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Out of AfricaHerself visited freuently 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 th 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 uite pinpoint that just does not do it for meKaren Blixen managed a coffee farm in the Ngong hills of Kenya during the interwar years In her memoir she passionately describes the time and place where she lived One could get a feeling that this memoir focuses on Blixen's love affair with Africa as she describes her farm the relationships she forged with both natives and Europeans the Kenyan way of life and the luscious scenery Yet I need action I need a narrator of a memoir to move uickly from one point to the other or I find myself bored Despite my fascination with the African way of life during the 1920s this memoir read slow As Blixen described the daily life on her farm the prose had me dosing off; however when a car went to the bustling city of Nairobi or the natives held a festive dance or people decided to go on a safari I had my interest piued Thus is the contrast between past and modern settingsI do give Blixen credit for managing her farm alone with a delinuent husband for nearly ten years during an era when women were for the most part property of their husbands Blixen was well respected by the natives and enjoyed a working relationship with government officials in Nairobi She treated the native Kikuyu and Masai people with dignity and they in turn asked Blixen to intercede on their behalf in most government matters Because of Blixen's position in Kenyan and Somali society Out of Africa has remained a well read book among feminist circles Critics laud Blixen's spirit of adventure and spunk during this bygone era For that reason I was willing to read to the conclusion and give the memoir the benefit of the doubtWhile I got a feel for Kenya of ninety years ago the prose moved too slow to rank Out of Africa among my favorite classics read The subject matter makes it a worthy read and I would still urge people to give it a try on a lazy day especially as the scenery sounds breathtaking Out of Africa aptly check off the classic I put off reading suare on my bingo card as this was a book that felt like one that I wanted to give up on throughout; yet I managed to endure Blixen's stay on African soil A worthy read just not completely my taste3 stars
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kindle ↠ Out of Africa × Hardcover read · ❴PDF / Epub❵ ✅ Out of Africa Author Isak Dinesen – Gwairsoft.co.uk Out of Africa is Isak Dinesen's memoir of her years in Africa from 1914 to 1931 on a four thousand acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her huEm 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 picturesue and flamboyant literary personalities of the centu 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 it I would look stupid instead of pretending to enjoy it My pretending totally sucked and it came off looking like I didn't read the book I think I may have failed the presentation but I can't rememberIn case you were wondering I added an extra star because I actually do like the author's writing style
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Out of Africa is Isak Dinesen's memoir of her years in Africa from 1914 to 1931 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 45 stars I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills Everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom and uneualled nobilityA 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 round I reconciled myself to the fact that while I should never uite know or understand them they knew me through and through and were conscious of the decisions that I was going to take before I was certain about them myselfThe descriptions of the landscape and the wildlife of Africa are as stunning as one would expect Everything comes to life with Blixen’s vivid and lovely prose One can believe she really wanted to become a part of Africa herself not just one that wanted to ‘claim’ a piece of it I loved her story about little Lulu a young bushbuck antelope that at one time became a member of the household in her own right Lulu came in from the wild world to show that we were on good terms with it and she made my house one with the African landscape so that nobody could tell where the one stopped and the other began Those who are sensitive to the topic should be warned that there are a couple of hunting scenes and mentions of safaris These were unfortunately common events of the day but uite regrettable nevertheless They did not affect my overall enjoyment of this book The majesty of the lion and lioness in his and her natural environment is something that I will always recall with a sense of aweI’m not sure what I liked most about this book – the country or the people that Blixen got to know over the twelve or so years she spent on her plantation Both aspects are so very captivating Throughout this time many visitors came and went from her home It was a place of refuge for Europeans traveling to the continent They had been over vast countries and had raised and broken their tents in many places now they were pleased to round my drive that was steadfast as the orbit of a star They liked to be met by familiar faces and I had the same servants all the time that I was in Africa It was also a place of gathering for the ngomas the Kikuyu’s great social dances One of the most memorable visitors to the farm was Denys Finch Hatton a gentleman Blixen held in high regard and with whom she spent much time between his various safari outings Denys had watched and followed all the ways of the African Highlands and better than any other white man he had known their soil and seasons the vegetation and the wild animals the winds and smells He had observed the changes of weather in them their people clouds the stars at night One of her greatest joys was when she had the opportunity to fly over Africa with Denys and see its riches from above Parting with her coffee plantation her servants and the Kikuyu was a time of great sadness for Blixen but she made sure to see that all of those who had depended on her and the farm for their own livelihood were taken care of to the best of her ability Blixen will always stand out in my mind as a woman of courage compassion and great dignity Highly recommended to those that enjoy memoirs Africa and admirable women If I know a song of Africa—I thought—of the Giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back of the ploughs in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers does Africa know a song of me? Would the air over the plain uiver with a colour that I had had on or the children invent a game in which my name was or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me or would the eagles of Ngong look out for me?