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Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen
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Jul 10, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: short-story-collections, modern-lit
Read from June 22 to July 05, 2010

People do forget--- Dinesen had a life and career of which "Out of Africa" and the legendary farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills was only a part. "Seven Gothic Tales" collects a range of her short stories, most set in mid-19th-c. Denmark, though with excursions ("The Dreamers", "The Roads Around Parma") to the coasts of Kenya and Italy just after 1848... The writing is intricate, lovely, haunting. There are few clear endings here, few easily-solved problems. The atmosphere is one of melancholy and an awareness of loss. One tale--- "The Deluge at Norderney" is heartbreaking. Once you've read "Out of Africa", do go through the "Seven Gothic Tales". Perfect for a late summer's night.

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Kelly Hooray, hope you enjoy!

DoctorM i'm looking forward to the stories.

Kelly My favs are Deluge at Norderney and The Dreamers. Excited to see your thoughts!

Kelly You know, I read this without knowing about "Out of Africa" at all? I feel like I've experienced this woman backwards.

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