Elizabeth and Her German Garden

The best Books Elizabeth and Her German Garden published Elizabeth and Her German Garden a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim was popular and frequently reprinted during the early years of the th centur

The best Books Elizabeth and Her German Garden published Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, was popular and frequently reprinted during the early years of the 20th century Elizabeth and Her German Garden is a year s diary written by Elizabeth about her experiences learning gardening and interacting with her friends It includes commentary on the beauty of nature and on society, but is primarily Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, was popular and frequently reprinted during the early years of the 20th century Elizabeth and Her German Garden is a year s diary written by Elizabeth about her experiences learning gardening and interacting with her friends It includes commentary on the beauty of nature and on society, but is primarily humorous due to Elizabeth s frequent mistakes and her idiosyncratic outlook on life The story is full of sweet, endearing moments Elizabeth was an avid reader and has interesting comments on where certain authors are best read she tells charming stories of her children and has a sometimes sharp sense of humor in regards to the people who will come and disrupt her solitary lifestyle.. Good Books Elizabeth and Her German Garden Elizabeth and her German Garden is a semi-autobiographical book written in 1898 by Elizabeth von Arnim (author of The Enchanted April) about her life and garden in the area of Nassenheide, Pomerania, where the family had their estate (her husband was minor nobility).Pomerania is an area in the northeast part of Germany and northwest part of Poland, on the south shores of the Baltic Sea. Random interesting trivia: it's also the home of Malbork Castle, the largest castle in the world:This book is written in a loose diary form and doesn't have any plot to speak of; it's more like hanging out for a year with Elizabeth and her young family: a husband, called Man of Wrath for reasons not really readily apparent from the text, and three young daughters, ages 3-5, nicknamed the April, May and June babies. Visitors--some pleasant, some vastly irritating--come and go, or sometimes come and stay, even when Elizabeth would rather they just left. Frankly, Elizabeth really would rather everyone just left her alone so she could focus on her garden . . . not that Elizabeth really knows all that much about gardening, but she is determined to learn, and she loves being surrounded by flowers.I appreciated Elizabeth's passion for nature. If you're a gardening lover, you'll probably love this. In this book you will be frequently confronted with paragraphs like this one:I wish the years would pass quickly that will bring my garden to perfection! The Persian Yellows have gone into their new quarters, and their place is occupied by the tearose Safrano; all the rose beds hare carpeted with pansies sown in July and transplanted in October, each bed having a separate colour. The purple ones are the most charming and go well with every rose, but I have white ones with Laurette Messimy, and yellow ones with Safrano, and a new red sort in the big centre bed of red roses. . . . If this sort of language brings a thrill to your heart, you really need to read this book. Personally I sort of tolerated this kind of botanical rhapsodizing because (a) the book is so short (not much over 100 pages on my Kindle), and (b) Elizabeth pretty much gives equal time to talking--and sometimes snarking--about her family, visitors, and life in general, and she can be extremely funny.These despicable but irritating [mosquitoes] don't seem to have anything to do but to sit in multitudes on the sand, waiting for any prey Providence may send them; and as soon as the carriage appears they rise up in a cloud, and rush to meet us, almost dragging us out bodily, and never leave us until we drive away again. The sudden view of the sea from the messy, pine-covered height directly above it where we picnic; the wonderful stretch of lonely shore with the forest to the water's edge; the coloured sails in the blue distance; the freshness, the brightness, the vastness—all is lost upon the picnickers, and made worse than indifferent to them, by the perpetual necessity they are under of fighting these horrid creatures. 