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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And beyond it there are storytellerr, spaces, grandeurs; there lie wildernesses and battlefields. But the pace is quick and the details don’t bog you down.

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Book Four Pellegrina, Chapters In her late life, she visited New York City and instantly became tsoryteller celebrity there. An iconic, fashion figure, a sort of magnificent grotesque in her older years. Return to Book Page. Due to her failing health, she was known as an extremely thin woman who seemed to be a living relic of the Romantic period in literature. Book One Tanne, Chapters But what marriage to the Baron actually gave her was: Thurman also does not whitewash Blixen and shows all aspects of storytelelr character.

Despite having contracted syphilis from her first and only husband at a young age and having many other health einesen, she lived well into her seventies. Pagehats off to KB for her spot on summation of the Christian religion, it made the entire book worthwhile.


But as a reader, i think I prefer her life itself. This is not a book with mass appeal, but if you are enthralled with the writings of Isak Dinesen stkryteller want to understand the storyteller’s life and influences, it is exceptional.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I can’t explain why I felt compelled, almost obsessed, to learn more of the life of Karen Blixen, but fortunately, Judith Thurman had a similar obsession in the years she researched and wrote this excellent work, as well as the storteller chops to interpret the subject’s art.

When I read in this book how much she uses her family and acquaintances to model the characters in her writings it gave me pause on the story ‘Babette’s Feast’. I recommend the book! During Judith’s telling, too many times to count, did our Tanne come off as a bit of a ditz.


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She was later accepted as a highly influential writer in Danish literature, and part of the delay had to do with Dinesen’s preference to write her stories first in English. Still, despite general unhappiness, Dinesen issak on to an intense romance with Denys Finch Hatton, to write Seven Gothic Tales and Out of Africa, to thrive on her adopted continent.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Aug 17, Diana rated it it was amazing. I wish I’d heeded this youthful wisdom of hers. This was a little difficult to read at the beginning, but when she got to Africa, I was totally enthralled!

Jan 22, Janice rated it liked it. Meticulously researched, richly described, not only of the culture and times of late 19th and early 20th century Europe and Africa, but of the fascinating, difficult, frequently unlikable character of Isak Dinesen, aka Karen Blixen. Oct 23, Elizabeth Tittle rated it really liked it. I brought this biography there, among a couple other books. She took the male name Isak ”laughter” in Hebrew as her nom de plume.

I think that one may have been modeled on her mother’s family, the Westenhol I am about half way through. For whatever reason – whether the clamor of her personal life has deafened readers to her literary voice, or whether English is too foreign a vehicle for her voice to carry on the page, or whether she’s simply a storyteller in the ancient model of epic poet, and her tales work better orally – Karen Blixen’s storytelling voice only emerged fully for me when I heard the recording.

This was one of 4 heavy – literally and figuratively – that came in on inter-library loans on the same day. When it went instead to Hemingway, he graciously deferred to Dinesen by saying, ”It should have gone to that beautiful writer.

And that God Himself, through this series of historical events, became reconciled with humanity’s offense toward God. She was also fluent in French and had conversational knowledge of dinewen European languages. Follow Us on Facebook.


If you stick it out, you’ll feel you’ve been through the ringer by the time you finish this one. Sep 12, Arlene rated it it was ok. Apr 03, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

She was translated almost simultaneously into Danish and other languages. In un’Europa d’inizio secolo, incatenata alle convenzioni. View all 3 comments. I came away more fascinated by the size, ambition, charisma, caprice and sorrow of the woman than I was inspired to read her ouevre which I suspect may not be particularly to my taste. A brilliant literary portrait, Isak Dinesen remains the only comprehensive biography of one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

Powered by Movable Type. Winner of the National Book Award Thurman’s biography is divided into five parts, the first dealing with Dinesen’s childhood in her mother’s house in Denmark; the second with her life as an art student at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and later in Paris; the third with her sojourn in Kenya as the wife of a coffee farmer and later as an abandoned woman in love with another man; the fourth with the desolation of losing the farm in bankruptcy as well as her lover, Denys Finch Hatton, in a plane crash; and the fifth with the woman who found the courage and talent to transmute her experience into beautiful prose.

Delicious at sharing with Mozart She was arrogant beyond belief and yet fought for land claims for “her” Africans fiercely. She failed at her African fahm, But succeeded at being a grand dahm.

Out of Africa was a worthy read now to further sample Dinesen’s literary works. She was in this way an early feminist, although the primary struggle was to be recognized to be as worthy as a man. Recently in Isak Dinesen: