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!Kindle ♿ The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen ⚖ Every one who has been to school and still remembers what he was taught there, knows that R gen is the biggest island Germany possesses, and that it lies in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Pomerania Round this island I wished to walk this summer, but no one would walk with me It is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things It is the one way of freedom I was wanting to read this book after recently finding out it is the third of a series that does not need to be read together because each book stands on its own but having read Elizabeth s German Garden and Solitary Summer, and enjoying Elizabeth von Arnim s journal like style Elizabeth has such a refreshing air about her that has me, enjoying all she says even though all the stories I have read of her including The Enchanted April are not story driven but people driven You are driven forward I was wanting to read this book after recently finding out it is the third of a series that does not need to be read together because each book stands on its own but having read Elizabeth s German Garden and Solitary Summer, and enjoying Elizabeth von Arnim s journal like style Elizabeth has such a refreshing air about her that has me, enjoying all she says even though all the stories I have read of her including The Enchanted April are not story driven but people driven You are driven forward by the conversations and actions of the peoplethan a plot You are awakened to life, spirituality with regards to nature and purpose of it all Her books have a loving of nature that one cannot help feel for naturedeeply and wanting to explore it deeps I had never heard of the island Rugen before but I felt I traveled it in a way with her When reading this kind of travel guide which in reality turns into a human interaction story, you are interested in how things turn out and once again can Elizabeth obtain that sought out solitary thoughtfulness which she loves to obtain when she commutes with nature but once again relatives or friends show up to bring that reality to restriction because of their want of constant attention Humor is always present but being a natural one with regards to human beings I find these stories interestingso for when they were written pre world war 1, independence of women being very limited and yet always Elizabeth brings it forth in her writing and looking at both sides I wonder what side she was really on One cannot underestimate my love for Von Arnim s writing Her fiction is good, but her autobiographical work is pure joy In this kind of work she doesn t write about much of anything, but her spirit and intelligence shine in witty observations of daily life Daily life it indeed was in her first two books, Elizabeth and Her German Garden and The Solitary Summer In those she simply described her daily goings on, mostly in her beloved garden in rural Pomerania In The Solitary Summer she had a s One cannot underestimate my love for Von Arnim s writing Her fiction is good, but her autobiographical work is pure joy In this kind of work she doesn t write about much of anything, but her spirit and intelligence shine in witty observations of daily life Daily life it indeed was in her first two books, Elizabeth and Her German Garden and The Solitary Summer In those she simply described her daily goings on, mostly in her beloved garden in rural Pomerania In The Solitary Summer she had a small premise at the outset, to have no visitors for a whole summer, and she succeeded charmingly This time around Von Arnim gets bolder with her premise to walk around Germany s largest island and popular tourist destination, Rugen.She fails at her premise almost instantly as it was quite impossible for a woman at that time and her social standing to go walking alone And since she couldn t convince any lady friends to be as excited about walking around Rugen as she was, she settled for riding her coach around Rugen with her maid, Gertrud Stolid Gertrud provides an excellent foil for free spirited Elizabeth, and belly laughs frequently follow many of their interactions One of the first scenes is permanently nestled in my memory and makes me smile each time I remember it Worrying about her horses while passing a motor car not common at the time and a loud brass band probablycommon than motor cars , Elizabeth and Gertrud jump out of the carriage and run to calm the horses The horses it turns out didn t mind a bit, and they along with the driver kept trotting along oblivious to it all Elizabeth and Gertrud are left in the dust, watching their comfy carriage fade away in the distance Apparently it was unseemly for a carriage driver to turn around and look at his passengers, so it was some hours before he discovered the empty carriage and returned to fetch them.This was scene one in Rugen after which Elizabeth, Gertrud and the driver continue village after village around the island If not a practical travel guide, Von Arnim intended this book to contain at least useful tidbits of where to eat, where to stay, and where the best bathing spots are She admits that she fails at this intention too, which is just as well since this information is of no use to us over 100 years later Where Von Arnim excels is in her interactions