Out of Africa: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Jan 1995
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Compelling...a story of passion...and a movingly poetic tribute to a lost land (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
ISAK DINESEN was the pen-name of Karen Blixen, who was born in Rungsted, Denmark in 1885. After studying art at Copenhagen, Paris and Rome, she married her cousin, Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke, in 1914. Together they went to Kenya to manage a coffee plantation. After their divorce in 1921, she continued to run the plantation until a collapse in the coffee market forced her back to Denmark in 1931.
Although she had written occasional contributions to Danish periodicals since 1905 (under the nom de plume of Osceola), her real début took place in 1934 with the publication of Seven Gothic Tales, written in English under her pen-name. Out of Africa (1937) is an autobiographical account of the years she spent in Kenya. Most of her subsequent books were published in English and Danish simultaneously, including Winter's Tales (1942) and The Angelic Avengers (1946), under the name of Pierre Andrézol. Among her other collections of stories are Last Tales (1957), Anecdotes of Destiny (1958), Shadows on the Grass (1960) and Ehrengard (1963). All of these books are published by Penguin.
Baroness Blixen died in Rungsted in 1962.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Karen Blixen lived in Africa from 1914 to 1931 where she set up a coffee plantation. Through the book she meanders through her life in no chronological order telling wonderful stories about the people she encountered while there. She gives the reader no hints on her personal live leaving you picking through the story desperately trying to figure out the woman behind the life.
I found this book both stirring and remarkable and will return again and again.
"If I know a song of Africa," she writes, "of the Giraffe, and the African new moon lying on her back, of the ploughs in the fields, and the sweaty faces of the coffee-pickers, does Africa know a song of me?"
Throughout the book, Blixen tells her stories with a sense of dislocation. So, even when being told of a terrible shooting accident on the farm, and her night time drive to take two seriously injured children to the hospital, there is a distance in the writing. It is almost as though you are looking back on events yourself, but you have a great sense of her real affection for the people and places she writes about. Beautiful prose and an almost dream like read, which stands the test of time and remains a classic.
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.
This book reminded me strongly of two other books of memoirs - Cider With Rosie and Christ Stopped Short At Eboli, both of which also give the same sense of a primitive and valuable way of life, untouched by time and on the verge of being lost.
Blixen does go on to lose her farm; and her own paradise....Strongly recommended - for those in the market for memoirs of this kind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read though some of the language used is, well, different! Though very readable.Published 23 days ago by anniemation001
I thought I would enjoy reading this book, but found it very disjointed and boring in parts.Published 2 months ago by Anita
Like watching something being woven before your eyes ... the account of the authors life in East Africa during the high water mark of colonial rule has a delicate honesty to it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Colm Gillis
Best book about Africa ever written. The movie is not anywhere near the book. Must readPublished 7 months ago by Tatiana
i love the film very much, that's why i am back to book, haven't finish yet.but it's good.Published 7 months ago by bluetomato