By Penelope Fitzgerald
In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous pupil of philosophy who will later achieve status because the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his precise philosophy -- a undeniable, basic baby named Sophie. The attachment shocks his friends and family. This really good younger guy, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it's? A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the U.S., The Blue Flower was once one in every of 11 books- and the one paperback- selected as an Editor's selection via the recent York instances booklet evaluate. The 1997 nationwide publication Critics Circle Award Winner in Fiction.
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