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Christopher and Columbus

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  27 reviews
A story of two sisters voyaging to America during the Great War, from one of the most popular novelists of her time
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Published August 21st 2006 by Echo Library (first published March 1919)
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Phrodrick funniest? No, in fact I do not remember laughing, however it was humorous. More than humorous enough to keep me reading.

most interesting? Not even in…more
funniest? No, in fact I do not remember laughing, however it was humorous. More than humorous enough to keep me reading.

most interesting? Not even in the top 10. I did want to get to the end, and I was concerned that the girls might have to feel just how bad Anti-German feelings were (less)

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Mona
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? Um...no. It's only after reading this book that I can see how something like t
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I thought this would be a fun light read, but it turned out to be a good example of a book that has not stood the test of time. (Amusingly, the bookjacket states that it's set on the eve of WWII - given that the book was published in 1919, naming the wrong war should have been an easy mistake to catch.) I read 131 pages and it had yet to arrive at a plot. A novel's got to have something at stake; even if it's just "can the protagonist keep the surprise party a secret?", there has to be something ...more
Elena T. (Eleanor26th)
Siamo agli albori del primo conflitto mondiale in questo bel romanzo di Elizabeth Von Armin intitolato “Cristoforo e Colombo”, dove le gemelle Anna Rose e Anna Felicitas Von Twinkler sono due ragazze tedesche orfane di entrambi i genitori che vengono affidate alle cure dell’inglese zio Arthur e consorte. Eh no, soluzione a dir poco inaccettabile per l’insofferente zio: le giovani sono tedesche, praticamente il nemico, e non può in alcun modo tenersele in casa.

Nemmeno il tempo di abituarsi al nuo
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Anto_s1977
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Rose e Anna Felicitas von Twinkler sono due gemelle nate e cresciute in Germania e trasferitesi in Inghilterra dopo la morte del padre.
Purtroppo anche l'amatissima madre, appassionata di poesia e letteratura inglese, dopo una breve malattia, muore lasciando le due gemelle orfane. Le ragazze si trasferiscono in casa della zia, ma la convivenza non dura molto; il marito della zia, infatti, non tollera la presenza delle due giovani nella propria casa, non solo perchè è costretto a mantenerle,
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Lora
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wit-and-wisdom
Delightful fluff. Enjoyed every page. Save it for a down time in your life, when it can serve as the escapist fun you need with that freshly spiced sardonic skewering of particular personalities with which we have been burdened in our society.
Got it free on Kindle, but had to dig- its' getting harder and harder to find those free versions! Or maybe my tastes just run too obscure? Well wake up, people, and read this stuff! Then I will be part of mainstream culture without having to give up any e
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Nicole
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Tanya
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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...
Littlem7
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delightful is the word that comes to mind. Great vacation read! I laughed often while reading this. Lots of humorous insights about humankind.
Erica
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Susan
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 18tbr, fiction
At the beginning of WWI, two orphaned twins find themselves en route to the US to find their fortunes, having various comic adventures along the way.

But the back story is more complicated. The twins are Anna-Rosa and Anna-Felícitas, and they give themselves the nicknames of ‘Christopher” and “Columbus”. (Although they have distinct personalities, it took me awhile to sort out which twin was which.).

While raised in their father’s home in Germany, the Annas think of themselves as English like th
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Phrodrick
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Christopher and Columbus, Elizabeth Von Arnim has written a light hearted comedy reminiscent of Three Men on the Bummel, but with a hint of Don Quixote’s social commentary. In her hands the story is charming and humorous rather than funny with just a threat of things going to a darker place. This is very family friendly. There is no bad language and never more than a hint of potential naughtiness. Pre-teen daughters, not demanding princesses or magical beasts may find themselves taken by th ...more
Tittirossa
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 01_ebook
Godibile come tutti i libri della Arnim, ma un po’ verboso e prolisso. Vien da chiedersi cosa avrebbe tratto Wharton o James dalla stessa materia, ma forse non ci si sarebbero mai applicati per la mancanza di spessore dei personaggi.
Anne Rose e Anne Felicitas, inglesi per parte di madre e teutoniche per padre, si ritrovano catapultate dalla felice condizione di figlie amate a orfane a carico di parenti (il meraviglioso zio Arthur, l’unico che non soccombe al loro fascino) sempre più insofferent
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Lila
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a tale of two half English, half German (Pomerian)--no surprise--orphans who, due to WWI anti-German feelings in England, are put on a ship to the US and end up, like their author, in California (near LA). A nice man takes care of them and gets pulled into their lives. He is the only son of a clinging widow (as in Introduction to Sally) whom he is forced to separate himself from, a situation brought to a head by said orphans. Anti-German feeling erupt in CA, but marriage become the solut ...more
cindy l fenton
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chic book

A good G rated love story. Being half German I remember my mom telling stories of what it was like to be German during WWII. Not easy
Leslie
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
K.
Free on Kindle. Author of "The Enchanted April" (which I haven't read, yet).

Charmed. Absolutely. Totally frivolous, but wonderfully diverting. Laughed out loud many times (enough to elicit comments of "what are you reading??" from family members).

Chronicling the adventures of a pair of half-English and beginning of WWI damning half-German orphaned twins literally set adrift by unsympathetic English relatives. Put on board the "St. Luke" embarking for America with abundance of naivety and 200 p
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Amy
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Victoria Jackson
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fiction
I really loved this gentle, humorous, uplifting novel about twins Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas leaving England for America during the war. Elizabeth von Arnim writes beautifully and effortlessly. The two girls are artless, naturally outspoken and vulnerable orphans, neither completely German, nor completely English. It sounds corny, but it isn't.
Juniper
Despite the two Anna's difficulties, I think this book is a really sweet one. It shows how people can be strange and unkind, but it's also a tale of hope and courage. And, it's really well written and delightfully vintage.
I will certainly read more books by Mrs von Arnim.
Tintaglia
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Mrs. Von Arnim, il piacere è stato mio!
Alta
Elizabeth von Arnim's novels are among the wittiest and most entertaining novels I've ever read.
Janice
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
The story was good, but at times I felt it went on and on and on. The subtle humor was very enjoyable.
Rebecca Cypher
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a charming book. Truly enjoyable and fun. A light read, but pretty thorough observations and wittiness sprinkled throughout.
Sandra
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Orphaned twin girls travel to America on a ship. Everything seems to fall into place for them and there is humor in this story.
Kirsty
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I normally adore von Arnim's work, but did not become absorbed in this. I decided to give up on it for now.
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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 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 of Prussia.

She had met von Arnim durin
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