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Letters from Africa, 1914-1931 Hardcover – 1 Jun 1981

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  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr (Tx); Second Printing edition (1 Jun. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226153096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226153094
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read this years ago and loved it. If you enjoyed Out of Africa, you would love this. It is beautifully written with a good insight
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I wanted some further insight into Meryll Streep's character and Robert Redford's - So the book is on the boring and slow going side - Didn't finish it - More of a flick and thumb read.
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Your either a fan of hers or not, Im ploughing thru all her books, and this is one I didnt finish.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96b2672c) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b532c4) out of 5 stars A woman of the future 3 April 2000
By Heidi Klavzar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very powerfull book, which gives good insight into the mind and soul of Karen Blixen. Compared to her own book "out of africa" you here have the "unprocessed" facts - she writes about her every day life on the farm, happy things as well as sad things in the form of letters to her loved ones. Very different from the intrepetation of the same facts in her book "Out of Africa". Read it!
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b53318) out of 5 stars Like reading a personal diary 22 Oct. 2000
By K'sGarden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There's no better way of getting to know the real Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen than by reading her Letters. Blixen shares her life with you a letter at a time, and in such rich detail that one feels a bit inclined to purchase a ticket to Kenya and appear on her veranda for tea!
Blixen's deep love for "her people" finally comes out in its truest sense in that she considered the African natives her soul mates.
The letters to Ingeborg, Aunt Bess, and brother Tommy, reveal (to me at least) that Blixen felt a greater kinship and sense of mutual acceptance with her "black skinned brother" than she did with her Danish relatives.
"Letters From Africa" is essential reading for any Dinesen fan.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b53750) out of 5 stars Better than Out of Africa 19 Jun. 2006
By Edivorp Rouylael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Isak Dineson, or Karen Blixen, was a fascinating woman. Most people know her as the main character from the movie Out of Africa or as the auther of the book of the same name. While the movie and the book are both good, I feel that this collection of her letters gives the best picture of who she was and what was important to her. The struggles of trying to make a go of her farm are heartwrenching, but the joy she expresses in her surroundings is enchanting. She describes the people in her life, especially the Kenyans who worked on her farm, so well that you feel you know them almost as well as you know her. Her description of the Europeans who lived in Kenya for economic or political reasons has enough of compliment and criticism to seem much more fair than many books from the colonial era. By the end of the book, it is easy to think of Karen as a friend.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b53b1c) out of 5 stars A real woman 24 April 2008
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
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These letters are the life and thoughts of an honest-to-God human female--a real woman, not a trumped-up tricked-out product of society. She is inspiring, honest, real, and as wild and natural as Africa itself was during her time. Every woman who has truly lived, even a little, will see herself in these pages. I reread it every few years as a pep-talk for courageous living, humility, and honesty. I will forever feel sad that she had to leave Africa.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b53c00) out of 5 stars BEAUTIFULLY DESCRIBED 24 April 2007
By Marie Antoinette - Published on Amazon.com
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"... huge distant blue mountains and the vast grassy plains before them covered with zebra and gazelle, and at night I can hear lions roaring like the thunder of guns in the darkness". Passages such as this one make it worthwhile to read this book. Karen Blixen is a master at poetically describing her foreign surroundings. If you enjoy the movie and the book Out of Africa then you will enjoy reading this book. Although at times the letters are repetitious and the author tends to ramble on, it is still an interesting book as it allows the reader to look through a window into Colonial East Africa from 1914 to 1931. The reader is able to go into Karen Blixen's mind and follow her daily struggles, joys and sorrows during her long stay in Africa and through her many safaris. This book unlike Out of Africa is not written through rose colored lenses. As you read this book, you feel a much harsher Africa. Also in this book she writes about her lover Dennis Finch-Hatton and doesn't hide the fact that she's crazy about him from her family. I highly recommend this book to any fan of Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen.
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