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Le Dîner de Babette

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Babette est une Française devenue domestique en Norvège, après la Commune qui l'a contrainte à l'exil. Ses patronnes sont deux vieilles filles austères. Le jour où elle gagne dix mille francs à une loterie, elle leur demande de la laisser préparer un dîner fin, dans la grande tradition française. Sa fortune y passe, mais une soirée aura effacé des années de carême. Cette n ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 253 pages
Published August 13th 1999 by Folio (first published 1952)
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Jadranka
Jan 07, 2016 Jadranka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Babetina gozba" je pravo malo remek-delo.
Život autorke ove novele, Karen Bliksen, je priča za sebe. Bila je pesnikinja, slikarka, plemkinja, vlasnica plantaže u Africi (da, da, dobro ste pročitali - vlasnica plantaže kafe, a predgrađe Najrobija gde se nalazila njena plantaža danas se zove Karen). Njena dela su doživela brojne ekranizacije, čak je i jedan asteroid nazvan po njoj :) Ali, ona je sebe najradije nazivala pripovedačem, i kako nam je to preneo u odličnom Pogovoru prevodilac Radoš Koso
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Diane S ⛄
This was a short novella about a young woman Babette who finds shelter from the civil war in France with two sisters. She stays for many years, cooking the bland food the expect but than asks a favor. She wants to prepare a French feast for the women and their guests on their Father's birthday.

Enjoyed this very much. There is some subtle humor and even a bit of a mystery. Who really is this mysterious Babette? Why at her dinner do the guests find themselves changing? Quite a good story from an a
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Duane
Best known for her award winning memoir Out of Africa, Karen Blixen also wrote several other works. In addition to being a farmer/rancher/adventurer, she was in fact a very good writer, and that is evident in this short work, Babette's Feast. It's the story of a French woman, exiled during the political upheaval in her country, who seeks asylum in a small Norwegian village with two pious sisters. But Babette has a secret, and when good fortune smiles upon her, she uses her secret to repay the si ...more
Chrissie
This is absolutely wonderful!!!!

This novella is only 52 pages long. There is no possible excuse for not being able to find time to read this book. I remember the wonderful movie, but this is even better. The characterizations of the people are funny and moving. Great prose. I adore it. Add it to the top of your reading lists.

I have read about half, 25 pages.

I read Out of Africa ages ago. Was it this good?! Should I reread it?

On completion:
Oh, it was too short! I got interested and then a door
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Laura
May 17, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda
Recommended to Laura by: Chrissie
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From IMDb:
In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although they each are presented with a real opportunity to leave the village, the sisters choose to stay with their father, to serve to him and their church. After some years, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to wor
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Slađana
Jan 26, 2016 Slađana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Babettina gozba spisateljičino je, nakon Moje Afrike, drugo najvažnije i najpopularnije djelo. Prvi put je objavljeno 1950. u američkom ženskom magazinu "Ladies' Home Journal".
Riječ je o vrlo neobičnoj pripovijesti lociranoj u norveškom gradiću Berlevågu, smještenom između visokih planina koje fizički zatvaraju vezu sa svijetom, dok je mjesto duhovno izolirao pastor, osnivač stroge crkvene sekte, čiji su se članovi odrekli svih zemaljskih zadovoljstava. U vrijeme kad počinje priča pastor je odav
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Paula Vince
Martine and Philippa are austere, elderly sisters who still retain traces of their former ravishing beauty. Their father was a strict Puritan minister, and they had devoted their lives to serving with him. Babette is their unassuming French maid who has won a windfall in the lottery. Instead of leaving the sisters, as they fear, she chooses to treat them and their guests to a sumptuous feast. Although all the money will be blown in one night, Babette insists there is nothing she would rather do. ...more
Helle
This is a lovely little tale about two elderly sisters living in Norway in the late 19th century, entrenched in their religious, spinsterly lives, and their exiled French cook, who spends her lottery winnings on one fine feast, the likes of which no one in the small town has ever seen before.

It is about the meeting of opposites: lives, values, people, and about the potential bridging of gaps, about sensuousness and duty, about the choices we make in life and those that are made for us.

I read/l
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Truehobbit
Saw this in the library and assuming it was translated from Danish, took it out. Found that she wrote in English, though, which strikes me as a bit odd.

It read nicely, but was more a collection of individual moments than an actual story. Also, as is usual for tales like this, there seemed to be a 'message' - which I didn't get. I ended the book thinking 'right - er...so?', which is never a good sign as a response to art. ;)

There was an afterword about Blixen's life and work which said she had a
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Lance Greenfield
Jan 10, 2016 Lance Greenfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story and the language (translation) are so quaint.

