The Solitary Summer #2020

The Solitary Summer By Elizabeth von Arnim The Solitary Summer This delightful companion to the famous Elizabeth and Her German Garden is a witty lyrical account of a rejuvenating summer Descriptions of magnificent larkspurs and burning nasturtiums give way to t
  • Title: The Solitary Summer
  • Author: Elizabeth von Arnim
  • ISBN: 9781853815539
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Solitary Summer By Elizabeth von Arnim This delightful companion to the famous Elizabeth and Her German Garden is a witty, lyrical account of a rejuvenating summer Descriptions of magnificent larkspurs and burning nasturtiums give way to those of cooling forest walks, and of clambering up the mud bank when the miller is not in view Rainy days prompt a little philanthropy, until the sun returns the gardener toThis delightful companion to the famous Elizabeth and Her German Garden is a witty, lyrical account of a rejuvenating summer Descriptions of magnificent larkspurs and burning nasturtiums give way to those of cooling forest walks, and of clambering up the mud bank when the miller is not in view Rainy days prompt a little philanthropy, until the sun returns the gardener to the refuge of her beloved plants Yet the months are not as solitary as she d planned there s the Man of Wrath to pacify and the April, May, and June babies to amuse Here, with the pleasing astringency for which she is noted, Elizabeth von Arnim returns to the heroine and the garden she immortalized.
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    About "Elizabeth von Arnim"

    1. Elizabeth von Arnim

      Elizabeth, Countess Russell, was a British novelist and, through marriage, a member of the German nobility, known as Mary Annette Gr fin von Arnim.Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia, she was raised in England and in 1891 married Count Henning August von Arnim, a Prussian aristocrat, and the great great great grandson of King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia She had met von Arnim during an Italian tour with her father They married in London but lived in Berlin and eventually moved to the countryside where, in Nassenheide, Pomerania, the von Arnims had their family estate The couple had five children, four daughters and a son The children s tutors at Nassenheide included E M Forster and Hugh Walpole.In 1898 she started her literary career by publishing Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a semi autobiographical novel about a rural idyll published anonymously and, as it turned out to be highly successful, reprinted 21 times within the first year Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden.Count von Arnim died in 1910, and in 1916 Elizabeth married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, Bertrand Russell s elder brother The marriage ended in disaster, with Elizabeth escaping to the United States and the couple finally agreeing, in 1919, to get a divorce She also had an affair with H G Wells.She was a cousin of Katherine Mansfield whose real name was Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp.Elizabeth von Arnim spent her old age in London, Switzerland, and on the French Riviera When World War II broke out she permanently took up residence in the United States, where she died in 1941, aged 74.

    339 thoughts on “The Solitary Summer”

    1. Doesn t quite reach the heights of Elizabeth and Her German Garden, but there are so many passages that just sing so joyously, and others that might have been lifted from Austen others that are horribly dated, some terribly modern, or grasping their way towards being so.My thoughts on this book and Elizabeth and Her German Garden may be found here at Book Riot bookriot 2016 10 18 readin


    2. Its most interesting to see that a Solitary Summer in Elizabeth s World didn t mean going to live in splendid isolation in a wood somewhere it just meant not having any house guests but spending time with a husband, children, servants and neighbours I wouldn t call that very solitary myself However it is a wonderful book with beautiful descriptions of nature and gardens and reading and witty descriptions of neighbours and particularly the children There is a rather dark side to it, with some peo [...]


    3. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Opening lines May 2nd Last night after dinner, when we were in the garden, I said, I want to be alone for a whole summer, and get to the very dregs of life I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow Nobody shall be invited to stay with me, and if any one calls they will be told that I am out, or away, or sick I shall spend the months in the garden, and on the plain, and in the forests I shall watch the things that happen in m [...]


    4. There are so many lovely passages in this book This is a sequel to Elizabeth and Her German Garden, which is also a favorite of mine What a blessing it is to love books Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden How glad I am I need not hurry What a waste of life, just getting and spending Sitting by my pansy beds, with the slow clouds floating leisurely past, and all the clear day before me, I look on at [...]


