Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Elizabeth and Her German Garden

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This semi-autobiographical book is about the life of a young English woman who marries an ageing German aristocrat and in the marriage she focuses on her garden and children, at the same time running a country house.She also writes down her observations of the stuffy German aristocratic set using her razor sharp wit.Von Arnim was a successful author in her time and deserves to be re-discovered, this novel is a gem. In the first year of publication this book was re-printed twenty times. Von...
Publisher: Luton : Andrews UK, 2012
ISBN: 9781781665206
Characteristics: 1 online resource (165 p.)


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Apr 26, 2016

I like it. I enjoy Elizabeth Von Arnim's works.

multcolib_susannel Aug 09, 2015

Though she knows nothing about gardening, Elizabeth falls in love with the neglected garden she inherits.

EuSei May 29, 2012

Elizabeth von Arnim’s “Elizabeth and her German Garden” was published in 1898 and was her first book. I can’t fathom why it is so popular and, therefore, reprinted many times, since it is a dull and self-centered, shallow story, with mostly musings of a solitary narcissism. As “mkcarp2011” so accurately wrote, the story evolves around Elizabeth’s belly-button. Very revealing, the sequel to this book is “The Solitary Summer”… Her disdain for other women and her egocentrism are unbearable, disgusting. She mentions her children en passant, who, it seems, were left with her husband—that right there was enough to discredit her in my view. (Incidentally, the author’s name was actually not Elizabeth, but Mary; after the publishing of her first book, she changed it to Elizabeth.) I read also by her “The Caravaners” and was disappointed because one of her main characters was a communist. She seemed to have had a certain disdain for respectable people, who did not profess socialism, that being reflected in her writings.

mkcarp2011 Apr 14, 2012

Author's interest in flower gardening obvious, but tedious to an average American gardener. "Elizabeth" revealed as a very privileged, pampered, self-absorbed woman, with very limited scope of interest-mostly herself. Story line does not even open up to enlighten one regarding the era and setting. Not really a story, just a diary of the shallow character.

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