Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Karen Blixen - Out of Africa

Karen Blixen went to Kenya in 1914 to run a coffee farm; its failure in 1931 caused her to return to Denmark where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. "Out of Africa" is a celebration of her life there; her friendship with the various people of the area and her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity. Although the book is pervaded by her sense of loss, Karen Blixen looks back with an unsentimental intelligence to portray a way of life that is now gone forever.

Comment: I don't have much to say about this's beautifully written and there are moments where one can actually feel the traditions and feelings of Africa. This isn't a romance and I wouldn't label it a travel book either. It's a collection of memories from the author. She chose things she wanted to tell and in the end summarized what it felt like to leave Africa, and to be honest that was the most heartfelt part of the book. It's sad to think something that makes soemone so happy must end.
For those who expect something like the movie, forget it. The book is a storytelling, a walk through memories and experiences and people. It's beautiful but not entertaining.

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