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Longing for Darkness: Kamante's Tales from "Out of Africa" Paperback – Jan 1991


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; New edition edition (Jan. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877016801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877016809
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Beard first visited Africa in 1955 when he began working n his expansive collection of articles and photographic essays. His books include Longing for Darkness a tribute to the life of Karen Blixen, The End of the Game, and Eyelids of Morning: The M Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen, 1885-1962) is the author of Out of Africa and other classic works of literature. Jacqueline Bouvier Onassis (1929-1996) discovered Longing for Darkness through her friend Peter Beard, and read the tales to her children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
For all Karen Blixen lovers 28 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Peter Beard has lived near Karen Blixen's farm and collected her story from many of her friends and staff in Africa. In this beautiful book he assembles excellent original photographs of Karen Blixen and enhances them with photographs of his own from Africa. The commentary is by Kamante Gatura, Karen Blixen's cook. A fascinating book, especially because Kamante's version differs from that of some of Karen Blixen's biographers. The illustrations compliment a reading of Linda Donelson's "Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa: Karen Blixen's untold story."
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The book as dream and fondest memory 7 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had a hardback copy of a previous edition which somehow slipped through my grasp and for which I have been searching vainly for twenty years. The combination of cultural perspectives effortlessly and simulataneously presented in a correspondent range of visual and graphical styles, telling stories of quiet appreciation and respect enchanted me like no other book, and I am grateful at least for finding a paperback edition and a thread to keep my hopes alive.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
My most treasured possession - exquisite, magical! 18 Mar. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Peter Beard has shown us another dimension of Isak Dinesen's (Karen Blixen) life as told in "Out of Africa". This time however,those days are described by Kamante Gatura, who, as a young boy was employed by Ms Dinesen. Kamante's memories are translated & written down...the result is an enchanting, magical book; it is the only book I would risk everything for to retrieve from a burning building...it is my most treasured possession.
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Longing for Darkness 21 May 2009
By Jean Goldsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For anyone who fell in love with Peter Beard's writing and stories, this book is an interesting follow-up. Probably best for big fans of African adventure stories. A must for travel journal writers, due to it's handwritten text and drawings.
Insight into Isak Dinesen's time in Kenya 17 Feb. 2013
By reader from Connecticut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was a real "find" for me. I "discovered" it after having read much about Africa and all I could find about Karen Blixen. The way it is written from Kamante's actual words, a hand written English translation from Swahili by his sons is just awesome. The connection with Jackie Kennedy Onassis in her own hand writing in letters in the afterward of the book is like hearing her speak those words. The many early photographs of the individuals Karen Blixen referred to in her "Out of Africa" cause this book of Kamante's Tales really come to life. Mr. Beard has done a fabulous job in bringing all this information together.
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