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 there until the plantation failed. A poignant farewell to her beloved farm, "Out of Africa" describes her friendships with the local people, her dedication for the landscape and wildlife, and great love ...
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 there until the plantation failed. A poignant farewell to her beloved farm, "Out of Africa" describes her friendships with the local people, her dedication for the landscape and wildlife, and great love for the adventurer Denys Finch-Hatton.
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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.
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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