The book has humor and sadness as she describes the life of its hero Fritz von Hardenberg, before he became Novalis, the late 18th century German Romantic poet. This book will reward you with fantastic riches; a pirate galleon's worth; but you have to dig deep to find the treasure. A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the United States, The Blue Flower was one of eleven books- and the only paperback- chosen as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review. It made me curious how Fitzgerald was able to recreate the past with such precision and such grace. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 20, 2020. The chapters are short and sweet, no explanations about life in the 16th century, yet Fitzgerald creates an intimate sense of life in German in this time and place with beautiful descriptions of landscape and domestic life and interiors. Since then, she's written eight more, three of which have been short-listed for England's prestigious, Fitzgerald never repeats herself, and her latest novel, named Book of the Year by 19 British newspapers in 1995, is her most original book yet. The book is rich in the details of life in those times and in the portrayal of vivid characters who play important roles in the doomed courtship of this Fritz and his beloved Sophie, who dies of consumption. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Times were once better for the Hardenbergs, who've sold two estates, may have to sell another, and meanwhile live in a more manageable house in town. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Mariner Books, 9780395859971, 240pp. Her prose is crystalline clear and her plots interesting in an arcane way. And all done with remarkable economy because she was such a mistress of allusion. Over 300,000 copies of her novels are in print, and profiles of her life appeared in both The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Heartbreaking and hilarious, compassionate and severe. So half way through I have decided to put this aside, I may come back to it but I doubt it. PENELOPE FITZGERALD FOR DISCUSSION We hope the following questions,together with “Fitzgerald on Fitzgerald,”will stimulate a deeper understanding of The Blue Flowerand The Bookshop. Fitzgerald's interest in complex, tragicomic family life must stem from her own family experience; I read THE BLUE FLOWER mainly because I just read her newish biography. Please try again. The entire book is about longing. BBC Radio 4 Extra - Penelope Fitzgerald - The Blue Flower This programme is not currently available 4 Extra Debut. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Please try again. The book is rich in the details of life in those times and in the portrayal of vivid characters who play important roles in the doomed courtship of this Fritz and his beloved Sophie, who dies of consumption. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. enelope FITZGERALD'S first novel was published in 1977, when she was already 60. In 2008 The Times listed her among "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. The German poet Novalis (1772-1801) was really Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg and Fitzgerald ( The Gates of Angels, 1992; Offshore, 1987, etc.) For someone about to read it, it can seem a trifle intimidating. From the Booker Prize-winning author of Offshore comes this unusual romance between the poet Novalis and his fiancée, Sophie, newly introduced by Candia McWilliam. A little treasure; highly recommended. A historical novel that's touching, funny, unflinchingly tragic, and at the same time uncompromising in its accuracy, learning, and detail: a book that brings its subject entirely alive, almost nothing seeming beyond its grasp. Please try again. '' This cheerful, careless, laughing child-woman becomes Fritz's star, his guide, ``his Philosophy.'' The 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner in Fiction. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. In 1979, her novel OFFSHORE won Britain's Booker Prize, and in 1998 she won the National Book Critics Circle Prize for THE BLUE FLOWER. It has all the narrative coherence of a bolted rabbit - it weaves and staggers and seems to waver drunkenly at times; but it comes together at the end and unveils a host of absolutely charming characters, not least the future poet/philosopher, Novalis and his family of eccentric siblings. The Blue Flower, the ultimate symbol of longing. This is the story of Friedrich von Hardenberg--Fritz, to his intimates--a young man of the late 18th century who is destined … Unable to add item to List. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 20, 2020. He is a young man so self-contained, so absorbed in his thoughts, that I wondered where the drama would arise. It doesn't go to town with it's humour, but it is artfully present at all times. It was definitely not gripping and I’m still not sure what it was about, what was at stake, apart from the author’s original and poetic language. And all done with remarkable economy because she was such a mistress of allusion. Some times the effect of it being pieced together is felt. Taking us back to the late 18th Century we are taken into the life of a certain provincial German, Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, later to become better known to us as simply Novalis. This is a book that is irresistible; but not seductive. