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The Blue Flower - Penelope Fitzgerald
The Blue Flower
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In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends. This brilliant young man,... show more
In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends. This brilliant young man, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it be? A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the United States, The Blue Flower was one of eleven books- and the only paperback- chosen as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review. The 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner in Fiction.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780395859971 (0395859972)
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 226
Edition language: English
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Carmilla Reads
Carmilla Reads rated it
3.5 Delicate description and confusing romance
Based on real events this is a romantic tale of an 18 year old poet's obsession with a 12 year old girl who is described as neither physically attractive or unusually intelligent. Like Fritz's short story "The Blue Flower" which neither he nor other readers seem to understand, it is equally difficul...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
Jacob Dietmahler was not such a fool that he could not see that they had arrived at his friend's home on the washday.
altheaann
altheaann rated it
I picked up this book because it had a pretty cover. I noticed it had a blurb on the front from A.S. Byatt, whom I rather like, and it also noted that the author, Fitzgerald, was a winner of the prestigious Booker Prize. So I looked at the back cover, and saw that it was a historical novel about the...
Unabridged Chick
Unabridged Chick rated it
I don't consider myself an unsophisticated reader; I enjoy literary fiction and I like non-traditional stories. But it seems I'm the only person who disliked this book.The writing was fine, but the story and characters were bland and boring. I appreciate that a historical novel has to stick to his...
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