Vera First published in Vera is a darkly comic story about Lucy Entwhistle and Everard Wemyss Both have recently lost someone close to them as the first chapter opens They meet and at once believe th

First published in 1921, Vera is a darkly comic story about Lucy Entwhistle and Everard Wemyss Both have recently lost someone close to them as the first chapter opens They meet and at once believe they have found a soul mate in each other As their relationship progresses we come to understand of each character s past Most importantly we learn about Wemyss late wFirst published in 1921, Vera is a darkly comic story about Lucy Entwhistle and Everard Wemyss Both have recently lost someone close to them as the first chapter opens They meet and at once believe they have found a soul mate in each other As their relationship progresses we come to understand of each character s past Most importantly we learn about Wemyss late wife, Vera What at first appears to be a different and quirky romance turns out to be an indictment of egoism and dominance in relationships.

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  1. Elizabeth, Countess Russell, was a British novelist and, through marriage, a member of the German nobility, known as Mary Annette Gr fin 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 during an Italian tour with her father They married in London but lived in Berlin and eventually moved to the countryside where, in Nassenheide, Pomerania, the von Arnims had their family estate The couple had five children, four daughters and a son The children s tutors at Nassenheide included E M Forster and Hugh Walpole.In 1898 she started her literary career by publishing Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a semi autobiographical novel about a rural idyll published anonymously and, as it turned out to be highly successful, reprinted 21 times within the first year Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden.Count von Arnim died in 1910, and in 1916 Elizabeth married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, Bertrand Russell s elder brother The marriage ended in disaster, with Elizabeth escaping to the United States and the couple finally agreeing, in 1919, to get a divorce She also had an affair with H G Wells.She was a cousin of Katherine Mansfield whose real name was Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp.Elizabeth von Arnim spent her old age in London, Switzerland, and on the French Riviera When World War II broke out she permanently took up residence in the United States, where she died in 1941, aged 74.

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  1. Having read, and loved The Enchanted April by this author, I decided to read another of her books, and chose Vera.It couldn t have been differentThis is a dark and disturbing story of how a lovely young woman is drawn into a nightmare situation which everyone, including the reader, can see is very wrong.It s a classic example of how love is sometimes blind.As the menace grows with every page it becomes hard not to dread the outcomeIf I d been given this book to read without knowing who the auth [...]

  2. Lucy Entwhistle s beloved father has just died She is still in shock when she meets Mr Wemyss in a chance encounter He quickly moves in on Lucy and is suddenly attending to all her needs He organises her Father s funeral, gives her the support she needs and manages to manipulate and dominate with his show of care and protection.Wemyss is self absorbed, childish and greatly troubled He manages to hide his true character from Lucy and she is blinded in her growing love for her new saviour Lucy s n [...]

  3. This is a terrific, chilling portrait of a controlling, bullying monster, the gentle innocent he marries and will probably destroy, and her only hope, all but extinguished by the end of the book her aunt.Such men still live amongst us, though fortunately there is help available for their victims if they are able to escape the tyranny, than was the case back in 1920.The psychology seems to me to be spot on, and as von Arnim was using her second husband as the model, she had experienced the modus [...]

  4. Add Vera to the list of books that some naive read dumb people think are love stories when in fact they are the furthest thing from it other books on the list include Wuthering Heights and Lolita It still blows my mind that people can think of Lolita as a love story and I haven t even read it yet Elizabeth von Arnim s wit and, for lack of a better word, snark practically leap off the page of this novel that centres around one of the most dysfunctional relationships everWhen Lucy Entwhistle s fat [...]

  5. Had never heard of this novel before although I had read another book by the author which I enjoyed very much This is the story of a very young Lucy Erstwhistle and her marriage to the manipulative and controlling Everard Wemyss who is many years her senior Lucy had suffered a devastating loss and Everard had lost his wife Vera in very suspicious circumstances.There were some very dark themes in this novel and I found it disturbing in places, the way Everard spoke to Lucy and viewed Lucy This wa [...]

