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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.
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on 24 November 2012
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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on 26 September 2014
Lovely old-fashioned hard backed book - good quality and received promptly as promised.

It contained sections of Isak Dinesen's life not included in "Out of Africa". The first story about her principal "aide" was both fascinating and very revealing and taught me a lot, and gave me to think about, the Muslim faith and attitudes. Particularly valuable today and the need to really understand and appreciate another faith.

Her subsequent stories are not as well written as the first. The English seemed at places awkward which is surprising considering the articulate first section but,nevertheless, very enjoyable and worth having as part of one's library.
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on 23 April 2015
Isak Dinesen is a wonderful write and I think is a pity that some people will never read her wonderful book "Out of Africa" because they think they already know the story because of the movie (which is good, but COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THE BOOK). I love the film, but as usual Hollywood chose to focus in the love affair between Karen Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton, while in the book he only appears in two or three chapters and their love story is never mentioned. This book, like the other one, is more about her love story with life in general and Africa in particular. Her prose is magical and absorbing, I think that someway she managed to mix the European and the African culture and to become a kind of sorceress whose voice traps the reader in a way that resembles the fascination for fairy tales. Read her books and awake in a different world, more brilliant and misterious, with brighter colors and far more interesting people than the ones you usually meet.
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on 6 February 2015
Bought this in conjunction with Out of Africa but as with the latter I find it hard to stomach the constant referrals to the 'childlike' qualities of the 'natives' described by Karen Blixen. That aside there are moments of poetical imagery and insight which made me glad to have reqad the book.
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on 19 October 2015
Product is exactly what I wanted and has proven to be as good as I wanted it to be.
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