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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Count von Arnim died in 1910, and in 1916 Elizabeth married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, Bertrand Russell's elder brother. 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. This is Elizabeth von Arnim's first book and I could tell because I've read other books by her and enjoyed them much more than this one. I found the book fascinating despite not being a particularly knowledgeable gardener, and I enjoyed the depictions of that distant world.

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. Elizabeth is dismissive of her children, rude to her houseguests, and she fires the governess after overhearing her airing liberal views. This extraordinarily tedious book does not have any plot or amusing incident, substituting instead lists of flowering varietals interspersed with snobbery. As time goes on, the focus moves from the garden itself to visitors, entertaining them, their reactions to aspects of Elizabeth's family life. Second, the descriptions of all the flowers and the garden were longish and slightly boring since I'm not into gardening, at all (I unfortunately kill everything!

It is nice being the only person who ever goes there or shows it to anybody, but if more people went, perhaps the mosquitoes would be less lean, and hungry, and pleased to see us. The book has so many marvelous quotes that I would have made countless notes in the margins if I hadn't been reading a library book.

That's what intrigued me, and if I can find a biography of Von Arnim that untangles truth from fiction, I'll definitely read it. Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published "By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden".I know you have to view this through eyes of the time but I found her views of people from a class she saw as below her awful. From what I remember von Arnim did not actually have the garden she describes in this delightful book — it is written in the form of a diary with the first entry being May 7 (springtime and how much she looks forward to the blossoming of flora) and the last entry being April 18 almost a year later. However, I do get the sense that, being privileged, being sheltered, and being solitary, besides, she wasn't always aware of how she sounded. Married early to the German Count, Henning von Arnim, she became Elizabeth as she escaped to her German garden and found beauty amidst an oppressive existence. Initially I didn't realise this was a satire, so the thoughtless cruelty to the baby owls horrified me.

Soon after marriage, she came to live at her husband’s family estate in Nassenheide, Pomerania, now in Poland. It sounded like the dark ages as ‘Reading is an occupation for men, for women it is a reprehensible waste of time. I found it less charming than I expected and Elizabeth less agreeable than I had expected her to be. 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). Es posible que una corta novela como Elizabeth y su jardín alemán sea capaz de llegar tan hondo al alma femenina.

Frankly, Elizabeth really would rather everyone just left her alone so she could focus on her garden .

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