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review 2017-04-21 17:05
The Enchanted April
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

Four women, strangers to one another, rent a medieval castle in Italy. Each one is fleeing from problems at home and in the midst of flowers, the sun and la dolce vita, their lives won´t ever be the same again.

 

This book is like a pandoras box full og joy and happiness and it took me completely by surprise. Suprise because I didn´t particularly like the first 90 pages.

The beginning of the book was rather slow and I have to admit that I was massivly annoyed by some of the characters, because I just couldn´t stand their entitlement. And then, all of a sudden, I became incredibly attached to the characters and the full impact of this attachment hit me in the face in the very last chapters of the book. Trust me, I´m not easily moved to tears, but at the end of this book I cried happy tears. 

And don´t get me started on the stunningly beautiful descriptions of castle and the flowers. I want to visit that place, it´s magical.

 

Book 3 of the Booklikes-opoly

Page count: 262 pages

Earned money: §3.00

New bank account: $29.00

 

 

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text 2017-04-20 17:15
Reading progress update: I've read 262 out of 262 pages.
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

Beautiful, charming, enchanting, wonderful, lovely. You want to know how I feel right now:

 

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Full review is about to come.

 

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text 2017-04-20 12:19
Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 262 pages.
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

"It was very well cooked, but Mrs. Fisher had never cared for macaroni, especially not this long, worm-shaped variety. She found it difficult to eat, - slippery, wriggling off her fork, making her look, she felt, undignified when, having got it as she supposed into her mouth, ends of it yet hung out. Always, too, when she ate it she was reminded of Mr. Fisher. He had during their married life behaved very much like macaroni. He had slipped, he had wriggled, he had made her feel undignified, and when at last she had got him safe, as she thought, there had invariably been little bits of him that still, as it were, hung out."

 

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text 2017-04-20 06:49
Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 262 pages.
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

"All the radiance of April in Italy lay gathered together at her feet. The sun poured in on her. The sea lay asleep in it, hardly stirring. Across the bay the lovely mountains, exquisitely different in colour, where asleep too in the light; and underneath her window, at the bottom of the flowerstarred grass slope from which the wall of the castle rose up, was a great cypress, cutting through the delicate blues and violets and rose-colours of the mountains and the sea like a great black sword.

[...] Her face was bathed in light. Lovely scents came up the window and caressed her. A tiny breeze gently lifted her hair. Far out in the bay a cluster of almost motionless fishing boats hovered like a flock of white birds on the tranquil sea [...]"

 

I would love to be there with her...

 

 

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review 2016-08-13 19:40
Vera
Vera - Elizabeth von Arnim

Vera is a deeply disturbing and harrowing look on a mentally abusive relationship. Reading this book made me feel sick to my stomach, because it is that kind of domestic horror that could happen to everyone if you happen to meet the wrong person. The way that von Arnim slowly unravels the disturbing depths of her main character is nothing short but brilliant. It´s not an easy read or an enjoyable one, but it is a truly great book.

 

As for being the inspiration for Daphne DuMaurier´s Rebecca: I can see some similarities, first and foremost the first wife of the main character, who has died mysteriously. But the actual stories are totally different and I have to admit, that Elizabeth von Arnim´s Vera really got to me because of its realism.

 

 

 

 

 

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