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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (May 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241951437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241951439
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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 early part of the 20th century. The book provides a wonderful insight into the trials of the time as well as the colonial social structure that has not survived to our modern times. It is easy to see how author Karen Blixen would be an attractive subject for a screenwriter.
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The novel, Out of Africa is a personal account by the author of her 17 years living in Kenya and running her coffee plantation. There are substantial differences between this account and the movie that was based on this account and other sources. I particularly enjoined the language used by Karen Blixen which was probably typical of the times, and the fact that her various discourses often focussed on the indigenous people who lived there and who worked for her during these years. It is a wonderful snapshot of the era.
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By Noah on Nov. 10 2000
Format: Hardcover
A quintessential, lyrical love poem to East Africa. Karen Blixen's years of joy, discovery and struggle unfold beautifully in "Out of Africa"...which she wrote years later (under the pseudonym Isak Denesen) after returning to her native Denmark. What is absent from the book which one finds in the Oscar-winning film are the relationship struggles with her long-time companion Dennys Finch Hatton. Here she keeps her focus on the many friends, employees and characters she met along the way in the operation of her coffee plantation during the early 1900s...and avoids writing romantically about Finch Hatton. Her love affair with Africa though is beautifully and eloquently expressed throughout "Out Of Africa." Those readers who may be interested in reading more about her and Finch Hatton might be interested in reading her "Letters From Africa."
"Out Of Africa" is essential reading for those contemplating a journey to Kenya or Tanzania. It reads like a very colorful and sometimes haunting work of fiction, and is all the more fascinating because this remarkable woman and writer actually experienced it all.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sancho Mahle on June 28 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 land, but also with the native African peoples she met and knew as well as their way of life. The fact that Karen respected that way of life made her to have a deep understanding of their customs and lives at a time of colonialism where European settlers lived an exclusive life from the natives and only dealt with them as sources of cheap labor. I could not help recalling other titles set in the colonial era such as DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE and NOWHERE IN AFRICA. However, Karen towered above the others in her unique style of recounting her stories.
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It's amazing how each media gives a completely different feel of this fabulous book. Dinesen's book gets 5 stars. The movie gets 5 stars for telling the stories in the book as well as its beautiful handling of the relationship between Karen and Denys. The audiotape of the book would get 5 stars as well, if it was unabridged. Julie Harris gives me goosebumps (in a good way!)
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If you want the full version of Out of Africa, this is not the audio book for you - its abridged.
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Format: Hardcover
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 told about her farm. The smell, feel, look, and even life of the land was so wonderfuly painted that I lost myself in it. I found myself not wanting to stop reading, but dreading the approaching end of the book. A must read for those who love to travel even if it is only in their minds.
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how can the reader not adore her? ten stars for karen blixen........and 100 for africa........where we honeymoned in 1970. i went back to nairobi with izak dinesen.
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