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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 January 1st 1952)
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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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Sandra Bašić
„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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Lance Greenfield
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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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.
Laura
May 17, 2014 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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Sli
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
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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
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
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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The Frahorus
E' un racconto breve, di quei racconti che si ricordano con piacere, che ti fanno capire il potere eccellente dello stare a tavola tutti insieme, un rito che tutti noi ogni giorno viviamo, e che ricordiamo con molto piacere.

In una piccola setta protestante che vive in un piccolo fiordo seminascosto norvegese, dove tutti sanno tutto di tutti, arriva in cerca di asilo una straniera –in fuga dalla Francia sconvolta dalla guerra –di cui nessuno conosce la vita passata. La rettitudine e la ferrea mo
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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
3.5* - ครึ่งๆกลางๆ ระหว่างชอบกับชอบมาก
ชอบบรรยากาศของเรื่องที่อยู่ชนบทแถบภูเขาและฟยอร์ดในนอร์เวย์
ชอบน้ำเสียงบรรยายเรื่องอย่างน่ารักรื่นรมย์ ขนาดจิกกัดยังน่ารัก
ชอบบทสนทนาฉากจบมากจนไม่อยากบอกก่อนว่าเกี่ยวกับอะไร
แต่ความรู้เรื่องศาสนาคริสต์และอาหารฝรั่งเศสเลยได้อรรถรสไม่เต็มที่ไปหลายช่วงเหมือนกัน
Aldo Marchioni
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
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
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
Angélique Moreau
This book was recommended to me by a friend who told me I would love the story of this French woman in exile in a Norwegian village, which had a parallel with what I was living at the time. And when an actress performing a recitation of the text booked our little village theatre to play, I borrowed this short book just to know what to expect.

Hearing this text played out is an experience I could only wish on everyone! The characters become quirkier. The religious father rambles on, his singing da
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Aragorn
Il beccafico, specie protetta, è considerato dai gourmand uno dei piatti più prelibati.
Appena estratto dal forno viene messo ancora bollente in bocca, tutto intero, tranne la testa che viene staccata con un colpo netto dei denti. Rischiando multe salatissime o addirittura l'arresto i buongustai masticano il corpo dell'uccelletto lentissimamente così da assaporarne tutta la squisitezza.
Tradizione vuole -e questa è la particolarità- che l'intera operazione venga effettuata tenendo la testa coper
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David Conway
This afternoon I reread Babette’s Feast, a short story by Karen Blixen, best known for of Out of Africa.

The theme of a shared meal, and its ability to transform events or even to change lives, is a common one in literature. Writers have always used food and wine to bring about changes in mood, confessions, confrontations, and of course, seductions. From the Last Supper to Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, meals have meant drama.

Babette’s Feast is a beautiful jewel of a story set in a quiet, ri
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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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Just Me
When I was a 6 years old Babette's feast was my favorite movie, and it still is. Now that I've read the book, I love it even more. There is something about this story that appeals to me personally, and I don't even know why. Could I call this my "favorite" book? Possibly. I only know that I will never forget this story as long as I live, and I am not prone to hyperbole.
Craig
A wonderful story of two spinsters' devotion to their cleric father who initiated a humble following of disciples in Christ. He has long since died. Babette, exiled from France, shows up on their doorstep seeking refuge after her husband and son are killed in Paris. She seeks to become a servant in their house; the daughters reluctantly consent. On the 100th anniversary of their father's birth, his followers gather to celebrate his life and goodness. Old rivalries and grievances dissipate in the ...more
Ashlee
It's a great food story! Babette is a famous chef of Paris living in a small, pious village in Norway. Here she seeks refuge from the civil war that is plaguing France. In the end, food prevails over all, and the pious people of that village, run,jump and dance in the streets and kiss more passionately than ever before! It's a great read, especially if you love food!!
Melanie Rogers
This was a short story with good structure, but not very captivating, I was surprised they made a movie. A friend shared background information that made it more interesting, but alone it wasn't.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
The film of this story is one of my very favourites. It's the film I watch when I'm tired out, sad, or just want a mental vacation. First saw it on Dec. 31, 1991, and don't know how many times I've seen it since then.
I knew Karen Blixen wrote short stories, but having read Out of Africa and been seriously unimpressed (what kind of person describes shooting a lion as "an act of love"?)I was wary of reading any more of her output. For this, however, I made an exception.
The film literally brings
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Ryan
It could just be my attention span, but I couldn't stay interested in this novella. There's very little plot. The majority of the book is character sketches. It just wasn't for me.
David Ranney

"I have been with you every day of my life. You know, do you not, that it has been so?"

"Yes," said Martine, "I know that it has been so."

"And," he continued, "I shall be with you every day that is left to me. Every evening I shall sit down, if not in the flesh, which means nothing, in spirit, which is all, to dine with you, just like tonight. For tonight I have learned, dear sister, that in this world anything is possible."


Source text for undoubtedly my favorite Danish film of all time. The
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Ingrid
Beautiful story - you can taste the food and feel the characters senses open up and come alive through babettes amazing meal.
Sonja Trbojevic
A charming tale: a sumptuous shared meal transforms the pious people of a small Norwegian village. Wonderful film, too.
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