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The Blue Flower Read & download Ü 107 Ó [Download] ➺ The Blue Flower Author Penelope Fitzgerald – The Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe in the small towns and great universities of late eighteenth century Germany It tells the true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg a passionate impetuous stud The BlueThe Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe in the small towns and great universities of late eighteenth century Germany 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 Fritz s. This is my favourite of the three Fitzgerald novels that I've read In common with Gate of Angels and The Beginning of Spring a wealth of research has gone into this novel Our reasons for liking a novel are often subjective and completely unreasonable And I do love this novel which for me has the sound feeling of an early piano playing Mozart sonatas early Beethoven and here and there something by one of Old Bach's many musical sons Am I too biased by the memory of a pizza eaten at Jena waiting for a train one hot summer's day many year's ago without a doubt So in my case the place and time of the setting and the intellectual firmament of the characters overlap and this gives me some happiness It is the end of the Enlightenment and the shattering of the Ancien Regime at least in mainland Europe that provides the intellectual background for this novel about Novalis Glancing up and down my bookshelves it is a period that captivates meBut it is not just about the intellectual stuff Romanticism and romance run up against day to day life 'Here among the table linen I am disturbed by Fritz Hardenburg's young sister thought Dietmahler This is the sort of thing I meant to avoid' It later turns out that she forgets him Optimism is defeated by realities as chance fails to create happy couples view spoiler or Cupid feeling perverse or perverser decides to save his arrows hide spoiler

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Nality of love the The Blue PDFEPUBtransfiguration of the commonplace the clarity of purpose that comes with knowing one’s own fate these are the themes of this beguiling novel themes treated with a mix of wit grace and mischievous humor uniue to the art of Penelope Fitzgerald. The Blue Flower is another of the books my dear old dad got me at Christmas and like the other one I read What a Life by JB Priestley it is a stone cold turkey I’m not sure what my pa asked for when he went into the bookstore but I’m pretty sure it was “I want to bore my son like he’s never been bored before what books do you suggest”The novel looks at the short life of Novalis an obscure late 18th century German Romantic philosopherpoet and his relationship with his 14 year old betrothed Sophie On the edge of your seat yet But wait there’s Novalis is also administrator of a salt mine and then Sophia dies at 15 of a brain tumour or something Novalis dies shortly after aged 28 Yeah that sounds like something I’d be interested in grumble Don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this guy or wanting to read about this era but whatever thanks dad I’m really not sure what Penelope Fitzgerald was going for in this book Novalis and Sophie’s story isn’t very exciting and I’m not sure what writing about it was meant to elicit in me I suppose it’s a bit scandalous today that a twentysomething was interested in a child for his bride but it was acceptable back in the 18th century Why was he so obsessed with Sophie was he just a pedo albeit mentally he never actually sleeps with her No clueI also didn’t really understand much about Novalis’ work or its relevance to Western culture He kept calling Sophie his “philosophy” but I never really got what that meant or what his work and art was about Then again I was nodding off every other paragraph This 282 page book took nearly a month for me to get through because it’s so easy to put down the pacing is so slow and plodding It’s also annoying that the book has a lot of untranslated German which I don’t speak and the characters and places have long German names and titles A common sentence went along these lines“Johanturmhiem went to Turineingemain for the Polaintenurgin Werntingethenineign was talking to Desingtineoiengiengn about the Kolieingeinteininininin’s Tuinhugjnguun at which the Versingintineugh was very much Gerugugunaeughuhunniinginging” Say whaaaaaaaat A lot of the characters were very flat I got a rough idea of who Sophie and Novalis were but everyone else was a blank and everyone speaks in the same voice I suppose it was mildly interesting in comparison to the rest of the novel towards the end when Sophia was dying or maybe that was just my excitement at nearing the end of this dreary muck This novel is like someone mildly dramatised a Wikipedia entry on Novalis Read The Blue Flower if you want to feel the mental anguish young Sophie was going through Gah there are 8 books on the Christmas pile Oh no is that Proust Goes looking for noose

