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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The four main characters are precisely drawn, and their transformation during this break works it’s way into the reader, you can’t help feel but a rapturous joy in their presence.

I think it is because they don’t question a lot and the goody two shoesness of it all. How can this possibly not go south really fast Four proper English ladies, who don’t really know each other at all, decide to pool their resources and rent an Italian villa for a month, in the ‘s.

It was during this period that I realized that if I couldn’t actually take a vacation I was going April is apparently the 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 arni 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.

The main setting is floral, a place almost out of time itself, an Eden in which the characters can shed their usual lives and allow themselves to be remade. It certainly held me in a velvet vice. Enchsnted all 6 comments. The only thing missing was a teary Madonna track like the sob scene in Never Been Kissed that only made me bawl like no movie has ever made me bawl in my life because I was pmsing! Ed Eliot aveva letto la Mansfield e la von Arnim? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I know I focus sometimes on tiny details…! Their lives are all awry and going in various directions that was not good for them nor their psyches. The idea for her classic book The Enchanted April has been born. I don’t know if this is a criticism or not. Stay in Touch Sign up. This would be an ideal candidate for that ‘holiday book’ whilst relaxing by the sea with a slightly chilled chianti. Each one is vaguely unsatisfied with their lot and Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot both have marriages of quiet English unhappiness.


I was especially fond of the character Lotty Wilkins, the one who was convinced that a month in Italy would invigorate them all. The characters are wonderful, I especially liked Lotty and Rose, and the descriptions of the flowers and gardens surrounding the castle made the setting seem capable of changing the lives of the characters.

If you willed yourself into the background I suppose it would The latter two women enjoy a higher standard of living than the former and want to ensure that they have an enjoyable holiday.

The Enchanted April

I enjoyed the seaside setting of the Italian castle, but I enjoy a complex plot of intrigue as well as multilayered character development. Arbuthnot were the great four facts of life: The idea of a month in a medieval castle with views of the Mediterranean is very appealing indeed, whether or not it works magic. It is about love restored and love discovered, along the wistaria-covered steps leading down to the sea. Anim Arbuthnot has gradually drifted away from her husband Frederick as she does not approve of his profession, that of a successful writer of “popular memoirs of the mistresses of kings”.

If Scrap lived in mortal fear it’s all so life and death of being grabbed at it was all so tyrannical to her then I live in ruin another perfectly good location fear of grabbing. No wonder men stayed young longer.

What road to be choosing? Poetic, in its way, but not quite vivid enough. All four voices, though quite distinct, resonated with me in some way. You should read it. I do not think many people could stand up to the charms of Von Arnim’s book without giving in willingly to its very real pleasures.

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Jun 15, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: I saw the movie version of this book when it came out about For a classic, the book surprised me, for it didn’t have the diction one would expect from a classic. If you get the dream and then there are no more dreams then it is worse.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is a delicious note of irony behind the narrative as we watch these women wake up in a decidedly un-feminist time from their pre-holiday existences.

No one can come wrnim from this April without thinking, even for just a moment, that the course of true love, unsmooth as it may run, is certainly worth taking.

One finds peace, another vitality, and several find love. I didnt hate it but didnt absolutely love it either. The very genuine and open Lottie Wilkins, often muddled and awkward in her speech, has been married only a few years, but she and her husband are rubbing each other the wrong way; as the novel progresses her intuition into her wrnim friends’ feelings and needs plays a major role.

The Enchanted April – Wikipedia

So instead of reading this in a crisp, blooming April, I read The Enchanted April over a sweltering, airless week in June while sitting on a stuffy, sweaty, overcrowded London commuter train.

The Enchanted April is a comedy in the true apri, of Shakespeare. Arniim advertisement seems to be a godsend to these women, whose lives are not going the way they had hoped. This is a beautifully written novel. The husband, on the other hand, is the life of every party. Wells after he ended his own affair with Von Arnim’s rival Rebecca West.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim (1922) – a review

Your email address will not be published. Please try again later. E allora, rabbrividendo al pensiero della povera gazzella, mi chiedo, come la mettiamo? The idea of a medieval castle in Italy was as charming to me as it was to Lotty Wilkins when she encountered the advertisement telling her it was available for let in April.

One of the real pleasures of reading is discovering those hidden gems, those novels that I had never heard elizabetn, that turn out to be perfectly enjoyable.