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The Angelic Avengers

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Lucan has been orphaned and Zosine has been deserted. Bound together by poverty and grief, they set out to make a future for themselves. They are adopted by the Reverend Pennhallow and his wife, and become immersed in study. But, after a chain of disturbing events, they realize that the cleric and his wife are not all they seem to be.
Published November 29th 2001 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 1944)
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Dineson’s spot on parody of a 19th century English adventure story (her only full length novel) with secret identities and disguises, ridiculous coincidences, last minute rescues, fortunes lost and inheritances reclaimed, overly romantic heroines, and satanic villains. There are fun allusions along the way to Jane Eyre, Little Red Riding Hood, and Titus Andronicus, and this book which I have heard read as an allegory of the Nazi occupation (and compared to Mann's "Mario and The Magician" and its ...more
Nick Jones
This is strange. Weird. If it was written 20 years later by an author 30 years younger I would call it postmodernist, a pastiche of the early Victorian romantic (Romantic and romantic) novel. Maybe it is a parody: it is slightly ridiculous. Two English girls (or young women: they are about 18) in the 1840s, one orphaned, the other left by her father, are penniless, but are taken in by the Reverend Penhallow and his wife and are taken to their home in France. But all is not as it first seems with ...more
Karen Blixen, or Isak Dinesen, said in a 1956 interview that this book was written as a distraction during the German occupation, and she called it an 'illegitimate child'. I've read her 'Winter's Tales' and liked them, and in the mood for some entertainment, this book looked like it would entertain. It did. I enjoyed the parody aspect of it very much, and allowed myself to relish every thickening of the plot, knowing that all these coincidences and unlikely happenings were written with literary ...more
Ļoti labs romāns, ar kura palīdzību ielūkoties 19. gadsimta jaunavu domāšanā.
Grāmata sarakstīta (un lieliski iztulkota) ārkārtīgi glītā, vecmodīgā valodā un perfekti rada tā laika noskaņu. Vienīgi galvenajām varonēm man bija mazliet grūti just līdzi, jo ir ārkārtīgi sarežģīti iedomāties sevi situācijā, kad esi audzināta maksimāli nošķirta no pasaules realitātes un neko nejēdz no dzīves, bet visu laiku esi atkarīga no vīrieša un pati sevi aizstāvēt vispār nespēj. Ak, un tā mūžīgā ģibšana...
If you look at this book as a parody of Victorian literature, it is really funny at some places. Some of the secondary characters are very well developed. But the protagonists are dull. However, if you're looking for something serious, do not read this book. And even if you have already started, you can easily skip the last 40 pages, for it is really a waste of time. I had to skip some passages, they were that boring.
kan slet ikke have dette. overlæsset, racistisk, aristokratisk, sexistisk. men det, som mest er mig imod, er det overlæssede
For me, it was a fast but boring read. I didn't feel the suspense at all, I knew what was coming, I didn't have chills that I had expected to have after reading the description. The second half was better than the first and that's all I can write about this book. It was quite ok, but I had a sense of wasting time while reading it.
Non mi ha entusiasmato, ci sono le classiche strutture del romanzo d'appendice(come scritto nella prefazione) ma l'ho trovato un libretto "estivo", da leggere tra una nuotata e l'altra.
A tratti recupera però non abbastanza da ricordarlo in futuro.
Written in a Victorian style and released in a mysterious manner and under a false author's name, I thought it was a great read. The story started out a bit bland, but the end makes the book a lot better.
No surprise that Karen Blixen wrote this under a pseudonym. It is clumsy, the characters are muddy, the situations peculiar, subplots lead nowhere, and it all turns out ok in the end. Oh, yawn!
While not quite as good as her short stories, Dinesen's only novel is still good. There are many allusions, including one character who must be based on the Duke from Browning's "My Last Duchess".
interesting allegory of women's roles and place in society. the plot bogged down in parts, the ending was too much of a fairy tale ending to be believable to me.
Unlike any story I've ever read. I could at no point see where it was going to lead. Frivolous, and also terrifying.
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Wonderful, simply wonderful...
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Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke - wrote as Isak Dinesen, Pierre Andrézel, other pseudonyms: Tania Blixen, Osceola, etc.
A Danish writer, who mixed in her work supernatural elements, aestheticism, and erotic undertones with an aristocratic view of life, Blixen always emphasized that she was a storyteller in the traditional, oral sense of the word. She drew her inspiration from the
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