Mentre la siccità minaccia l’amato giardino, Elizabeth decide di intraprendere un viaggio in compagnia della cameriera e del cocchiere, in un’isola del Baltico, Rügen. Tutto procede per il meglio: Elizabeth fa il bagno in mare, visita la sperduta Vilm, si gode le bellezze della natura evitando i luoghi frequentati dai turisti.
Ma all’improvviso spunta la cugina Charlotte, una trentenne laureata a Oxford, sposatasi giovanissima con un eminente filosofo molto più vecchio di lei, e ora accesa sostenitrice della causa femminile. La presenza di Charlotte e i caratteri diversi delle due cugine rischiano di turbare la vacanza solitaria di Elizabeth. Al settimo giorno, il colpo di scena: le due cugine si imbattono nel marito di Charlotte, il celebre quanto bizzarro professor Nieberlein, che alla passione intellettuale abbina quella per le donne. Il viaggio si trasforma presto in una serie di rocambolesche avventure che vedono la protagonista e il simpatico vegliardo alla ricerca della fuggitiva Charlotte. Una sussiegosa gentildonna inglese dai modi spocchiosi e dalle vedute ristrette e il figlio, un giovane di bell’aspetto innamorato della cultura tedesca, si uniscono al vorticoso carosello di fughe e inseguimenti.
Nato con il finto pretesto di un semplice vademecum per il turista di Rügen, il libro diventa presto un romanzo d’amore e d’avventura, sempre temperato dal buon senso e dall’ironia, con momenti di pura comicità che si inseriscono a pieno titolo nella linea del miglior humour inglese.
- ISBN: 8833932788
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 221
I am on an Elizabeth von Arnim kick. Five novels read and something like 12 to go. What got me started was ‘Vera’ and that was an incredibly good book and then I read “The Enchanted April.” After that I was hooked and off to the races with ‘The Caravaners’ and then ‘Elizabeth and Her German Garden’ Leggi tutto
This was an unexpectedly delightful feel-good read. I usually do not read these kind of books (tbh - I rarely read anything that is not Science Fiction or Fantasy), but I found it on the shelves of my late mother. And since Ruegen is a place I have very fond memories of I had to take a look. At the be Leggi tutto
This is the lady equivalent of Starship Troopers: You can read a satiric commentary, or read a lovely and addicting travel narrative of Baltic resort life 100 years ago. Words are carefully, beautifully chosen (even the descriptions of scenery are interesting), and it's worth a look just to admire t Leggi tutto
One cannot underestimate my love for Von Arnim's writing. Her fiction is good, but her autobiographical work is pure joy. In this kind of work she doesn't write about much of anything, but her spirit and intelligence shine in witty observations of daily life. Daily life it indeed was in her first tw Leggi tutto
I’ve been in a reading slump and von Arnim was just what I needed. Her quiet humor is fun to read. Since there’s essentially no plot, I can relax and enjoy her wonderful phrasing. This one was like listening to a close friend describe her recent vacation with all its funny little mishaps.
I did like this very much, but I preferred the other two.
I was wanting to read this book after recently finding out it is the third of a series that does not need to be read together because each book stands on its own but having read Elizabeth's German Garden and Solitary Summer, and enjoying Elizabeth von Arnim's journal like style. Elizabeth has such a Leggi tutto
Rugen is the largest island Germany possesses. It is 32 miles long and 25 miles wide with a population today of 77,000 people. Although it is covered with farms and hotels today, it is rich with history from the Stone Age forward, since it was an important fortress in the Baltic Sea to regulate sea
**I am not reading this in German however it is by far the best picture. The modern cover for the English version is this (WTF) ((hattip wandaful)) Available on Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33762 I shall read this on my laptop, a page at a time. Life is grand, thank you Wanda. Op Leggi tutto
In 1901, the Countess von Arnim-Schlagenthin decides to go on a walking tour of Rugen, Germany's largest island off the Pomeranian coast. None of her friends want to go with her, so she decides to go alone, in a carriage instead of walking. She has an idea of writing a travel guide of the best inns
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