Title OUT OF AFRICA & SHADOWS ON THE GRASS
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher Vintage 1985
0394742117 / 9780394742113
Seller ID RWARE0000000971
Out of Africa is Karin Blixen's love letter to the country she called home for nearly 20 years. Arriving in British East Africa (now Kenya) from Denma rk in 1914, Blixen--Isak Dinesen was her pen name--was immediately seduced by the landscape of the Ngong hill country, not to mention the animals and people who inhabited it. Her descriptions bring this wonderland alive for r eaders: out on safari, she recalls the movements of a group of giraffes, "i n their queer, inimitable, vegetative gracefulness, as if it were not a her d of animals but a family of rare, long-stemmed, speckled gigantic flowers slowly advancing." Blixen laces into her reverie the account of her coffee plantation--which ultimately succumbed to high altitude, droughts, and tumb ling international coffee prices--and tales of her friendships with other c olonials in Nairobi. But one should read her memoir for the stories she tel ls of cooking with her Kikuyu chef (who almost never ate any of the Europea n delicacies he so expertly created), adopting an abandoned infant antelope , flying over the countryside in her lover's plane--"the greatest, most tra nsporting pleasure of my life on the farm"--and watching the children of he r tenant farmers collect at her house each day at noon for the spectacle of her cuckoo clock.