What a surprising classic gem.
In what seems to be a lost literary treasure, this 1901 novel of manners could almost have been written a century earlier, with its recounting of social conventions and the circumscribed lives of women For the most part, the book has the same fresh approach to these social s as any Austen novel, told with similar gentle humor and seen with devastating clarity Unlike Austen, though, von Arnim seems to run out of steam, dropping her intriguing characters abruptly about five chapters too soon Others have commented on this poor pacing and perhaps this contributes to her absence in the literary canon But for anyone who relishes beautiful writing, a fresh story line and a deceptively wicked eye on the frailties of human nature, The Benefactress pays dividends Listening to this book via Lib The moral of this story, or should I say the philosophy of this story is so profound Sure the style is a bit dated, sure it s a bit wordy in places but it s an interesting premise and will keep you turning the pages to see what happens to the heroine and her philanthropic endeavors.
5 I absolutely adore the writing I d say if you re a fan of Elizabeth to read this book but if you haven t read her yet I suggest starting with The Enchanted April This book was beautiful at the beginning but the second half was extremely dramatic and unbelievable All the characters were flawed which I really enjoyed And I thought the character growth was pretty good until the end when some things just seemed too rushed The story is a 3 star for me and the writing is a 5 star.
dix huit ans, Anna Estcourt semblait promise au plus bel avenir lev e par un fr re qu elle adore depuis la mort de leurs parents, sir Peter, elle est introduite en soci t par sa belle s ur Susie, qui ne m nage pas ses efforts pour en faire une femme accomplie et susciter les propositions de beaux partis londoniens Mais Anna, pourtant charmante de visage et de mani res, repousse toutes les offres qui lui sont faites Et l voil d sormais g e de vingt cinq ans, d j lasse des bals et des r ceptions et du caract re vain d une vie qui lui semble inutile Mais une chose impr vue se produit son oncle lui l gue sa mort et malgr ses trois fils un domaine, des terres, un revenu, dans une r gion recul e d Allemagne Anna, folle de joie, d cide d y aller, puis une fois sur place, d cide de s y installer Renon ant d finitivement se marier, elle ima An early work by Elizabeth Arnim, this book is amusing, but by no means as delightful as her nchanted April Its heroine is Anna, a young girl whose parents are dead and is living with her brother and his wife, Susie Anna is very pretty and Susie is constantly trying to marry her off, but Anna will not cooperate, preferring to lead an independent life even though she has no visible means of support.
When an uncle in Germany dies and leaves his estate to her, Anna decides to use her newly found money to provide a home for for ladies of quality who have fallen onto hard times Her new German neighbors hardly know what to make of her, but she soon has an establishment set up with a down at the heels Princess as her housekeeper, her niece, Lettie, as her ward, and two other ladies of semi quality in her care Plus it doesn t take long for the town
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ê The Benefactress Ø Over all, a good book, but not a great book Most characters were irritating, written that way on purpose There were two sane main characters, who undergo some character development The ending was a bit sudden, but also sweet and kinda satisfying, like a candy bar that has nuts AND chocolate in it Not von Arnim s best, but I did sort of enjoy the idea of the sane surviving among the insane or the reasonable along the unreasonable, the Christian among the unchristian, the normal among the abnormally insecure, or something through support and inner resources that got them through it all Thinking back on it, the culture these characters moved through felt a bit Alice in Wonderland Did von Arnim exaggerate Or were these harmful social sentiments actually that common in German culture of the time She certainly had plenty of personal experience to fall back on It make Is A PreHistorical Reproduction That Was Curated For Quality Quality Assurance Was Conducted On Each Of These books In An Attempt To Remove books With Imperfections Introduced By The Digitization Process Though We Have Made Best Efforts The books May Have Occasional Errors That Do Not Impede The Reading Experience We Believe This Work Is Culturally Important And Have Elected To Bring The Book Back Into Print As Part Of Our Continuing Commitment To The Preservation Of Printed ¿ read ↠´ The Benefactress by Elizabeth von Arnim Ä Works Worldwide Parts of this book reminds me of Far from the madding crowd, the fire in the farm buildings, an heiress coming to live in the countryside, a romance with the local landowner that the heroine wasn t interested in at first Makes me wonder if Elizabeth had previously read Hardy.
It does seem as if Elizabeth had many ideas for the book and dropped them along the way without really resolving them, characters vanish and are never heard of again, it does seem a little unfinished.
I hated the spiteful characters of the Chosen, why Anna was determined to keep them at all costs was rather incomprehensible Il primo incontro con la von Arnim era stata una bella sorpresa ma la bellezza di questo romanzo ha superato tutte le mie aspettative, tanto da poter dire con certezza che l autrice australiana si guadagna un posto tra le scrittrici che apprezzo particolarmente Elizabeth von Arnim possiede arguzia, intelligenza, brillantezza ed eleganza e quella che dalla trama potrebbe essere una storia semplice in realt molto di pi la vicenda coinvolgente, a tratti diverte con siparietti al limite dell assurdo per il comportamento delle signore mentre in altri il tono cambia e si fa pi serio, elementi di suspence si insinuano con piccoli colpi di scena alternati ad altri momenti pi riflessivi o ancora situazioni punte da un leggero romanticismo Anna, la protagonista, nonostante la sua eccessiva ingenuit una personalit che facilmen