(All the Dogs of My Life) [EBOOK/PDF] Ä Elizabeth von Arnim
There is something so deliciously wonderful in Elizabeth von Arnim s writing that catches the essence of an individual and a being in tune with nature Having read all three Elizabeth books is what made me a fan but The *Enchanted April just was icing on the reading so called cake In All The Dogs of My Life all the * April just was icing on the reading so called cake In All The Dogs of My Life all the that were present in the Elizabeth series which are humorous trying to have peace when visitors are at your heels and the beauty of nature with also her recollections about her dogs She states several times in her book that this is not an autobiography but it is in reality it was in a sense because besides telling about the dogs we learn about her
TO MAKE THIS DECLARATION SEEMS WRONG make this declaration seems wrong have many favorite authors but if it were possible to meet one in the celestial I would choose Elizabeth hands down because her spirit is my spirit I have fallen wildly in love with Von Arnim s writing this year her stories are warm witty sweet and yet profoundly insightful In her personal life Elizabeth suffered reatly even though she chooses not to call this an autobiography but a biography of her canine companions and does not touch for long on her tremendous personal loses she was no luckier with her dogs than she was in other aspects of her life This had moments of such intense sadness that I had to put it down for days at a time Surely the writer of such marvelous and under read and under appreciated stories deserved so much better I subsisted so to speak on catsLuminous literary and funny I m not sure why people aren t reading Elizabeth von Arnim Her books are among my favorites and this is the closest thing she ever wrote to a true memoir One life fourteen dogs with spaces in between for children husbands and cats Very charming Von Arnim at her bes. From Bijou her very first dog to Chunkie and Knobbie her favourite and last canine companions Elizabeth von Arnim takes us through the complex journey of her life From her Pomeran. She was rateful to pass over them in a determined attempt to produce a lighthearted read but I can t help but feel it was an opportunity missed I love this woman s style of writing Writing about the dogs she has owned
the author also provides an indirect and incomplete autobiography For example one of her husbands is missing author also provides an indirect and incomplete autobiography For example one of her husbands is missing The author can be a charming raconteur and I did enjoy the sections about her home in the Swiss mountains and later in Provence But although the sad fates of her childhood dogs were beyond the author s control the dogs in her life don t fare much better once the author rows up and aside from praising their devotion to her she doesn t ive a very nuanced *account of their personalities and uirks the idea * of their personalities and uirks The idea she could influence bad behavior with training and exercise never seems to occur to the author And putting to sleep an overweight but otherwise healthy 3 year old dog because you don t want it any longer seems irresponsible and cruel however badly you feel about it afterwards This is a strange autobiography It is a way of talking about her life without directly dealing with her heartbreak There are major aps especially concerning her second husband and von Arnim is not really that involved with dogs They provide companionship when she is empty nesting Shockingly she doesn t like neutering her dogs nor is she very McGill Fortnightly, Vol. 4 good at training them Later autobiographical information reveals she put them down when she left Switzerland Actually much as she loves them considering that she had to leave them in the hands of servants for long periods of time she might have been better off with catsNote I had toet this print on demand book from Virago in England It s not available in the US The pictures are uite rainy and don t reproduce well. Ntain hideaway to World War I and a disastrous second marriage her dogs or lack of were always vital to her Through them Elizabeth von Arnim offers observations on life and societ.
Elizabeth von Arnim ç 1 CHARACTERST A lovely book almost an sutobiography I d love to read a full autobiography told through the times surrounding the dogs she owned how she felt about them what happened to them and all of the friends lovers and houses that they encountered Highly recommended After reading Elizabeth and Her German Garden I wanted to find out a
BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR THIS BOOK ISN T STRICTLYabout the author This book isn t strictly autobiography since she sticks pretty closely to accounts of the dogs who had shared her life still there are enough tidbits about her to make you wish for a thorough book about the rest of her life While she did seem to love her dogs I was bothered by the callous attitude toward a few of them most notably the dog who was neutered rew fat and seemed to lose his charm for her I ask you what is wrong with a fat loving dog I was dismayed when she had him put down at three years old That doesn t make her much of a dog lover in my book I had to remind myself that she lived in a different time period when I suppose people were pragmatic about their pets Much of the book recounts the time she lived in a Swiss chalet with the uests who *came and went Just as in Elizabeth and Her German Garden you et the impression the * and went Just as in Elizabeth and Her German Garden you et the impression the really
preferred a solitude that mostly eluded her The many old black and white photos of herself with her dogs reallya solitude that mostly eluded her The many old black and white photos of herself with her dogs really to my enjoyment of the book If you are really really interested in the author you may enjoy this book but if you just want a book about a dog lover this is not the book An enchanting book but I would have preferred a substantial assessment of her life and philosophy Historical events such as WW1 and key life events such as her ill fated marriage to Lord Russell happen offstage with only fleeting references to reat rief or approaching doom It s as if. Ian idyll encapsulated in her first novel Elizabeth and Her German Garden to less happy days in London following the death of her first husband; from the solitude of her Swiss mou.