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The Blue FlowerEeks his father’s permission to wed his “heart's heart” his “spirit's guide” a plain simple child named Sophie von Kühn It is an attachment that shocks his family and friends Their brilliant young Fritz betrothed to a twelve year old dullard How can this beThe irratio. 35 starsThis is my third Penelope Fitzgerald The focus of the book is the early life of Fritz von Hardenberg – better known as the German Romantic poet Novalis – and especially his infatuation for 12 year old Sophie whom he meets during an official visit he pays as apprentice engineer to the household of her stepfather von Rochenthien The book begins by offering us a closer look at the Hardenberg family the weak and easily distracted mother the capable elder sister the boisterous independent minded youngest brother The father makes his appearance a little bit later; a born again Christian or the euivalent in 18th century Germany and a member of the nobility but without funds or connections von Hardenberg rules the household with an iron fist but though not much loved he is not hated either He is of course offended at the news of the French Revolution and finds the idea a civil suit against the King of France brought by his own people scandalous so he forbids newspapers at homeYoung Fritz couldn’t be different He is amiable and sociable a poet and philosopher at heart with a love for nature and ideas He is certainly not the type to become a Salt Mine Inspector the profession his father intends for him but interestingly he takes that into his stride when the time comes and becomes a model apprentice without sacrificing his love for poetry or philosophy While an apprentice he gets to know his tutor’s niece Karoline and it seems that an idyll is on the cards Karoline is an intelligent and tactful woman able to appreciate Fritz’s poetry and personality Alas this was not meant to be During a visit to the Rockenthiens something happens to Fritz that he is unable to explain or resist In fact the apparition he encounters is so intense that he tells his tutor ‘Something happened to me’ looking dazed and disorientedThe apparition is 12 year old Sophie – a child who does not seem to possess either unusual intelligence or exuisite beauty Yet Fritz spends the rest of his time at the Rockenthiens’ trying to win her attention and hopefully a promise that she’s not indifferent to him He will come back to the house again and again hoping to earn Sophie’s love and later as Sophie gets older her agreement to marry himIt’s a mystery to me why Sophie inspires so much love or is ‘infatuation’ the right word here not only from Fritz but from another Hardenberg brother as well even though this brother initially tries to dissuade Fritz from his folly She seems to have a command over men which the novel unfortunately doesn’t shed light on It was this aspect of the book that I found disappointing What is it about Sophie that makes young men fall in love head over heels with her She can hardly write she doesn’t appear to have intellectual interests or indeed anything to share with Fritz Fritz himself can’t understand what’s the matter with him ”I can’t comprehend her I can’t get the measure of her I love something that I do not understand She has got me but she is not at all sure she wants me”It might help here if we looked at the romantic ideal of women Says Fritz ”I think indeed that women have a better grasp on the whole business of life than we men have We are morally better than they are but they can reach perfection we can’t And that is in spite of the fact that they particularise we generalise”The revered Goethe who pays a visit to young Sophie during her stay at Jena says to Fritz's brother ”I think I know what you wanted to ask me You wonder whether Fräulein von Kühn when she is restored to health will be a true source of happiness to your bother Probably you feel that there is not an euality of understanding between them But rest assured it is not her understanding that we love in a young girl We love her beauty her innocence her trust in us her airs and graces her God knows what – but we don’t love her for her understanding – nor I am sure does Hardenberg”I would have loved if the book had explored this theme in depth Is this irresistible attraction that Fritz experiences love or something else How might it play out in the context of marriage and a long co habitation Might Fritz regret allowing himself to be carried away by his feelings Of course that is a complex uestion for a Romantic for whom feelings are guides to a fundamental reality I really wish Fitzgerald had used this book to explore these uestionsWhat we do get is a vivid and I believe accurate depiction of the intellectual atmosphere in Germany which was at the time divided into several principalities The famed Jena a university town where the better known Romantics resided is beautifully portrayed We get to know a lot about student life which was not much different then from what it is today a lot of drunkenness and intellectual curiosity despicable lodgings and a fervour for life that is the hallmark of youth The Schlegels make an appearance as does Fichte’s philosophy Fitzgerald is at her best here filling in the characters and conveying a sense of life as it must have been at the turn of the century this is late 1700s Strong female characters Karoline Sophie’s elder sister provide the counterpoint to Sophie It is not impossible after all that Fitzgerald did want to write the feminist novel not by proclaiming a thesis about Sophie and Fritz’s infatuation but through tacit comparison with the other female characters