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.
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This edition is set from the first American edition of 1937 and commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of Random House.
OUT OF AFRICA is the classic account of the experiences of Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen) in Kenya, where she managed a coffee plantation for 17 years, from 1914 to 1931, first with her difficult husband the Baron von Blixen and, after their divorce, by herself. One of the most popular books of the 20th century, it provides a vivid and lyrical but very realistic description of colonial Africa and life in the bush country far inland. The book was made into an acclaimed film in 1985 starring Meryl Streep (as Karen Blixen) and Robert Redford (as Denys Finch-Hatton, her longtime lover, who was killed in a plane crash in 1931).
- Fiction + Literature Genres
- September 1, 1992
- September 1, 1992
- Isak Dinesen, Karen Blixen