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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard by Isak Dinesen ,. 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 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. 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.
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Published June 1st by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard. Lists with This Book. Nov 01, Adam rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Somewhere between the short,jewel like clarity of Winter's Tales and the dark pathways of Seven Gothic Tales this is possibly Dineson's most entertaining collection.
Babette's feast is a justified comic classic undercut with her trademark melancholy ,Immortal Story is close to the best thing she has every written up there with the Dreamers and Sorrow Acre ,a mix of gothic terror and farce. Dineson can be best described as someone who has swallowed a library but still wants to tell you campfire t Somewhere between the short,jewel like clarity of Winter's Tales and the dark pathways of Seven Gothic Tales this is possibly Dineson's most entertaining collection. Dineson can be best described as someone who has swallowed a library but still wants to tell you campfire tales.
Jun 10, Rambling Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 29, A. An amusing though wildly varying in quality collection of deliberately old-fashioned stories that sometimes have tinges of magical realism. Anyway, there are two gems here. Babette's Feast is the obvious one, and the reason I read the book. In it, two elderly, pious and austere Scandinavian sisters take in a refugee French cook who eventually wants to cook a feast for them and their acquaintances.
The second is the tale the aforementioned teacher assigned, The Immortal Story. The Diver is also a great little story being shorter than the above two , though the ending left a bit to be desired. It concerns a young Islamic scholar who with great enthusiasm decides he wants to fly and sets to building wings to allow him to do so, though some of the older scholars are not so keen on his plans. I didn't care for [spoiler] the talking sea creature at the end, though since that part is told as a story by the character I suppose it's possible that he could have only made it up. Tempests involves a travelling drama troupe in Scandinavia doing Shakespeare's The Tempest, including a girl who has a missing sailor from Scotland for a father.
When an actual raging tempest intervenes their ship one night, it sets off a series of events that especially dramatically changes the girl's life. The Ring is a very short story about the dangers of a newly-married girl walking home alone one day. Ehrengard, the novella that was tacked on to the end of the collection Anecdotes of Destiny to form this book, was good. It began slowly and I thought I wouldn't like it. It defines itself in three parts and by the middle of the second part was when I really began enjoying it.
It is set in a small Germanic area that was at the time its own kingdom. The ruling family are desperate for their only son to marry and have an heir to prevent their less savoury relatives from taking over after him. They enlist the help of a trusted older artist at their royal court, and he succeeds in making a match for the boy, though everything doesn't go quite as planned. Eventually, Ehrengard enters the picture, the only daughter in a military family that includes five brothers.
She is wholly trustworthy and without blemish and so is enlisted in a secondary role to help with the royal family's problems and preserve their good name. I particularly liked this quote- 'For there is a strange quality about a secret: You may be far from getting the true nature of the secret itself, you might even, had it been told you, be highly skeptical and incredulous of it—yet you will feel certain that a secret there be. Feb 04, James M. This is my 3rd or 4th time reading these tales, and each time I am enchanted.
Babette's Feast is not only a story as delicious as the meal she serves, it has also been made into one of the most perfect movies ever made. This is literature at its highest form, touching the intellect as well as, dare I say it, the soul--the deep well that is the elixir of life itself. Mar 20, Jennyc rated it liked it Shelves: I only read the story "Babette's Feast" for book club. Jul 21, A. Jansen rated it really liked it.
She is, basically, a genius. Dinesen finds her mode immediately: Seven Gothic Tales , her first published work, exemplifies all of her defining characteristics, and is as perfect and fully realized a book as has ever been written, the kind of masterwork that would ideally cap off and neatly summarize a long career. Except it came in the middle of her life, at the beginning of her career. The problem with reaching the pinnacle of your art is what do you do next?
There are really only two options: I guess there is a third, psuedo-option: Dinesen opts for 2. In becoming a writer, she had already reinvented herself once; as a writer, she has so singular a voice and vision, it is truly difficult to imagine her wearing any other style as elegantly. Her limitations become more obvious in Last Tales which is somewhat confusingly not her last work and in this volume, which is actually her last. In these final collections her decadent European locales begin to feel a bit repetitious, and her dichotomous conception of class and art, in which peasants and aristocrats are cool because they can appreciate the beauty of tragedy, whereas the middle class sucks because they like happy endings, begins to seem No, the young lovers are not getting together in the end.
My preference for Anecdotes of Destiny over Last Tales stems mostly from the fact that this book has more variety in tone and theme overall. She reminds me of Borges in a lot of ways: So, really, no reason.
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Do yourself a favor and read her. Sep 05, Krista rated it really liked it. The story was okay and was a lot better than most stories I have to read in school. I did like how the story flowed and how it did not focus solely on one character the whole time. The characters themselves were pretty good as well. The only reason I do not really like the story is that it is not my usual cup of tea.
