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Elizabeth And Her German Garden (Virago Modern Classics)

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Then she witnesses the treatment of women by their laboring husbands and was lectured by the Man Of Wrath on the acceptability of beating your wife. I believe I should always be good if the sun always shone, and could enjoy myself very well in Siberia on a fine day. When the narrator is not telling us about the kinds of roses in her flower-beds (Marie van Houette, Viscountess Folkestone, Laurette Messimy, Souvenir de la Malmaison, Adam and Devoniensis, Persian Yellow, Bicolor, Duke of Teck, Cheshunt Scarlet, Prefet de Limburg…it goes on for pages), she is offering up such pearls of wisdom as ‘why cook when you can get some one to cook for you? She also has a discussion with her husband about how it's okay for the local peasants to beat their wives and mothers to beat their children and staff.

Pomerania is an area in the northeast part of Germany and northwest part of Poland, on the south shores of the Baltic Sea.Elizabeth is an unusual young woman for her time and place, Germany in the final years of the 19th century. But I read in her biographical note that the novel is "semi-autobiographical" and maybe this is one way in which the author distances herself from the text. Sometimes I feel as if I were blest above all my fellows in being able to find my happiness so easily.

Not but what I like to have people staying with me for a few days, or even for a few weeks, should they be as anspruchslos as I am myself, and content with simple joys; only, any one who comes here and would be happy must have something in him; if he be a mere blank creature, empty of head and heart, he will very probably find it dull. Her father whom she passionately loved, her grumpy grandfather and her enchanted years between two and eighteen.Further, the story goes on, with the politics, prejudices, vanities and weaknesses of the German people at the turn of the century. Her first best-selling work of fiction, Elizabeth and her German Garden (1898), launched a long and distinguished writing career. I lost interest in the whole thing about half way through and I'm sorry to say that it was a struggle to get anywhere near the end.

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