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The Solitary Summer
by Elizabeth Von Arnim
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The Solitary Summer, written by author Elizabeth Von Arnim, is a companion to her popular Elizabeth and Her German Garden. In The Solitary Summer, she focuses on a summer filled with rejuvenation in the midst of a search for finding indenity and meaning in her life. Successful in life with marriage and children, the main character finds that she need to find herself as she feels a large void in her life. This is an excellent book for those who are fans of the works of Elizabeth Von Arnim and for individuals who have read Elizabeth and Her German Garden.
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.
From the Publisher
"The Solitary Summer" is a witty, lyrical account of a rejuvenating summer. Descriptions of magnificent larkspurs and burning nasturiums give way to those of cooling forest walks--and of clambering up a mud bank when the miller is not in view. Rainy days prompt a little philanthropy, until the sun returns the gardener to the refuge of her beloved plants. In her introduction, Deborah Kellaway writes: "All of von Arnim's heroines are escapists. They escape from riches to the simple life, or from conventional home life into foreign travel...In her first two books "[Elizabeth and Her German Garden" and "The Solitary Summer]," the escape is simply into the garden...And it is her capacity to present her joy in that place that made the books bestsellers. Here readers are escaping, with her, into happiness."
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