In the Mountains

In the Mountains First published in the story is written in first person as a journal Our narrator is a tired English woman who after WWI escapes ambiguous personal troubles in London and seeks refuge at her c

  • Title: In the Mountains
  • Author: Elizabeth von Arnim
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • First published in 1920, the story is written in first person as a journal Our narrator is a tired English woman who, after WWI, escapes ambiguous personal troubles in London and seeks refuge at her chalet among the Swiss Alps As she starts to gain strength, two English women, also of ambiguous personal circumstances, show up literally on her doorstep The hostess takesFirst published in 1920, the story is written in first person as a journal Our narrator is a tired English woman who, after WWI, escapes ambiguous personal troubles in London and seeks refuge at her chalet among the Swiss Alps As she starts to gain strength, two English women, also of ambiguous personal circumstances, show up literally on her doorstep The hostess takes them in, and they embark on a strange and endearing path to helping each other.

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    1. Duane

      A virtually unknown novel by a very underrated author. Born in Australia, moved to England when she was three and is considered a British novelist. Her first husband was a Prussian Count and she lived in Germany, later buying a chalet in the Swiss mountains. She was a cousin to author Katherine Mansfield, and at some point had an affair with H.G. Wells. At the start of World War II she moved to the US and lived there until her death. She is buried in Charleston, S.C.It was during her time in the [...]

    2. Sylvester

      I was sceptical at the beginning of this book. The last book by EVA only got 2 stars from me, and I wasn't expecting much from this one as a consequence. But by page 3, I realized my mistake. I don't think I've ever read a book where the protagonist appeals so directly to the reader - certainly I've never seen it carried off with such skill and charm. It is almost impossible not to relate to her and feel like you want to be her friend. I looked at the reviews of this book afterwards and was impr [...]

    3. K.

      “In the Mountains” by Elizabeth von Arnim, a Review(a LONG review)Written, 1920.We meet the narrator through her diary as she writes from her high Swiss mountain chalet. Set at the end of the first World War, our friend has fled London life for the solace and peace of mountains. “I want to be quiet now. I crawled up here this morning from the valley like a sick ant—struggled up to the little house on the mountainside that I haven’t seen since the first August of the war, and dropped do [...]

    4. Laura McDonald

      After what I think is my favorite Von Arnim so far, Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther, this one was a bit anti-climactic. But it's Von Arnim, so still very good. The premise is a tired English woman (I'm not sure if we ever know her name) after WWI escapes some personal troubles in London (we never know exactly what) and goes to her house among the Swiss mountains that has been vacant during the whole of the war. It is the start of summer, and at first our narrator spends her time sporadically [...]

    5. LauraT

      "La vita, ci dicono, si è sviluppata per gradi dal protozoo al filosofo, e questo sviluppo, ci assicurano, è senza dubbio un progresso. Purtroppo tutto questo ce lo assicura il filosofo, non il protozoo." (My translation from the Italian book: Life, we have been told, has developed gradually from the protozoon to the philosopher, and this development, we are garanteed, is progress without doubt. Pity it is the philosopher the one who guarantees us that, not the protozoon)Isn't she lovely???

    6. June Geiger

      Elizabeth von Arnim's heart is so completely MY heart. How she portrayed it on paper so perfectly time after time--that's the amazing part. The practical, prudent part of me says four stars, but my heart says five.

    7. Jane

      I discovered Elizabeth von Arnim a long time ago, and read all of her books that I could find. Recently though her those books have been calling me back, asking me to read them all over again. But before I started pulling books out of the Virago bookcase I had a look at the library catalogue, just in case there was a book tucked away that I hadn’t read and didn’t own.There was – In The Mountains!The name rang a bell, but I didn’t look up any details, I just placed my order. One of the th [...]

    8. Elena T.

      Adoro Elizabeth von Arnim ed è veramente difficile che io non dia il massimo ai suoi libri. La storia si sviluppa proprio in quegli anni post prima guerra mondiale, quando il ricordo del dolore sofferto, da uomini e paesi, era ancora frutto di una ferita aperta, e la propria nazionalità poteva invitare all’amicizia o all’odio anche prima di conoscere un altro essere umano.E' nel suo chalet in Svizzera che Elizabeth si rinchiude per i mesi estivi."Eccomi di nuovo qui, sola nello chalet che [...]

