- 出版社: Akasha Classics (2008年5月30日)
- 精装: 108页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1605120944
- 条形码: 9781605120942
- 商品尺寸: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
- 商品重量: 181 g
- ASIN: 1605120944
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The Solitary Summer
The Solitary Summer, by Elizabeth Von Arnim - Akasha Classics, AkashaPublishing.Com - May 2nd. - Last night after dinner, when we were in the garden, I said, "I want to be alone for a whole summer, and get to the very dregs of life. I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow. Nobody shall be invited to stay with me, and if any one calls they will be told that I am out, or away, or sick. I shall spend the months in the garden, and on the plain, and in the forests. I shall watch the things that happen in my garden, and see where I have made mistakes. On wet days I will go into the thickest parts of the forests, where the pine needles are everlastingly dry, and when the sun shines I'll lie on the heath and see how the broom flares against the clouds. I shall be perpetually happy, because there will be no one to worry me. Out there on the plain there is silence, and where there is silence I have discovered there is peace."
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Not only that, throughout the book there are spaces missing -- "see the" becomes "seethe," etc.
I wish there were a way to differentiate in a review between the book and the edition; if you know how, let me know. The story and writing itself are wonderful. This edition is not worth the paper it's printed on.
Hence, her wistful request to the Man of Wrath that she be allowed to have a summer all to herself. She doesn't receive this, but in even detailing her attempts, and the other repercussions of being a lover of flowers in an upstanding German aristocratic household of the late 20th century, Elizabeth writes a book worth reading ... preferably while sitting in a field of daffodils.
It is an ebook. Previously I saw "Enchanted April" movie, from vonArnim's book. I listened to that on audio book by the perfect reader, and then got it for the Kindle. I hear the voice in my head reading all of vonArnim's books. This one, "The Solitary Summer" is poetry to please a gardener's soul in winter.
A nice quote on the pursuit of money: "What a waste of life, just getting and spending. ... They are only pennies, after all --unpleasant, battered copper things, without a gold piece among them, and never worth the degradation of self, and the hatred of those below you who have fewer, and the derision of those above you who have more."