[ Reading ] ➻ Out of Africa Author Isak Dinesen – Stg2bio.co

In This Book, The Author Of Seven Gothic Tales Gives A True Account Of Her Life On Her Plantation In Kenya She Tells With Classic Simplicity Of The Ways Of The Country And The Natives Of The Beauty Of The Ngong Hills And Coffee Trees In Blossom Of Her Guests, From The Prince Of Wales To Knudsen, The Old Charcoal Burner, Who Visited Her Of Primitive Festivals Of Big Game That Were Her Near Neighbors Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Zebras, Buffaloes And Of Lulu, The Little Gazelle Who Came To Live With Her, Unbelievably Ladylike And Beautiful.The Random House Colophon Made Its Debut In February 1927 On The Cover Of A Little Pamphlet Called Announcement Number One Bennett Cerf And Donald Klopfer, The Company S Founders, Had Acquired The Modern Library From Publishers Boni And Liveright Two Years Earlier One Day, Their Friend The Illustrator Rockwell Kent Stopped By Their Office Cerf Later Recalled, Rockwell Was Sitting At My Desk Facing Donald, And We Were Talking About Doing A Few Books On The Side, When Suddenly I Got An Inspiration And Said, I Ve Got The Name For Our Publishing House We Just Said We Were Go Ing To Publish A Few Books On The Side At Random Let S Call It Random House Donald Liked The Idea, And Rockwell Kent Said, That S A Great Name I Ll Draw Your Trademark So, Sitting At My Desk, He Took A Piece Of Paper And In Five Minutes Drew Random House, Which Has Been Our Colophon Ever Since Throughout The Years, The Mission Of Random House Has Remained Consistent To Publish Books Of The Highest Quality, At Random We Are Proud To Continue This Tradition Today.This Edition Is Set From The First American Edition Of 1937 And Commemorates The Seventy Fifth Anniversary Of Random House.


10 thoughts on “Out of Africa

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    Up in this air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought Here I am, where I ought to be Karen Blixen in 1913 Her whole life was before her.When Karen Blixen married her second cousin Baron Bror Blixen Finecke in 1914 and followed along as a devoted wife should to help him run a coffee plantation in Kenya, I m sure she had an idea of what her life was to be, but the story of our lives generally deviates Up in this air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought Here I am, where I ought to be Karen Blixen in 1913 Her whole life was before her.When Karen Blixen married her second cousin Baron Bror Blixen Finecke in 1914 and followed along as a devoted wife should to help him run a coffee plantation in Kenya, I m sure she had an idea of what her life was to be, but the story of our lives generally deviates from the perceptions our youthful fancies conceive Her marriage was in shambles Her husband proved a poor manager of the farm, and his sexual indiscretions had left her with a parting gift of a case of syphilis She let him live, which was touch and go, booted him off the farm, and took over the management of the Kenyan farming enterprise Baroness Blixen kept her title though Most people would have, given the nature of these events, thrown in the towel and made their way back to Denmark, b...


  2. Lisa Lisa says:

    I once had a crush on Karen Blixen, at the shores of Rungstedlund.Travelling my life like Odysseus the mythical Mediterranean seas, I found myself in front of a majestic house on a strip of Danish coastline, some ten years ago, and in the company of my lively bunch of toddlers, aged approximately 4, 2.5 and 0.5 years While I walked reverently in the footsteps of Karen Blixen, studiously scrutinising every single letter and photograph on display in the exhibition, my family ran wild outside, enj I once had a crush on Karen Blixen, at the shores of Rungstedlund.Travelling my life like Odysseus the mythical Mediterranean seas, I found myself in front of a majestic house on a strip of Danish coastline, some ten years ago, and in the company of my lively bunch of toddlers, aged approximately 4, 2.5 and 0.5 years While I walked reverently in the footsteps of Karen Blixen, studiously scrutinising every single letter and photograph on display in the exhibition, my family ran wild outside, enjoying the closeness to the sea and the summer breeze, and a caf just on the waterfront A perfect set up When I reluctantly left the museum, I carried with me a book bought in the gift shop, the only one by Blixen I had not borrowed in my local library because I wanted to own it myself My copy of Out Of Africa carries a sticker with the silhouette of Karen Blixen and a label of Karen Blixen Museet Rungstedlund It also tells me that I paid 140 Danish cro...