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. It has, however, the advantage of being a suitable place to which to take refractory visitors when they have stayed too long, or left my books out in the garden all night, or otherwise made their presence a burden too grievous to be borne; then one fine hot morning when they are all looking limp, I suddenly propose a picnic on the Baltic. I have never known this proposal fail to be greeted with exclamations of surprise and delight. "The Baltic! You never told us you were within driving distance? How heavenly to get a breath of sea air on a day like this! The very thought puts new life into one! And how delightful to see the Baltic! Oh, please take us!" And then I take them.Elizabeth von Arnim liberally sprinkles her stories with German words and phrases that she doesn't bother translating, so I got to play German translator for our group read. Like Lady Catherine de Bourgh, I love to be of use. :) My German translations are in the comment thread to this review, for anyone who might find them helpful, along with our buddy read discussions. ETA: I've also copied these translations at the end of this review, per Hana's suggestion.Elizabeth's husband pops into the story from time to time. Occasionally he goes off into pompous lectures about the frailties and shortcomings of women. He seems to be doing it with tongue in cheek, just to tease his wife or bait the women listening to him, but I did find myself wondering just how much he really meant it, and these parts were irritating to read. So minus a star for those sections and for the parts when the gardening trivialities and minutiae made my eyes glaze over. But overall this is an enjoyable short novel about an unusual, intelligent, literate woman and her dislikes and passions, and a charming glimpse into a time long ago and far away."I don't love things that will only bear the garden for three or four months in the year and require coaxing and petting for the rest of it. Give me a garden full of strong, healthy creatures, able to stand roughness and cold without dismally giving in and dying. I never could see that delicacy of constitution is pretty, either in plants or women." 3 1/2 stars. September 2014 buddy read with Jeannette, Hana and Carolien.German translations (with apologies for any errors):sebr (typo in Gutenberg edition; should be "sehr") anspruchlos = very undemandingNoch ein dummes Frauenzimmer! = Another stupid female! ("Frauenzimmer" literally means "women's room;" it's an archaic, rather derogatory expression for a woman)unangenehme = unpleasantDie war doch immer verdreht = She was always nutty/crazyGasthof = an innBackfisch = an immature, adolescent girl (literally "baked fish")Unsinn = nonsenseFetzt (typo, should be "Jetzt") halte ich dich aber fest = Now I'm holding you, but tight! or (more loosely) Now I've got you but good!das Praktische = the practicalWarte nur, wenn ich dich erst habe! = Just wait until I get hold of you!Frisur = hairdoDiesmal wirst du mir aber nicht entschlupfen! = This time you won't escape me!Kreuzzeitung = The Neue Preußische Zeitung ("New Prussian Newspaper"), a German newspaper printed in Berlin from 1848–1939. It was known as the Kreuzzeitung ("Cross Newspaper") because its emblem was an Iron Cross (per Wikipedia).Trost in Trauer = consolation in griefAuge um Auge, Zahn um Zahn = eye for an eye, tooth for a toothHebe dich weg von mir, Sohn des Satans! = Get thee away from me, son of Satan! (this is a loose translation because literally "hebe dich" means "lift yourself")wenn du schreist, kneife ich dich bis du platzt = if you yell/cry, I'll pinch you until you burstWill Satan mich verschlingen, so lass die Engel singen Hallelujah! = Satan wants to devour me, so let the angels sing Hallelujah!Spickgans = smoked breast of goose (a northern German dish)entzückend, reizend, herrlich, wundervoll and süss = adorable, delightful, splendid, wonderful and sweet (I added the umlauts; the Gutenberg copy is missing them.)Geburtstagkind = birthday childSchlass (typo, should be Schloss) = manor house or mansion (in other contexts it means "castle," but I don't think that's what was intended here)alter Esel = old ass (as in donkey)
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  1. Elizabeth, Countess Russell, was a British novelist and, through marriage, a member of the German nobility, known as Mary Annette Gr fin von Arnim.Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia, she was raised in England and in 1891 married Count Henning August von Arnim, a Prussian aristocrat, and the great great great grandson of King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia She had met von Arnim during an Italian tour with her father They married in London but lived in Berlin and eventually moved to the countryside where, in Nassenheide, Pomerania, the von Arnims had their family estate The couple had five children, four daughters and a son The children s tutors at Nassenheide included E M Forster and Hugh Walpole.In 1898 she started her literary career by publishing Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a semi autobiographical novel about a rural idyll published anonymously and, as it turned out to be highly successful, reprinted 21 times within the first year Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden.Count von Arnim died in 1910, and in 1916 Elizabeth married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, Bertrand Russell s elder brother The marriage ended in disaster, with Elizabeth escaping to the United States and the couple finally agreeing, in 1919, to get a divorce She also had an affair with H G Wells.She was a cousin of Katherine Mansfield whose real name was Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp.Elizabeth von Arnim spent her old age in London, Switzerland, and on the French Riviera When World War II broke out she permanently took up residence in the United States, where she died in 1941, aged 74.

