Sposata da cinque anni con il conte von Arnim, ben più anziano di lei e prussiano fino al midollo, Elizabeth abbandona la caotica Berlino per Nassenheide, enorme tenuta in Pomerania. Si innamora della pace, dell’isolamento del luogo: il tetro convento seicentesco viene ripristinato, come pure il vasto e derelitto giardino che lo circonda.
Il libro, pubblicato anonimo nel 1898 (e con grande successo, tanto che le opere successive verranno firmate con la dicitura «l’autrice del Giardino di Elizabeth»), nasce in questa oasi, ed è profondamente legato alla vicenda biografica della giovane inglese trapiantata in Germania.
Nel giardino (lo ammirerà estasiato E.M. Forster, insegnante privato a Nassenheide nel 1904) Elizabeth legge, sogna, prepara la sua carriera di scrittrice. Nella cura delle piante e dei fiori, nella maternità, nel trascorrere delle stagioni, nella fuga dalla distruttività dei rapporti sociali, Elizabeth sente autentica la determinazione a essere qualcosa di più di una buona moglie tedesca. La natura, come l’uomo, dev’essere libera. E, sotto le mentite e raffinate spoglie di un inno alla intensa bellezza della vegetazione, una donna più avanti del suo tempo ci parla di un modo estremamente moderno di vivere il conflitto tra libertà e oppressione.
- ISBN: 8833973212
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 149
3.5 stars “… 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 de Leggi tutto
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 nort Leggi tutto
This is the fourth book I have read by Elizabeth von Arnim. This is the first book she wrote in her literary career (1898) and it was quite the literary hit, going quickly into multiple printings and being published in different languages. She was 32 at the time, 7 years into her marriage to a rich, Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
Totally loved Elizabeth and her snarky, honest self. She wants to be left alone to enjoy her garden and her books. I can completely identify.
Has there ever been an author/protagonist that you loved...but that you weren't sure others would love...so that you felt compelled to defend her...before 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 g Leggi tutto
Elizabeth and Her German Garden is a memoir by Elizabeth von Arnim (a.k.a. Marie Annette Beauchamp) who wrote the charming book I earlier read, titled The Enchanting April . I was eager to read about her German garden and was disappointed that I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Undoubtedly, E Leggi tutto
This is classified as a piece of semi-autobiographical literature and a classic. It was published in 1898, when Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941) was still married to her first husband Henning August von Arnim-Schlagenthin, a Prussian aristocrat. Married in 1891 she became known as Elizabeth von Arnim Leggi tutto
0,4 estrellas A favoritos! Es posible que una corta novela como Elizabeth y su jardín alemán sea capaz de llegar tan hondo al alma femenina. Una historia llena de sentimiento e introspección. Absolutamente reflexiva, no sin cierto aire irónico. Elizabeth es feliz con sus pequeñas hijas e incomprendida Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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