Elizabeth And Her German Garden (Virago Modern Classics)

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Elizabeth And Her German Garden (Virago Modern Classics)

Elizabeth And Her German Garden (Virago Modern Classics)

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I admit one thing got on my nerves a bit – Elizabeth’s somewhat patronizing attitude towards those of a lower social class – namely her gardeners and her house servants. Although there was one part I was not comfortable with and I will be anxious to read other reviews to see if anybody mentions it (yep, in at least one review below it is mentioned). 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. As a gardener, I enjoy pouring over gorgeous garden catalogs trying to figure out what to plant this season or next.

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. Count von Arnim died in 1910, and in 1916 Elizabeth married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, Bertrand Russell's elder brother. I enjoyed story of her life, her satire, and her beautiful descriptions of nature, its landscape, and of course her garden. 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). On some very specially divine days, like today, I have actually longed for some one else to be here to enjoy the beauty with me.The heroine is described by her husband as eccentric and this book is also eccentric but delightful from "The Man of Wrath"the above husband to the children only named as "The April baby " Spring Baby " etc. Married in 1891 she became known as Elizabeth von Arnim, although she was born Mary Annette Beauchamp. All she wants to do is take care of her large garden and her three young children, and be left alone.

It is not graceful, and it makes one hot; but it is a blessed sort of work, and if Eve had had a spade in Paradise and known what to do with it, we should not have had all that sad business of the apple.M. Forster, who lived at the von Arnim estate in 1905, [4] working as a tutor to the family's children, wrote that there was in fact not much of a garden. I found the feminist musings tiresome, the insights into Prussian culture fascinating, but my favorite part will always be Elizabeth’s glorious garden in springtime. 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. La passione del giardinaggio non è solo una contemplazione estetica ma anche una dimensione di solitudine e pace impossibile da esperimentare in una città.

Visitors--some pleasant, some vastly irritating--come and go, or sometimes come and stay, even when Elizabeth would rather they just left. It was known as the Kreuzzeitung ("Cross Newspaper") because its emblem was an Iron Cross (per Wikipedia). Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published "By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden". This little gem of a book, the first novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim I had read, both delighted and intrigued me.Her memoir was loaded with those funny long sentences containing plenty of commas, semi-colons and dashes that were in fashion back then. We tend to forget that the Gilded Age society was extremely well traveled and spoke several languages. Elizabeth es feliz con sus pequeñas hijas e incomprendida por su marido "el hombre airado" con su desdén y aires de sabio; quien ni siquiera es capaz de pagar los bulbos y semillas a su esposa a la cual considera excéntrica.

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