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  1. Elizabeth and her German Garden is a semi autobiographical book written in 1898 by Elizabeth von Arnim author of The Enchanted April about her life and garden in the area of Nassenheide, Pomerania, where the family had their estate her husband was minor nobility.Pomerania is an area in the northeast part of Germany and northwest part of Poland, on the south shores of the Baltic Sea Random interesting trivia it s also the home of Malbork Castle, the largest castle in the world This book is writte [...]


  2. Fictional autobiography would be the proper way to describe this book Elizabeth is snarky and opinionated but in such an adorable way that you can t help but like her All she wants to do is take care of her large garden and her three young children, and be left alone She tolerates her husband and refers to him as the Man of Wrath He talks the talk but Elizabeth doesn t let him walk the walk Her oldest baby girl is five, born in April and is appropriately called The April Baby The four year old w [...]



  3. Has there ever been an author protagonist that you lovedbut that you weren t sure others would love that you felt compelled to defend her anyone else had even said anything For me, this is one of those books I adore Elizabeth, both the author and the protagonist However, I do get the sense that, being privileged, being sheltered, and being solitary, besides, she wasn t always aware of how she sounded It s not me judging her, mind you It s those awful peopleat I made up.I, myself, couldn t have e [...]


  4. A lovely novel about an English noblewoman who lives in a house in Germany with a beautiful garden Elizabeth dislikes her husband who she calls the Man of Wrath and she keeps a wicked and humorous commentary in her diary entries She prefers to spend as much of her day as possible outdoors in the garden, even on the coldest days of winter, and gets labeled as eccentric by her neighbors.The book has so many marvelous quotes that I would have made countless notes in the margins if I hadn t been rea [...]


  5. Elizabeth is the young wife of a minor Prussian nobleman whose estate in Northern Germany near the Baltic is the setting for the garden she is planning Elizabeth is at her best and happiest in spring and summer, nominally overseeing the renovation of the her husband s house, but in truth, reveling in long indolent days in the utter solitude of her garden reading, dreaming, delighting in each new glory of the unfolding spring She fills the house with lilacs and rejoices in fields of daisies and d [...]


  6. This is a book to disappear into and I did Where Virginia Woolf said that women need a room of their own, von Arnim makes a strong case for a garden as that most necessary of settings As Voltaire before her said that happiness lies in the cultivation of a garden as Cicero said that if you have a garden and a library you have everything you need as the garden was where Jane Austen went and refreshed herself and as gardens frequently featured in both her novels and her letters, Elizabeth von Arnim [...]



  7. Where I got the book purchased on Kindle I do sincerely trust that the benediction that is always awaiting me in my garden may by degrees be deserved, and that I may grow in grace, and patience, and cheerfulness, just like the happy flowers I so much love This little gem of a book, the first novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim I had read, both delighted and intrigued me It is about a woman called Elizabeth who has moved, with her husband and children, to their country estate in a remote part of German [...]


  8. This story is available for free at mathrnell hatcher It began with the statement May 7th I love my gardenWell, so do I The story was first published in 1898 but the years soon melted away Her memoir was loaded with those funny long sentences containing plenty of commas, semi colons and dashes that were in fashion back then It covered one year in the life of Elizabeth von Arnim The moral to this story Truth is often stranger than fiction.Elizabeth married a widower twice her age and referred to [...]


