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by Elizabeth von Arnim

Category: Short Stories and Anthologies
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Elizabeth von Arnim
ISBN: 1604441402
ISBN13: 978-1604441406
Language: English
Publisher: IndoEuropeanPublishing.com (February 12, 2012)
Pages: 186
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It began in a Woman's Club in London on a February table club, and a miserable afternoon-when Mrs. Wilkins, whohad come down from Hampstead to shop and had lunched at her club, tookup The Times from the table in the smoking-room, and running herlistless eye down the Agony Column saw this: To Those Who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine. Necessary servants remain. Z, Box 1000, The Times.

Elizabeth von Amim wants to transport her readers to another world and time where sunshine and flowers work their magic on the troubled soul. 5 people found this helpful.

Elizabeth von Arnim (31 August 1866 – 9 February 1941), born Mary Annette Beauchamp, was an Australian-born British novelist. By marriage she became Countess von Arnim-Schlagenthin, and after her second marriage she was styled as Elizabeth Russell, Countess Russell

288 quotes from Elizabeth von Arnim: 'What a blessing it is to love books. 'But it is impossible, I find, to tidy books without ending by sitting on the floor in the middle of a great untidiness and reading.

288 quotes from Elizabeth von Arnim: 'What a blessing it is to love books. and 'Beauty made you love, and love made you beautiful. What a blessing it is to love books. Elizabeth von Arnim, The Solitary Summer. tags: book-lovers, reading. But it is impossible, I find, to tidy books without ending by sitting on the floor in the middle of a great untidiness and reading. Elizabeth von Arnim, In the Mountains. Beauty made you love, and love made you beautiful. Elizabeth von Arnim, The Enchanted April.

LibriVox recording of The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. Read by Diana Kiesners. It’s a dreary February in post-World War I London when Mrs. Wilkins spots an advertisement in The Times for a small Italian castle for rent in April

LibriVox recording of The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. Wilkins spots an advertisement in The Times for a small Italian castle for rent in April. She sees another member of her women’s club, Mrs. Arbuthnot, reading the same advertisement and manages to convince her that the two of them should rent it. Both are miserable and lonely in their marriages.

The Enchanted April, written in 1922, is Elizabeth von Armin's most charming novel in every sense: it casts a. .Von Arnim has an eye for small human failings, the little acts of pettiness and selfishness in which most people indulge

The Enchanted April, written in 1922, is Elizabeth von Armin's most charming novel in every sense: it casts a spell. In narrative terms, it's fairly slight: a sun-washed fairytale, delicious in its contrivance. But it's also a paean to the transformative power of travel. Von Arnim has an eye for small human failings, the little acts of pettiness and selfishness in which most people indulge. She is perceptive about the way people misread one another's good (and not so good) intentions, and the early chapters read like a comedy of miscommunication.

It began in a Woman's Club in London on a February afternoon an uncomfortable club, and a miserable afternoon when Mrs. Wilkins, who had come down from Hampstead to shop and had lunched at her club, took up The Times from the table in the smoking room, and running her listless eye down the Agony Column saw this: To Those Who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine.

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The Enchanted April is a 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. It was made into an RKO Radio movie in 1935, and a second adaptation, directed by Mike Newell, was released in 1992. The 1992 release received several Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. A Tony Award-nominated stage play by Matthew Barber, also adapted from the novel, was presented on Broadway in 2003. Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environs to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins, who belong to the same ladies' club but have never spoken, become acquainted after reading an advertisement for villas for rent in a newspaper. They find some common ground in that both are struggling to make the best of unhappy marriages. Having decided to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning, but aloof, Lady Caroline Dester. The four women come together at the castle and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love. The movie based on The Enchanted April was shot on location at Castello Brown in Portofino Italy. The same castle where the author of the book stayed in the 1920s.
Comments to eBook The Enchanted April
RuTGamer
This is one of the most amazing and wonderful books we've ever read (allow me to say that we have 9 bookcases in our home ... all packed to overflowing!). My husband and I both enjoy writing and we also enjoy reading a good book together. This one has the most incredibly developed characters that it kept us enthralled waiting for the next unexpected twist in the story. Definitely one of the finest books we've ever read. We strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book. We have now purchased 4 more of her books and are eager to delve into each one.

This story was written about the same time as the setting for "Downton Abbey", so if you enjoy that time period, you will definitely enjoy this book. Any book beginning with the promise of wisteria and sunshine is bound to be delightful.

As one reviewer pointed out, there are indeed some typos, however, they are not so horrific that it destroys the story. If you are at all literate, and are following the story, you immediately understand what was meant. It wasn't a big deal for us.
Twentyfirstfinger
“It was, that year, a particularly wonderful spring, and of all the months at San Salvatore April, if the weather was fine, was best. May scorched and withered; March was restless, and could be hard and cold in its brightness; but April came along softly like a blessing, and if it were a fine April it was so beautiful that it was impossible not to feel different, not to feel stirred and touched.”

One of my aunts recently introduced me to fruit infused water. In the scorching Texas heat, which has already begun its brutal descent, cucumber lemon water has been extremely refreshing and invigorating–a definite heat repellant. That’s exactly how I would describe the taste and effect of this book on me after my previous reading choices.

Four British women, all strangers and unique to each other, let a castle high up on the Italian Riviera in April to escape the dismal London weather. Although initially all seem to be evading the weather and personal living situations, the magical effects of their surroundings in Italy produce profound effects on each of them. At once introspective, each begins to realize what they yearn for most, and go about setting things to rights.

While the theme reminded me of several of E.M. Forster’s novels, I loved the unique female perspective of each character. At turns hilarious and romantic, I enjoyed every aspect of it so much so that I color coded each character with sticky note flags so I could easily find passages when a good laugh is needed. I was smitten by all of the women, and found bits of myself in each of them. Von Armin’s poetic descriptions of gardens and the lush landscapes also enriched the novel; I felt like I was there. What an affordable and ideal way to travel!
Malodora
The Enchanted April will not be everyone's cup of tea..........what book is? However for me it was the book I needed to be reading during a very stressful and sad time in my life. It didn't require any concentration.....there was no violence or drama.......there was no heart wrenching grief or hair pulling frustration. It is a book that is soothing and light, refreshing and well written.
The Enchanted April transports the reader along with four other women to a medieval castle in Portofino, in Italy. The women all undergo a transformation of one kind or another, but in such an entirely realistic and believable way you become one of the guests at the castle as well.
The story is slow. It is meant to be. Elizabeth von Amim wants to transport her readers to another world and time where sunshine and flowers work their magic on the troubled soul.
Opilar
Elizabeth van Arnim is an underappreciated treasure. She wrote 100 years ago but I'm always surprised at the modernity of her point of view. I guess people really are the same underneath, a truth known to Jane Austen in 1800 and Elizabeth in 1898. She lived a privileged and amazing life (married to a Prussian count and then an English earl, sister-in-law to Bertram Russell, mistress to H.G. Wells, etc.) and yet I feel I know her as a beloved friend from her books -- they are so frank and ring so true today. The trouble with husbands, the pull of children, the heavenliness of a day alone in the garden. I adore this book's delightful tale of crusty British ladies thawing rapidly in the Italian spring, but I love even more her autobiographical works, such as Elizabeth and her German Garden (a must for gardeners) and The Solitary Summer. She also wrote a wonderful book about every one of her many dogs (hard to get).
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