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The Enchanted April [Paperback]

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Pages   247
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 3, 2007
Publisher   NYRB Classics
ISBN  1590172256  
EAN  9781590172254  

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A recipe for happiness: four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed.

The women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other—and the castle of their dreams—through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don't anticipate that the month they spend in Portofino will reintroduce them to their true natures and reacquaint them with joy. Now, if the same transformation can be worked on their husbands and lovers, the enchantment will be complete.

The Enchanted April was a best-seller in both England and the United States, where it was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and set off a craze for tourism to Portofino. More recently, the novel has been the inspiration for a major film and a Broadway play.
"A pleasant...little story, with some neat phrasing and a genuine feeling for color and for beauty."--The New York Times

"The Enchanted April sounds as if it would be an appallingly cloying cream puff of a fairy tale, but that would be to ignore that the author habitually kept a pot of lemon juice mixed with vinegar beside her ink-pot. With this bracing element there is additionally what can only be called a feast of flowers, hanging from every wall and pouring scent over the company."--Times Literary Supplement

"[A]n expression of the propensity of people to be blind to the real secret of happiness, and that it showed how exquisitely men and women get upon each others' nerves and how they suffer from each others' egos."--National Review

"...extraordinarily well is witty, human, often very beautiful."--Punch

"[A] comedy of absolutely flawless mirth...a very beautiful...and touching book."--Chris Morley

"[A] restful, funny, sumptuous, and invigorating vacation for the mind and soul." --500 Great Books By Women
Elizabeth von Arnim (1866—1941) was born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia. Her first book, the autobiographical novel Elizabeth and Her German Garden–inspired by the grounds of the estate she shared with her husband, Count Henning August von Arnim–was an enormous success. After the death of her first husband, Elizabeth married Francis the second Earl Russell, brother of Bertrand Russell. It was a disastrous marriage and the two eventually separated. Von Arnim moved to the US at the start of World War II, and spent her final years there.

Cathleen Schine has received wide acclaim for her five previous novels: Alice in Bed, To the Birdhouse, The Evolution of Jane, and the international bestsellers Rameau's Niece and The Love Letter, both of which were made into feature films. She lives in New York City.

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Elizabeth Von Arnim was born in 1866 and died in 1941.

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I am 1/3rd of the way through this book. If you enjoy Austen and the like, as I do, you will enjoy this novel. However, I encourage you to buy a different edition. This edition of the book is riddled with typos. "r" instead of "n", "her" instead of "he", etc. And it's not just occaisionally. Sometimes it's several on a page. It interupts the flow of the story and I'm about ready to chuck this copy and check a different edition out of the library.
Lazy vacation read  Oct 12, 2008
Enjoyed this lovely period escapist light romance. Recommend you read it on your vacation or when you desperately need a restorative vacation but can only get away in imagination.
This story about a spring escape from rainy dreary London to a remote Italian villa even smells beautiful, the descriptions are so evocative.
Having seen the movie several years ago, I found the book almost identical, only one small twist in the "plot". I still can't say which twist I'd choose.
(They really need to get the movie onto DVD for release in the U.S.)
Enchanting  Jul 6, 2008
Having loved both filmed versions of this story, I came to the book not anticipating any surprises, and in that respect I was correct. What I did get, however, was a more fully-formed understanding of each of the four women who come to San Salvatore. Each has her own quest, and each is surprised in the way that her quest is resolved.

Elizabeth von Arnim can harness language in ways that few other authors are able. She is, for instance, able to display what a walking joke Mr. Wilkins is, while letting him think that he's the very model of an educated man.

I started off loathing both Mrs. Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester in a way that wasn't true when watching the films. This made their transformations that much more satisfying, in the end.

I'm now interested in reading other books from Elizabeth von Arnim and, even more importantly, visiting the castello where the story is based. She wrote The Enchanted April after her own visit, and it has continued to "enchant" travelers in the many years since the publication of her novel. I can't wait to see the "tub of love" and be surrounded by wistaria myself.
A charming and introspective work  Jul 5, 2008
This is one of my favorite books. It is a book about growth and change and the courage to recognize and face one's own defects. All of this is buried into a very warming story filled with beauty and discovery. It shows how stepping back and viewing a relationship from a different aspect can help to awaken an appreciation of it. It is a good read for a lazy day devoted to self.
The Enchanted April  Jun 20, 2008
The Enchanted April. I love this book. About ladies way ahead of their time - before women's lib had come on the scene. Takes place in a rented villa in Italy for one idyllic month in April - ladies vacationing without their husbands and finding themselves.

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