The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower

Written by Penelope Fitzgerald
Narrated by Derek Perkins
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The Blue Flower

Written by Penelope Fitzgerald | Narrated by Derek Perkins
This listen set in 18th-century Germany — named one of the 10 best historical novels by the Observer — makes for “a little treasure” (Library Journal). Love need make no sense as Fritz, a brilliant philosophy student on course to become the famed romantic poet Novalis, shocks his family by pursuing a controversial betrothal. Written by a Booker Prize–winning author.

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The Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late eighteenth-century Germany. It tells the true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his father’s permission to wed his “heart’s heart,” his “spirit’s guide”—a plain, simple child named Sophie von Kühn. It is an attachment that shocks his family and friends. Their brilliant young Fritz, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard? How can this be?

The irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the commonplace, the clarity of purpose that comes with knowing one’s own fate—these are the themes of this beguiling novel, themes treated with a mix of wit, grace, and mischievous humor.

Categories: General Fiction
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Run time: 6 hours and 27 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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