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Seven Gothic Tales By Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen Seven Gothic Tales Originally published in Seven Gothic Tales the first book by one of the finest and most singular artists of our time The Atlantic is a modern classic Here are seven exquisite tales combining
  • Title: Seven Gothic Tales
  • Author: Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen
  • ISBN: 9780679736417
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • Seven Gothic Tales By Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by one of the finest and most singular artists of our time The Atlantic , is a modern classic Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such aOriginally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by one of the finest and most singular artists of our time The Atlantic , is a modern classic Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.
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    1. Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen

      Pseudonym used by the Danish author Karen Blixen.Baroness Karen von Blixen Finecke Danish k n b le sn 17 April 1885 7 September 1962 , n e Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author, also known by the pen name Isak Dinesen, who wrote works in Danish, French and English She also at times used the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola, and Pierre Andr zel.Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette s Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award winning motion pictures She is also noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, particularly in Denmark.

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    1. Dinesen s world is a dark fairytale, painted with the hues of slowly unveiled fantasy reminiscent of the Grimm Brothers or Edgan Allan Poe s horror tales Unlike the former though, Dinesen s sophisticated, poised prose acts like a charm that transfixes the reader through its receding succession of symbolic patterns that defy the classic boundaries of limiting the tales by beginnings and endings Set in the 1830s, times of unrest and change in Europe, there is no such thing as a linear timeline or [...]

    2. But as to names and places, and the conditions in the countries which it all took place, and which may seem very strange to you, I will give you no explanation You must take in whatever you can, and leave the rest outside It is not a bad thing in a tale that you understand only half of it Dinesen, The Dreamers This is the attitude with which one must approach the stories of Isak Dinesen It s that or you re never going to finish this book As several of her characters protest to us To have only ha [...]

    3. 1 The first story, The Deluge at Norderney, proceeds largely by way of monologues It is set in the 1830s at a resort island off the northern coast of Germany, Norderney A once in a hundred years storm occurs which requires the evacuation of the spa and surrounding farmsteads Eventually we find ourselves with four characters in the loft of a farmhouse where they must await rescue with the water ever rising Will they survive until morning when a boat is expected to rescue them It is in this contex [...]

    4. There is no other writer quite like Karen Blixen Publishing under the pseudonym of Isak Dinesen, her reputation rests mostly on her on famous memoir Out of Africa and several books of elegantly written, enigmatic stories As a Dane writing in English, her prose has a formal, somewhat mannered, tone The stories themselves are beautiful and strange, like fairy tales for grownups Blixen s first book of stories Seven Gothic Tales was published in 1934 The author does not use the term Gothic in its mo [...]

    5. There s some advice I heard once that when you have a bad experience such as losing a game, failing to fix a tent door in a thunderstorm, or burning a pie, that you should always look for some positive lesson you learned in the experience.So here are my lessons from finishing Isak Dinesen s Seven Gothic Tales1 Gothic can mean other things besides dressing up like Robert Smith of The Cure and watching Dracula.2 Never read another Isak Dinesen novel unless I really want to fall asleep quickly.3 Li [...]

    6. I have had this book out from the library for several weeks, but every time I open it, the phone rings I think it is cursed.

    7. These tales are like nothing I have read before Isak Dinessen s nom de plume of Karen Blixen narration feels like a walk through a labyrinth, where the unfolding story thread makes sharp turns, leads us into dead ends and dark corners, until finally we emerge on the other side a bit unsure of the place we have been Like in a dream, one story merges into another, taking us along into deeper realms And, with hypnotic powers, the narrator s voice enchants and enslaves us I absolutely loved this boo [...]

    8. Dineson really writes like no one else not even her worthy heirs like Angela Carter or Rikki Ducornetor those she inherited from like Potocki or E.T.A Hoffmann.mplely some of the most otherwordly and beautiful writing in the world Words fail me.

