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Letters from Africa, 1914-1931

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Here is a rich new biographical perspective on the brilliant storyteller whose sophisticated romantic fiction...made her an international success and a perpetual candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature..._these letters+ contain the raw material that was later transformed into her classic memoir Out Of Africa.
Paperback, 516 pages
Published April 15th 1984 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1931)
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Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Goodreads has many benefits, and one certainly is to remind us of the books we read and loved a long time ago. Today Karen Blixen's Out of Africa showed up in my news feed, and I was catapulted back in time, about ten years, I would say (estimating where I lived and how old my children were, the only system I rely on to keep chronological order).

I actually haven't read Out of Africa itself, but remember spending months with this thick collection of letters between Blixen family members, reading
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Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I very much enjoyed these letters from Karen Blixen to various of her family members during the years she lived in Kenya whilst trying to make a success of her marriage and running the family coffee business. The letters give great insight into the relentless financial pressures and strains she was under, her isolation from the arts which she loved so much and her conflicted feelings/views of the "natives" as she liked to call the black people of the different tribal groups in Kenya. In her book ...more
I've actually read this twice before years ago, and on the third time around this time I was looking for something specific in it (so still have it marked as to-read mainly to remind me) - but I seem to keep getting waylaid with other books..
Regina Hart
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Although I expected and would have greatly appreciated more details of the author's life in Africa(à la Out of Africa), it was nonetheless wonderful to read her personal philosophies of life and to better understand her as a person.
Amberle Husbands
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
For a collection of letters, this was really entertaining. I bought it as a gift for my grandmother -- one of her favorite authors -- and ended up guilty of reading-before-wrapping. The story behind Karen Blixen's stories was actually very inspiring, and kept me moving from one segment to the next when I thought I should have lost interest, wrapped the book up, and sent it away. The thing that struck me most was her descriptions and emotional responses to lion hunting. While I'm not myself a hun ...more
This is a reread for me. It's one I keep by the bed and read parts from time to time. Her letters cover much more than her life in Africa (which is my favorite part to read!) -- her philosophies of many aspects of life, some more interesting to me than others.
Sep 01, 2007 rated it liked it
if you want to know some of the back story behind "out of africa" this is a really enlightening read. some of her philosophizing gets irritating, but that's one of the dangers of reading the letters of a writer.
Caulyne B
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who liked the movie Out of Africa
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These are the letters that Out of Africa was based upon. A bit dense at times, but also surprisingly engaging if you're in the right mood.
Bert Johnston
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I gave up less than half way through. The narrative on life in Africa was interesting to a point, then repetitive.
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comment 1 12 Jun 09, 2009 09:43PM  
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Pseudonym used by the Danish author Karen Blixen.

Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (Danish: [kʰɑːɑn ˈbleɡsn]; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), born Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author, also known by the pen name Isak Dinesen, who wrote works in Danish, French and English. She also at times used the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola, and Pierre Andrézel.
Blixen is best known for Out of Afr
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“There is hardly any other sphere in which prejudice and superstition of the most horrific kind have been retained so long as in that of women, and just as it must have been an inexpressable relief for humanity when it shook off the burden of religious prejudice and superstition, I think it will be truly glorious when women become real people and have the whole world open before them.” 1 likes
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