"Isak Dinesen . . . had an original approach to life that permeated all her work. She loved storytelling, with the result that most of her essays are quasi-narratives, which proceed not from major to minor premise but from one anecdote to another as the way of making concrete whatever idea she is considering. Her work is a delight and at times a marvel."—The New Yorker"Thr"Isak Dinesen . . . had an original approach to life that permeated all her work. She loved storytelling, with the result that most of her essays are quasi-narratives, which proceed not from major to minor premise but from one anecdote to another as the way of making concrete whatever idea she is considering. Her work is a delight and at times a marvel."—The New Yorker"Through these daguerreotypes we begin to understand other periods, the renunciations of World War I, the purpose of houses and mansions, of ritual ceremonials, such as tatooing. We are given a fresh and vivid view of the women's movement . . . which urges that what our 'small society' needs beyond human beings who have demonstrated what they can do, is people who are. 'Indeed, our own time,' she wrote in 1953, 'can be said to need a revision from doing to being.' She demonstrated it in her own work and craft, with courage and with dignity. This collection is as real as a gallery of old daguerreotypes, moving and unfaded. The work, as Hannah Arendt says, of a wise woman."—Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times "These essays . . . have the flavor of good conversation: humorous, easy, personal but not oppressive, the distillation of reading, thought, and experience. Their subjects are of surprisingly current interest. We need make no concessions to the past, need not set our watches back to 'historical.' Isak Dinesen was not a faddish thinker. . . . 'In history it is always the human element that has a chance for eternal life,' Dinesen remarks, and she gives these essays their chance."—Penelope Mesic, Chicago...
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Daguerreotypes and Other Essays Reviews
This is evidently a collection of miscellaneous pieces, some written in English and others in Danish, cobbled together some years after the author's death. To my mind, Isak Dinesen is a world class writer, but Daguerreotypes and Other Essays is not her best work. The longest piece in it is a lengthy book review of a work of whose existence I did not know; and several of the other essays were not her best work.But every once in a while, Isak Dinesen shone through in all her glory, as in the title essay, "On Mottoes of My Life," "Rungstedlund: A Radio Address." This is one of those books one approaches who loves a famous author's best works and who wants more, even if it is surrounded by a lot of mediocre filler.
Isak Dinesen was a great practitioner of the story within the story and this collection of essays is also full of wonderful, embedded tales -- some based on chance encounters, some recounting fables that illustrate a point. Whatever the topic (feminism, Nazi Germany, orthography), Dinesen always has her eye on entertaining the listener and continually draws from unexpected sources (The Koran, her aunt's issues with a serving woman, an uncle's reaction to a woman on a bicycle) to do so. If she were alive and still doing her radio show, I for one would tune in.
I read this kind of in the spirit of "completism," since I've read the rest of her works. Some very interesting essays. the most moving is the final article, which is radio address to the nation of Denmark when she pleaded with her listeners to each contribute one Krone toward an endowment to keep her home, Rungstedlund, as a permanent public park and bird sanctuary. there is also a 38-page essay about a novel called "The Riding Master" by H. C. Branner that apparently took Denmark by storm in 1949. It sounds a very curious book and I am going to try to hold of an english translation. However, her essay doesn't really convey whatever it was about the book that made it so very popular. p.s. I just discovered that in English it was published as "The Mistress" in a paperback edition with a typically sleazy-looking 1950s cover.
I was disappointed in this collection of essays. After loving her memoir OUT OF AFRICA so intensely, I thought these essays would give me the same level of insight to her interesting life. Sadly, most of them are a random compilation, which makes her thoughts and ideas come across as rather random. The final essay about her family home on Denmark comes the closest to what I was hoping the entire collection would be.
قرأت الكتاب لأتعرف أكثر على فكر ايزاك دنسن حيث تعتبر من ضمن المع أسماء النسويات. الكتاب يعرض قصص مرت فيها ايزاك دنسن في الماضي وكل قصه ترويها فيها فكره معينه. لكن لم يفيدني الكتاب في هدفي منه حقيقة ولكنه ممتع لمحبي القصص والرواية... تقديم حنة ارنديت لايزاك كان جميل جداً ..