with the people she meets and,importantly, with nature She makes parts of Rugen seem like paradise on earth People she tries to avoid, but she is not successful Coincidentally she runs into her cousin Charlotte who is a very earnest feminist with apparently no sense of humor Charlotte is completely disgusted with Elizabeth s conforming existence of piddling in the garden and having babies At the point she meets up with Elizabeth, Charlotte is on the run from her famous intellectual husband I had to wonder if this cousin Charlotte was in actuality Von Arnim s real life cousin Katherine Mansfield a quick look at Mansfield s biography makes this unlikely, but possible Charlotte, her estranged husband, and a son and mother pair take over the narrative which gets quite interesting This part of the book reminds me of Enchanted April in which Von Arnim weaved several realistic and interacting stories where again not much happens but all ends up intensely satisfying.As is true when reading any Von Arnim work, you will find yourself wanting to read aloud parts of it to innocent bystanders I will therefore leave you with a selection of the author s words that I think particularly defines her style and mood Oh blessed state, when mere quiet weather, trees and grass, sea and clouds, can make you forget that life has anything in it but rapture, can make you drink in heaven with every breath How long will it last, this joy of living, this splendid ecstasy of the soul I amafraid of losing this, of losing even a little of this, of having so much as the edge of its radiance dimmed, than of parting with any other earthly possession This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I am not reading this in German however it is by far the best picture The modern cover for the English version is this WTF hattip wandaful Available on Project Gutenberg I shall read this on my laptop, a page at a time Life is grand, thank you Wanda.Opening Every one who has been to school and still remembers what he was taught there, knows that R gen is the biggest island Germany possesses, and that it lies in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Pome I am not reading this in German however it is by far the best picture The modern cover for the English version is this WTF hattip wandaful Available on Project Gutenberg I shall read this on my laptop, a page at a time Life is grand, thank you Wanda.Opening Every one who has been to school and still remembers what he was taught there, knows that R gen is the biggest island Germany possesses, and that it lies in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Pomerania.She finds a travel guide to R gen that has this remarkable paragraphHearest thou the name R gen, so doth a wondrous spell come over thee Before thine eyes it rises as a dream of far away, beauteous fairylands Images and figures of long ago beckon thee across to the marvellous places where in grey prehistoric times they dwelt, and on which they have left the shadow of their presence And in thee stirs a mighty desire to wander over the glorious, legend surrounded island Cord up, then, thy light bundle, take to heart Shylock s advice to put money in thy purse, and follow me without fear of the threatening sea sickness which may overtake thee on the short crossing, for it has never yet done any oneharm than imposing on him a rapidly passing discomfort 3 Enchanted April4 Elizabeth and her German Garden The Adventures of Elizabeth in R genTR Vera Wanda has found that this story is the basis for du Maurier s Rebecca so I am keen to have a looksee Sadly cannot find the exact edition of this book by Gutenberg Project that I downloaded to my kindle for free Both my husband and I read this book having seen it referred to in a walking program Wanderlust with Julia Bradbury and having relatives that vacation on Rugen annually It distresses me that the book descriptions are often incorrect for the various editions Elizabeth in 1904 was a lady before her timesshe wanted to walk Rugen and experience it totally but could not get a woman frie Sadly cannot find the exact edition of this book by Gutenberg Project that I downloaded to my kindle for free Both my husband and I read this book having seen it referred to in a walking program Wanderlust with Julia Bradbury and having relatives that vacation on Rugen annually It distresses me that the book descriptions are often incorrect for the various editions Elizabeth in 1904 was a lady before her timesshe wanted to walk Rugen and experience it totally but could not get a woman friend to accompany her so off she goes with her driver, August and her MAID the wonderful character Gertrud, two horses to draw the carriage and off they go Along the way she runs into various characters and situations and her cousin Charlotte A somewhat frustrated early feminist attempting to spread the word of liberation to all females within her reach and avoid her aging doddering professor husband The two British visitors to the Island, mother and son and Charlotte s Professor husband and Charlotte herself all seem to weave in and out of the story while everyone moves around the island meeting up here and there The humor and wit of Elizabeth s descriptions of the frustrations large and small of NOT getting her solitude and her beautifully expressed joy of the nature in every respect make the