Out of Africa
But instead of returning to her native Denmark, the 35-year-old Blixen stayed on and ran the farm.
In 1931 coffee prices collapsed and she was forced to leave. She returned to Denmark where she pou...more
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Karen Blixen in 1913. Her whole life was before her.
When Karen Blixen married her second cousin Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke in 1914 and followed along as a devoted wife should to help him run a coffee plantation in Kenya, I’m sure she had an idea of what her life was to be, but the story of our lives generally deviates ...more
Travelling my life like Odysseus the mythical Mediterranean seas, I found myself in front of a majestic house on a strip of Danish coastline, some ten years ago, and in the company of my lively bunch of toddlers, aged approximately 4, 2.5 and 0.5 years. While I walked reverently in the footsteps of Karen Blixen, studiously scrutinising every single letter and photograph on display in the exhibition, my family ran wild outside, enj ...more
“I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”From its first sentence Out of Africa captivated me. It was enchanting, old-fashioned, poignant, wistful and insightful. Karen Blixen’s story of her life in Africa, a series of reminiscences from 1914 to 1931, portrays her love for that country – the people, the land, the animals. It has a fairy tale quality at times. Blixen is a master story-teller; it’s easy to understand why Denys Finch Hatton loved to hear her recount her stories.
After finishing the book I turned back to read this opening line again, and in this first sentence one can sense the pride that Blixen felt for this place, and one can also feel the sadness, the disappointment in the word "had", knowing that it slipped away from her at the end. Losing her farm and also losing her beloved Denys Finch Hatton must have been devastating.
This is one of those memoirs that is as compelling as good fiction. Blixen ...more
“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”
This very first line of Dinesen's memoir is like down Alice's rabbit hole; Platform Nine and three quarters, King's Cross or that cyclone that took Dorothy to Oz. Except this time, the world is a real one. Though not imaginary, it isn't lacking in adventures because of that and is unlike anything that modern city dwelling readers can know.
“It is a sad hardship and slavery to people who live in towns, that in their movements they know o
For better or worse, this opening sentence rekindled my love affair with literature. Granted, I never lost my love of reading, but from my late teens to my early-twenties, the relationship was rather shallow, mostly maintained through movies about books, comic books/graphic novels (still a great love for me), and role-playing game books and modules, all interspersed with one-night-stands with real books that I loved for a night, then left o ...more
La prima volta che l’ho letto è stato nell’età in cui si ha bisogno di nemici, in cui l’odio sembra nobile e tonificante, in cui uccidere i genitori, soprattutto il padre, e la sua dannata autorità, è gesto vitale pur se meramente simbolico.
Karen Blixen incarnò per me il paternalismo del colonialista, e il colonialista era un nemico.
E allora non conoscevo l’Africa e non ne ero ancora innamorato.
Poi, leggendo Capote mi sono imbattuto in questa frase:
Non c’è una sola ...more
Isak Dinesen is the pen name for the Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke who came from Denmark to British East Africa (Kenya) with her husband in 1914. Although they soon separated, Dinesen stayed to run a large coffee plantation near Nairobi. She tells stories about the customs ...more
I visited Karen Blixen’s house in Rungsted last week and was immediately drawn into her magical realm of cross-cultural storytelling and awe-inspiring life. I bought this book there, the cover of which was painted by Blixen herself, and immersed myself in the incredible story of her life in Africa. (I visited the house with my mother years ago but didn’t embark upon Blixen’s oeuvre until recently. As with all of literature, timing and readine ...more
Thus begins the story of Karen Blixen who spent part of his life in Kenya, at the head of a coffee plantation. His autobiographical columns describes a continent, a country, contented from the menu set little jokes or big events that punctuated his life and that of his "people" in dream landscapes, in a land which she loved the people, the legends, the traditions.
Do not seek from the film Out of Africa a love story. Karen's husband is v ...more
Il libro, come ...more
I enjoyed this book, though the focus of it is rather narrow. It accurately describes Karen's own life and her experiences in Kenya, though she seems quite oblivious of the larger political scenario around her. The writing is lovely, and takes you ri ...more
That said, it did get me th ...more
I've heard so many different things from people as I read this book. A few fellow readers called it racist. Others went on and on about the beauty of the writing.
I enjoyed it, but now that I've set the book aside, I feel unsettled. This book encapsulates the receding tide of African culture. Dinesen writes, "It was not I who was going away, I did not have it in my power to leave Africa, but it was ...more
فیلمش رو دو یا سه بار دیدم
با دیدن این فیلم بود که با آهنگ های موزارت آشنا شدم و آهنگ آداگیو رو صدبار گوش دادم
در کتابی خوندم که مردم آمریکا برای فرزندان خردسالشان آهنگ موزارت میگذارند چون باعث افزایش هوش می شود
یکی از صحنه های فیلم خیلی جالب بود.رابرت ردفورد در کنار مریل استریپ در جنگل برای میمونها با گرامافون آهنگی از موزارت پخش میکند و میخواهد ببیند آیا میمون ها هم تحت تاثیر نابغه موسیقی قرار میگیرند یا نه؟
کتابهایی که براس ...more
So I found myself rapturously back at the foot of the Ngong hills, 16 km southwest of Nairobi. Published in 1937, “Out of Africa” is a memoir by Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (who wrote under the pen name, Isak Dinesen) that recounted 17 years of the life she sha ...more
And it was somewhat slow paced in fact, yet it was also entertaining enough to keep me turning pages till I finished it. Although maybe "entertainment" is not exactly the word describing this story well. The process of reading it reminded me of look ...more
However, as far as biography, I found the book rather shadowy. There is reference to a husband, but no discussion of him. Reference to sickness but no clarity as to what caused it. References to male friends, but no insight into their relationship with the author. To f ...more
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 car ...more
With the exception of a few chapters, much of the book read like a diary or written caricatures of individuals who either worked on or visited Blixen's Ngong farm. The two chapters primarily discussing Denys Finch-Hatt ...more
I picked this up tainted by having seen the movie first, and was kind of glad and surprised at the differences. The fact that she almost doesn't even mention her husband, who was so prominent in the film, I think would have been strange even to those who hadn't seen the movie. Also the wa ...more
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Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (Danish: [kʰɑːɑn ˈbleɡsn]; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), née 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 Afri ...more