Free Read [Science Fiction Book] ☆ Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard - by Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen ✓

  • Title: Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard
  • Author: Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen
  • ISBN: 9780679743330
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback

  • 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 AndIn 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.
    Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen
    Pseudonym used by the Danish author Karen Blixen.Baroness Karen von Blixen Finecke Danish k n b le sn 17 April 1885 7 September 1962 , n e Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author, also known by the pen name Isak Dinesen, who wrote works in Danish, French and English She also at times used the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola, and Pierre Andr zel.Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette s Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award winning motion pictures She is also noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, particularly in Denmark.


    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 [...]

    Rambling Reader
    some stories are excellent and some are so-so. that's what made me decide to rate four stars for this collection. gothic tales and out of Africa are the best representation of dinesen's writerly talents.

    An amusing though wildly varying in quality collection of deliberately old-fashioned stories that sometimes have tinges of magical realism. Glancing over the other reviews, I have no doubt that some well-intentioned teacher forced many students to review one story from this version of this book, as about 90% of the reviews begin with some variation of, 'I was deeply saddened to only have the opportunity to read The Immortal Story in this book, but it was alright I guess.' Well, I suppose I appla [...]

    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.

    Aaron Jansen
    Having now read virtually all of Dinesen’s fictional output (I still have not read Out of Africa, the book for which she is most famous, but it’s a memoir, not a novel) I feel prepared to assess her body of work as a whole. She is, basically, a genius. But her genius is of the extremely specialized sort that exhausts itself quickly once it’s found the right mode of expression. Dinesen finds her mode immediately: Nearly all of her stories are concerned with 18th and 19th century European ar [...]

    As I have only read the Immortal Story I can only comment on how I feel about that one. 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 [...]

    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. "Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me leave to do my utmost!" (I also highly recommend the masterfully film directed by Gabriel Axel drawn from this story.) The Diver and Tempests (other stories in this book) are also worth a read for the drama of their pensivel [...]

    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.

    Cody Schatz
    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.

    More like a ".5" All the stories were written in the same dry fashion, underdeveloped characters and hardly any creativity.

    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 [...]

    Isak Dinesen is best known for “Out of Africa” and her “Seven Gothic Tales,” but her other works contain some fine masterpieces as well. This volume contains a series of short stories and novellas. Dinesen’s tales are written in a traditional storytelling style, and are fine representations of 19th century Romantic literature. 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 [...]

    Dinesen, Isak. ANECDOTES OF DESTINY and EHRENGARD. (1958 & 1963). ****. “Anecdotes” is a collection of five short stories by Dinesen that vary in quality, but two of them are magnificent: “Babette’s Feast,” and “The Immortal Story.” Also included in this volume is the novella, “Ehrengard.” I could not, frankly, get into this tale – tortuous in its telling. It relies on a once-removed epistletory style in a trumped-up medieval style that leaft me cold. “Babette’s Feast [...]

    "Ah! How you will enchant the angels!"This quotation, from Babette's Feast, refers to the expectation of Phillipa, for whom Babette had been cook for many years, that Babette would truly be among the angels due to her transformative impact on Phillipa and her sister and the others from the small village of Berlevaag who attended the feast she had prepared. But to understand these transformations one must return to the beginning of Dinesen's story where the first paragraph introduces this town th [...]

    I read Babette's Feast closer to Thanksgiving and loved it, so circled back around to pick up some more of Dinesan's stories. These do not disappoint. She has such a unique style of spinning a tale, but leaving so much buried underneath. Stories skip along the surface pulled by the characters' actions, but there are deeper dimensions of faith and relationships and motives that usually don't surface until the end and take a little effort to extract. In Tempests, a young woman is groomed to play A [...]

    Austin Lance
    I only read the Immortal Story, so I am unable to critique the entire thing. But, for the story I did read, I have to say it is quite good for its duration. The story in its entirety stands a story within story. (Storyception) Back to the point, with the Immortal Story, I find myself intrigued by the use of characterization in the tale. Mr. Clay is selfish, only attempting to create a story and make it fact. Elishama, Clay's assistant, doing his job and helping Clay realize his goal, was probabl [...]

    i loved Out of Africa (not really even the same story as he movie!), so I wanted to read something else by Isak Denison. This is a collection of stories, or novelettes. I read the first one and wasnot impressed. Then I read Babette's Feast--I had of course seen the movie years ago. It was good. I just finished The Immortal Tale and liked it even better---except for the ending (non). This is rather Dickensian, and at teh same time fantastical. A very unusual story premise: A dying old rich man do [...]

