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by Isak Dinesen

Romantics, adventurers, sensualists, melancholics and dreamers inhabit the bizarre and exotic world conjured up in these seven intricately interwoven tales, whose settings range from Tuscany and Elsinore, to a dhow on its way from Lamu to Zanzibar. Proclaimed a masterpiece on its publication in 1934, this collection is shot through with themes of love and desire - from the maiden lady who now believes herself to have been the grand courtesan of her time, to the Count whose wife is so jealous that she cannot bear him to admire her jewels, and Lincoln Forsner, an Englishman whose search for a woman he met in a brothel leads him into many strange adventures.
Download Seven Gothic Tales epub
ISBN: 0394742915
ISBN13: 978-0394742915
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Isak Dinesen
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage; English Language edition (October 12, 1985)
Pages: 420 pages
ePUB size: 1879 kb
FB2 size: 1309 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 940
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I loved "Out of Africa", which I read--on Hemingway's recommendation--long before the silly movie adaptation existed. This is quite different, except that in both that book and this book Karen Blixen proves herself a master (mistress?) of English prose-- which is all the more surprising considering that English was not her native tongue (apparently she was more than fluent in several languages).

I've decided the "Gothic" in the title means, not to put too fine a point on it, that these are essentially horror stories--but they're muted horror stories that unfold at a very leisurely pace and discursively. They're also oozing erudition and steeped in the sensibility of the early nineteenth century. Most of them involve a weave of subsumed and parallel tales, a thing which tends to try my patience as a reader--and mostly why I've docked the book a star. (The only work I know which comes close to it in this respect is Stanislaw Lem's "The Cyberiad", and I actually recommend tackling that first to test your tolerance for nested stories.)
Good read - excellent author!
The words crafted by the author linger in my mind and thoughts. I often have to stop and re-read a passage because it is truly scrumptious with detail; I feel as though I am there in the setting. The stories are not scary but peculiar in their own right. Money well spent. Highly recommend.
It is fantastical and engaging, great for bed time reading. It appeals to contemporary readers although written many decades ago.
Super readable classic gothic fiction (which, if you've read gothic fiction, you know that is a considerable achievement).
Dinesen was a gifted story teller with a prodigious imagination & faultless, lapidary diction & style.
Golden Lama
No problems at all with this order. I am very satisfied .
Isak Dinesen's "Seven Gothic Tales" are wonderful short stories that perfectly embody their title: their subjects as well as their denouements are awkward and eerie. In fact, their subject matter in particular betray Dinesen's birth name, Karen von Blixen, for they have a very nordic, fascinatingly dispassionate atmosphere.

These tales are lesser known masterpieces of the author of the great classic novel Out of Africa.