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Download Epub Format á Out of Africa PDF by ✓ Isak Dinesen Really lovely a living, breathing piece of history with writing that will make your heart sing Of its time, certainly not politically correct with its colonial viewpoint, but nevertheless, the author s love of Africa and its people shines through I felt as though I was sitting at Scheherazade s knee as she spun her 1001 tales Dinesen Blixen is a master story teller I can understand why Denys Finch Hatton loved to hear her tell her stories.
I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills After finishing the book I turned back to read this opening line again, and in this first sentence one can sense the pride that Blixen felt for this place, and one can also feel the sadness, the disappointment in the word had , knowing that it slipped away from her at the end Losing her farm and also losing her beloved Denys Finch Hatton must have been devastating.
This is one of those memoirs that is as compelling as good fiction Blixen s stories of African life, of the people, of the culture, of her life on the farm, and the extraordinary events she experienced far exceed what most of us will ever encounter.
Out of Africa Is Isak Dinesen S Memoir Of Her Years In Africa, From To , On A Four Thousand Acre Coffee Plantation In The Hills Near Nairobi She Had Come To Kenya From Denmark With Her Husband, And When They Separated She Stayed On To Manage The Farm By Herself, Visited Frequently By Her Lover, The Big Game Hunter Denys Finch Hatton, For Whom She Would Make Up Stories Like Scheherazade In Africa, I Learned How To Tell Tales, She Recalled Many Years Later The Natives Have An Ear Still I Told Stories Constantly To Them, All Kinds Her Account Of Her African Adventures, Written After She Had Lost Her Beloved Farm And Returned To Denmark, Is That Of A Master Storyteller, A Woman Whom John Updike Called One Of The Most Picturesque And Flamboyant Literary Personalities Of The Century 4.
5 starsI had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills Everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequalled nobility A beautiful and evocative memoir of Baroness Karen von Blixen Finecke, Out of Africa is a tribute to that magnificent continent from a woman who truly loved both the land and its people One must remember while reading this memoir that it was written during a period of colonialism, but I never sensed that Blixen felt herself superior to the native Kikuyu people of Kenya, where she worked tirelessly alongside them on her coffee plantation The Kikuyu held much respect for Blixen and she in turn respected their values and traditions She sympathized with various points of view, while at the same time admitting that the Kikuyu perhaps had a greater understanding of her than the other way roundI reconciled myself to the fa I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills From its first sentence Out of Africa captivated me It was enchanting, old fashioned, poignant, wistful and insightful Karen Blixen s story of her life in Africa, a series of reminiscences from 1914 to 1931, portrays her love for that country the people, the land, the animals It has a fairy tale quality at times Blixen is a master story teller it s easy to understand why Denys Finch Hatton loved to hear her recount her stories The book, however, is not without its issues Of its time, the memoirs could disturb our modern sensibilities such as when she talks of whites and coloured people , or when she describes her lion hunting adventures Remember that at the time it was written there was no banner of political correctness I don t read in her writings a sense of ethnic superiority, but she was unapologetical It is November and it is to the point where many of the books in my library pile are meant to check off books remaining in yearly challenges in some capacity Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, the pen name for Karen Blixen, is highly regarded As such, it was chosen as a buddy read in the group Retro Chapter Chicks this month I also happened to have the book on my bingo card in the group Catching up on Classics so I could read to check off that box as well, and now I only have one box left to complete the full card Besides being able to check off multiple boxes at a time, I enjoy memoirs and biographies so I was looking forward to reading a memoir of the classic variety There is something about this book that I can not quite pinpoint that just does no I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong HillsThis very first line of Dinesen s memoir is like down Alice s rabbit hole Platform Nine and three quarters, King s Cross or that cyclone that took Dorothy to Oz Except this time, the world is a real one Though not imaginary, it isn t lacking in adventures because of that and is unlike anything that modern city dwelling readers can knowIt is a sad hardship and slavery to people who live in towns, that in their movements they know of one dimension only they walk along the line as if they were led on a string The transition from the line to the plane into the two dimensions, when you wander across a field or through a wood, is a splendid liberation to the slaves, like the French Revolution But in the air you are taken into the full freedom of the three dimensio
I chose to read this book in high school as one of those free reading things for which you later have to give a presentation This is a book about Africa for white people who want to go on a safari and see the cool animals, which is basically what the author did I kinda hated Karen Blixen for her condescending attitude towards the natives and I felt the whole book was nothing but pretentious, self aggrandizing bullshit If I had had any courage, I would have done two things differently for my report 1 I would have read a book about Africa written by someone who has a real respect for the land, not someone who writes of Africa as if it were an out of control child that needed to be brought in line, and compared the two 2 I would have admitted to not liking the book I thought that if I said I didn t like I once had a crush on Karen Blixen, at the shores of Rungstedlund.
Travelling my life like Odysseus the mythical Mediterranean seas, I found myself in front of a majestic house on a strip of Danish coastline, some ten years ago, and in the company of my lively bunch of toddlers, aged approximately 4, 2.
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5 years While I walked reverently in the footsteps of Karen Blixen, studiously scrutinising every single letter and photograph on display in the exhibition, my family ran wild outside, enjoying the closeness to the sea and the summer breeze, and a caf just on the waterfront A perfect set up When I reluctantly left the museum, I carried with me a book bought in the gift shop, the only one by Blixen I had not borrowed in my local library because I wanted to own it myself My copy of Out of Africa carries a sticker with the silhouette of Karen Blixen
E allora non conoscevo l Africa e non ne ero ancora innamorato.
Poi, leggendo Capote mi sono imbattuto in questa frase Non c una sola pagina di quel libro che non tremi di vita come una foglia su un albero scosso dalla tempesta, e m venuta voglia di dargli una seconda chance.
Durante il suo ultimo grande viaggio, in USA, Karen Blixen fu fotografata da Cecil Beaton A Nyack, villaggio venti km a Nord di Manhattan, contea di Rockland, a casa dell amica e collega scrittrice Carson McCullers, fu ritratta in compagnia di Arthur Mill