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Out of Africa


In 1914 Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya with her husband to run a coffee-farm. Drawn to the exquisite beauty of Africa, she spent her happiest years ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Received very timely

by SusanontheLake on Jul 16, 2009

The book arrived promptly and in good condition. It's nice to obtain the classics at an affordable price. I understand there is a series of her writings - these may be of interest to me in the future - too many books, to little time.


Classic Memoir

by Ellyb on May 14, 2008

Um, wow. Can I just leave it at that? All memoirists should bow before the incomparable Baroness von Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen. For one thing, her experiences were truly life-changing and not likely to be shared by a majority of her readers. For another, in telling her life's story, she utilizes a plain, honest, and clear voice that somehow manages to retain a sweet lyricism, painting her experiences in vivid detail. The mind's eye can really revel in her descriptive language. "Out of Africa" tells of Blixen's time in Kenya owning and operating a coffee plantation, where she also acted as a sort of mediator for her Kikuyu employees. This is a book to be savored to allow all of its calm beauty to sink in.

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