PUblished by The Folio Society, London, 2002. Introduction by Elizabeth Jane Howard and illustrated beautifully by Debra McFarlane, which includes a coloured frontis and six further coloured plates. The book is bound in a lovely pale blue cloth illustrated in black and gilt to front, back and spine, with gilt titles to spine. Green slipcase. Both the book and slipcase are very clean and neat.
The Enchanted April is about a recipe for happiness; four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed. The women at the centre are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other - and the castle of their dreams - through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don’t anticipate that the month they spend in Portofino will reintroduce them to their true natures and reacquaint them with joy. Now, if the same transformation can be worked on their husbands and lovers, the enchantment will be complete.
The Enchanted April was a best-seller in both England and the United States, as well as setting off a craze for tourism to Portofino. More recently, the novel has been the inspiration for a major film and a Broadway play.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
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