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The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A young lady runs away to England from the 'blatant vulgarity' of her South European palace
Published August 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1905)
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Feb 19, 2014 Ginny_1807 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ginny_1807 by: Azzurrina
"Vacanze" infauste
Romanzo leggero e garbato come una fiaba, forse un po' scontato, ma impreziosito da una prosa fresca e vibrante, venata a sprazzi di raffinata, mordace ironia.
È vero, come è stato rilevato, che il tema di base ricorda quello del film "Vacanze romane", diretto da William Wyler: una bella principessa, in questo caso tedesca, esasperata dalle convenzioni sociali e dai vincoli della vita di corte, decide di ribellarsi rifugiandosi nella campagna inglese, al fine di scoprire finalme
I loved this book; it has a lot of humor, but it's also serious. It ended just how I wanted it to. Awww.

Here's the moral of the story:

"Priscilla's story has taken such a hold on me, it seemed when first I heard it to be so full of lessons, that I feel bound to set it down from beginning to end for the use and warning of all persons, princesses and others, who think that by searching, by going far afield, they will find happiness, and do not see that it is lying all the while at their feet. They
Priscilla, principessa silenziosa e obbediente, è desiderosa di libertà, per questo organizza la fuga verso l’Inghilterra aiutata dall’anziano insegnante.
L’esperienza di vita in un villaggio sarà particolare, considerando che i modi da principessa non possono essere dimenticati con una semplice fuga dal palazzo.
All’inizio stavo trovando il romanzo piuttosto noioso, una volta iniziata la vita nella cittadina inglese mi ha interessato molto di più ed è risultato più scorrevole, anche grazie alla p
Did nobody notice that this book was hilarious? I caught myself laughing out loud several times - and embarrassing myself. The Librivox reader was excellent, if not professional, surely faking it well. The situations Priscilla gets herself into without any clue as to how crazy she looks? Funny! The author asides are amusing as well. Most of the charm (for me) was in the fact that the princess knew absolutely nothing of what real life was all about - but went about doing things that she thought w ...more
This was the most delightful book. I wish there was a Masterpiece Theater version. It is an adventure story/fable about good intentions gone wrong. If you feasted on Enchanted April, this will be a treat.
Oct 22, 2014 Betelgeuse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi vuole una principessa ribella senza nessuna idea della realtà che la circonda.
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Priscilla è una principessa viziata, che non ha mai vissuto fuori dal palazzo dorato in cui è cresciuta, che non accetta di sposare un principe impostole dal padre. La sua soluzione che trova per questa situazione è scappare insieme al suo tutore e una cameriera e vivere come una popolana qualsiasi.

Ovviamente il suo piano è pieno di falle e costruito su un’idea fantasiosa. La storia avrebbe potuto essere molto più coinvolgente se la protagonista non
Diane Wilkes
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The Silent Reader
If I were allowed just two words to describe this novel I would say it is “charmingly delightful!”

Set during the early 20th century, Priscilla is a princess of an unmentioned German kingdom. Unlike her two sisters she is supposed to be the model of a perfect princess. But within the closed quarters of her schoolroom, Professor Fritzing instills in this royal heart, a desire for freedom, to explore their ideals. Princess Priscilla is not happy with her lot, though no one (save the professor) susp
Geranium Cat
Elizabeth von Arnim is rather noted for the enchantingness of her books. Elizabeth and Her German Garden is one that stays with you despite its overtones of unhappiness - for the protagonist and, by implication, the author - in the writing, and Enchanted April is just beguiling. At the start, Princess Priscilla has a fairytale quality. It reminded me, with its middle European setting, of Thackeray's The Rose and the Ring, or Andrew Lang's varicoloured Fairy Books. Lothen-Kunitz is in the fairyta ...more

E' la prima volta che affronto questa scrittrice di inizio '900, e sono rimasta piacevolmente colpita dal suo stile pungente e ironico e dalle tematiche affrontate, solo in apparenza frivole e leggere.
La storia può sembrare quasi una favola. La principessa Priscilla, figlia del granduca di Lothen-Kunitiz è stufa della vita agiata e lussuosa di palazzo e sogna un piccolo cottage di campagna, in cui passare pigre serate davanti al fuoco. La realizzazione del
Piepie Beuttel
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Z Coonen
I'm surprised so many reviewers found this book "hilarious" when a spoiled (though not her fault or even her realization initially) teen princess runs away with a mentor/tutor and wreaks havoc on a tiny town. Evictions, severe illness, theft, and much worse occur because of her naïveté.

