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Book Title: Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass|
Date of issue: May 18th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780307794093
The author of the book: Isak Dinesen
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.97 MB
Read full description of the books Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass:Karen Blixen (alias: Isak Dinesen, 1885-1962) has the ability to transport you to the early 20th century Africa. The Africa when there were still herds of zebras and elephants suddenly appearing in the clearing while you are planting or harvesting acres and acres of coffee. As I was leafing the pages of this book, I was doing the inhale-exhale that my wife normally tells me to do whenever we are spending a weekend in a resort far from the polluted Manila. "Inhale exhale. Chance to put fresh air into your lungs," says she to me and my daughter. There go the three chests heaving and puffing air as if our lungs have the power to inhale and store oxygen molecules and only exhale them out when we go back to the city.
Very powerful novel. Imagine uprooting a brilliant Danish writer and asking her to stay for around 20 years in an enchanted land of Kenya in Africa. Blixen and her second cousin Bhor von Blixen-Finecke are in love so they go to Africa, build themselves a house by the side of Ngong Hills, few kilometers from Nairobi. Then they buy and till acres and acres of coffee plantation. This book is partly memoir (true to life), partly biography (although not narrated chronologically) and partly fiction (Dinesen made it more glamorous compared to what really happened according to Wiki entries). Thus, it defies being neatly placed into a genre. The end-result, however, is astonishing that Truman Capote once said: "Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen is one of the most beautiful books of the twentieth century."
Have you seen the 1981 movie starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford? The one that took home many Oscar awards including Best Picture? Yes? I have. It is beautiful, isn't it? But as always, the book is better than the movie. True that some of the beautiful beautiful passages of the books were spoken by the characters but nothing can compare to reading actual prose straight from the pen of Isak Dinesen. Her words are magical and you can almost feel the leaves of the coffee shrubs, feel the rays of the sun penetrating your skin, smell the wonderful grassy breeze coming from the hills. This book has that unique ability to make you feel, see, touch, smell and even taste its setting. It is really almost like an out of body experience.
Read information about the authorPseudonym used by the Danish author Karen Blixen.
Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (Danish: [kʰɑːɑn ˈb̥leɡ̊sn̩]; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), née Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author, also known by the pen name Isak Dinesen, who wrote works in Danish, French and English. She also at times used the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola, and Pierre Andrézel.
Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award-winning motion pictures. She is also noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, particularly in Denmark.
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