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Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
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Jun 21, 07

Recommended for: everyone
Read in August, 2006

I first chose this book because the english section in the french bookshop was very limited. However only after a few pages "Out of Africa" really made me stay in my chair, very unwilling to put it down. It is beautifully written and gives such an insight into the colonial life in Kenya in the early 20th century.

Karen Blixen writes about her life on the farm, the daily running of it, her on-farm workers and her place in it all. As her husband was very rarely there, it was K. Blixen that took care of the day to day business.

It's a story about a modern and unusual woman without prejudice and who cared for human life regardless of race and skin colour, which in her epoque was not the norm.
The way she decribes the nature, her friendships and way of living is so vivid and smooth that it gives you the impression of being there with her.

A book worth reading when you look for something authentic, non-fiction where the sentences are like poetry.
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