Le Dîner de Babette
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?
Oh, it was too short! I got interested and then a door ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
A Danish writer, who mixed in her work supernatural elements, aestheticism, and erotic undertones with an aristocratic view of life, Blixen always emphasized that she was a storyteller in the traditional, oral sense of the word. She drew her inspiration from the ...more