All’approssimarsi del suo cinquantesimo compleanno Fanny, che ha da tempo divorziato da Mr Skeffington e ha vissuto molte altre storie senza pensare più a lui, è sorpresa dal riaffiorare dei ricordi che la riportano alla propria giovinezza, quando era bella e ricca di fascino. Per una serie di circostanze, ma anche per volontà deliberata, ritrova gli uomini che aveva conquistato un tempo: ma tutti si sono fatti una nuova vita e non intendono rimettersi in gioco. Attraverso una serie di incontri spesso esilaranti che mettono a nudo con la consueta fine sensibilità i vari aspetti del comportamento maschile, Fanny è costretta a rendersi conto del peso che ha avuto nella sua vita una bellezza ormai svanita. Se vuole sopravvivere deve confrontarsi con una diversa percezione di sé e riorganizzare la propria esistenza. Arguta e profonda come sempre, Elizabeth von Arnim ci regala una commedia tenera e ironica sulla bellezza e il suo sfiorire, i vecchi amori e la raggiunta maturità.
- ISBN: 8833931005
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 287
Fanny Skeffington is turning fifty. She has been a great beauty; divorced from her husband, she has had many suitors. But she has just recovered from a serious illness to discover that age has caught up to her and she is not longer beautiful by any stretch. With a life based on looks, Fanny begins t Leggi tutto
I am not sure what to make of this novel. This was the 14th work of fiction I have read of Elizabeth with 7 more to go along with an autobiography of sorts (All the Dogs of My Life (autobiography, 1936). This was the last novel that she wrote, and it was published when she was 73 years old, and ~1 y Leggi tutto
Mr Skeffington was Elizabeth von Arnim’s last published novel, written when in her 70s it certainly shows a certain preoccupation with ageing – (as did her 1925 novel Love). Elizabeth von Arnim’s adorable irony is present from the first page, her voice is instantly recognisable. I quickly settled in Leggi tutto
It seems every authoress, at some point her career, has to have a go at The Beautiful, Vapid Woman. Jane Austen did it. George Eliot did it. Charlotte Bronte. Anne Bronte. Rebecca West. And so on. It's understandable, male authors idealizing youth and beauty as they do. It's only fair to present the Leggi tutto
I decided to read this after seeing the movie of the same name, starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains. The book is very different from the film, partly because it is very English, and also because, despite its title, it focuses entirely on Mrs Skeffington, an ageing beauty looking back at her succes Leggi tutto
Mr. Skeffington (1944) imdb blurb - Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge and predictable complications result. Bette Davis ... Fanny Trellis Leggi tutto
... and a great movie, starring Bette Davies!
"Mr. Skeffington" was a classic movie of Bette Davis's, so I should have known better than to read the novel it was (loosely) based on. But I did, and in a way I'm glad I did. This novel should be required reading for any woman under forty who has ever uttered the words, "I am not a feminist." "Mr. S Leggi tutto
If you like English writers and their particular brand of clever humor and wit, Elizabeth von Arnim is just great. She also wrote Enchanted April which is one of my all time favorite novels AND movie. This book is about a 50 year old woman, Fanny, sometime in the 1920s I'm guessing, who has been bles Leggi tutto
Absolutely delightful. The book started out right in the main conflict and I was a bit startled: where is this going? It developed its points and became entirely predictable- no, almost entirely so. There were still some great surprises along the way. It wrapped up as expected, and yet so well done it Leggi tutto
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