    9. karen Blixen, una Sherazade, una sirena.Potrei rimanere in un isola deserta con i Suoi libri di racconti, e non sentirei mai la mancanza di altre letture.Perch ogni volta che li leggo i suoi racconti sono diversi, cambiano, in un sapiente gioco di rimandi ed incastri.Perch nei suoi racconti c tutto, ci sono maschere, gemelli scambiati, amici ritrovati, principi e poveri, cantanti in fuga, in un labirinto in cui ci fa camminare e uscire, mai perdere, facendoci entrare in un epoca senza tempo.Mi r [...]

    10. Traveling alone in a strange country, as you pass through a dark pine woods, you see an abandoned, half ruined castle through the trees Entering it, and walking through hallways hung with faded crimson and paved with black marble, you catch a glimpse of yourself in a tarnished mirror But another face looks back at you, skeletal In a great hall, upon a stage, tattered golden curtains are drawn back and many coloured marionettes come forward The story has begun This is the world of Isak Dinesen Ka [...]

    11. Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen has been a very difficult read for me Gothic novels are not, by rights, my usual reading fare but I was drawn to this book by the very intriguing Introduction written by Dorothy Canfield So, I grabbed it right up at the Friends of the Library Booksale And then, when I gave into temptation and signed up for the Gothic Reading Challenge, it seemed only natural to add this one to the list My goodness, I didn t know what I was letting myself in for.The [...]

    12. I suspect that this is a book I will have to re read in the future I had to put it down many times just to try and remember all the twisting and turning threads that spilled over from one story to another Don t be mislead by the title this isn t simply seven gothic yarns but rather a great coiling mass of tales coiled up upon one another As soon as you are consumed by one you will find yourself chewed up and spat out by others Tales within tales within tales within tales it can be a little dizzy [...]

    13. Description Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.Read for free here Hattip Wanda , but because that site wanted my credit card details when no purchase was required I decided to use Open Library instead.Later The Open Library copy has no formatting Le Sigh I shall put this title back on the shelv [...]

    14. Exotic, baroque, fantastic Dinesen s voice is unmistakable and distinct Fate plays a major role in these tales Her prose is eloquent these stories stay with the reader for a long, long time.

    15. Perfect summer reading if you enjoy Classical Literature, prefer a world, place, and time before electronic addiction, cell phones, twitter, social media, and freedom from homicidal freeway driving, and can reject anything resembling modern pop entertainment requiring a PC mindset, and find comfort in writing that employs proper, albeit dated grammar, couth, correct and refined dialogue, and include stories refreshingly devoid of graphic sex and gratuitous violence Or, if you eschew cliche chara [...]

    16. I read the first four stories in Isak Dinesen s Seven Gothic Tales several years ago I have no idea why I then put the book aside, since I liked those stories quite a bit I ve now read the last three tales, and I m even impressed Isak Dinesen is probably better known today under her real name, Karen Blixen, thanks to the success of the movie version of her book Out of Africa Seven Gothic Tales, published in 1934 when she was 49 years old, was her first book Oddly enough, although she was Danish [...]

    17. With all these seven tales, in gothic style, Blixen explores in gothic style everything from human nature, fate, love, faith, contemporary society, beauty, mortality, vanitas symbols, womanhood, norms, gender role and simply human roles in general.In an artistic way, she is commenting on society and mankind Her writing and narrative style is as peculiar and otherwordly as it is genius, as was her life style and character in real life She has become a cultural icon of Denmark, and this book gave [...]

    18. Any book that feels like it was worth it in the end isn t a good read during the actual reading This was too layered for my taste inset stories were everywhere extraneous details and plots made my head spin melodrama abounded Potentially, these are hall,arks of the era in which Dinesen Karen Blixen, she of _Out of Africa_ fame was writing Am I glad I read it Do I feel accomplished Sure Would I have been able to complete it on my own, if I didn t have a grade and a discussion for class hingeing o [...]

