Books: The Lioness

SHADOWS IN THE GRASS (149 pp.)—Isak Dlnesen—Random House ($3.75).

A long time ago, in Africa, Isak Dinesen saw two lions attack an ox. Unarmed but for a stock whip, she flew at the kings of the jungle and lashed them into retreat.

Unarmed but for a pen, Isak Dinesen, 75, has spent the 27 years of her writing life routing the brute realities of the 20th century from her prose. Minute in output but masterful in style and content, Storyteller Dinesen (Seven Gothic Tales, Anecdotes of Destiny) pursues gothic romance in preference to realism, the...

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