Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Von Arnim, Elizabeth

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5.
Elizabeth and Her German Garden
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 ...

Publisher: London : Virago Press, [2000], c1985
ISBN: 0860684237
Branch Call Number: FICTION VONARNIM 2000
Characteristics: xii, 207 p. ;,20 cm


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The progress of seasons is documented in diary form of the protagonist, Elizabeth, throughout the year. The changes in the garden reflecting the changes in relationship.

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May 29, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 14, 2012
  • mkcarp2011 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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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