    Christopher Smith
    Enrapturing and clever, this set of stories by Karen Blixen discusses the trials of individuals at the mercy of fate, which brings people, fortune, and iopportunity in and out of each others' lives, in such a way as to change the ways in which they see themselves, the world, and their place in it. Very masterfully crafted, each story unfolds delicately, growing more complex and enticing without the reader even quite realizing it, until the point when one's jaw drops at a poignant resolution. Bli [...]

    I jumped to the back of this collection to read Ehrengard first. What a story! It starts out like a fairytale - a handsome princea lovely princess, then a benign (is he though?) artist-arranger is added, then a warrior maiden. How WILL it end!My five star rating is, so far, for this story only. The story Babette's Feast is also in this collection, and is the original reason I am reading the book. Edited to add this last bit after I finished reading all the stories. I can't believe I'm the only [...]

    To be honest, I have only read The Immortal Story out of this book, so I can't give a blanket statement in regards to the book. I can, however, write about how I felt after reading The Immortal Story. I liked the story in general, but it had a very vague, abrupt ending and it was a little confusing. The story itself was actually something I hadn't ever encountered before; it had a good story and the characters were very filled out for such a short story. I am not really sure how I feel after re [...]

    There's something about the way Dinesen writes that will impress you, whether she writes in an allegorical/fairy-tale way or the grains of wisdom which are strikingly true and unnervingly accurate found within. She has this kind of observation that amazes readers, in her stories, like Ehrengard--the story I particularly liked for its clever ending, and Babette's Feast which deals with a community of people and the "food feast" that changes them overnight (no they did not become monsters or anyth [...]

    Krisette Spangler
    I'm really torn about the rating for this book. Isak Dinesen has such a beautiful style of writing, and all of the stories were engaging. However, the book had an overall sadness to it. Would it have hurt to write a story with a happy ending?I would recommend reading it, especially if you like short stories. You can't really lose with Dinesen if you enjoy beautiful language. I'm looking forward to watching the movie 'Babette's Feast' now. It was my favorite story in the book. Can I borrow it Sta [...]

    Ryan Tracy
    I only read the Immortal Story: I felt the had an interesting storyline, but to me i felt that it was a bit unrealistic and outlandish. The characters in the story were WAY over the top crazy. Whether it was Mr. Clay, and Elishama's antisocial personality. To Virgine's little bit to "social" personality. The premise of the ending was what i expected, but the way they went about it was etremely strange. Over all i liked the idea of the story but I'm more of a realistic person and the book was jus [...]

    I wrote a more comprehensive review for book club, but I will say that I loved Babette's Feast and The Immortal Story the best of all the short stories. The themes of the power of food, what art means to an artist, and the power of free agency are strong and well thought out. A couple of the other stories didn't really speak to me as much; they felt less complete, less wholejust less. Still good, just not as much. ;)

    Dinesen is my new favorite author. Of the stories herein included, "The Ring" has captivated me the most, with its subtle yet fierce eroticism in one sentence. With one sentence, one little image (the knife in the sheep-thief's hand pointing at her neck), Dinesen disturbed me, thrilled me, and immediately let me know exactly what was going on in the mind of an up-till-then naive girl. Just amazing what she did in so few words.

    Isak Dinesen (or Karen Blixen) is becoming one of my favorite writers. Her writing is just incredible. This is a collection of dense, fairy tale-like of stories, and they are absolutely marvelous. Each is intricate and complex, with these incredible twists and turns. None of the stories ever went the way you expected, but by the end you felt like all the pieces had fallen perfectly into place. Really masterful composition. And so beautiful!

    Callie Wray
    I only read The Immortal Story from this book. I actually really liked the story. It had some very humorous scenes and, generally, the plot was well thought out. Aside from the ending, it was written very well. I only gave it four stars because the ending bothered me. It seemed kind of abrupt and the whole shell thing was mostly just confusing. I would recommend giving this a read. I'm sure the other stories within the book are good as well.

    I only read the immortal story and i did enjoy the story. The awkward aspect of making a tall tale not so tall was enjoyable. The interesting trial that Mr. Clay decided to put himself through as his last will on earth was entertaining because all he wanted was to make a sailor have sex with a woman and pay them to do so just to make a fictional story become nonfiction and give sailors hope of getting lucky.

    Sammi Smith
    Out of all the stories in this book, I have only read "The Immortal Story." This story about an old Canton tea-trader was a good story. The whole concept of the story had an outstanding story line. My favorite kind of story is one told through many point of views. Elishama, Virginie, Mr. Clay, and Povl all tell their own side to the sailor's story which makes for an even more interesting story line. You will love "The Immortal Story."

    Dylan Tracy
    first of all i only read the immortal story sooo i thought the book in general was pretty good but i thought the ending was very confusing and it didn't make since at all. there is suppose too be a good ending to every story and this one wasn't i wish they would have lived happily ever after. the characters were all very different in there own ways and sometimes it made it hard to follow

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