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January 8, 2022


#Memoir Out of Africa

by N@ncy



5. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen by Isak Dinesen, Karen Blixen (no photo)

Finshed date: 07 January 2022
Genre: autobiographical anecdotes
Rating: Rating: D-

The book describes events in 5 parts during the period from 1914 to 1931 concerning the European settlers and the native people in the bush country of Kenya “in British East Africa”… told from the lyrical, poetic viewpoint of Danish Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke.

Good News: I finally finished the book.  #GoodRiddance

Bad News: The reading was slow going, lukewarm storytelling and I was bored from cover to cover.

It was a combination of:
Details: native people, the wildlife, the weather and …her farm being a type of paradise.
Short fragments: stories, ideas.
Shift to tragedy: (part 5)
coffee harvest fails….Denys Finch-Hatton dies. The author sells the farm and paradise is lost.

Personal: Do yourself a favor and just watch the movie Out of Africa
The cinematograpy is truly breath-taking, especially in the scene with the biplane. As a romance, the story is almost perfect, the performances are brilliant and the soundtrack will haunt you.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 8 2022

    I totally agree. This book did not work for me at all.


    • Jan 8 2022

      This book was a TOTAL disappointment.
      Isak Dinesen can’t write an enthralling story if her life depended on it.
      Good news: she experienced a life…that is adventurous to say the least!
      Bad news: she attempted to plump up her scanty material with lots of imagery of the farm, natives and wildlife. It just did not work!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jan 8 2022

    I read this around when the movie came out and I remember being unimpressed as well, but I’ve otherwise completely forgotten it. Sort of remember the movie. Well, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep!


    • Jan 10 2022

      This book has been on my Kindle for years….and based on the movie I hoped it would give us more information about Dinesen – Denys Hatton-Finch. Unfortunately…I was very disappointed.
      Good news: I can check this book off my TBR!

      Liked by 1 person


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