Elizabeth and Her German Garden
Elizabeth von Arnim

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Narrated By: Wanda McCaddon

Duration: 3 hours and 50 minutes

What to expect

"May 7th—There were days last winter when I danced for sheer joy out in my frostbound garden in spite of my years and children. But I did it behind a bush, having a due regard for the decencies..."

Indoors are servants, meals and furniture. There, too, is the Man of Wrath, her upright Teutonic husband, inspiring in Elizabeth a mixture of irritation, affection and irreverence. But outside she can escape domestic routine, read favorite books, play with her three babies—and garden to her heart’s content. Through Elizabeth’s eyes and unique wit, we watch the seasons come and go, each bringing with it new events, friends, and neighbors.

Genre

Classic fiction

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“A gem of a book: rare, simple, innocent and charming. I was captivated.”

Good Housekeeping

“An extraordinary work...idyllic.”

Elizabeth Jane Howard

“About love and affection, spring and picnics on frosty afternoon, and the leisure that we have forgotten ever existed.”

Miriam Rothschild

“Rarely is there a book that when read once, one wishes to start rereading right away. Here is one...Elizabeth’s memoir is read with élan and obvious relish by Nadia May. Both Elizabeth’s subtle sarcasm and overwhelming pleasure at the beauties of the natural world are interpreted charmingly by May.”