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. A beautiful book. THE BLUE FLOWER By Penelope Fitzgerald. A peculiar tale and probably if it occurred nowadays he's be arrested for being a pervert. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Fitzgerals includes so much with so little, as if she believes that less is more, which in this case is true. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. It's not helped by needless time shifting in the narrative, nor that the core story is about a 20 year old man falling 'in love' with a 13 year old girl. Fitzgerald doesn't make it entirely clear what draws Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis's real name) to little Sophie?but that is precisely the point. When I bought it, I didn’t realize it was the last novel by the Booker prize winner; published five years before her death in 2000 aged 83. here re-creates him, his family, his doomed young lover Sophie von Kühn, and Sophie's huge family—not to mention the era all of them lived in—in the most human-sized … Publication Date: April 15, 1997. A great talent. Now she's back with her tenth and best book so far, The Blue Flower. Try. ''The Blue Flower is a model of what historical fiction can be at its best - when the radical otherness of other times is not merely acknowledged but made integral to the fictional experience. Other Editions of This Title: Digital Audiobook (6/1/2015) Paperback (10/14/2014) Analog Audio Cassette (11/14/2000) Pre-Recorded Audio Player (6/2/2015) Audio Cassette (1/1/1980) Paperback (5/24/1996) I am in awe of Penelope Fitzgerald. 226 pp. The way leads inwards, always inwards' ''). Now she's back with her tenth and best book so far, The Blue Flower. There was a problem loading your book clubs. The attachment shocks his family and friends. Seldom in these comments and reviews do I feel compelled to write with a sternly negative assessment. Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2018. Even though this is an historical novel, it is nothing like what one might expect from that genre. Heartbreaking and hilarious, compassionate and severe. Penelope Fitzgerald wrote her first novel 20 years ago, at the age of 59. And about Novalis. Even though this is an historical novel, it is nothing like what one might expect from that genre. The book has humor and sadness as she describes the life of its hero Fritz von Hardenberg, before he became Novalis, the late 18th century German Romantic poet. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. As first I wasn't sure if I was reading fact or fiction and I suspect it was a mixture of both. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 1, 2018. The chapters are short and sweet, no explanations about life in the 16th century, yet Fitzgerald creates an intimate sense of life in German in this time and place with beautiful descriptions of landscape and domestic life and interiors. I am in awe of Penelope Fitzgerald. by Penelope Fitzgerald ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 15, 1997. I just didn't like this book. I was insanely frustrated by his devotion to his twelve-year old muse, who as acknowledged, has barely any attributes that attract devotion or friendship in modern terms, but I loved the minutiae of 18th century life in Germany, and once inculcated into the book's mysteries, found it totally enticing. It confirms Fitzgerald’s place as one of the finest and most entertaining novelists in England.” –The Observer “[The Blue Flower] is a quite astonishing book, a masterpiece.” –New York Times Book Review “Her limpid, exact prose reflects an unwaveringly clear view of … Fitzgerald's interest in complex, tragicomic family life must stem from her own family experience; I read THE BLUE FLOWER mainly because I just read her newish biography. It doesn't go to town with it's humour, but it is artfully present at all times. here re-creates him, his family, his doomed young lover Sophie von Kuhn, and Sophie's huge family--not to mention the era all of them lived in--in the most human-sized and yet intellectually capacious narrative a reader could wish for. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2017. Fitzgerald’s greatest triumph.” — New York Times Book ReviewThe Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late eighteenth-century Germany. Please try your request again later. Against all precedent (Sophie isn't of the real nobility), and in keeping with the changing times (there's been the revolution in France), he gets his father's permission to become engaged--but dreadful sorrow lies just ahead. A peculiar tale and probably if it occurred nowadays he's be arrested for being a pervert. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. When I bought it, I didn’t realize it was the last novel by the Booker prize winner; published five years before her death in 2000 aged 83. This book is well written and life during that period appears to be well researched but the characters did not come alive for me as they did in The Beginning of Spring. This book will reward you with fantastic riches; a pirate galleon's worth; but you have to dig deep to find the treasure. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2016. THE BLUE FLOWER. By Penelope Fitzgerald. For someone about to read it, it can seem a trifle intimidating. Penelope Fitzgerald wrote her first novel 20 years ago, at the age of 59. The Observer in 2012 placed her final novel, The Blue Flower, among "the ten best historical novels". This is a story of love lost. A great talent. Something went wrong. The Blue Flower is a critically acclaimed 1995 historical novel by author Penelope Fitzgerald. Please try again. What is the meaning,in the novel and in Penelope Mary Fitzgerald (17 December 1916 – 28 April 2000) was a Booker Prize–winning novelist, poet, essayist and biographer from Lincoln, England. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2016. The Blue Flower: Fitzgerald, Penelope: Amazon.sg: Books. I read this book for a book club and I enjoyed it for its language, consistency and short chapters. I’m not sure I would have read or finished it without the book club, though. Since then, she's written eight more, three of which have been short-listed for England's prestigious Booker Prize, and one of which, Offshore, won. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Her detailed recreations of historical milieus are outstanding and her grasp of human psychology piercingly insightful. Comments of Bob Corbett March 2001. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Over 300,000 copies of her novels are in print, and profiles of her life appeared in both The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.In 1979, her novel Offshore won Britain's Booker Prize, and in 1998 she won the National Book Critics Circle Prize for The Blue Flower. Boston: Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Company. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2016. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. This is an extraordinary book - one that was suggested by someone else in my book club - which I enjoyed exorbitantly and madly (an element of madness in one's own character is a necessary precursor to reading this book I would think). There was a problem loading your book clubs. And about Novalis. Hello, Sign in. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2017. I learned more than I ever thought I even wanted to about 17-18th c. Germany. PENELOPE FITZGERALD wrote many books small in size but enormous in popular and critical acclaim over the past two decades. Perhaps if I knew more about German romantacisn I might have got more out of the book, but a novel should stand on its own. PENELOPE FITZGERALD (1916–2000) was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. You find yourself wanting more, and the scene switches. Cart Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals Electronics Customer Service Books New Releases Home … I preferred the other one. Says he: `` `Something happened to me.' Since then, she's written eight more, three of which have been short-listed for England's prestigious Booker Prize, and one of which, Offshore, won. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Penelope Fitzgerald was obviously sailing splendidly in the wind with this book - comfortable in her position as an established and celebrated writer; aware of her own capacity for observation and passing on her many years' wisdom gently and meditatively. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. The last novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, despite the slimness of this you will probably be surprised to know that this took her about four years to write. Set in 18th century Germany, Fitzgerald tells her imagining of the teenage story of real German poet and philosopher Fritz von Hardenberg, later called Novalis. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I think that's what I hoped to find out by reading the book but didn't as I didn't get to know the characters well enough. I read this book for a book club and I enjoyed it for its language, consistency and short chapters. Penelope Fitzgerald, winner of the Booker Prize for "The Blue Flower," writes short novels (novella size really). It wasn't clear to me why a well educated man became infatuated with a child, not a very intelligent one at that. 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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. This itself is part of here pure genius. THE BLUE FLOWER 1. Fitzgerals includes so much with so little, as if she believes that less is more, which in this case is true. This is an extraordinary book - one that was suggested by someone else in my book club - which I enjoyed exorbitantly and madly (an element of madness in one's own character is a necessary precursor to reading this book I would think). What transpires, then, in the inward universe, when Fritz first sees 12-year- old Sophie von Khn standing at a window looking out? Check out this great listen on Audible.com. Penelope Fitzgerald uses fiction to examine an 18th-century German poet and his doomed love for a 12-year-old girl. The blue flower— die blaue Blum e— has long been a symbol of Romantic yearning. Paper, $12. If ever there is a book to persevere with, to have patience with, and to go back and re-read again, it is ‘The Blue Flower’ by Penelope Fitzgerald. Her detailed recreations of historical milieus are outstanding and her grasp of human psychology piercingly insightful. It has all the narrative coherence of a bolted rabbit - it weaves and staggers and seems to waver drunkenly at times; but it comes together at the end and unveils a host of absolutely charming characters, not least the future poet/philosopher, Novalis and his family of eccentric siblings. Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (June 2, 2015). To say he's a salt inspector, though, is a little like saying Shakespeare was an actor. If ever there is a book to persevere with, to have patience with, and to go back and re-read again, it is ‘The Blue Flower’ by Penelope Fitzgerald. Penelope Fitzgerald was obviously sailing splendidly in the wind with this book - comfortable in her position as an established and celebrated writer; aware of her own capacity for observation and passing on her many years' wisdom gently and meditatively. As a counterpoint to her protagonist's beautifully captured romanticism, Fitzgerald successfully evokes the sights, sound, and smells?and the constant sorrows?of domestic life in 18th-century Germany. Perhaps if I knew more about German romantacisn I might have got more out of the book, but a novel should stand on its own. ISBN # 0-395-85997-2. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In Fritz Fitzgerald has discovered a perfect character through whom to explore the meaning of love, poetry, life, and loss. The Blue Flower (Paperback) By Penelope Fitzgerald. It's not dreadful, the prose is good, but neither characters nor story engaged me. This brilliant young man, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2017. 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. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2017. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. PENELOPE FITZGERALD wrote many books small in size but enormous in popular and critical acclaim over the past two decades. When I bought it, I didn’t realize it was the last novel by the Booker prize winner; published five years before her death in 2000 aged 83. Not only have Fritz's studies brought him among faculty the likes of Fichte, Schiller, and Schlegel--but he himself is already a visionary poet helping bring the 18th century to its close (`` `The universe, after all, is within us. Prime. Penelope Fitzgerald wrote many books small in size but enormous in popular and critical acclaim over the past two decades. This book is well written and life during that period appears to be well researched but the characters did not come alive for me as they did in The Beginning of Spring. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. If ever there is a book to persevere with, to have patience with, and to go back and re-read again, it is ‘The Blue Flower’ by Penelope Fitzgerald. Taking us back to the late 18th Century we are taken into the life of a certain provincial German, Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, later to become better known to us as simply Novalis. Having just finished The beginning of Spring by the same author I was really looking forward to this book as many reviewers say it is her best. it is nothing like what one might expect from that genre, Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2014. It wasn't clear to me why a well educated man became infatuated with a child, not a very intelligent one at that. In The Blue Flower readers will find a work of fine prose, fierce intelligence, and perceptive characterization. The Blue Flower Penelope Fitzgerald, Author Mariner Books $13 (240p) ISBN 978-0-395-85997-1. Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2018. Having just finished The beginning of Spring by the same author I was really looking forward to this book as many reviewers say it is her best. Alas, here I must do so. He is a young man so self-contained, so absorbed in his thoughts, that I wondered where the drama would arise. What better tribute could be made to Novalis, perhaps the greatest poet of the German Romantic. ?Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal", The German poet Novalis (17721801) was really Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg: and Fitzgerald (The Gates of Angels, 1992; Offshore, 1987, etc.) All Hello, Sign in. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction for The Blue Flower, the Booker Prize for Offshore, and three of her novels — The Bookshop,The Gate of Angels, and The Beginning of Spring — were short-listed for the Booker Prize. Since then, she's written eight more, three of which have been short-listed for England's prestigious Booker Prize, and one of which, Offshore, won. Mariner Books; 1st U.S. ed edition (April 15, 1997). I learned more than I ever thought I even wanted to about 17-18th c. Germany. It’s the sort of book, as other reviewers have suggested, where you end up living inside its world. The Blue Flower is a magical book--funny, sad, and deeply moving. The Blue Flower. 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