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A brilliant literary portrait, Isak Dinesen remains the only comprehensive biography of one of the greatest storytellers of our time Her magnificent memoir, Out of Africa, established Isak Dinesen as a major twentieth century author, who was twice nominated for the Nobel PrizeWith exceptional grace, Judith Thurman s classic work explores Dinesen s life Until the appearance of this book, the life and art of Isak Dinesen have been as Dinesen herself wrote of two lovers in a tale a pair of locked caskets, each containing the key to the other Judith Thurman has provided the master key to them bothWinner of the National Book Award How appropriate is it that this biography about the life of a storyteller is the most incredibly complete story telling of the storyteller herself By far, the most interesting stories are about the eccentric Isak Dinesen s twenty years spent in Africa It was the time period early 20th century , when Africa was the place in which most people have embedded their romantic images To Isak Dinesen, Africa and life itself was farreal and incrediblycomplicated. This is an intense biography by a writer every bit as talented as Isak Dinesen but muchsane, thank God By any measure, Isak Dinesen was about as complicated, tempestuous, and megalomaniacal as they come Midway through this giant tombstone of a book, I was wishing I hadn t opted to find out so much about her I ve loved her work for years without knowing much about her, and had the chance this summer because I m living in Scandinavia for a few years to visit her home north of Copenhagen This is an intense biography by a writer every bit as talented as Isak Dinesen but muchsane, thank God By any measure, Isak Dinesen was about as complicated, tempestuous, and megalomaniacal as they come Midway through this giant tombstone of a book, I was wishing I hadn t opted to find out so much about her I ve loved her work for years without knowing much about her, and had the chance this summer because I m living in Scandinavia for a few years to visit her home north of Copenhagen, a lovely, evocative place It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the visit filled me with peace and a warm desire to understand her The depth of my naivete No one understood her, and even Judith Thurman strains some muscles in trying to explain how Blixen could countenance, for instance, her demand of a blood pact, a Faustian give me your soul deal, of an impressionable young writer who was in love with her She stole his soul and his independence, ruined his marriage, and just about ruined him as well He wrote after her death that she would have murdered his wife without a second thought if only she d lived in an earlier era the sort of era she writes so vibrantly about in her tales Earlier in her life, she had hidden herself in a cloak of anonymity, thus her pen name of Isak Dinesen, and she used several others during her career She did this because she wanted the freedom to be herself on the page and on the page she s magnificent , and to keep her private life private She thought the work should stand for the writer I wish I d heeded this youthful wisdom of hers She lost it, and so did I That said, Thurman s penetration of Dinesen s character is brilliant, and Dinesen is lucky to have had such an intellect, such a generous soul as Thurman, on her trail This is a very good book Much better, IMHO, than the book that Dinesen wrote herself, Out of Africa.Coupled with another great book, Circling the Sun, by Paula McClain, it describes an unknown and romantic world in the country of Kenya. This book Wow I m only halfway done and feel I need to capture some thoughts.I read Out of Africa although I don t remember much except feeling frustrated Now I know why It wasn t a memoir, it wasn t a novel, it was a hodgepodge and it confused me.I put Isak Dinesen on my list because it won the National Book Award and I went through a phase of putting all NBAs on my list When I got it from Interlibrary Loan, I was looking at a 450 pager with small print This can t be good , I thought This book Wow I m only halfway done and feel I need to capture some thoughts.I read Out of Africa although I don t remember much except feeling frustrated Now I know why It wasn t a memoir, it wasn t a novel, it was a hodgepodge and it confused me.I put Isak Dinesen on my list because it won the National Book Award and I went through a phase of putting all NBAs on my list When I got it from Interlibrary Loan, I was looking at a 450 pager with small print This can t be good , I thought.I was so wrong It s fascinating You hate her, you love her, you laugh and sympathize with Karen Tanne Isak Osceola or whatever she wants to call herself that day.Clearly Thurman was obsessed with her in the best way possible This book is amazing It s so well researched and, at 445 pages save the very detailed bibliography , it s not an easy lifter But the pace is quick and the details don t bog you down The literary criticism was the only thing that was slow.I don t think I ve ever read a biography or autobiography that so clearly dissected a person and then presented that dissection in a readable format Well done, Judith Thurman