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The Blue Flower
The Blue Flower
Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends. This brilliant young man, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it be? A l...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780395859971
ISBN-10: 0395859972
Publication Date: 4/15/1997
Pages: 240
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3 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This book is remarkable and memorable. But it won't be for everyone's taste. Penelope Fitzgerald writes with the conversational style of 18th-century educated Germans: formal, florid, and somewhat stilted to 21st-century readers. In addition, Fitzgerald spends no time defining concepts, ideas, tasks, or activities of this time and place that are unfamiliar to modern readers. And yet, this short novel really works! It dramatizes the relationships and life of an 18th-century poet known today as Novalis, who lived at the same Romantic Period time, and trod some of the same paths, as the famous German philosopher, Goethe. While learning a "suitable trade" for a highborn, well-educated son of a financially strapped family, the young Novalis (Fritz) befriends a family. Among the members of the family is Sophie, a young girl with whom Fritz falls in love. The Blue Flower is the story of Fritz, Sophie, and their relationship.
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This is an intelligent read, engaging story in easy chapters. It goes far beyond the mere scope of the historical account, written in novel form, and surprised me with its offbeat, sly humor and engaging relationships. I read it all in one day - but I can tell that it will sit with me for much, much longer. Might read again. Just the story of an 18th century German intellectual philosopher, who curiously falls in love with a dull, simple 12-year-old girl - well, it's a story that defies description.
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True story of a poet who falls in love with a child of 12. This is a very clever book and the author is quite gifted and tells this true story with subtlety and truthfulness as she knows it to be true from records. Very insightful into this century and the mind of this very eccentric's life. A good read.


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