    9. Tintaglia

      Un libro sul dolore, e sul potere di risanamento dell'amore, dell'amicizia e della comprensione tra simili.Perfetto sotto ogni aspetto.E quanto mi sarebb piaciuto passare un'estate sui monti svizzeri, nella casetta di Elizabeth von Arnim!Nota a margine: mi stuspico sempre di quanto la vita della scrittrice venga rielaborata nei suoi romanzi, e sia sempre presente, di ome riesca a mettere sulla carta, anche se in narrativa, i dolori che l'hanno accompagnata - e sono stati tanti e grandi. Forse er [...]

    10. Jenna Anderson

      I am a fan of Von Arnim, but her storylines can be hit and miss. Her writing - is great. This story was repetitive and slow. I recommend The Enchanted April or Elizabeth and Her German Garden instead.

    11. Lesle

      Elizabeth von Arnim born as Mary Annette Beauchamp in Austrailia.In the Mountains is written as a diary or journal entries. The story is told by an English lady who escapes personal troubles in London and finds refuge at the chalet in the Swiss Alps. It takes her several weeks of lying in the grass, looking up into the sky, and loving her natural surrounding before she feels normal.Her love of books in the chalet (of how I feel about books) she treats with respect. She calls them "Elder" not old [...]

    12. Fiona

      I have read a number of Von Arnim’s books and always enjoy them. In the Mountains was no exception. Whilst in a sense nothing much really happens, I still found it captivating throughout. And Von Arnim skilfully paints characters. There were times when I, just like the narrator, felt that I would scream or do some violence to Mrs Barnes if she did not lift her silence in regards to Dolly, or leave the latter alone with others to allow them to have a real conversation with her. Thankfully, when [...]

    13. Marie

      Likes:Characters - the women are interesting and well developedBeautiful writing - descriptions of the Alps are gorgeous. witty dialogue and observations of human natureMale introduced just to be an undeveloped love interest - nice subversion of the normDislikes:No. action. at. all. Major plot point - picking grapes

    14. Dany

      Un bel libro in cui l'autrice descrive gli stati d'animo dei personaggi con maestria. Lettura consigliata.

    15. Alison

      Each Von Arnim I read just keeps getting better and better. Once again, her distinctively witty voice and keen humor makes her observations a joy to read. My overwhelming feeling while reading her works is gratitude that she chose to share her writing with the world. "In the Mountains" shares similarities with her other works - a solitary voice that makes pithy observations is later joined by other characters which create increasingly humorous situations relayed by von Arnim with perfection. Her [...]

    16. Vera Maharani

      Reading Von Arnim is always a delight for me. Introspective, comedic, and beautifully descripted.This story reminds me a lot of The Enchanted April and The Adventures of Elizabeth in Ruegen. Set in a charming isolated place that can rejuvenate weary souls, unexpected guests, and charming widows all rolled into one.

    17. Stella

      La von Armin è sempre bravissima, ma, a mio parere, questo romanzo in forma di diario, non appassiona. Il lento rinascere alla gioia della vita dopo la tragedia della guerra è raccontato senza avvenimenti coinvolgenti e non si esce mai dall'interiorità della protagonista. A chi non conosce la von Armin consiglio di non cominciare da questo.

    18. Kiarup

      Tre stelline per me non vogliono dire "buono", ma sufficiente. Lettura scorrevole, piacevole l'ambientazione, ma i personaggi mi hanno trasmesso davvero poco e mi hanno anche un po' urtato i nervi. Ho apprezzato però l'ironia dell'autrice.

    19. Stefania Belloli

      Molto frizzante e divertente. Lo stile è quello del diario, ma non ho trovato una pagina che fosse noiosa. L'autrice sa dipingere con ironia la cultura del primo dopoguerra, a volte esasperandola, come succede per esempio nella caricatura di alcuni personaggi.Molto bello.

    20. Heather Rasmussen

      she loves flowers and nature, has 3 surprising guests as she's recouperating in her cabin up in the swiss mountains after the terror of world war 11. most probably for most, not exciting enough, but for me it was WONDERFUL. just beware of how small the print is.

    21. CynthyB

      Five stars may be a little excessive for a book like this, but I just loved reading it. Von Arnim's charming and clever wit fills page after page. What a fun little read.

    22. Richard

      I own an old hard cover copy that took me ages to find. I'm glad to see someone republishing it. This is another wonderful "intimate" book by Elizabeth, maybe 4 or 5 in the series.

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