Book pak Recorded Books 1997
CS ISBN 0788707191 $120.00 Fifteen cassettes
Engaging and scholarly, Thurman's biography is a rich portrait of the famed author's life and works. Thurman cites personal letters, family documents and unpublished manuscripts in an effort to give an inside view of Isak Dinesen's family, friends and lifestyle. Davina Porter skillfully navigates the text, carrying listeners from turn-of- the-century Denmark to pre-WWII Africa. Listening to Porter is like hearing an aristrocratic grand dame reminisce about a personal friend over tea. Her narrative style epitomizes the grace, polish and eloquence of Dinesen's own writings. The reading is always consistent. Pacing is smooth, clear and thoughtful, allowing listeners to gain intimacy with the subject without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. J.S.G. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: NOV/DEC 97]
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