  3. Orsodimondo Orsodimondo says:

    INCANTO E CAPRICCI DEL DESTINOLa prima volta che l ho letto stato nell et in cui si ha bisogno di nemici, in cui l odio sembra nobile e tonificante, in cui uccidere i genitori, soprattutto il padre, e la sua dannata autorit , gesto vitale pur se meramente simbolico Karen Blixen incarn per me il paternalismo del colonialista, e il colonialista era un nemico.E allora non conoscevo l Africa e non ne ero ancora innamorato.Poi, leggendo Capote mi sono imbattuto in questa frase Non c una sola INCANTO E CAPRICCI DEL DESTINOLa prima volta che l ho letto stato nell et in cui si ha bisogno di nemici, in cui l odio sembra nobile e tonificante, in cui uccidere i genitori, soprattutto il padre, e la sua dannata autorit , gesto vitale pur se meramente simbolico Karen Blixen incarn per me il paternalis...


  4. Duane Duane says:

    I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills After finishing the book I turned back to read this opening line again, and in this first sentence one can sense the pride that Blixen felt for this place, and one can also feel the sadness, the disappointment in the word had , knowing that it slipped away from her at the end Losing her farm and also losing her beloved Denys Finch Hatton must have been devastating.This is one of those memoirs that is as compelling as good fiction Blixen I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills After finishing the book I turned back to read this opening line again, and in this first sentence one can sense the pride that Blixen felt for this place, and one can also feel the sadness, the disappointment in the word had , knowing that it slipped away from her at the end Losing her farm and also losing her beloved Denys Finch Hatton must have been devastating.This is one of those memoirs tha...


  5. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills From its first sentence Out of Africa captivated me It was enchanting, old fashioned, poignant, wistful and insightful Karen Blixen s story of her life in Africa, a series of reminiscences from 1914 to 1931, portrays her love for that country the people, the land, the animals It has a fairy tale quality at times Blixen is a master story teller it s easy to understand why Denys Finch Hatton loved to hear her recount her stories TI had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills From its first sentence Out of Africa captivated me It was enchanting, old fashioned, poignant, wistful and insightful Karen Blixen s story of her life in Africa, a series of reminiscences from 1914 to 1931, portrays her love for that country the people, the land, the animals It has a fairy tale quality at times Blixen is a master story teller it s easy to understand why Denys Finch Hatton loved to hear her recount her stories The book, however, is not without its issues Of its time, the memoirs c...


  6. Sidharth Vardhan Sidharth Vardhan says:

    I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong HillsThis very first line of Dinesen s memoir is like down Alice s rabbit hole Platform Nine and three quarters, King s Cross or that cyclone that took Dorothy to Oz Except this time, the world is a real one Though not imaginary, it isn t lacking in adventures because of that and is unlike anything that modern city dwelling readers can knowIt is a sad hardship and slavery to people who live in towns, that in their movements they know oI had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong HillsThis very first line of Dinesen s memoir is like down A...


  7. Andrea Andrea says:

    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 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 au...


  8. Dianne Dianne says:

    Really lovely a living, breathing piece of history with writing that will make your heart sing Of its time, certainly not politically correct with its colonial viewpoint, but nevertheless, the author s love of Africa and its people shines through I felt as though I was sitting at Scheherazade s...


  9. Forrest Forrest says:

    I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. For better or worse, this opening sentence rekindled my love affair with literature Granted, I never lost my love of reading, but from my late teens to my early twenties, the relationship was rather shallow, mostly maintained through movies about books, comic books graphic novels still a great love for me , and role playing game books and modules, all interspersed with one night stands with real books that I loved for a night, then left o I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. For better or worse, this opening sentence rekindled my love affair with literature Granted, I never lost my love of reading, but from my late teens to my early twenties, the relationship was rather shallow, mostly maintained through movies about books, comic books graphic novels still a great love for me , and role playing game books and modules, all interspersed with one night stands with real books that I loved for a night, then left on the bedside I still engage in some these dalliances, but Out of A...


  10. Beverly Beverly says:

    This woman led an extraordinary life She tells of her struggles to make a coffee tree farm profitable in Kenya 17 years she lived there, 10 with a dissolute husband and 7 on her own after their divorce, you get the feeling she wasn t too keen about him, as she only mentions him once in the narrative with lyrical, lovely prose This is not a linear story, but rather a collection of short vignettes about Africa her friends there, animals she loved and those she hunted, the beauty of the landsc This woman led an extraordinary life She tells of her struggles to make a coffee tree farm profitable in Kenya 17 years she lived there, 10 with a dissolute husband and 7 on her own after their divorce, you get the feeling she wasn t too keen about him, as she only mentions him once in the narrative with lyrical, lovely prose This is not a linear story, but rather a collection of short vignettes about Africa her friends there, anim...