The Caravaners - Elizabeth von Arnim
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The Caravaners - Elizabeth von Arnim

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One of the funniest feminist novels ever written, The Caravaners (1909) is a devastating comedy about an Edwardian caravan holiday in Kent, narrated by the pompous and self-important Baron, a Prussian Major in the German army. His narrative of pained bewilderment at the bizarre behaviour of the English people with whom he has chosen to spend a month in a convoy of horse-drawn holiday caravans is side-splittingly funny.

The novel reflects the frustration and exasperated affection of Elizabeth von Arnim (pen-name of Mary Annette Beauchamp) with and for German aristocratic society, and reveals the lost world of European social networks and crusted assumptions that disappeared forever with the First World War. 

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