  9. I am on a mission to clear out my TBR list, which has five years worth of reads This was one of the 2013 books Turns out it s about a woman who loves her garden I love my garden too but I can t fill a book with it It did have some extremely quotable lines, but it s not what you call a gripping story Still, very glad I finally read it, and that 2013 is one book lighter Onward


  10. Described as a novel, Elizabeth and her German Garden has the feel of a memoir Written in the form of a diary, it was Elizabeth von Arnim s first novel, originally published anonymously It is immediately very personal as it recounts the first couple of blissful months that the Elizabeth of the title spends alone supervising the redecorating work at her German home.Here in the garden of her home, Elizabeth is able to escape the traditional routine of German wife and mother Her simple joy in her g [...]


  11. Although this novel is not strictly memoir, both the intimate voice and the known facts of the author s life make it read as if it were It s a strange and whimsical little book in some ways, and I think it needs to be read in the right mood ideally, when solitary and even better, when drunk with the beauty of the countryside in spring There are no chapters, and there is no real plot although it roughly chronicles a gardening year at a large country estate in northern Germany at the end of the 19 [...]


  12. 3.5 starsA late 19th century small book set in Germany Billed as a novel, it reads only as a memoir I found no story arc to speak of Instead, these are pleasant and sometimes insightful ponderings and sketches featuring the protagonist s love of countryside and garden, solitude and study Her genteel snark is amusing, her frustration with common culture and social expectations is relatable, and her feminist flavored perspectives are interesting from the rear view mirror of than a century.


  13. 2.5 I ve only read a couple books now about gardeners, and it s been a revelation I thought they would be gentle souls, overflowing with the peaceful and patient influence of nature well overflowing alright With vitriol toward mankind if Elizabeth and Beverly Nichols are the norm, anyway I don t know if I liked or disliked her but I enjoyed her naked honesty this must have been refreshing at the time this book was published She s shallow and speaks with the prejudice of privilege, and yet I can [...]


  14. Oh, Elizabeth Words cannot express the solidarity I feel with you I need to get my own copy of this Because this is a book I want to always have nearby, so I can read over its lovely passages, nodding my head because she understood Or read over so I can laugh, because there are so many parts of this book so humorously told one can t help but at least snicker a little I wish I could write about this wonderful book but I ve spent the afternoon being social and am so beaten down I m having trouble [...]


  15. I loved all the gardening parts in this story The human interest parts, and Elizabeth s rather dysfunctional marriage and friends, weren t as enjoyable, but I truly enjoyed her talks about learning how to garden and the little incidents with her children and servants I totally identified with her desire to fill her life with nothing but garden, library, tea, and loving her little daughters Perhaps she isn t eccentric after allor does that make me eccentric


  16. Se letto con superficialit , Il giardino di Elizabeth pu sembrare un romanzo disimpegnato, una rassegna botanica anche molto particolareggiata, un memoriale di piccole amarezze e piccole gioie quotidiane Ma, se affrontato in un ottica diversa, con un attenzione particolare al pensiero di una donna che cercava di ritagliarsi un proprio spazio e di cercare se stessa al di l del ruolo sociale che le era stato assegnato, possiamo guardare a questo libro come a un importante documento, peraltro estre [...]


  17. Although this book is a short novel, it is semi autobiographical I read the book for a book discussion group led by Rob, librarian extraordinaire He had some wonderful background information on Germany just before and during the time in which the book was set I had never heard of this book, but it apparently was a bestseller in the early twentieth century Rob also told us a bit about the author, who was an altogether interesting person Although I was not familiar with this book, I had heard of a [...]