  6. As a big fan of Elizabeth von Arnim s light and uplifting novels The Enchanted April being my favorite , I was very curious how she would handle this exploration of sex and violence as the description of the VMC edition summarizes Vera Now that I have read it, I think sex and violence is a bit lurid, but it left a deep impression on me nonetheless and I bow my head to von Arnim for creating this masterpiece In a nutshell, this is the story of Wemyss, a man in his forties who has just lost his wi [...]

  7. As depressing as this book is, there s something so comforting in Von Arnim s clear, sweet authorial voice She writes with such poignant simplicity, the truth just rings out I adore her.

  8. I started this with no specific expectations Only with the premise that it inspired Daphne du Maurier to write Rebecca which I read earlier this year and quite enjoyed.I can see where the inspiration came form but Vera is very much darker and disturbing When in Rebecca the terror came from the slightly unnatural and ghostly atmosphere, in Vera the sheer terror comes from the relationship between the young Lucy and her older husband Wemyss It is text book emotional abuse and sickeningly controll [...]

  9. First published in 1921 this is Elizabeth Von Arnim s darkest novel based on her own disastrous second marriage to Earl Russell.Daphne du Maurier being inspired by this story when writing Rebecca made me want to read this too.Young Lucy Entwhistle and widower Everard Wemyss are both reeling from recent unhappiness when they first meet.Wemyss tells Lucy early on about the death of his first wife Vera who seems to have died by having a accident in their home The Willows.Naive Lucy starts seeing a [...]

  10. Vera of this novel has already died and was Mr Wemyss first wife.It reminds me of Rebacca by Daphne Du Maurier.This is a forceful study of the power of men in marriage, and the weakness of women when they love.I loved it.

  11. This is little gem A subtle black comedy psychological study, it deals with the same situation as DuMaurier s Rebecca, but first and better.

  12. Von Arnim has painted an agonizingly graphic portrait of verbal abuse She captures the steady and insidious way that the abuser usually a man creeps into a person s life and gradually begins to break down every fiber of her being without her realizing it It is easy to see from outside we want to grab the woman, shake her to awaken her from the fog she is in, and say, Don t you see what is happening here But she will defend him because he has already sown the seeds of fear and control It was hard [...]

  13. It is easy to see why poor Vera defenestrated herself However, it would have been better for all concerned if she had just killed Wemyss Good lord.

  14. This is a very dark and turbid story which depicts, through the marriage between young Lucy Entwhistle and recently widowed Everard Wemyss, the psychological violence and oppression that a man is able inflict on women.The writing style is quite peculiar, since it tends to be comic and caricatural, creating an even distressing atmosphere The first half of the novel introduces the three main characters Lucy, Wemyss and Lucy s aunt, Miss Entwhistle , the circumstances under which they meet Lucy s [...]

  15. Letto subito dopo Rebecca la prima moglie, spinta dalla curiosit circa l accusa di plagio intentata dalla Von Arnim contro la scrittrice inglese, Vera si rivelata una buona lettura ma decisamente inferiore al capolavoro della Du Maurier.Seppur accomunate da una trama simile, Vera non pu gareggiare in termini di suspense e personaggi anche qui la protagonista una giovane ragazza che, dopo l inaspettata morte dell amato padre, cade frettolosamente nelle braccia di un uomo adulto anche lui reduce d [...]

  16. to hunt down look into Gutenberg most likely.Description First published in 1921, Vera is a darkly comic story about Lucy Entwhistle and Everard Wemyss Both have recently lost someone close to them as the first chapter opens They meet and at once believe they have found a soul mate in each other As their relationship progresses we come to understand of each character s past Most importantly we learn about Wemyss late wife, Vera What at first appears to be a different and quirky romance turns ou [...]

  17. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Opening lines When the doctor had gone, and the two women from the village he had been waiting for were upstairs shut in with her dead father, Lucy went out into the garden and stood leaning on the gate staring at the sea.

  18. I am beginning to think I don t really like von Arnim Loved THE ENCHANTED APRILFound LOVE interesting.Was bored by ELIZABETH AND HER GERMAN GARDENDidn t finish THE CARAVANERSI think I am done with her until the world runs out of good things to read.

