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More of the magic from "Out of Africa"
on 24 June 2003
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.