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Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
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Dec 02, 08


There's a reason why people keep reading this book decade after decade. It's a masterpiece, a memoir about life on a farm in Africa that is filled with such humanity, generosity, love, and nostalgia that it is impossible to resist. Dinesen does wonders at telling a rather simple story in ways that keep the reader captive. It's enchanting like a real, bittersweet, exotic, mysterious fairy-tale: with the author's words, her life on the African continent becomes an extraordinary adventure of almost epic size, even when the events she narrates are intimate and humble. I'm not sure if she stayed close to the truth, but really, it doesn't matter that much. More than the facts, she has captured, with this book, the essence of what made her life in Africa unique, and it's spellbinding.
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