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A work of sincere power ... a fine lyrical study of life in East Africa -- Harold Nicolson Daily Telegraph A compelling story of passion and a movingly poetic tribute to a lost land The Times With its lyrical and luminous picture of Kenya, it launched a million tourist trails Guardian
Karen Blixen 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 managed a coffee plantation in Kenya until they divorced in 1925. She continued on the farm until a collapse in the coffee market forced her back to Rungsted in 1931. Although she had written occasional contributions to Danish periodicals since 1905 (under the nom de plume of Osceola), her real debut took place in 1934 with the publication of Seven Gothic Tales, written in English under the pen name, Isak Dinesen. Out of Africa (1937) is an autobiographical account of the years she spent in Kenya. All of her subsequent books were published in both English and Danish, including Winter's Tales (1942) and The Angelic Avengers (1936). Among her other collections of stories are Last Tales (1957), Anecdotes of Destiny (1958), Shadows on the Grass (1960) and posthumously Ehrengard (1963). In the 1950s she was mentioned several times as a candidate to receive the Noble Prize in Literature. Baroness Blixen died in Rungsted in 1962. In 1991 her house was opened as The Karen Blixen Museum.
A beautifully written memoir of the seventeen years that Karen Blixen spent in Kenya between 1914 and 1931. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gregory B Wilson
This book is definitely not the script for the movie of the same name. It is a wonderful personal account by a women who ran a 6,000 acre farm on the outskirts of Nairobi in the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Old time movie buff
The novel, Out of Africa is a personal account by the author of her 17 years living in Kenya and running her coffee plantation. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jazz piano
I consider Out of Africa to be the best-written portrayal of Africa by a foreign writer. She did a great job in her portrayal, indicating that she was well versed not only with the... Read morePublished on June 28 2005 by Sancho Mahle
It's amazing how each media gives a completely different feel of this fabulous book. Dinesen's book gets 5 stars. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by D. Kelly
If you want the full version of Out of Africa, this is not the audio book for you - its abridged.Published on April 16 2004 by Bruce Baizel
Blixen writes beautifully. It is interesting to note that English was not her native tongue but that she paints with it a beautiful portrait of Kenya between the world wars, its... Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by GEORGE R. FISHER
Upon hearing of this book from catcher in the Rye I decided to read it on a whim. Isak Dinesen's love for the land that she called home shown through in every remarkable story she... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by "chsgrace"
Out of Africa is the very best of many memoirs of Africa in the early part of this century, the era before two World Wars changed that continent completely. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by Peggy Vincent