's okay for the local peasants to beat their wives and mothers to beat their children and staff.May 7th — There were days last winter when I danced for sheer joy out in my frost-bound garden in spite of my years and children. It was known as the Kreuzzeitung ("Cross Newspaper") because its emblem was an Iron Cross (per Wikipedia). In an old house where she lives which was once a convent, Elizabeth spends all her time reading in the garden and planning how to tame the wilderness of a garden she has initially inherited and turn it into a haven.

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