    5. The Solitary Summer Elizabeth von ArnimTo the man of wrathWith some apologies and much loveOpening May 2nd Last night after dinner, when we were in the garden, I said, I want to be alone for a whole summer, and get to the very dregs of life I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow Nobody shall be invited to stay with me, and if any one calls they will be told that I am out, or away, or sick I shall spend the months in the garden, and on the plain, and in the forests I [...]


    6. Well this is definately one of my favorite books ever I kept checking to see how much was left and winced to see the right side of the book dwindling Yes it s true that this seems to be a book about nothing Well, let me set you all straight, this book is about just who exactly, deep inside, for real and goodness sake this woman was And who she was, first of all, brave, for sharing it all with us She was also very funny and had this beautiful sense of just what beauty is I loved her witty sarcasm [...]


    7. Beautiful, beautiful writing Only 3 things I regret 1 apparently this was the sequel to a previous book, which I wish I had read first, 2 the book really should be read sitting outside under a tree in the summer, not on a business trip to Albuquerque in November, and 3 there was a terribly discordant judgmental passage in the book about children born out of wedlock, but I suppose Von Arnim was a product of her time and I shouldn t be too surprised.


    8. Seguito ideale de Il giardino di Elizabeth , questo secondo capitolo risulta un po meno brioso del primo ma comunque resta godibile Quello che si mantiene alto lo stile della Von Arnim che brava a descrivere luoghi e sensazioni senza ripetersi Sembra un libro che parla del niente ma ne parla talmente bene


    9. Beautiful, charming, lyrical, poetic, and worth savoring for all its loveliness Solitary Summer is a short book about a woman s desire to spend one summer alone in her garden, inviting no one to visit, being able to enjoy her garden, her family, and herself for the whole summer Her husband, whom she calls the Man of Wrath, doubted she would be happy, thought she would be dull The book then follows her summer in diary style, describing her days during the 5 months of May through September.I perso [...]


    10. I ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.When it s cold outside, I ve got the month of May.I guess you d sayWhat can make me feel this way My girl my girl, my girl Talkin bout my girl my girl.


    11. I often like books where very little action actually takes place However, at the moment, this is not one of those times So one day I ll look into my never finished shelf and see this sitting there, and maybe pick it up I love the witty, perhaps sardonic at times, fun tone.


    12. Another book with barely any plot, it is about a woman who wants to spend a whole summer enjoying her garden by herself, apart from her children, April baby, May Baby and June Baby What a luxury, just books and a garden She does have a lovely turn of phrase, making this a book to savour.


    13. The chapters are named after months of the year Again, Mrs von Arnim takes the reader into the pages of a journal, and what a delight The first sentence reveals the thought behind the book, I want to be alone for a whole summer, and get to the very dregs of life I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow Love it This is a hot bath in the middle of a deep dark winter day sort of book.It is only extraordinary in its simple celebration of one human being s life and because [...]


    14. What a blessing it is to love books Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden And this book combines the best of both Liked it even than Elizabeth and Her German Garden Just so funny and thoughtful and peaceful.



    15. I began this book in October 2015, however had to set aside by page 34 due to problems with my eyes I coincidentally picked almost exactly a year later, when I was able to read again During my first go, I noted, Very wise many quotes could be pulled from the pages, and then followed this with two pg 4 They found it dull, I know, but that of course was their own fault how can you make a person happy against his will You can knock a great deal into him in the way of learning and what the schools c [...]


    16. Interesting piece by author of The Enchanted April the musings of a German woman who wants to spend a leisurely summer in her garden with just her books and her family This is written as a handful of journal entries over part of a year It has a lyrical beginning with some poignant descriptions of gardens and reflections on books What a blessing it is to love books Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garde [...]


    17. I should have read Elizabeth and her German Garden first, as this is a follow up to that book The book is somewhat autobiographical, about her attempt to spend a solitary summer in her garden I enjoyed a lot of the author s general observations in her unique voice Some of my favorites are below.On the pursuit of money What a waste of life, just getting and spending They are only pennies, after all unpleasant, battered copper things, without a gold piece among them, and never worth the degradatio [...]


    18. Elizabeth von Arnim had a wonderful ability to make the reader feel like she was being spoken to directly by Elizabeth She infused her stories with the concept that within a garden one could find peace and contentment while inserting a bit of the whimsical.In this story, Mrs von Armin writes of her need and want for a summer of solitude with books to read, flowers to enjoy, and children to be pampered Who does not dream of that happening She achieves for the most part her desire and while interr [...]


