- Publisher: Vintage Books USA (1 Dec. 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394742117
- ISBN-13: 978-0394742113
- Package Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,436,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Out of Africa; And- Shadows on the Grass Paperback – 1 Dec 1985
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With classic simplicity and a painter's feeling for atmosphere and detail, Isak Dinesen tells of the years she spent from 1914 to 1931 managing a coffee plantation in Kenya. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a jewel and I join the ranks of those who cannot understand why it was not more lauded as an important work of literature.
.always belong their in Africa
The book concentrates on the Kenyan landscape and the Africans who people it. She draws romantic and spiritual lessons from the oneness of the Africans with their land. Perhaps some of her commentary on the Kikuyu seems patronising nowadays, but how else could she have written ?
Blixen's style is readable, fluent and anecdotal, making "Out of Africa" an easy read. (Though there are times when her landscape descriptions are a little too purple and her verse, the little of it that she shares, is frankly embarrassing.)
In fact,"Out of Africa" is a rare item - a book about long-term expatriation rather than a "travel book" about a short trip to a glamorous place. So, it's not Blixen's game to be taking colourful incidents out of context and making a song-and-dance about how exotic they are, which is the irritating stock-in-trade of the travel writer. She describes what happens to a person when the exotic becomes commonplace, which is as different from travel-writing as roast beef is from candyfloss.
But Blixen hides herself away too. Many of her preoccupations are merely hinted at : her love for Finch-Hatton, her husband, her strained relationships with other whites and the day-to-day business of the farm.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the book for a friend. She was delighted It brought back so many memories of her years spent in Africa.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read though some of the language used is, well, different! Though very readable.Published 12 months ago by anniemation001
I thought I would enjoy reading this book, but found it very disjointed and boring in parts.Published 14 months ago by Anita