  18. This was a beautifully written book that was ever so appropriate for me to read since Spring is here Elizabeth through her garden gives us a look inside not only its environs, but also a look into her life as the wife of a German Count The book s words bring the reader a sense of peace and tranquility so well as Elizabeth finds and makes us remember the beauty of nature to be found right outside our doors.Written as a diary of sorts, Mrs von Arnim, an author I must be read of, lets us step into [...]


  19. A charming memoir of young mother and wife Elizabeth Von Armin She s content with herself, her family, her books and her garden and I could relate Lots of highlight worthy quotes if only I d had my own copy and not the library s A favorite on New Year s resolutions And I find my resolutions carry me very nicely into the spring I revise them at the end of each month, and strike out the unnecessary ones By the end of April they have been so severely revised that there are none left On taking contr [...]


  20. I initially thought this author s writing would be a little too flowery for me, but not a bit of it This is the second book of hers that I ve read and I love her writing style Yes, in this one, as would be expected, it s heavily descriptive of her beautiful garden, but heavily is surely the wrong word, because there is such a lightness of touch, and all interspersed with the most witty observations of characters and people generally Elizabeth von Arnim is a real find for me, and I ll definitely [...]


  21. After enjoying Enchanted April so much I was suprised I didn t enjoy this one I found Elizabeth unkind and shallow Taking a baby owl from a nest was horrible 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.


  22. Vale, quiz s cuatro estrellas hubiesen sido suficientes, pero es que yo no califico en base a calidad literaria de las obras sino en base a cuanto las he disfrutado No soy cr tica literaria, soy lectora Elizabeth y su jard n alem n es un libro que me ha encantado y resultado tremendamente delicioso porque he sentido una empat a casi total con Elizabeth con respecto a su especial comuni n y sensibilidad para con la naturaleza Una lectura en la que la escritora ha conseguido transmitirme toda la f [...]


  23. The Diary of an Introverted Woman I read the free, Kindle classic offered via Unfortunately at the time of my review, that version was not an option on If you enjoyed The Enchanted April due to its lovely setting and reflective thoughts of the characters, then you will also enjoy Elizabeth and Her German Garden.What a wonderful story We follow the main character during her time spent, mostly alone, in her garden It s on a hill and far away from town and any social responsibilities For many days [...]


  24. Elizabeth has a privileged life and has moved from England after her marriage to her German husband She is uninterested in the expectations that she spends her many hours sewing, visiting neighbours, organising her household and supervising her servants She wants only to escape into her wilderness garden and plan its transformation She is a novice gardener but is passionate in her choice of plants, seeds and bulbs and she learns from her planting success and occasional mistakes She has a gardene [...]


  25. I had never heard of Elizabeth Von Arnim before Just when you think you re starting to get a hold of a certain period of literature, some gem like this pops up and send you reeling down some new pathway of literary wonder.This is a relatively short story, written in a diary format that centers on the reflection of a woman in relation to life, family, and often using her garden as a foil for her religious sentiments You learn a lot about the position of women in German society in the late 1800 s, [...]


  26. Originally published anonymously in 1898, Elizabeth von Armin born Mary Annette Beauchamp was the cousin of Katherine Mansfield who married a German Count and wasn t too enamoured with city life in Berlin, however once she discovered the rural home and garden her husband owned, she spent much of her time there, much to the chagrin of her husband, whom she affectionately refers to throughout the book as The Man of Wrath, and he referring to her as a woman with eccentricities This is no gardening [...]


  27. When you are leading a very urban life nowadays, spending time daily in either the subway and or in the car, and keeping an eye on the watch constantly, reading a book about white blossoms, dandelions, blue hepaticas, snow drop anemones, violets and bright celandines, silvery pink peonies and delicate lilacs, seems to me as far off as reading about Life in Mars.This is a delightful book but also naughtily mischievous.


  28. Elizabeth von Arnim s first book published in 1899 and still, perfection for today Smart, witty, she calls her husband Man of Wrath You will love this book.


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