Modern Classics Out Of Africa

Paperback | October 2, 2001

byKaren Blixen

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In 1914 Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya with her husband to run a coffee farm. Instantly drawn to the land, she spent her happiest years there until the plantation failed. Karen Blixen was forced to return to Denmark in 1931 and it was there that she wrote this classic account of her experiences. A poignant farewell to her beloved farm, Out of Africa describes her strong friendships with the people of her area, her affection for the landscape and animals, and great love for the adventurer Denys Finch-Hatton. Written with astonishing clarity and an unsentimental intelligence, Out of Africa portrays a way of life that has disappeared for ever.

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In 1914 Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya with her husband to run a coffee farm. Instantly drawn to the land, she spent her happiest years there until the plantation failed. Karen Blixen was forced to return to Denmark in 1931 and it was there that she wrote this classic account of her experiences. A poignant farewell to her beloved farm, ...

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From the moment Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya in 1914 to manage a coffee plantation, her heart belonged to Africa. Drawn to the intense colours and ravishing landscapes, Karen Blixen spent her happiest years on the farm and her experiences and friendships with the people around her are vividly recalled in these memoirs. Out of Africa i...

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 colla...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.76 × 5.05 × 0.58 inPublished:October 2, 2001Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141183330

ISBN - 13:9780141183336

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Endearing and Memorable I first came to know of Baroness Karen Blixen through the film, Out of Africa. The story presented in the film is one that has long endeared itself to me. It wasn't until later I discovered the actual book upon which the film was based, and recently had the pleasure of purchasing the book digitally for my Kobo reader. It has been a remarkable journey reading Out of Africa. The film takes great latitude with Karen Blixen's autobiographical account of her farming days in Africa. The autobiography itself is fascinating. Through her writing Blixen reveals her deep love of Kenya, of the people, and of the wildlife within it. Revealing and heartbreaking, her story unfolds in an honest, yearning narrative about her experiences, her dismay at the changing social and ecological landscape, and her deep regret when, broke, she must return to Denmark. There are moments when her optimism and naivete betray her writing, and other moments when she writes with considerable restraint given the sociological and financial burdens she carried. I daresay Out of Africa the book will remain, for me, every bit as memorable as Out of Africa the film. Recommended.
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovingly written, beautiful A vivid and emotional tale following life in her coffee plantation from 1914-31. It is difficult not to be affected by Karen Blixen's loving memoir of her time in Africa.
Date published: 2007-11-12