Susanna Weber’s dress shop stands in the picturesque Madensky Square, a quiet little world of its own, nestled in the heart of glittering pre-war Vienna. Oct 17, Her shop lies in the picture-postcard-perfect Madensky Square, a small, humming world she shares with an aging bookseller; the Schumacher. Jan 14, So begins year-old Susanna Weber’s diary and Eva Ibbotson’s Madensky Square, a unique and charming book. Susanna is the owner of a.

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Madensky Square by Eva Ibbotson | LibraryThing

But while the world hurtles towards war, the secrets and sorrows which lie behind Susanna’s bewitching charm emerge as she and her friends live out the last, glittering days of Imperial Vienna in the idyllic surroundings of Madensky Square. Susanna has a troubled past and a loss that she keeps hidden from her neighbors, but that doesn’t prevent her from striving to help those she relu Readers, beware.

There could have been a way to tell Susanna and Alice own romances without blaming women in general for not understanding poor men. This is not a squaee world but a happier version of an imperfect world.

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She also loves the square and all the people who live around it. Alice’s heartbreak over not being able to visit Rudi in hospital was especially well portrayed, and the scenes between Susanna and Gernot were understated but lovely. Fashionable dressmaker Susanna chronicles a year mdaensky her life in pre-World War I Vienna; her hilarious observations of her clients, her neighbors, and her friends provide one laugh after another.


Even if the wife is “plain” by Susanna’s eye people do honestly have a myriad of reasons for being married. Set in Vienna right before World War I breaks out, the books is excerpts from a diary of a dressmaker. The book description and other reviews for this book were misleading.

In this case the wife is just ugly or has interests outside of her husband. Even if the wife is “plain” by Susanna’s madeensky people do honestly have a myriad of reasons for being married. That might put off quite a few readers, better to be aware of it first.

Ibbotson wrote this book in honor of her husband who had died just before she wrote ita former naturalist. Wikipedia in English None. It could just be that people end up not being compatible but the poor men who have wives that don’t understand them.

May 29, Squqre Alongi rated it it was amazing. I would recommend this book to those who like realistic stories but not to those who prefer neat and tidy happy endings.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. Some of the books, particularly Journey to the River Sea, also reflect Ibbotson’s love of nature.

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This book is rather different from her other adult romances, it’s written as a first person journal by Susanna Weber who owns a dress shop in Vienna.


I think it’s time to put that myth to bed.

What makes this even more impressive is that Ibbotson does all this in just a little over pages, yet Madensky Square rarely feels rushed. It lacks the fairy tale ending that heroines in her books usually marry into. Yarrow Dec 17, And thus it avoids something I usually dislike about Ibbotson’s novels – the small scenes which do not include the main characters but show how ridiculous the “unlikeable” characters are.

She was ugly and plain! Madensky Square by Eva Ibbotson.

Apr 19, Mo rated it liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages. Why does she invariably disappear for a day or two sqare an onion-chewing little corporal comes to deliver a message?

Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 7 85, 4. And how did a girl with a good education end up a dressmaker in the first place? Sep 06, Maureen E rated it it was ok. Madensmy showed a depth and just a little hint at something that isn’t visible in her other books!

Their daily lives and int This book is rather different from her squar adult romances, it’s written as a first person journal by Susanna Weber who owns a dress shop in Vienna. This was a lovely book and rather different than the other two Ibbotson books I’ve read so far.