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The Caravaners

Elizabeth von Arnim

4 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

Von Arnim's witty account of an ill-assorted group of upper-class people grappling with the hardships of the open road

Dear Husband, she said, actually imitating me. I know what you are going to say. I always know what you are going to say. I know all the things you ever can or ever do say. She paused for a moment, and then added in a firm voice, looking me straight in the eyes, By heart. ' For the Major and his wife Edelgard, the idea of a holiday touring Southern England in a horse-drawn gypsy caravan seems perfect. As they begin their leisurely progress through its green and verdant countryside, the holiday spirit sets in. But England presents more than a contrast of scenery to this German couple - amongst the company of their English companions Edelgard seems to undergo a change of terperament, rebealing herself to be far less biddable than the upright Major had believed. The blossoming of hedgerows is one thing, but the blossoming of his wife is quite another ...

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Praise for The Caravaners

  • One of the cleverest and most amusing stories of the year - PUNCH

  • Elizabeth excelled at creating horribly hilarious male characters, and the bone-headed Baron is one of her very best . . . The vital ingredient in all her work is fun, and here she is at her most sprightly and irreverent . . . The overall effect is as ex - Kate Saunders

  • One of the cleverest and most amusing stories of the year - PUNCH

  • Elizabeth excelled at creating horribly hilarious male characters, and the bone-headed Baron is one of her very best . . . The vital ingredient in all her work is fun, and here she is at her most sprightly and irreverent . . . The overall effect is as ex - Kate Saunders

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Elizabeth von Arnim

Elizabeth von Arnim was born in 1866 in Sydney, Australia, and brought up in England. She lived much of her life in Switzerland, where she entertained such guests as H.G. Wells (with whom she had an affair) and Katherine Mansfield, her cousin.

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