The Enchanted April

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The Enchanted April is a 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. It was made into an RKO Radio movie in 1935, and a second adaptation, directed by Mike Newell, was released in 1992. The 1992 release received several Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. A Tony Award-nominated stage play by Matthew Barber, also adapted from the novel, was presented on Broadway in 2003.

Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and ...

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The Enchanted April is a 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. It was made into an RKO Radio movie in 1935, and a second adaptation, directed by Mike Newell, was released in 1992. The 1992 release received several Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. A Tony Award-nominated stage play by Matthew Barber, also adapted from the novel, was presented on Broadway in 2003.

Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environs to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins, who belong to the same ladies' club but have never spoken, become acquainted after reading an advertisement for villas for rent in a newspaper. They find some common ground in that both are struggling to make the best of unhappy marriages. Having decided to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning, but aloof, Lady Caroline Dester. The four women come together at the castle and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love.

The movie based on The Enchanted April was shot on location at Castello Brown in Portofino Italy. The same castle where the author of the book stayed in the 1920s.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781419160912
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/20/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    Enjoyed reading this book

    Four women from totally different backgrounds vacation together at a remote castle in Italy. Their lives are all transformed over the course of the month. All find love. The ending was a little abrupt for me, but a very nice read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Love this

    I watched the movie before I read the book and though the film was beautiful the book is much better.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    highly recommended

    A beautifully executed movie was done based on this book a number of years ago. It followed the book fairly faithfully. The book is beautifully written, with no unnecessary words or filler. It really is a classic.

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