    19. After reading this book I feel that I would have loved to have known Elizabeth von Arnim, she seems such a kindred soul She decides to have a summer free of guests to her house Her husband, the Man of Wrath her term of endearment, rather than a description of his personality , hints that she will quickly become bored and crave human society, but as you read the book it is clear that she revels in it Elizabeth has a deep love for her garden and the surrounding natural world, which is clearly evi [...]


    20. Wow, I don t think I have ever highlighted so much in a novel before like I did in The Solitary Summer I could totally relate to the main character, who wants to spend a summer at home with her garden, books and family, with no outside guests A great read for those who love the outdoors, books and solitude Written in 1899 and clean There are so many awesome quotes in The Solitary Summer that it s hard to narrow them down to share, so I am just going to leave you with one but simplicity is appare [...]


    21. VonArnim has a witty writing style The Solitary Summer is not quite as good as The Enchanted April but a nice classic The main female character spends five months reflecting on her surroundings and the people in her life So even though she is not alone during this time she wanders from day to day alone in her thoughts wondering why things are the way they are She wants to dig in the dirt, scold the villagers, tell the visiting army to go away To me VonArmin was allowing this woman to think freel [...]


    22. If you want a plot, skip this book It is a meditation on life lived with nature on Elizabeth s estate in northern Germany She wants to spend the summer alone, without guests, absorbing the beauty of her garden, the fields and the woods, and thinking about Life How alone one can be on an estate full of servants is not much addressed beyond the gardeners learning to become invisible when she is in the garden Her husband, the Man of Wrath, and their three little daughters, the April, May and June [...]


    23. A companion to Elizabeth and Her German Garden about the protagonist s desire and attempt to spend the whole summer alone in her garden Our old favourites appear, the affectionately portrayed Man of Wrath and the barely distinguishable April, May and June babies, but some new characters appear too, such as a soldier Elizabeth does her best to avoid I found this work darker than German Garden, her description of the poverty and ignorance in the village I found slightly disturbing yet it was usefu [...]


    24. Ho letto questo libro quasi per dovere, considerandolo una specie di continuazione di Elizabeth and her German Garden , e invece mi piaciuto di pi , forse perch avevo ormai preso le misure alla giovane signora che d voce alla fievole storia, e dalla quale l autrice, con un sorriso, ma con decisione, sembra prendere le distanze Sono riuscita persino a farmi conquistare da The Man of Wrath , al quale guardavo con irritazione nella precedente lettura per non parlare delle tre deliziose bambine, che [...]


    25. The Solitary Summer is quite simply a delightful read, full of wonder and wit It reads much like a personal journal, with two entries each month from May to October The author describes her home life and garden, capturing humorous exchanges with her husband and children and musings on misc topics including books, seasons, solitude, and God I d recommend reading it in on a summer afternoon, preferably outside in a patch of sunlight.


    26. The author had her own preferences and views on what the perfect garden should be and shares them with the reader This was a wonderful story and filled with descriptive flowers and vegetation as well as the many books she loved to read in different areas of the garden As the reader travels though her world, the author shares memories, reflections and her wit shines through I found the book a very enjoyable read.


    27. First published in 1899, so can be challenging for modern reader, but how can you make a person happy against his will You can knock a great deal into him in the way of learning and what the schools call extras, but if you try for ever you will not knock any happiness into a being who has not got it in him to be happy The only result probably would be tha you knock your own out of yourself


    28. She writes in a stream of consciousness manner that is very appealing Her writing about the gardens is wonderful, compelling, and the language is close to magical Highly recommended if you like memoir with a heavy overlay of gardening I would also recommend reading her entry, for insight into her life just a little bit of reading between the lines Available for the Kindle free.


    29. Nu este deloc o carte sclipitoare, singura tenta dinamica a actiunii o ilustreaza o doamna simpatica ce gradinareste si tine teoria chibritului la nesfarsit.Am apreciat in schimb stilul scrierii, unele dialoguri, monologuri si descrieri chiar deosebite.Vad cartea ca pe un fel de exercitiu de scriere


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