book a true pleasure to read I can well understand why her writing was and remains popular We took note, with some pleasure, in the second series of Downton Abbey..I think episode two wherein her famous book, Elizabeth and Her German Garden was made reference to.One has to try and put themselves back into another time in this world when such manners and customs were necessary and treasured In many ways, I wish we could seeof these sensibilities today.A joy for a change of pace Rugen is the largest island Germany possesses It is 32 miles long and 25 miles wide with a population today of 77,000 people Although it is covered with farms and hotels today, it is rich with history from the Stone Age forward, since it was an important fortress in the Baltic Sea to regulate sea trade It has been fought over since it was taken from a germanic tribe in 500 BCE by the Danish Prince Waldemar I Later it was claimed by Pomerania then Sweden and later Russia Elizabeth visits it Rugen is the largest island Germany possesses It is 32 miles long and 25 miles wide with a population today of 77,000 people Although it is covered with farms and hotels today, it is rich with history from the Stone Age forward, since it was an important fortress in the Baltic Sea to regulate sea trade It has been fought over since it was taken from a germanic tribe in 500 BCE by the Danish Prince Waldemar I Later it was claimed by Pomerania then Sweden and later Russia Elizabeth visits it in 1905 and sees it much as it is today, one of the most popular German vacation spots Elizabeth goes from town to town with her maid in her carriage looking for an inn to spend the night She likes the idea of turning her back on duties and exploring the world She has three young daughters and an estate to take care of at home in Miltzow She spends two weeks on Rugen describing each stop Elizabeth enjoys the forests, the sea, and the landscape of each town Here she describes sitting in the woods behind Binz when mere quiet weather, trees, and grass, sea and clouds, can make you forget that life has anything in it but rapture, can make you drink in heaven with every breath How long will it last, this joy of living Elizabeth writes with wisdom and at times seems modern Recommended especially when visiting Rugen In 1901, the Countess von Arnim Schlagenthin decides to go on a walking tour of Rugen, Germany s largest island off the Pomeranian coast None of her friends want to go with her, so she decides to go alone, in a carriage instead of walking She has an idea of writing a travel guide of the best inns on the island and best places to swim, etc She accomplishes this her gift of poetically describing nature s gifts is admirably suited to this task , but her tour of Rugen ends up being an adventure In 1901, the Countess von Arnim Schlagenthin decides to go on a walking tour of Rugen, Germany s largest island off the Pomeranian coast None of her friends want to go with her, so she decides to go alone, in a carriage instead of walking She has an idea of writing a travel guide of the best inns on the island and best places to swim, etc She accomplishes this her gift of poetically describing nature s gifts is admirably suited to this task , but her tour of Rugen ends up being an adventure in every sense She finds herself in the middle of a marital spat, having to think up a scheme to get the married couple back together and rid herself of their fighting, at the same time trying to avoid the company of a bishop s wife and her son who appear to be following her around the island A delicious treat of lyrical beauty and witty observations by a unique voice that still brings delight to readers over 100 years later A charming travelogue from the turn of the 20th century that launched me on a trip to Rugen with fellow fans of Elizabeth von Arnim She was an astute observer of Germans taking their leisure on a beautiful Baltic Island. This is the lady equivalent of Starship Troopers You can read a satiric commentary, or read a lovely and addicting travel narrative of Baltic resort life 100 years ago Words are carefully, beautifully chosen even the descriptions of scenery are interesting , and it s worth a look just to admire the casual precision of language and tone Meanwhile, everyone in the book is so miserable The women are furiously, silently frustrated with the social conventions that force them to do what they leas This is the lady equivalent of Starship Troopers You can read a satiric commentary, or read a lovely and addicting travel narrative of Baltic resort life 100 years ago Words are carefully, beautifully chosen even the descriptions of scenery are interesting , and it s worth a look just to admire the casual precision of language and tone Meanwhile, everyone in the book is so miserable The women are furiously, silently frustrated with the social conventions that force them to do what they least want to the men are oblivious and talk endlessly It s a wildly fun read Many authors despair of book signings however, I enjoy not just meeting the readers of my rural romances, The Sovereign Series, but also the opportunity to browse vast shelves of books, old and new At a recent book signing at Beyond the Sea in Lincolnville Beach, Nanette the owner had piled a few books other than my own on the small wooden table at which I sat Naturally, I was curious to see what