The Blue Flower, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


From the Booker Prize-winning author of 'Offshore' comes this unusual romance between the poet Novalis and his fiancee Sophie, newly introduced by Candia McWilliam.

The year is 1794 and Fritz, passionate, idealistic and brilliant, is seeking his father's permission to announce his engagement to his heart's desire: twelve-year-old Sophie.

His astounded family and friends are amused and disturbed by his betrothal.

What can he be thinking? Tracing the dramatic early years of the young German who was to become the great romantic poet and philosopher Novalis, 'The Blue Flower' is a masterpiece of invention, evoking the past with a reality that we can almost feel.




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A tightly written and often humorous story about Novalis. However, the story of his infatuation with a 12-year old girl and his engagement to her at the age of 15 left me feeling very ambivalent.

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