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Elizabeth and Her German Garden (original 1898; udgave 2005)

af Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim Russell

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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. But I did it behind a bush, having a due regard for the decencies ...' Elizabeth's uniquely witty pen records each season in her beloved garden, where she escapes from the stifling routine of indoors: servants, meals, domestic routine, and the presence of her overbearing husband ...… (mere)
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Titel:Elizabeth and Her German Garden
Forfattere:Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim Russell
Info:Dodo Press (2005), Paperback, 120 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:fiction, novel

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Elizabeth and Her German Garden af Elizabeth von Arnim (1898)

Nyligt tilføjet afprivat bibliotek, LauraLLD, ejmw, Detrick, robcraufurd, crimsonraider, katie2353
Efterladte bibliotekerRose Standish Nichols, Barbara Pym, George Orwell
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A woman constrained by the limitations of the role of women, wife, mother at that time and a husband she calls ¨man of wrath¨tries to create a space for her - by creating a garden without knowing anything about gardening guided by her intuition and books. She makes observations about the appalling conditions women seasonal farm workers endured, how women were likened to children and the time women in upper classes spent at parties. It seems to me that her garden was a escape for a woman fully aware of the inequality between the gender roles, and about herself as an introvert. Lovely interactions with her three small daughters. ( )
  Acia | Mar 1, 2021 |
Delightful; exactly the sort of "comfort read" I've been craving. I longed to give it 5 stars, but didn't think the second half quite matched the first. 4.5.

Not a great deal happens. Elizabeth, a turn-of-the-century German aristrocrat's wife, is an introvert who's happiest outdoors among her flowers, books, and babies, scribbling wry observations of her household and neighbors. I smiled often and laughed out loud more than once. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but will just hit the spot for others, especially if you're looking for something light but intelligent. It is somewhat in the vein of [b: I Capture the Castle|31122|I Capture the Castle|Dodie Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1385316083s/31122.jpg|950769], but with less poverty and coming-of-age angst and fewer characters.

I did think there was something of a darker undertone, which would seem to be borne out by what I've read of von Arnim's marriage, but I wasn't especially attuned to it this time through. ( )
  LudieGrace | Aug 10, 2020 |
I had heard of this long before I read The Enchanted April last year, and I don't know why I hadn't seriously considered reading it... maybe the description didn't grab me or I had confused it with something else? I only borrowed it because I was looking and looking through the audiobooks my library had available and this was on the last page for "classics".

It is utterly, unexpectedly, delightful! There's very little plot but I loved the descriptions of Elizabeth's garden, of her experiences gardening, of her small daughters and her observations about being introverted. I was less entertained by details about an irritating guest but that's a minor quibble.

(It is presumably at least somewhat autobiographical -- the author's real name wasn't Elizabeth but she lived for some years at her German husband's country house. It couldbe very autobiographical, it could be highly fictionalised, and judging from the little I've read about her, it sounds like she would be pleased by that ambiguity.)

What a happy woman I am living in a garden, with books, babies, birds, and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them! Yet my town acquaintances look upon it as imprisonment, and I don't know what besides, and would rend the air with their shrieks if condemned to such a life. Sometimes I feel as if I were blest above all my fellows in being able to find my happiness so easily. I believe I should always be good if the sun always shone, and could enjoy myself very well in Siberia on a fine day. And what can life in town offer in the way of pleasure to equal the delight of any one of the calm evenings I have had this month sitting alone at the foot of the verandah steps, with the perfume of young larches all about, and the May moon hanging low over the beeches, and the beautiful silence made only more profound in its peace by the croaking of distant frogs and hooting of owls? ( )
  Herenya | Jun 17, 2020 |
A new and somewhat fuller edition may be obtained from the booksellers. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Joy in Nature and in a Rebellious Spirit
Review of the Vintage Classics reprint edition (2017) of the 1898 original.

Elizabeth and her German Garden is a delightful fictionalized story of Elizabeth von Arnim's life in Germany when she was living her first husband, who is portrayed as the "Man of Wrath" in the book. The book isn't just about the gardening either (although Elizabeth manages to drive off 3 gardeners during the course of the book, one of whom apparently goes insane). The 2nd half is dominated with house guests and the somewhat wily and sometimes not-so-serious debates she has with them and her husband. There is a even a picnic in the middle of winter (with the convenience of a sleigh and horses). All in all it is a fascinating portrait of a rebellious spirit in the midst of upper-class life in Europe at the end of the 19th century.

I read Elizabeth and her German Garden as part of my subscription to the inaugural "2020 Shakespeare and Company Lost Treasures" selection. ( )
  alanteder | Mar 8, 2020 |
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May 7th. -- I love my garden.
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...the dullest book takes on a certain saving grace if read out of doors, just as bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing-room, is ambrosia eaten under a tree.
I spend the day out of doors with a book, and no mortal eye has yet seen me sew or cook. But why cook when you can get someone to cook for you? And as for sewing, the maids will hem the sheets better and quicker than I could, and all forms of needlework of the fancy order are inventions of the evil one for keeping the foolish from applying their hearts to wisdom.
I knew nothing whatever last year about gardening and this year know very little more, but I have dawnings of what may be done, and have at least made one great stride - from ipomaea to tea-roses. The garden was an absolute wilderness. It is all round the house, but the principal part is on the south side and has evidently always been so. The south front is one-storied, a long series of rooms opening one into the other, and the walls are covered with virginia creeper. There is a little verandah in the middle, leading by a flight of rickety wooden steps down into what seems to have been the only spot in the whole place that was ever cared for. This is a semicircle cut into the lawn and edged with privet, and in this semicircle are eleven beds of different sizes bordered with box and arranged round a sun-dial, and the sun-dial is very venerable and moss-grown, and greatly beloved by me.
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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. But I did it behind a bush, having a due regard for the decencies ...' Elizabeth's uniquely witty pen records each season in her beloved garden, where she escapes from the stifling routine of indoors: servants, meals, domestic routine, and the presence of her overbearing husband ...

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