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Babette's Feast (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)

Babette's Feast (Penguin Mini Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Isak Dinesen
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'And it happened when Martine or Philippa spoke to Babette that they would get no answers, and would wonder if she had even heard what they said ... Orshe would sit immovable on the three-legged kitchen chair, her strong hands in her lap and her dark eyes wide open, as enigmatical and fatal as a Pythia upon her tripod. At such moments, they realised that Babette was deep, and that in the soundings of her being there were passions, there were memories and longings of which they knew nothing at all.'

Babette's Feast is a sublime celebration of eating, drinking and sensual pleasure. In Isak Dinesen's life-affirming short story, two elderly sisters living in a remote, god-fearing Norwegian community take in a mysterious refugee from Paris one night - and are rewarded for their kindness with the most decadent, luxurious feast of a lifetime.

About the Author

Isak Dinesen was the pen-name of Karen Blixen, who was born in Rungsted, Denmark in 1885. After studying art at Copenhagen, Paris and Rome, she married her cousin, Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke, in 1914. Together they went to Kenya to manage a coffee plantation. After their divorce in 1921, she continued to run the plantation until a collapse in the coffee market forced her back to Denmark in 1931. Although she had written occasional contributions to Danish periodicals since 1905 (under the nom de plume of Osceola), her real début took place in 1934 with the publication of Seven Gothic Tales, written in English under her pen-name. Out of Africa (1937) is an autobiographical account of the years she spent in Kenya. Most of her subsequent books were published in English and Danish simultaneously. She died in Rungsted in 1962.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1769 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (15 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME2JC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Short Story Brings Back Lovely Memories 23 Feb. 2011
Gabriel Axel's truly wonderful film of the same name which adheres very closely to this short story by Karen Blixen(Isak Dinesen -played by Meryl Streep in Out Of Africa) has remained an enchantment since I first saw it in 1988.I had never read Blixen's story until now and unsurprisingly what a joy.

Released as part of Penguin's Celebrations marking 50 yrs of their modern classics imprint,the story revolves around two deeply religious Norwegian sisters who welcome into their midst a middle aged french lady escaping persecution in France who serves the women unsparingly for 12 yrs reveal more would spoil the enjoyment for anyone unfamiliar with this tale..

Even at only 54 pages,Blixen is still able to weave a beautifully subtle and nuanced tale redolent with moments of profound regret and loss which rather than make the tale an melancholic affair,does exactly the opposite and the story sparkles -Papin's letter to the sisters being a perfect example-touching and sad on the surface,he nevertheless delights in his short acquaintance with the sisters.

Truly a delightful story and one to cherish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much in such a short book 21 April 2011
I agree; I also saw the wonderful film first. But there is almost more in this short story (explicit and implicit) even than in the film. I used to show that to students to illustrate some aspects of Kierkegaard's philosophy, but now I wouldn't need to. Although Kierkegaard used to think he could express his meaning better at great and sometimes confusing length, these 53 pages suggest otherwise!
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By Bernie
Bought this as a bookclub recommendation and despite being a short story it was really enjoyable and atmospheric. Good characters that are well portrayed and engaging within a strong storyline - I have never seen the film but I am glad I read the book first
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film 16 Nov. 2013
By JunoWho
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I saw this film many years ago and have never forgotten it. Superb. So very pleased to be able to have my own copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Austerity, elegance, and quietude 1 May 2013
In a beautifully written tale on austere existence, the two daughters and ageing followers of a late preacher are put to the test with a sumptuous meal of ostentatious splendour. Questions arise. Is their devout lifetime of sensory and aesthetic denial to be soured by such a decadent delectation? Will their values be proved steadfastly or laid bare as bygone superstition? And will the mysterious Babette be brought low by the rumoured transgressions of her past, or will fortune favour her stoic and unyielding perseverance?
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