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La donna in miniatura

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  141 ratings  ·  24 reviews
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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"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.
Claire Wolff
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
Shelves: lovelovelove, uk
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
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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
The 4 star title lured me in, but the story disappointed. And the writing style is often confusing...or maybe I just didn't care enough to give it my full attention.
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
A perfectly uncanny novel. Subtle, too, as evidenced by the sheer number of complete misreadings it's accumulated over the years (see, for instance, the laughably crap review in Rain Taxi from a couple years back).
Isabel Bustos
Like almost every long book I love and rate 5 stars... Weak ending but so, so close to perfect.
phenomenally well written. an instant favorite. more to come...
Irene Schneider
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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the enchanting story of a short woman: her perspective lovingly caught by De La Mare's detailed prose, particularly her isolation.
English lit...1890s? England...solitude and society from Miss M pov. More like 2.5 stars - heavy on the ruminations, short on activity.
I tried very hard to read this book, but just could not complete it. I found it too dragging and uninteresting.
A forgotten gem, poetic and strange -- if not as successful as his short fiction, still very beautiful.
sara dempsey
an eighteenth century midget in LONDON no less. yeah, probably won't get around to this anytime soon.
Aug 04, 2009 April marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
i should probably try this one again someday. johanna, i think you should try it soon!
Very strange and exquisite. A story that stays with you for a long time.
Jul 19, 2009 Eireanne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booklist-books
On the suggested summer reading list for students.
This reads as one long nature poem.
May 10, 2009 Windy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I shall read this just for Nicole.
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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 ...more
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