New Meeting: Winter's Tale by Isak Dinesen

From: Arlinda S.
Sent on: Monday, April 21, 2008 11:32 PM
Announcing a new meeting for Classic Books!

What: Winter's Tale by Isak Dinesen

When: Sunday, May 11, 6:00 PM

Meeting fee: USD1.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meeting Description: After many discussions of novels by dead white men, we now turn to our first ever collection of short stories by woman (dead, white and Danish at that!). And what a fascinating dead white Danish woman she is, as are the stories. To borrow one publisher's jacket copy and due hype:

"In Isak Dinesen's universe, the magical enchantment of the fairy tale and the moral resonance of myth coexist with an unflinching grasp of the most obscure human strengths and weaknesses. A despairing author abandons his wife, but in the course of a long night's wandering, he learns love's true value and returns to her, only to find her a different woman than the one he left. A landowner, seeking to prove a principle, inadvertently exposes the ferocity of mother love. A wealthy young traveler melts the hauteur of a lovely woman by masquerading as her aged and loyal servant.

Shimmering and haunting, Dinesen's Winter's Tales transport the mysterious place where all stories are born."

And if the hype doesn't quite work, here is some critical praise from Eudora Welty:

"Dinesen's stories come toward one like the flashes...from a lighthouse on a strange and infrequently sighted coast--a coast beautiful and precarious, for it may be the last outreach of magic, but resting on bedrock."

I hope you do read these stories and look forward to the discussion!


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