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The Angelic Avengers

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  155 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Lucan has been orphaned and Zosine has been deserted, and London is a hostile place for two young girls without a home. Bound together by poverty, grief and their shared years at school, they set out to make a future for themselves in new surroundings. They are adopted by the austere, puritanical Reverend Pennhallow and his wife, and in their large, gloomy house they becom ...more
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Published November 29th 2001 by Penguin Classics (first published 1944)
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Adam
Jan 28, 2008 Adam rated it liked it
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
Mar 07, 2013 Nick Jones rated it really liked it
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
Anna
Jun 16, 2015 Anna rated it liked it
What a peculiar gothic melodrama. ‘The Angelic Avengers’ was first published in 1946 but reads like something a hundred years older. And yet there is an ambivalence and strangeness to it that doesn’t feel Victorian at all. The story concerns two eighteen year old girls, Lucan and Zosine, who are old friends from school. When disaster strikes, they are thrown upon their own resources. Both are distinctly independent minded and wish to find some way to support themselves together. Eventually an em ...more
Judith
Jan 31, 2015 Judith rated it liked it
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
Spigana
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...
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Lisbeth
Aug 17, 2015 Lisbeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My TBR shelves have hosted this book for about 20 years I think. That is when it was printed and it

makes sense that it was then I bought it. I had already started it, if I judge from the book mark still in it. However, I only had vague remembrance of the book, so I started afresh.

Like with a lot of other books from these shelves, I am wondering why I have kept it there for so long. It is a lovely book, but not a ‘thundering’ read, if you know what I mean. The story evolves slowly, slowly, but so
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Byurakn
Jan 10, 2015 Byurakn rated it it was ok
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.
Kåre
Feb 19, 2014 Kåre rated it it was ok
kan slet ikke have dette. overlæsset, racistisk, aristokratisk, sexistisk. men det, som mest er mig imod, er det overlæssede
Katherine
Jan 31, 2010 Katherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 50-books-2010
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.
ben
Mar 19, 2009 ben rated it really liked it
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.
Judy
Jul 18, 2011 Judy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Chris
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".
Joni
Jul 19, 2011 Joni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
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.
Lindseyfish
Nov 15, 2008 Lindseyfish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike any story I've ever read. I could at no point see where it was going to lead. Frivolous, and also terrifying.
Merethe Ida
Dec 20, 2010 Merethe Ida rated it really liked it
Wonderful, simply wonderful...
Binx Gray
Jul 19, 2013 Binx Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it.
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Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke - wrote as Isak Dinesen, Pierre Andrézel, 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 Bible, the Arabian
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