    19. Jeg er fuldst ndig forelsket i den vidunderlige fort llerinde Blixen Hendes historier er s fyldt med bne pladser, s jeg igen og igen kan tolke nye ting ud af dem Denne samling af fantastiske fort llinger var en litter r oplevelse uden lige stetisk, stemningsm ttet fantastisk Anbefaler den til alle, der elsker anderledes, bne v rker.

    20. Looking at the other reviews here, I feel like I failed some kind of test I m not sure what happened, but when I was reading this I had the attention span of a toddler on ten cans of Red Bull The writing did nothing did nothing to draw me in.I just found it veryld for lack of a better word I might try again some other time.

    21. Each tale is like a polished jewel, very gothic and yet very modern at the same time, and much food for thought The Supper at Elsinore I enjoyed the most I finished the book late last night, with a bottle of red wine, in front of the fire, in an empty house S is off on a field trip , before going to bed.

    22. ough people do not like their mother s virtue to be questioned, the frivolities of grandmothers may be charming things to smile at from The Poet one of the seven tales This is the first work I ve read by Isak Dinesen the nom de plume of Danish author Karen Blixen She is perhaps best known, outside of Denmark, for her memoir Out of Africa, but as I understand it, she is better known in Denmark for this collection of short stories, Seven Gothic Tales The tales are set in Denmark and Western Europe [...]

    23. Pluma destacada, t tulo enga oso y mucho arte G nero Relatos.Lo que nos cuenta Siete relatos de la autora que, desde premisas conocidas en la novela g tica, ofrecen algo m s Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite librosdeolethros

    24. I m not sure what makes these stories Gothic They are all set in the past, the first half of the Nineteenth Century two of them bring in the uncanny or supernatural in a matter of fact way but I m not sure if that makes them Gothic But, for me, their most noticeable characteristic is the excess of narrativeor maybe the celebration of narrative is how I should put it These stories are not slices of atmosphere or explorations of an incident Karen Blixen would have no place at Katherine Mansfield s [...]

    25. I have found that Isak Dinesen is not for me She is very literary, in fact too literary she tries much too hard to be clever and witty, which made it impossible for me to get past her prose style into the stories themselves The stories themselves could have been alright, in fact in the hands of a master short story writer like Guy de Maupassant they would have been stunning, in terms of the characters and the setting and the events, but as already said, she tries too hard to be clever to allow t [...]

    26. Who has not been charmed and haunted by the opening line of Isak Dinesen s Out of Africa I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong hills That was the only work of Dinesen the pseudonym of Karen Blixen that I had previously read, and I was interested to read her earlier work, Seven Gothic Tales, which has long languished on my bookshelf The latter is a collection of several long short stories, or short novellas, each with a surprising and even disconcerting twist Each is well written and e [...]

    27. I wanted to like this collection a lot, since Winter s Tales made such an impression on me Alas, these stories didn t appeal to me as much The writing was still excellent, yes, though I took great issue with the passage in The Monkey where Boris thinks that women hate the sea From her writing you can tell that Dinesen loves the sea why would she write such a passage Maybe I will find a reason to reconcile those blasphemous words The ending of The Old Chevalier was legitimately creepy, when I rea [...]

    28. Difficult book to review Well written, smart, labored Not my turf though Some stories are better than others, of course The last one, particularly, The Poet , I found quite interesting a somber tale about age, talent, frustration, power But the whole set is a sort of anachronistic Hoffmanesque effort that sounds quite artificial when one sees it was written way into the 20th century It is like composing a Beethoven concerto in 1900 if anyone thought about Rachmaninoff that was the idea The resul [...]

    29. Sete Narrativas G ticas n o um livro de leitura f cil A escrita de Karen Blixen bela e requintada como sempre, mas aqui ela vem carregada de descri es que por vezes parecem excessivas A atmosfera pesada e sombria Os personagens contam hist rias a outros personagens e dentro dessas hist rias outras hist rias s o contadas O leitor jogado dentro de um labirinto narrativo e frequentemente esquece por onde entrou, muitas vezes chegando ao final de conto sem compreender o seu prop sito.Resenha complet [...]

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