  19. Ho scoperto la Von Armin solo da qualche anno ed un autrice che apprezzo moltissimo E universalmente noto che il presente valse a Daphne Du Maurier un accusa di plagio Con il suo Rebecca i punti in comune indubbiamente si notano dal titolo che in entrambi il nome della prima moglie del protagonista alla trama ed il suo parziale svolgimento Tuttavia, Vera, scritto nel 1921 davvero sorprendente ed ironico, si legge rapidamente nonostante non sia al livello di altri lavori della Armin ne di Rebecca [...]

  20. I loved this book I m fascinated by psychology and I agree with another reviewer who called the book a psychological study It is dark, yet is enjoyable to read and very cleverly and insightfully written I love any book that gives insights into human nature and this certainly does Clearly Wemyss has a mental disorder which would be diagnosable today I m not a psychologist, but my amateur diagnosis would be Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and probably Antisocial Disorder Or maybe he is just a selfis [...]

  21. This is a shortish novel, and definitely worth the time to read if you help people who are in abusive relationships The author, who H.G Wells considered a strong thinker, provides good insight into the psychology of the person who is being controlling and abusive, as well as the person who is able to talk herself into continuing the relationship You can hardly read a Dickens novel without running into suicide, and it is also present in this story as well A father with a close relationship to his [...]

  22. The book is described as dark, but it was fascinating rather than depressing It is a novel about character, rather than plot, and does that so well I must say I did find the ending sudden and frustrating, but maybe that echoes the themes of the book This was the first Von Arnim I have read, but her other books have been on my to be read list for a while Apparently Rebecca is based on this May just read Rebecca next.

  23. Can t imagine any book embodying classic narcissist behavior brilliantly A delightful cautionary tale for codependents

  24. This is the third Elizabeth Von Arnim novel I have read this year, and of the three it is the saddest and darkest Apparently Elizabeth Von Arnim based the character of Everard Wemyss in this novel on her own second husband That fact alone is enough to give me chills On the day that Lucy Entwhistle s father dies she meets forty five year old Everard Wemyss apparently terribly bereaved himself, and in need of some human contact and someone to talk to Lucy is instantly drawn to him, and places hers [...]

  25. Lucy es una joven que se ha criado rodeada de intelectuales por m s que ella no sea una y el se or Wemyss es un hombre ya maduro al que le gustan las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso Los dos se conocen cuando acaban de perder a un ser querido, se comprenden, se consuelan en su tristeza, y finalmente se enamoran S lo que esto es s lo el principio Se dice que para escribir el personaje de Wemyss, Elizabeth von Arnim se inspir en su segundo marido y, aunque s lo se inspirara un poquit n en l, me [...]

  26. This is book is really heartbreaking It is so well written and so real that I felt emotionally involved Vera is a sad story, but I think it is very instructive as well Everard Wemyss was apparently based on Elizabeth von Arnim s second husband, which is very sad.Some quotes I bookmarked She had never met any one so comfortable to lean on mentallySuch perfect rest, listening to his talk No thinking needed Things according to him were either so, or so With her father things had never been either s [...]

  27. After all, Miss Entwhistle said almost entreatingly, what can be better than a devoted husband And the widow, who had had three and knew what she was talking about, replied with the large calm of those who have finished and can in leisure weigh and reckon up None I ve written before about how much I love Von Arnim s autobiographical writing The fiction I read before was good too, but always seemed a little light and didn t carry the personal touch I love And then I read VeraVera, the book s name [...]

  28. Our dewy eyed protagonist, Lucy, is a familiar persona to anyone who spends time amongst women In groups of friends and or sororities, there are the na ve individuals The friend that regardless the warning signs, they blindly waltz right into the lion s cage Lucy is the epitome of such a woman We care for her right from the first page The death of her beloved father leaves her unprotected then she s easily beguiled by Wemyss, a man than twice her age He is ruminating over his wife s Vera recent [...]

  29. Vera is one of those uncomfortable books on which my opinion is never satisfactorily formed I sympathize strongly with Aunt Dot s old maidish viewpoint I felt as if I were a distressed and unwilling eavesdropper on the Wemyss relationship I would have gone walking about London to avoid them too I gave the book three stars, because the writing is absolutely phenomenal Though at first I sympathized with Lucy s feelings towards Wemyss, as the novel progress I became and uncomfortable with him jus [...]

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