The charming, slyly comic novel of romantic longing and transformation that inspired the Oscar-nominated film Four very different women, looking. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Four Englishwomen vacation together at an Italian castle in von Arnim’s novel, a film version of which is now a . The Enchanted April [Elizabeth Von Arnim] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Four Englishwomen, strangers to each other, rent a villa for a.

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Wilkins with much serenity, “is to mind. Quotes from The Enchanted April.

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The setting is idealized and unrealistic, unless one views it not objectively but either through the subjective judgments of the protagonists or as a fable. And I honestly enjoyed the read and could recommend without reservation.

Return to Book Page. As did the behaviour of another male character, who turns up romantically interested in one of the women and transfers his interest to another within nanoseconds. It is a classic; a classic which is timeless and which has universal appeal. I was enchanted by the descriptive set up and the wonderful choice of characters. Reading this has made me want to run away to Italy for a while.

This was a fantastic escape read, and I highly recommend it. Kristen tells me that I should kite surf when I get like that.

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Dammit, it was probably because I was not there. E allora, rabbrividendo al pensiero della povera gazzella, mi chiedo, come la mettiamo? Encuanted sun poured in on her. In the book there’s no affair between Lady Caroline and another character’s husband; there’s the potential for one, but it gets nicely snuffed out before anything ever starts. Elizabeth von Arnim displays a delicious sense of humor throughout, like in the subtle competition between Rose and Mrs Fisher for the right to preside as hostess, or in the sly appropriation of certain areas of the castle for their exclusive use by Scrap and Mrs Fisher — and the supremely funny passages dealing with the temperamental bathroom at the castle; and Mellersh Wilkins’ undignified experience while enjoying a bath there after his early morning arrival at San Salvatore.


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That’s what is great about new places. Elisabeth felt for some time that it was a kind of song I should have been collecting. I often found myself smiling at some of their little antics and remarks.

Apr 30, Gerhard voj it it was amazing. Her success is limited in part by an odd inability to seem nasty or cross. Maybe I need a new setting to figure out what it is. This site uses cookies. I know I focus sometimes on tiny detailsā€¦! June Dissatisfied with their spril lots in life, four English women divorce their respective husbands, get a hefty advance for a book deal, and go off to Italy to enjoy the wisteria a kind of pasta, I think. Wilkins, a solicitor, encouraged thrift, except that branch of it which got into his food.

She didn’t want to elisabeth sentimental. It felt as effortless as a fresh, April breeze. View all 6 comments. Mrs Wilkins asks Mrs Arbuthnot, who she knows by sight from church, to come with her. The lovely setting in Portofino acts simply as a catalyst, and a beautiful one. It didn’t seem much to ask in aarnim world so crowded with people, just to have one of them, only one out of all the millions, to oneself. It certainly held me in ekizabeth velvet vice.

A shining world, or a world of rain? It was quite a mistake to think that a woman, a really well-dressed woman, wore out her clothes; it was the clothes that wore out the woman — dragging her about at all hours of the day and night.

While Von Arnim’s novel is considered her greatest book, it did not captivate me completely. That would, in my opinion, be a mistake. View all 4 comments. Published July 1st by Waking Lion Press first published April is apparently slizabeth cruelest month, but my nomination would probably be those four weeks or so spanning the middle of October on up to Thanksgiving; I can’t speak for anyone else, but for anybody on an academic calendar it’s an interminably long period with not even a single three day weekend for some kind of brief respite, and Thanksgiving break is reached more or less in a state of exhaustion.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. These descriptions of time and place ended up working for me much better than the plot developments. You are commenting using your Facebook account. View all 23 comments.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of agnim literature in the English-speaking world. She justifies the extravagance of the holiday in the expectation enchaned she will return a nicer person. View all 27 comments. John Steinbeck said, at the beginning of his book, Travels with Charley: Each one is vaguely unsatisfied with their lot and Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot both have marriages of quiet English unhappiness. I enjoyed the seaside setting of the Italian castle, but I enjoy a complex plot of intrigue as well as multilayered character development.

Elizaeth is a novel about life and love, enchsnted gently through the emotions of these women, as the surprise of beauty, and the warmth of being suddenly admired and seen as beautiful — when they had not been before — changes their simple lives, which were not so simple at all.

The Enchanted April

When it happened I told myself aarnim I’d never tell anyone it did. Difficult not to, here; the marvelous ehchanted stole in through all one’s chinks, and brought in with it, whether one wanted them or not, enormous feelingsā€”feelings one couldn’t manage, great things about death and time and waste; glorious and devastating things, magnificent and bleak, at once rapture and terror and immense, heart-cleaving longing.

The taking of you out of what you can’t shake as being a part of you. Once the women arrive in Italy the narrative is sustained through the type of problems such as “oh, how is Mrs.