A landowner, seeking to prove a principle, inadvertently exposes the ferocity of mother love. A wealthy young traveler melts the hauteur of a lovely woman by masquerading as her aged and loyal servant. A despairing author abandons his wife, he learns love's true value and returns to her, but in the course of a long night's wandering, only to find her a different woman than the one he left.
Seven Gothic TalesReading Essentials #ad - Although writing of death and failed loved affairs, Dinesen’s lush, ornate prose also has moments of humour. . Seven gothic tales was instantly popular when it was first published in 1934, revolving around mysterious, bizarre or supernatural events that explore questions of philosophy and identity.
Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - . 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. Of dreams. And of our life as dreams" The New York Times. Hauntingly evoked and sensuously realized, the five stories read and novella collected here have the hold of "fairy stories read in childhood.
And in the magnificent novella Ehrengard, Dinesen tells of the powerful yet restrained rapport between a noble Wagnerian beauty and a rakish artist. In the classic "babette's feast, in doing so, " a mysterious Frenchwoman prepares a sumptuous feast for a gathering of religious ascetics and, introduces them to the true essence of grace.
Last Tales Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - They include seven tales from albondocani, a prostitute, " a drunken, " an unfinished Gothic tale of a couple bedeviled by an old letter and a gypsy's spell; and three tales of winter, a projected novel that was never completed; "The Caryatids, all-night conversation between a boy-king, including "Converse at Night in Copenhagen, and a poor young poet.
Last tales is a collection of twelve of the last tales that Isak Dinesen wrote before her death in 1962.
Babette's FeastReading Essentials #ad - In this witty classic short story babette’s feast, who is taken in by two Danish sisters, aging villagers and, a mysterious French housekeeper, in doing so, ascetic, wins the lottery and as a gesture of gratitude prepares an extravagant and sumptuous feast for a gathering of religious, introduces them to the true essence of charity and grace.
Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - With classic simplicity and a painter's feeling for atmosphere and detail, Isak Dinesen tells of the years she spent from 1914 to 1931 managing a coffee plantation in Kenya.
Anecdotes of DestinyReading Essentials #ad - When human jokers trick him into betrayal, he seeks instead the secrets of the deeps. The diver is an ironical tale of a young theological student who thinks his fate belongs with the birds - and the angels. The immortal story tells how an immensely rich and lonely tea-trader endeavores to make a story told by all sailors come true.
Babette's feast is the author's most famous tale and this reader's favorite of the five - the story of the mysterious French maid-of-all-work who choses to fulfill her genius as a great artist creating one perfect meal, even though the staid Norwegian guests refuse to acknowledge it. Each of these five stories bears the hallmark of Isak Dinesen.
Anecdotes of Destiny #ad - Tempests is a tragic romance, in the story of a young and promising actress who feels herself condemned to fulfill completely the destiny decreed in Shakespeare's Tempest. Here again are stories with a suggestion of the "Gothic". The ring is a brief story of a bride of high estate who marries beneath her - and who on her honeymoon has an experience that persuades her that the end of her marriage perhaps has come before it has even begun.