True, there are funny moments in the writing, but the first book I read by Von Arnim was The Benefactress, with such a different feel and heart that it's hard to conceive that they were written by the same author
Ce roman méconnu d'Elizabeth Von Arnim est un conte pour adultes, une sorte de fable ironique dans laquelle l'auteur nous fait découvrir les aventures d'une jeune princesse allemande qui fuit son royaume pour vivre une existence éloignée des fastes de la cour, et surtout plus simple, plus intellectuelle et plus libre. Pour se faire, elle est accompagnée du bibliothècaire officiel du royaume, un vieux monsieur brillant et fantasque qui l'aime comme sa propre fille. Ils débarquent donc tous deux d ...more
A sheltered princess runs away because she believes she will live a purer life if she were poor. Obviously, things don't work out. Written in an avuncular tone rather similar to Lewis's Narnia books, it was quite funny at times, mostly with the narrator's asides. The principal characters are so foolish it's sometimes difficult to root for them--and I was a bit thrown by the severity of the consequences of one of the princess's actions. The whole story was neither as light as I expected nor as da ...more
Emanuela Ed
brutto,scritto male al limite del lezioso ...terrificante!
This is my second Arnim book after Enchanted April. I enjoyed Arnim's comments and wit. Princess Priscilla's story reflects on the rest of us too because, yes we do sometimes beleive that life if better if only we are somewhere else, or with someone else, or doing something else, and we are blinded to the changse we must do inside ourselves, to be able to live better. I think that sometimes the changes have to be in ourselves, in our attitudes, beliefs, small actions, etcetra.It is useless takin ...more
Ana Salote
I'm a fan of E von Arnim. The inter-war period is my favourite escape zone. She is a clever writer with the wit of Dorothy Parker, and frequently produces real gems of humour. I put off reading this one because the title is pink as Katie Price's tutu. In fact I found it the slightest of her books. I never sympathised with the main character and the other characters came over as stock. It reads as though she is amusing herself by exploring a premise that doesn't entirely engage or convince her.
The Princess Priscilla runs away with her German tutor to England to escape her royal life, and a prince, at the castle. Absolutely hilarious at time; I literally burst out laughing more than once. Simple and naive, both Princess Priscilla and her tutor soon find themselves in all kinds of trouble. In the end, she learns that the poor, whom she idealized, have their own trials. The ending was very sweet and I can safely say the Princess Priscilla lived happily ever after.
A delightful tale told in a very amusing manner. First published in 1905, Princess Priscilla's Fortnight was no doubt written as a true-to-life fairy tale for Von Arnim's children. It tells the story of Priscilla, a hugely popular German princess, who grows tired of her lavish and pampered life. Through the instruction of her mentor, Herr Fritzing, she learns there is a wide and varied world outside the castle walls and yearns to escape.
Here is another charming tale by the quick-witted Elizabeth in which a German princess who, desiring freedom from her royal station, royal manners, and royal responsibilities, escapes with her teacher and friend and an unwitting maid to a humble cottage in a small village in England. There she learns to her dismay that freedom is not all that she expected nor is she what the village expected.
I really enjoyed this book! I agree with Gretchen that the BBC has really dropped the ball by not making this into a film yet. It would be great. I loved the characters and how one could feel so sympathetic toward the spoiled princess. Lovely.
I was disappointed in this book. Didn't find it up to Von Arnim's usual standard of story telling :) Never mind. She's never a total disappointment.
Jenna Anderson
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. The storyline was fun, characters well defined, etc. For some reason it didn't grab me like some other classics.
Diana Hanson
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read. I do think they were a little harsh on the maid, considering they pretty much kidnapped her, lol.
A cautionary fairy tale at its heart. The main message being to look for happiness all around you wherever you are. A fun read.:-)
I would have given this more stars, but the author had too little plot development and too much moralizing.
Nicely done. I prefer Enchanted April, but Priscilla is definitely worth a read.
Elizabeth von Arnim non mi delude mai.
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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
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“To think that you dared—to think that my—my noble boy—"

"He wasn't very noble. Mothers don't ever really know their sons, I think."

"Shameless girl!" cried Mrs. Morrison, so loud, so completely beside herself, that Priscilla hastily rang her bell... "Open the door for this lady," she said to Annalise, who appeared with a marvellous promptitude; and as Mrs. Morrison still stood her ground and refused to see either Annalise or the door Priscilla ended the interview by walking out herself, with great dignity, into the bathroom.”
“Mr. Dawson's wife was really so very meek that I fear when the Day of Reckoning comes much of this tyranny will be forgiven him and laid to her account.” 1 likes
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