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La donna in miniatura
È la storia di una giovane e graziosa donna vittoriana di dimensioni minuscole. Straniera in un mondo creato per giganti sgraziati e insensibili, la signorina M. si ritrova un bel giorno senza casa e senza famiglia, sola ad affrontare cose di cui non sa niente: l'amore, la società, la morte; a fare i conti, tra gli altri, con uno spasimante che forse non è di questo mondo, ...more
Paperback, Perieli, 432 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Alet
(first published 1921)
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Oct 08, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
"When one speaks of de la Mare one must go heavy on the cream..."
I miss this book. But I don’t miss it like I missed Don Quixote or The Book of Ebenezer Le Page when I finished them. Those two books for me were the embodiments of two people; two people I dearly missed as soon as I finished reading the final page. I missed their presence as people in my life. I still miss them! even though they’re ever within arm’s reach right there on my shelf… The way I miss Memoirs of a Midget is different. ...more
On the bottom shelf of the back room in the cluttered East Village bookstore I stumbled on Miss M. Tattered, in hardcover, in the dark, and with the kind of title that begs to be examined. I read three pages and was enamored, and bought the book without question. Looking back, I now realize this was unusual behavior. I only buy books I've been meaning to read, and have read about, or did read, and have been meaning to find. So Miss M. became very dear to me because I discovered her for myself, w ...more
Feb 03, 2009 Alexandra rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: creative people
Probably the strangest novel I've read - and I mean that as a compliment. It's weird without even trying. To compare it to another book narrated by a dwarf I've read recently, unlike Geek Love, there's nothing extreme, no grotesque characters, never a sense of the author trying a little too hard. Reading Miss M's thoughts on the world, one gets the impression that Walter de la Mare had a similarly idiosyncratic way of thinking, and was blissfully unaware of it. Consequently, reading Memoirs of a ...more
Not what I anticipated when I picked it up, but very good nonetheless. I had expected it to be much more based on the physical circumstances of being of very small stature in Victorian times - and to some degree it was - but the focus was really more psychological/social, exploring the inward struggles of an individual who is cut off from nearly all of humanity because of its perception of her as somehow less, and therefore not to be taken seriously. de la Mare creates a beautifully complex char ...more
I love the writing style; it somehow reminds me of intricate pretty old-fashioned things. It's very introspective and the book's real strength is that it's one of those that really get across an individual's experience; the particular way they think and interpret the world. The descriptions felt very vivid to me. There's a heavily hinted romantic fascination with another woman, and that's quite good if you like beautiful, enigmatic, existentially angsty and spiteful characters. What I didn't lik ...more
I have to say I didn't *get* this book. From all the positive reviews, I was expecting to be lured into an existence not quite real and regaled with visions of a slightly altered world. I suppose I thought it would be like watching Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge, but for me, this book was so vague I had a hard time following exactly what was happening. It didn't help that the most crucial exchanges all seemed to be written in French, a language of which I am completely ignorant. I felt this novel ...more
It's the kind of book I love-- classically constructed, beautiful sentences, highly imaginative. But the metaphor becomes very tired-- the protagonist is a midget who, like all of us, feel overwhelmed by the world. And the protagonist is not herself very engaging, or anyway I didn't find her so.
Mar 06, 2014 ☯Bettie☯ rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wandaful, Brazilliant, AM-Hayesing
Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Overbylass and Esther
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Walter John de la Mare was an English poet, short story writer and novelist, probably best remembered for his works for children and The Listeners. He was descended from a family of French Huguenots, and was educated at St Paul's School. His first book, Songs of Childhood, was published under the name Walter Ramal. He worked in the statistics department of the London office of Standard Oil for eig ...moreMore about Walter de la Mare...