As it such a short story, it would be difficult to summarise and add detail to the publisher's blurb, without spoilers, so I won't. What I would say, though, is that this is a book that I could read several times, and learn something new each time. You know how it is when you view a detailed oil painting for the tenth time, and notice something that you've never seen before? Well, this is the equivalent in book form.

Watch out for a lesson i
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Sandra Bašić
Feb 24, 2015 Sandra Bašić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Božji putovi vode preko morskih valova i preko snježnih planina gdje ljudsko oko ne vidi nijednu stazu.“

Berlevag je jedan običan norveški gradić kojeg nastanjuju građani čije postojanje je vezano samo uz Boga i crkvu. Tamo nema zemaljskih zadovoljstava, a sve što je materijalno je ujedno i loše jer čovjek može biti samo duhovno sretan. Davno preminuli pastor usadio je to vjerovanje koje i nakon njegove smrti živi, jer u suprotnom Božja kazna će ih neumoljivo stići.

Sama priča započinje dolaskom
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Ana Claudia
Dec 02, 2015 Ana Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esse livro me surpreendeu.
Eu li sinopses que retratavam Babette como uma santa (praticamente), mas, ao ler o livro, entendi um pouco mais as motivações e a personalidade dela. As irmãs não me cativaram, mas é exatamente por isso que elas são tão reais: a dedicação fervorosa à religião as deixou anestesiadas, e você sente que ela não fizeram nada na vida. Babette surge como um elemento do equilíbrio. Ela submete-se aos costumes da família por anos, até que finalmente tem a oportunidade de fazer a
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Marco Tamborrino
"Può il risultato di tanti lunghi anni di vittorie risolversi in una sconfitta?"

Ne avrei fatto volentieri a meno.
Jemidar
I used to love Isak Dineson but haven't read anything of hers in something like fifteen years or more, and obviously my reading tastes have changed during that time because I was left underwhelmed by this one. I definitely remember liking the movie version better.
Milena
Nov 18, 2015 Milena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trata-se de uma curta história que nos faz refletir sobre nossa curta jornada. Fazemos escolhas o tempo todo em nossa vida, e por muitas vezes abrimos mão de um sonho de felicidade por diversos motivos: medo, preconceito, receios, dúvida, covardia etc. O quanto a religião e outros dogmas influencia nossas escolhas? E se tivéssemos a oportunidade de voltar atrás e escolher novamente?

"A língua é um pequeno membro e jacta-se de grandes coisas. Não nasceu homem capaz de domá-la; é um demônio rebeld
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Sli
Mar 03, 2012 Sli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nije mi se svidjelo. Niti malo. Novela me uopće nije angažirala. Čitao sam je kao da čitam popis sastojaka na receptu. Možda me to čini dijelom skupine koju autorica kritizira, ali eto...ne mogu si pomoći.
Ukratko, riječ je o sjemenu koje je posijano na pogrešnom mjestu. Izniklom na mjestu na kojem nema nikoga tko bi ga cjenio. Po mom mišljenju, i takvo sjeme ima svoju svrhu.
Također, novelica iznosi jednu dvojbu, odnosno kritiku. Da li živjeti po božjem zakonu znači biti suzdržan ili pak uživati
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Jo
Nov 13, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tazitazitazi
Ovo je jedna od onih knjiga koje u malo riječi govore puno. Za usporedbu mi padaju napamet Galeb Jonathan Livingston i Starac i more; ali samo po omjeru količine stranica i sadržaja, ne i samog sadržaja. Stoga, ako imate sat vremena pročitajte ovo djelo prije nego pročitate ostatak, jer me zbilja zanimaju dodatna mišljenja i tumačenja ovog djela.

Ovo izdanje ima opširnu bilješku o piscu koja se pri kraju pretvara u tumačanje samog djela, a to tumačanje me podsjetilo na udžbenike iz književnosti u
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France
Jan 25, 2013 France rated it really liked it
Le festin de Babette est en fait une nouvelle. Babette, française d’origine se pointe chez deux sœurs qui vivent dans un petit village en Norvège, afin d’échapper à la terreur qui sévit à Paris. Les deux sœurs acceptent de l’héberger et de la prendre à leur service en tant que bonne. Un jour, en l’honneur de l’anniversaire du décès de leur père, un pasteur luthérien, les deux sœurs décident de faire une petite fête et de recevoir quelques personnes qui ont été intimement liées au pasteur, Au mêm ...more
verbava
Jul 13, 2015 verbava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-of-light
цілковито чарівна дрібничка про любов, мистецтво і любов до мистецтва (а те, про який саме вид мистецтва йдеться, тут має зовсім другорядне значення).
Amélie Rêverie
Babette's Feast
By Isak Dinesen

The basic plot: Two aging Norwegian maiden sisters, the daughters of the leader of a puritanical religious sect, take in a French woman who has fallen upon hard times and who turns out to be a marvelous cook. After many years, she discovers she has won a lottery and spends her entire winnings on a fabulous dinner she creates for the sisters and their fellow congregants in gratitude. She gives everything of herself and, in doing so, transforms the Norwegians, who lea
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Morgan
Such a beautiful little story!

