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Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller by…

Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller

by Judith Thurman

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Winner of the National Book Award A brilliant literary portrait,Isak Dinesen remains the only comprehensive biography of one of the greatest storytellers of our time. Her magnificent memoir,Out of Africa, established Isak Dinesen as a major twentieth-century author, who was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. With exceptional grace, Judith Thurman's classic work explores Dinesen's life. Until the appearance of this book, the life and art of Isak Dinesen have been--as Dinesen herself wrote of two lovers in a tale-- "a pair of locked caskets, each containing the key to the other." Judith Thurman has provided the master key to them both.… (more)
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I tried for over a year to finish this book and just could not, though I love Isak Dinesen's writings. ( )
  DebraParmley | Dec 29, 2018 |
Fills you in on some of the things you might not get from Dinesen's _Out of Africa_ and her other work. Since most of Dinesen's work tends to be fictionalized and autobiographical, it's good to have another source. Makes you appreciate the many challenges Dinesen faced and makes one even more grateful for her many gifts. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Very good biography. It has to be both rewarding and challenging to write about someone who felt that her life was one big narrative project, and this was really well done and thorough -- you got a feeling for the sense of Dinesen's life, both her own and from those around her, not just the details and dates. Which is what I really want from a biography, and this one definitely captured her whole dramatic, messy essence. ( )
  lisapeet | Jan 1, 2014 |
This was an absolutely wonderful book. Judith Thurman really gives us a feel for Isak Dinesen and the world she lived in. It's an amazing story of love, loss, and life. Anyone remotely interested in Out of Africa, or Africa in general, would find this a most intriguing read. ( )
  briandrewz | Jun 11, 2012 |
Read Beryl Markham instead- this prose is a little purple. ( )
  ziska | May 5, 2012 |
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