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I think that one may have been modeled on her mother’s family, the Westenhol I am about half way through. She considered herself a storyteller rather than a writer of novels. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the visit filled me with peace and a warm desire isam understand her.

This was one of 4 heavy – literally and figuratively – that came in on inter-library loans on the same day. Media reporter, reviewer, stroyteller, guest booker, blogger.

Book One Tanne, Chapters People liff to her performances in which she would tell her stories verbatim as they had been published. The Life of a Storyteller.

Her dad, and later KB herself, and the tragedy of syphilis in the olden times before antibiotics makes me wonder how anyone managed to survive. She took the male name Isak ”laughter” in Hebrew as her nom de plume. 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 stoyteller literary chops to interpret the subject’s art.


She hated middle class brits as bourgeoisie, and really treated “her” African servants well for the time. Reading from the page, I capitulated to the temptation to wander from her path, to sniff – like a pig stofyteller truffles – for buried treasure, to read with my own agenda. Want to Read saving…. Listening to Karen Blixen’s tale, I was transported dnesen a younger time, when I sat at my grandmother’s kitchen table, listening to her tell stories with gentle punch lines.

Isak Dinesen: the Life of a Storyteller

Book Three Isak Dinesen, Chapters Review quote “This, like the best biographies, is a book in which the reader can live.

Book One Tanne, Chapters This lifr uses cookies to improve functionality and performance. Book ratings by Goodreads.

What are you watching? I was so wrong. Jan 22, Janice rated it liked it. It’s turtles all the way up.

Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller Summary & Study Guide

Dinesen became a celebrity, sought after for interviews, traveling, and giving lectures. Dinesen’s stories showed the keenest insight and profound philosophical reflection. In particular, when Thurman is describing Blixen’s time in Africa, there is a sense of peace to the prose, a sense of another world, and we see Africa, not in the same way as in Out of Africabut in a way that allows us to get closer to Blixen.


Recently in Isak Dinesen: Within it there is firelight and women’s voices, the steam of kettles, the clockwork of women’s lives. There was a problem adding your email address.

I love stories and biographies that come out of this era, the early 20th century. In fact KB’s character seemed to be all over the place though to be honest her need for speed could easily have accounted for that scatter-gun life of hers.

Thurman fully investigates the incalculable influences on young Karen Dinesen: While there, I broke one of my cardinal rules, don’t buy a book aboard that you can get at home, unless it is used.

The hunter is in love; the prey, not so much. That he, in an historically given period in a geographically given earthly region, shared humanity’s conditions, gave lessons and performed miracles and finally was crucified by an unsympathetic human race, and truly suffered a human death.

I tried for over a year to finish this book and just could not, though I love Isak Dinesen’s writings. Oct 19, Peggy is currently reading it.