Friday, June 10, 2016

Book beginnings: Elizabeth and Her German Garden

The first words of "Elizabeth and Her German Garden" by Elizabeth von Arnim
"May 7. I love my garden. I am writing in it now in the late afternoon loveliness, much interrupted by the mosquitoes and the temptation to look at all the glories of the new green leaves washed half an hour ago in a cold shower."
This was published in 1898 anonymously and von Arnim went on to write novels that are still loved to this day. Elizabeth von Arnim is on my list of novelists I want to read. This book explores how she found escape from domestic duties by creating a garden in her husband's family property which had been abandoned for 25 years.
The edition I bought has the above cover and is a Virago Modern Classic, 1985.
I am linking with Rose City Reader

16 comments:

Pondside said...

I have this book and read bits and pieces of it each year. I kept it by my bed one year when I didn't garden, just for lines like the one you've quoted.

shortybear said...

good review

Marcie said...

That looks wonderful. I have never hear of this author, but this sounds like a book I would love. Thank you for posting about it!

Daisy Jones said...

sounds like just the thing I would think sitting in my garden with a coffee in hand, contemplating the day ahead! Classic writing never dates...looks like a wonderful read?
best x

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I shall put you on my blog roll as I came over and really enjoyed your post today. I love Elizabeth and her German Garden. It is a book I often pick up and dip into if I have have run out of reading matter.
Lovely to meet you.

Sherrie said...

Hi,
Haven't read this one, but will be watching
for it. Have a great day!

Sam I Am...... said...

I've never heard of her but her writing sounds like something I would enjoy.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Sounds like a nice read. I'll do anything to escape domestic duties. :) Have a good week.

Nancy Chan said...

Sounds like a book I would love to read. Thanks for sharing. Have a great new week ahead!

Stella Jones said...

I haven't read this one either. Thank you for the recommendation. I too love my garden so this book appeals to me.

Mel u said...

This is a completely new to me writer. Thanks for the post.

Jennifer said...

I can't believe you've recently discovered Elizabeth Von Arnim!!

I'm meaning to do a blog post about discovering her books one day soon. What a coincidence! When I read Elizabeth and Her German Garden for the first time a year or so ago, I felt that I had found a friend and a kindred spirit from the past. She wrote a follow up to it, The Solitary Summer, and several other books. They ate in the public domain so can be read for free at Guttenberg or similar sites.

Enjoy!!!! You're going to love this author!

Jane the Booklady said...

I have read this book - a while ago. I really enjoyed it but I think my favourite by her is " Enchanted April"- xx

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I've heard of this book---it's on my radar to read if I ever run across it!

Md Arman said...

Wow....

Rebecca said...

I finished her The Enchanted April a few weeks ago. I smiled my way through it. So much humor, great characters and descriptive passages...