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The Enchanted April (1922)

av Elizabeth von Arnim

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A discreet advertisement in 'The Times', addressed to 'Those who Apppreciate Wisteria and Sunshine...' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each quietly craving a respite. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for but never known. First published in 1922 and reminscient of 'Elizabeth and her German Garden', this delightful novel is imbued with the descriptive power and light-hearted irreverence for which Elizabeth von Arnin is renowned.… (mer)
Senast inlagd avtoddschmid, morniesims, circuskind, privat bibliotek, wallymeadows, Tjbros, Jen_Willis, adrianburke
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Not often these days I bash out a five star award but this one was a total surprise. I only borrowed the book from the library because I came across it on Amazon as a film. On the face of it - not my kind of novel. But the prose flows - you cannot fault its light touch and it is as fresh as when it was written. It is a kind of Ur-Shirley Valentine and men come out of it very badly. Von Arnim's attitude seems to question men's utility. She seems to admire people who can stand on their own two feet and not be needy. And yet she deals with all the characters (except perhaps Mr Briggs) with such care and attention and love. And love is really what the book is all about and its transformative power. But it is not mushy. One part reminded me of Larkin's "Broadcast" where Mrs Fisher is seen to need to be wanted or cared for by one person out of all the people in the world. Bought Liz a copy. ( )
  adrianburke | Feb 17, 2021 |
Charming and amusing, a little meandering, quite humorous. ( )
  JuliaMay | Dec 10, 2020 |
Four Englishwomen, strangers to each other, rent a villa for a month near Portofino for a vacation at an Italian castle.

Loved the characters and their journeys during the course of the book. Not only did they journey from England to Italy, but their personal vistas opened up, allowing them to find true happiness, without any actual changes occurring. Two still had the same husbands, but a much happier marriage, the older lady was still alone, but had a more open viewpoint that allowed new friends in, the young woman found some gratitude inside herself, allowing her to see others in a new light.

It was delightful, the conversations were fun, it was such a relief to have characters that didn't swear a blue streak or talk about sex constantly!
  Gmomaj | Nov 18, 2020 |
fiction, 1922, Italy, women, marriage, vacation, taking a cure, husbands ( )
  margaretmontet | Sep 29, 2020 |
silly and charming, just as it should be ( )
  chloec | Jul 7, 2020 |
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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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It was just possible that she ought to go straight into the category Hysteria, which was often only the antechamber to Lunacy, but Mrs. Arbuthnot had learned not to hurry people into their final categories, having on more than one occasion discovered with dismay that she had made a mistake; and how difficult it had been to get them out again, and how crushed she had been with the most terrible remorse.
After those early painful attempts to hold him up to the point from which they had hand in hand so splendidly started, attempts in which she herself had got terribly hurt and the Frederick she supposed she had married was mangled out of recognition, she hung him up finally by her bedside as the chief subject of her prayers, and left him, except for those, entirely to God.
Wonderful that at home she should have been so good, so terribly good, and merely felt tormented. Twinges of every sort had there been her portion; aches, hurts, discouragements, and she the whole time being steadily unselfish.
She did not consciously think this, for she was having a violent reaction against beautiful clothes and the slavery they impose on one, her experience being that the instant one had got them they took one in hand and gave one no peace till they had been everywhere and been seen by everybody. You didn't take your clothes to parties; they took you. It was quite a mistake to think that a woman, a really well-dressed woman, wore out her clothes; it was the clothes that wore out the woman - dragging her about at all hours of the day and night.
Worse than jokes in the morning did she hate the idea of husbands. And everybody was always trying to press them on her - all her relations, all her friends, all the evening papers. After all, she could only marry one, anyhow; but you would think from the way everybody talked, and especially those persons who wanted to be husbands, that she could marry at least a dozen.
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A discreet advertisement in 'The Times', addressed to 'Those who Apppreciate Wisteria and Sunshine...' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each quietly craving a respite. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for but never known. First published in 1922 and reminscient of 'Elizabeth and her German Garden', this delightful novel is imbued with the descriptive power and light-hearted irreverence for which Elizabeth von Arnin is renowned.

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