The Blue Flower
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The Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late-eighteenth-century Germany. It tells the true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his father's permission to wed his "heart's heart", his "spirit's guide" - a plain, simple child named Sophie von Kuhn. It is an attachment that shocks his family and friends. Their brilliant young Fritz, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can this be?
The irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the commonplace, the clarity of purpose that comes with knowing one's own fate- these are the themes of this beguiling novel, themes treated with a mix of wit, grace, and mischievous humor unique to the art of Penelope Fitzgerald.
- fio-dagua (Portugal, prefer ship Europe)
- LeighBCD (UK, ship international)
- tania-in-nc (North Carolina, ship US
- Ilios (Florida, ship US)
- DrBrown (California)
- spaceystacey (New Jersey, ship international) ....reading....
- nillabreen (Massachusetts)
- hathyia (Malaysia, ship Asia/Australia)
thank you very much!
I will send this to the next person in the ray over the course of this week.
I hope you enjoy the book more than I did!
.. in a voice as deep as the third level of a copper-mine, ... p85
The servants had already brought in the soups, one made of beer, sugar and eggs, one of rose-hips and onions, one of bread and cabbage-water, one of cows' udders flavored with nutmeg. There was dough mixed with beech-nut oil, pickled herrings and goose with treacle sauce, hard-boiled eggs, numereous dumplings. It was dangerous - on this, at least, all Germany's physicians were agreed - not to keep the stomach full at all times. p115
[comment: I enjoy reading about different meals. This book is set in the 1700's]
She was constraining herself not to tap her feet. The music seemed to pass into them and upwards through her whole body: she felt like a bottle of soda-water. p177
sent media mail May 23rd, 2004.
My deepest apologies for having this book more than 30 days. Life caught up with me and I became a book hogger despite my best efforts! :o( I have been studying for my board certification in Behavior Analysis and my reading time was spent studying instead of reading for fun. I am getting back on track and hope to send this book on its journey pretty soon. I expect to be done with it next week and I already have DrBrown address. Again, my apologies to all.
ps: on the bright side, I did pass the certification exam! :o)
I am finally done with the book. My apologies again to all for the delay. I am giving the book a 6 only because I didn't care about the characters at all, even though I liked Penelope Fitzgerald's style. This is the 2nd book I read by this author. The first one was "Human Voices" and I had a similar problem with the charaters. However, with that book, they grew on me, and by the final chapters I was really dying to know how their destiny would play out.
With the Blue Flower, I cared less and less about the characters as the story progressed. :o( I feel quite ambivalent about the book, because I really enjoyed Fitzgerald's humor, so I really had a hard time rating the book. Am I being too confusing? I read a thread on the fora about how people get frustrated with succinct journal entries, so I am trying to do my best here! :o)
Anyway, Novalis' love for his plain Sophie wasn't understood by his family, and didn't quite understand it myself. I had the impression that Fritz was as childish as the object of his love. The tragedies at the end of teh book just made the whole story even more peculiar.
I am sending this to DrBrown. I am curious about other BXers opinions about this book.
Sending to DrBrown!
12/31/2007 another one that I have had way too long. Will connect with nillabean again to see if she still wants the book returned to her before venturing overseas. I do have the funds at this time to post internationally. I have pm'd the next reader in malaysia for an address.
My first read from this author. At first I was very stunned by the shortness of each chapter. But as the read progressed, I was able to focus less and less on that physical fact of the book.
I had just finished reading a book, set in the same timeframe, A Thousand Orange Trees though that one was in Spain and France and the setting for this one is in Germany.