"'... In Paradise you will be the great artist that God meant you to be! Ah!' she added, the tears streaming down her cheeks. 'Ah, how you will enchant the angels!'"
Francesca
Dec 20, 2015 Francesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In questo clima pre-natalizio un racconto in cui una cuoca francese a servizio di due puritane norvegesi prepara loro un sontuoso pranzo spendendo tutta la vincita alla lotteria, ci parla subito di gratitudine, condivisione, rispetto. Eppure il nodo profondo giace altrove ed è ben meno banale. Babette non è solo una cuoca, ma un'artista che, attraverso l'eccellenza del suo lavoro, provoca una rivelazione nei commensali e permette loro di percepire l'infinito, di essere coscienti delle loro vite, ...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Read the story if you like. I haven't. But the film is must-see. I count it part of my Religious Trilogy for Non-believers, along with Children of Men and The Mission. I have seen it more times than Python's Holy Grail, which isn't much of a Religious Film, at least not for non-teenagers.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092603/?...
Andrés R. G.
Fue una experiencia de lectura muy rara. Quedé cautivado, por así decir, a ratos con las descripciones ambientales (tiene una buena prosa, añeja en algunos sentidos) y con la gente de Berlevaag; pero sobre todo con Babette. Sin embargo, no sé por qué me sentí un tanto incómodo otras veces y, al final, esa sensación predominó.
Pumsish
Oct 18, 2011 Pumsish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, translated
3.5* - ครึงๆกลางๆ ระหวางชอบกับชอบมาก
ชอบบรรยากาศของเรืองทีอยูชนบทแถบภูเขาและฟยอรดในนอรเวย
ชอบนำเสียงบรรยายเรืองอยางนารักรืนรมย ขนาดจิกกัดยังนารัก
ชอบบทสนทนาฉากจบมากจนไมอยากบอกกอนวาเกียวกับอะไร
แตความรูเรืองศาสนาคริสตและอาหารฝรังเศสเลยไดอรรถรสไมเตมทีไปหลายชวงเหมือนกัน
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Marie-claude
Jan 31, 2016 Marie-claude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Véritable poème gastronomique, Le festin de Babette n'impose pas sa symbolique facilement. Lorsque j’ai vu l’adaptation cinématographique de Gabriel Axel (1987), je me rappelle avoir beaucoup apprécié cette histoire d’une cuisinière au talent exceptionnel et dotée d’une grande générosité. Mais en lisant le conte en 2016, j’ai été totalement bouleversée. D’abord émue à la première lecture, j’ai pu déchiffrer de nombreux messages codés à la deuxième. L’auteure nous dit : « Babette c’est moi »! Une ...more
Aldo Marchioni
Jan 13, 2015 Aldo Marchioni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After I discovered that Karen Blixen's books original language is English, and suspicious that some of the translations I have read were making the reading slower and more difficult than it is, I tryed this one in the original language.
How a beautifule experience! I just love this short novel-long tale.
There is no message hidden - at least, I did not see one. Nor I was looking for any. Nor the plot is anything special: actually, a plot barely exists. Don't read this if you are looking for an int
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Letícia Monteiro
Feb 20, 2014 Letícia Monteiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A adaptação desse conto para o cinema é um dos filmes preferidos dos meus pais, por isso sempre ouvi falar dessa história desde criança. Cheguei a assisti-lo alguns anos atrás, mas só ao ver o livro de bolso em promoção na Cosac me dei conta que era de autoria da Karen Blixen, de quem ouço falar por ter influenciado alguns de meus escritores favoritos.

Assim como o filme conseguiu captar, "A festa de Babette" é belo, delicado e inspirador. Fala sobre os mais fortes anseios da alma de um verdadeir
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Eduarda Sampaio
May 03, 2014 Eduarda Sampaio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
A Festa de Babette é um conto da dinamarquesa Karen Blixen, escritora que foi muitas vezes cotada a receber o prêmio nobel de literatura. Ele conta a história de duas irmãs de meia-idade, filhas de um pastor protestante, que vivem em uma isolada cidadezinha na costa montanhosa da Noruega. Quinze anos antes da data em que a história ocorre, elas recebem a inesperada visita de Babette, uma francesa que está fugindo da Comuna de Paris de 1871, e a acolhem em sua casa. Passados muitos anos, Babette ...more
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