work was important enough to crowd me out and somewhat antagonistically I picked up a small gra Many authors despair of book signings however, I enjoy not just meeting the readers of my rural romances, The Sovereign Series, but also the opportunity to browse vast shelves of books, old and new At a recent book signing at Beyond the Sea in Lincolnville Beach, Nanette the owner had piled a few books other than my own on the small wooden table at which I sat Naturally, I was curious to see what work was important enough to crowd me out and somewhat antagonistically I picked up a small gray and red paperback with a 1920 s cover featuring the figure of a woman twirling next to the sea in a smart black travelling coat I began reading The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen, and was so captivated by the opening line of her second paragraph Round this island Rugen I wished to walk this summer, but no one would walk with me, that I was almost irritated when a fan interrupted me, clutching one of my books to autograph.How rare it seems these days when one discovers a new author It is a luxury much like the discovery of a hidden garden or a new chocolatier In fact, London s Daily Telegraph called this book a delicious confection Mary Annette Beauchamp was an English writer born in Australia in 1866 Her family later emigrated back to England, and in 1891 she married Count Henning August von Arnim Schlagenthin, a Prussian aristocrat, and thus became herself a Countess or Grafin The couple settled at Nassenheide, Pomerania, where the von Arnim s had their family estate, and Mary began to have babies and take up gardening as a vocation When her husband was thrown in debtor s prison, von Arnim adopted the pen name Elizabeth and wrote the best selling book, Elizabeth and her German Garden The book was so popular it was reprinted 20 times during the first year of publication.What makes von Arnim s semi autobiographical writing so irresistible are her amazing powers of description combined with a charming wit She describes not only the sea and the woods and the fields and the birds and the sky in minutest detail, but also the workings of the human heart, mind and soul with a precision laced with gentle irony Her lovely ramblings make one want to be with her or have her with one, perhaps as a best friend Indeed, there is a strain of loneliness that pervades her writing, which searches out and discovers that same unmentionable loneliness within our own souls In The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen, von Arnim sets out one week in summer to explore the island of Rugen in her coach and horses ferried to the island by a nervous boatsman accompanied by her faithful maid Gertrud along for propriety s sake knitting wordlessly and somewhat relentlessly Von Arnim s support crew indulges every whim of her heart, stopping hither and thither in villages, by the wayside, in the woods, by the seashore every place a thing of beauty catches her eye In delicious detail von Arnim describes the scents, sounds, tastes of her adventurous journey until you are filled with the urge to get out a map and track down the island of Rugen, feeling sure it must be the most wonderful place on earth even though you have never heard of it Apparently, Rugen was a common vacation place for the Prussians and Germans during the early 20th century, and please do not ask me the difference between the two, because I do not know, but von Arnim makes a distinction.Little complications arise during von Arnim s travels, of course, from her inability to find suitable lodgings to her almost unavoidable encounter with her long lost cousin Charlotte, a staunch bluestocking feminist, who is on the run from her elderly Professor husband When Charlotte decides to join von Arnim, the trip hilariously becomesabout Charlotte s escaping than von Arnim enjoying her own vacation escape from her husband and children Indeed, one of the most interesting and endearing aspects of von Arnim s character is that she seems unable to resist the demands and commands of the stronger characters within her orbit, such as her cousin, and her husband, whom she lovingly and ironically labels The Man of Wrath Who of us doesn t hanker to have the courage to clearly label such indomitable characters in our own lives Von Arnim s tongue in cheek tittle tattle about these creatures whose influence she yields to is so delicious it s almost sinful.As soon as I was home from my book signing, I went into my bedroom, shut the door, and didn t come out again until I had finished reading The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen I have since proceeded to devour as many of von Arnim s books as I can find, including her celebrated Elizabeth and Her German Garden and the soulful A Solitary Summer I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that von Arnim is the author of the inspiring book The Enchanted April, which has been adapted for Broadway as well as made into a wonderful motion picture.I can t say enough about von Arnim s writing and tragic personal history although her first marriage was unhappy, she married again after von Arnim died, only to be evendisappointed in love I m sorry we never had the opportunity to meet she died in 1941 at the age of 74 because I feel sure that we would have been good friends, nay, the best of friends