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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the magic from "Out of Africa", 24 Jun 2003
This review is from: Shadows on the Grass (Paperback)
If you enjoyed reading "Out of Africa" or watching the movie
starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, here's more of the same!
Shadows on the Grass (original title "Skygger paa graesset")
is a celebration of the dignity, wisdom and beauty of the
people of Africa. This book contains four stories told with
love, of which avid fans of "Out of Africa" will recognize
themselves in two.
The first chapter "Farah", is the story of the peculiar and
powerful pact between Blixen and her Somali servant Farah Aden.
The author herself called it "a portrait of a gentleman".
The chapter entitled "Barua a soldani" is the story of a letter
from the Danish king that came to be respected as powerful
medicine by the members of the Kikuyu tribe. And there might be
some truth in this magical tale: a letter from king Christian X
of Denmark was indeed found in the archives of the Blixen estate.
The last chapter is Karen Blixen's own farewell to Africa and
her efforts to maintain contact with the land and the people
she came to love, as she spent her last years in her house in
Rungstedlund, Denmark, now a museum.
Karen Blixen's great storyteller and her ability to really
bring out the magical flavour of Africa shine through in this
her last book about Kenya.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hunter's Heart, 24 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Shadows on the Grass (Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
All who pursue game will find themselves drawn into great compassion and respect for their quarry as Blixen describes her lion hunts, painting with her words and reminding all hunters why they hunt, why they should hunt, and the sacredeness of the hunt. Empathetic, real, and above all insightful, the book is piercingly understanding of both humans and animals. This book should not be omited from the library of ANY hunter. Blixen shows with masterful honesty that she has a true hunter's heart, is a true champion of wildlife and man alike. Such a candid book as this helps anchor readers in the past when the modern world encroaches.

A wistful picture of the old days, this book will not touch your heart. Rather it will grab and shake your heart virulently and with almighty vehemence. It is best summed up by the author's quote on page 116: "People work much in order to secure the future; I gave my mind much work and trouble, trying to secure the past." If you want to look into the mirror of raw humanity before it became something vague and plastic in the Facebook world, this is the book for you.
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Shadows on the Grass (Twentieth Century Classics) by Karen Blixen (Paperback - 25 Oct 1990)
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