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Christopher and Columbus

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published 1919)
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I took this book on vacation with me to a sunny, warm destination with palm trees, and it turned out to be the perfect read - sweet and fluffy, sort of like cotton candy without the toothache at the end.

This was my first von Arnim. A few people have recommended Elizabeth and Her German Garden to me but reading the descriptions of that book did not motivate me. Really? A year in the life of a woman learning to garden? It's only after reading this book that I can see how something like t...more
This is an old book, published in 1919, and my nice-smelling copy was made in 1919. It's a story about twin girls, orphans, named Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas (what kind of name is that?) who have the misfortune of being half English and half German during World War I. It's just the story of what they do in response to this. It took me a long time to decide whether I liked the two girls or not, because in some ways they take initiative and take their future into their own hands, but they are als...more
Delightful is the word that comes to mind. Great vacation read! I laughed often while reading this. Lots of humorous insights about humankind.
I fell in love with the Twinkler sisters, and enjoyed their adventures as they progressed from Pomerania to Acapulco. Typical of Elizabeth von Arnim, beautiful language, humour, and wit.
Christopher and Columbus are two twin sisters, half English half German,(actually both named Anna) who are heading towards America on a steamer at the beginning of WW1. They are orphans raised in Pomerania (that's Germany)but who have no German relatives who want to raise half English teenage twins and their English relatives won't have them because of the newly stirred up German-hatered going around like a virus. They meet a nice older man who takes pity on them as they cross the Atlantic, and...more
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Elizabeth von Arnim's novels are among the wittiest and most entertaining novels I've ever read.
A delightful story that is fun to read, not just to finish. Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas are seventeen-year-old twins who find themselves orphaned and without a home or even a country since their father was German and their mother was English. World War I has begun and few people are willing to take in even children with any German connections. They are sent away on a ship to live with an uncle's acquaintances in America but nothing seems to turn out as it should...
This was a charming book. Truly enjoyable and fun. A light read, but pretty thorough observations and wittiness sprinkled throughout.
The story was good, but at times I felt it went on and on and on. The subtle humor was very enjoyable.
Mrs. Von Arnim, il piacere è stato mio!
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Elizabeth, Countess Russell, was a British novelist and, through marriage, a member of the German nobility, known as Mary Annette Gräfin von Arnim.
Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in New Zealand while her family resided in Sydney, Australia, she was raised in England and in 1891 married Count Henning August von Arnim, a Prussian aristocrat, and the great-great-great-grandson of King Friedrich Wilhelm I...more
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