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Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
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Jun 30, 11

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You can really tell Karen Blixen loved Africa, but at the same time her book seems oddly detached. She describes a world that can never be recaptured and a place that was wild in a majestic, simple way. Although many people have described her manner of dealing with the 'Natives' as condescending and racist, it must be remembered Blixen is a product of her time and her genuine admiration for what she describes as their calm acceptance of misfortune and fate and an acceptance of life as it is does Blixen great credit. Although Blixen describes breathtaking panoramas, sometimes she overdoes detail or is too meticulous in describing things and it tends to confuse the reader or renders the description a bit overdone and boring. Sometimes her writing is a bit pretentious, but its forgivable given that this is a memoir. Wouldn't read it again.
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