I do not usually read stories like this unless it is for school and even then I do not like i As I have only read the Immortal Story I can only comment on how I feel about that one. I do not usually read stories like this unless it is for school and even then I do not like it as much as I would reading a different book outside of class. Overall the story was decent and seemed complete.
I think it is a good story to read If having a more realistic setting is more your thing. Jan 29, Philip rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Babette's Feast, one of the short stories in this book, is an exceptional commendation of love, compassion, and excellence in aesthetic creativity, and by far my favorite of this collection. Give me leave to do my utmost! The Diver and Tempests other stories in this book are also worth a read for the drama of their pensivel Babette's Feast, one of the short stories in this book, is an exceptional commendation of love, compassion, and excellence in aesthetic creativity, and by far my favorite of this collection.
The Diver and Tempests other stories in this book are also worth a read for the drama of their pensively thoughtful and vivid storytelling. I didn't think they were quite as good, particularly the Ring. Sep 05, Ashlynn rated it liked it. I was sadly only able to read the Immortal Story, but then again it was kind of a boring book. If someone had just laid this book in front of me and told me i could read it if i wanted to, i most likely would have read the first chapter then i would have thrown it across the room because the first couple chapters were that boring.
I will however say that towards the end of the story it picked up a little speed and did get more interesting. View all 6 comments. Sep 05, Cody Schatz rated it liked it. I only read the Immortal Story, so it's hard to write an accurate review. Nevertheless, I found the story rather boring, and ongoing for a lack of better words. The plot wasn't as bad as expected, but I believe if one was not required to read the story, you wouldn't. There isn't enough excitement to keep a person interested. It's very, very dull. The ending of the story is one out of a horrible movie.
May 26, Megan rated it did not like it Shelves: More like a ".
Mar 08, Julia rated it it was amazing. I didn't read this book straight through in one sitting but picked it up and read a short story here and there over the course of a long time. The mood of these stories is quiet and mellow so it is nice to have a pocket of uninterrupted down time in which to read them. Babette's Feast is one of my favorite movies I know I'm not alone in that , and that story is included here, but every story is its own unique jewel.
Each has an otherworldly, fairy tale quality, being set in an Old World context I didn't read this book straight through in one sitting but picked it up and read a short story here and there over the course of a long time.
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Each has an otherworldly, fairy tale quality, being set in an Old World context, but with keen psychological depth. Without intending to, I just finished reading the one novella included in this volume today Ehrengard on International Women's Day, which, upon reflection, seems very appropriate. The female protagonists throughout this collection present a picture of femininity that is strong, powerful, and transcendent, particularly in the case of Ehrengard.
After reading this collection I want to find and read more by Isak Dinesen aka Karen Blixen --who I am slowly realizing is one of those understated geniuses of the world. Jun 17, Tryphena Schrock rated it really liked it Shelves: If some of the plots in this collection are a bit strange, the language at least is spellbinding.
Dec 13, Kayla Song rated it liked it. This is an interesting collection of stories, especially when taken in context of Blixen's life. Can't say it was necessarily my cup of tea, but it definitely kept class interesting. Sep 29, Matthew McLean rated it really liked it. Mar 05, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: This volume contains a series of short stories and novellas.
Each of her stories presents a gothic bleakness, much like modern movies of Nordic countries. She explores themes of morality, austerity, destiny and courage. The first tale, The Diver, does not seem to fit well with the rest of the stories. It is almost a medieval tale of a Muslim boy who is misled. He wanders far and wide. Through the course of the story, it is discovered that this same youth eventually found fortune and peace as a diver of pearls. He did, indeed, develop a mystical connection with Nature which allowed him to be happy in his simple life.
In the end, this is a slightly supernatural morality tale. The story follows Babette, a French refugee who finds a home serving two rural Norwegian spinster sisters. They are highly rigorous in their religious observance, and live an austere existence. Babette finds that she has won the French lottery, and she convinces the sisters to allow her to make a celebration dinner. She prepares the finest meal they have ever had, and one of the guests recognizes the extravagance of the meal.
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The sisters are worried that Babette will leave them. Babette is not, she has just prepared a meal that cost the complete total of her lottery winnings. She is among the finest Parisian chefs, and she was forced to flee. She wanted to demonstrate her art, and give thanks. For her, that is enough. The story includes some soaring dialogue, much of which is quotable. My favorite is the speech of General Loewenhielm on grace: Grace, brothers, makes no conditions and singles out none of us in particular; grace takes us all to its bosom and proclaims general amnesty. That which we have chosen is given us, and that which we have refused is, also and at the same time, granted us.
Ay, that which we have rejected is poured upon us abundantly. For mercy and truth have met together, and righteousness and bliss have kissed one another! The Immortal Story is a gothic story about a merchant in Canton that wants to make real a legend. The Ring I found forgettable.
Ehrengard is a spare, medieval tale. It is interesting, but cold and tragic. All in all, this is a very good collection of stories, including one masterpiece, that should be read.
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