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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From the improverished yet proud Countess von Metz, to Nini the volatile Hungarian anarchist; from Sigismund Kraszinsky, the young mu Susanna Weber is renowned for producing the most elegant, exquisite couture in Vienna.

Madensky Square by Eva Ibbotson. Her wit, her joy of life, and her tolerance for human foibles are expressed in her journal in the warm, confiding tone of a close friend.

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Lists with This Book. But while the world hurtles towards war, the secrets and sorrows which lie behind Susanna’s bewitching charm emerge as she and her madesky live out the last, glittering days of Imperial Vienna in the idyllic surroundings of Madensky Square.

I like her characters and style and look forward to reading more of her books. The central character, Susanna, is utterly contemptuous of plain women and I found her sympathy for the poor men they have obviously trapped into marriage very hard to take, and almost gave up after reading a scene where she persuades a vegetarian to eat a meaty, offal-heavy Linzer speciality.

She also picked on the women for having ugly daughters.

This is an interesting time in her life a madwnsky of love and sorrow; of change and trials but overall a story of a life well lived. Women are entirely to blame for a bad marriage and men are virtuous and deceived by ugly wives. Also there is a moral dilemma throughout of whether or not you approve of the affairs taking place.


MADENSKY SQUARE by Eva Ibbotson | Kirkus Reviews

mxdensky I loved Susanna, and her observations on life and those around her. But it was you. Oh, and from other reviews I was expecting a lot of lyrical detail when it came to Susanna’s dresses — fabrics, cut, shape, etc — but most of the time the dresses are just mentioned in passing, when they’re mentioned at all?

Amazon Kindle 0 editions. A Sensuality Kisses Book Type: The strength of the main character, and the strength she gives to others are important aspects of the storyline. Help comes from an maednsky quarter and Susanna ends her year with a surprise. It is romantic and thoughtful, with a marvelous sense of place and history. 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 This is why this failed.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. We’re visiting Professor Mittelheimer. Apr 19, Mo rated it liked it Shelves: Cream silk, the skirt trimmed with tiers and tiers of rough cream lace and the bodice tuckered but unadorned except for a single rose. Would have liked more depth.

After reading a lot of her books a lot of her heroines begin to sound similar, they all talk too much and ramble off on crazy tangents which only make sense to them – but Susanna doesn’t do this, or she does it so rarely that you don’t notice. She knows and clearly deeply loves these places and people, although the madensk takes place in what would have been her mother or grandmother’s era.


No madwnsky has any secrets from the dressmaker, but Susanna herself is full of secrets. It didn’t give me any great view into pre-WWI Austria, which was why I had ordered it, but it was a lovely old-fashioned read.

It’s coldhearted devils like me who are generally bored or discontented and frequently both. I think the best part about this book is that you really get madenaky feel for the setting and the time period. Susanna’s love of her work is clear, and the way Ibbotson writes about the fabric, the draping, and the outfits all combined to suck me in.

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Oct 31, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: When Hitler came into power, her family moved to England. It made me laugh. Alice’s heartbreak over not being able to mzdensky Rudi in hospital was especially well portrayed, and the scenes between Susanna and Gernot were understated but lovely.

I finished mostly because I was on an Ibbotson kick and wanted to get through it. The book has the usual assortment of colorful characters and their stories are told through Susannah’s journal along with her own madensyk tale. Jul 27, Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: I would suggest this to people who like Maeve Binchy madfnsky the neighborhood ensemble feel, and to people who were impatient for Eloisa James’ next Dressmakers book for the fashion talk.

It’s not as sad as the other adult novels but it’s not as satisfying either.