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Hauntingly evoked and sensuously realized, the five stories and novella collected here have the hold of "fairy stories read in childhood . . . of dreams . . . and of life as our dreams" (New York Times Book Review).
"[Dinesen's] imagination could visit, it seemed, any corner of European history and find there a tale tinged with the luster and vivid shadowing of medieval allegory." —John Updike
“Stories belonging in that special realm in which artistry is more real than reality.” —Time