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5.0 out of 5 stars More depth than fluff
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An incomplete version
If you want the full version of Out of Africa, this is not the audio book for you - its abridged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More depth than fluff, Dec 22 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful snapshot of colonial East Africa in the 1920's, Nov. 16 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Poem to East Africa, Nov. 10 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, June 28 2005
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Sancho Mahle (Charlotte, USA) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Julie Harris does a perfect read, June 16 2004
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D. Kelly "deekay2" (Richmond, CA) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars An incomplete version, April 16 2004
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Bruce Baizel (Hesperus, CO USA) - See all my reviews
If you want the full version of Out of Africa, this is not the audio book for you - its abridged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I could almost see the mountains, Dec 29 2003
This review is from: Out of Africa (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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5.0 out of 5 stars a return to africa, May 26 2003
This review is from: Out of Africa (Hardcover)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Struggles, May 8 2003
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Isak Dinesen's novel Out of Africa is a recollection of her time spent in Africa while struggling to cope with the immensely different cultures and struggling to run a coffee farm at too high of an altitude. This book is a collection of her stories most of them about her adventures shared with lover Denys Finch-Hatton. Many of the stories are very dangerous, like when they go lion hunting. These stories show the wild side that Dinesen posses. These stories are in no chronological order and at times make the book hard to follow. The best part of the book is the astounding imagery used. The imagery describes the breathtaking views from the on top the Ngong hills and allows you to feel the lack of oxygen, smell the coffee plants and feel the strong African sun beating down upon your skin. The down side to this book is, even after experiencing many adventurers with Dinesen you will probably feel that you do not know much about her personality. This is due to lack of character development since she is telling the story and never describes herself. You do however learn about the struggle she faces being a European woman living in a minority, in a place with very different and diverse cultures. She has to adapt to these cultures and even though she finds her European traditions very different from those of the Africans, she realizes that there is some common ground between the two. Even though this book can be at times hard to follow I highly recommend reading it. The magnificent imagery makes up for the down sides to the book and causes you to realize why Dinesen fell in love with Africa. You will probably find yourself falling in live with Africa and its people just as Dinesen did. A truly remarkable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, Jan. 28 2003
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M.I. (Odense, Denmark) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Out of Africa (Hardcover)
This book is not longer than other books, but it is not a fast read. It is not such that you cannot put it down. Yet it is the best book I have ever read. The language is precise and elegant in the way it makes you picture and feel the mood of the places and situations described. It is a book you will remember and read again.

Since she herself wrote the english and danish editions (i.e. the two are as she wanted them to be) my comments should apply equally well to the english edition.
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