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The Blue Flower by Henry Van Dyke

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Published by Wildside Press .
Written in English


  • Short stories,
  • Fiction - General,
  • Fiction,
  • Short Stories (single author)

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages196
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7978827M
ISBN 100809595427
ISBN 109780809595426

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For a historical novel, The Blue Flower is vanishingly slim. It has 55 brief chapters--essentially vignettes of a few pages each--concluding with an incredibly spare and moving afterword. The German I found off-putting at first, but it’s mostly people’s names, nicknames, and place names and adds a lovely antique shade to the by: The Blue Flower, by Henry Van Dyke, is a magical, wanderlust book. It is filled with nine stories of varying length and eight beautiful prints(paintings). Even in an antique store of a thousand book, this one stood out(though I quite enjoy flowers, so that might be part of it). The pictures go beautifully with each story/5. Some times the effect of it being pieced together is felt. You find yourself wanting more, and the scene switches. This itself is part of here pure genius. The entire book is about longing. What better tribute could be made to Novalis, perhaps the greatest poet of the German Romantic. The Blue Flower, the ultimate symbol of longing.5/5(5). A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the United States, The Blue Flower was one of eleven books- and the only paperback- chosen as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Reviews: 1.

The blue flower, in literary works, a mystic symbol of longing. The lichtblaue Blume first appeared in a dream to the hero of Novalis ’s fragmentary novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen (), who associates it with the woman he loves from afar. The blue flower became a widely recognized symbol among the Romantics. In the middle of The Blue Flower, almost buried within many dialogues in this historical novel, the main character, poet Fritz von Hardenberg, makes the following comment: “If a story begins .   The Blue Flower is a mysterious short book, as well as a completely realised one. The German poet Novalis () was really Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg and Fitzgerald (The Gates of Angels, ; Offshore, , etc.) here re-creates him, his family, his doomed young lover Sophie von Kühn, and Sophie's huge family—not to mention the era all of them lived in—in the most human-sized and yet intellectually capacious narrative a reader .

The Blue Flower, chosen nineteen times in England as the “Book of the Year,” also presents an uncannily convincing view of landscape and life in late-eigh- teenth-century Saxony — its small towns, universities, estates, and. The Blue Flower tells of the early life of Fritz von Hardenberg, the young man who would become the great romantic poet and philosopher Novalis. Brilliant and idealistic, his heart is captured by the young Sophie von Kuhn, an artless child he nonetheless describes as his ‘true Philosophy’.   In his unfinished novel Heinrich von Oftterdingen, the flower is something unattainable and unreachable. The blue flower “can never be found, it can only be sought”, says Hermione Lee. And so it is. Read The Blue Flower by author Henry van Dyke, FREE, online. (Table of Contents.) This book and many more are available.