Prize-winning Dinesen biography; Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller, by Judith Thurman. New York: St. Martin’s Press. pp. $ Isak Dinesen: the Life of a Storyteller by Judith Thurman, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Buy a cheap copy of Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller book by Judith Thurman. Free shipping over $
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Like Frederick Karl’s study of Conrad, this large-scale biography begins off-puttingly–with Thurman anxiously foreshadowing the complex story to come, indulging in pretentious verbiage: Within it there is firelight and women’s voices, the steam of kettles, the clockwork of iisak lives.
And beyond it there are passions, spaces, grandeurs; there lie wildernesses and battlefields. Thurman fully investigates the incalculable influences on young Karen Dinesen: She follows Karen also called Tanne or Tanya into her eager, flirtatious 20s–and into disappointments in love.
ISAK DINESEN: The Life of a Storyteller by Judith Thurman | Kirkus Reviews
Baron Bror Blixen–a hedonist whose tbe lifestyle may have attracted a young woman who felt somewhat deprived of the life-of-sensation. But what marriage to the Baron actually gave her was: Still, despite general unhappiness, Dinesen went on to an intense romance with Denys Finch Hatton, to write Seven Gothic Tales and Out of Africa, to thrive on her adopted continent.
The misery came out, rather, back home in Denmark–where, despite success, Dinesen’s life was marked by imperiousness, manipulations of friends and would-be lovers. Thurman provides solid synopses of the Dinesen canon, striking the larger psychological notes.
She emphasizes–somewhat over-simplistically, perhaps–the dichotomy of the life: And though this sturdy chronicle lacks the color you’ll find in Dinesen’s extraordinary Letters from Africa: There was a problem adding your email address. Be the first to discover new talent! Each week, our lide select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.
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