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Babette's Feast and Other Anecdotes of Destiny Paperback – 13 Oct 1988

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc (13 Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039475929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394759296
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dinesen's stories are the work of a writer with a powerful imagination and a shrewd intelligence." -- The New York Times Book Review
In the classic "Babette's Feast," a mysterious Frenchwoman prepares a sumptuous feast for a gathering of religious ascetics and, in doing so, introduces them to the true essence of grace. In "The Immortal Story," a miserly old tea-trader living in Canton wishes for power and finds redemption as he turns an oft-told sailors' tale into reality for a young man and woman. And in the magnificent novella Ehrengard, Dinesen tells of the powerful yet restrained rapport between a noble Wagnerian beauty and a rakish artist.
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 our life as dreams" (The New York Times).
"[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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 our life as dreams.' (The New York Times). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brilliant book, the movie is even better - a visual delight. I, amongst many others, have tried to recreate Babette's feast and failed miserably given the astonishingly intricate dishes (blinis Demidoff & cailles en sarcophage) but had great fun trying.
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This is a film I watch every Christmas as the story gives hope and is about humanity without any sugary schmatlz. It looks at life both minutely and broadly and leaves a message without being didactic. Beautifully filmed.
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Really like this book. The writing is excellent. I haven't finished it yet because I like to read it in small chunks. I take time to savour the words.
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