Out of Africa Author:Isak Dinesen “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the North, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the day time you felt that you had got high up, near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.” — So ... more »begins Isak Dinesen’s classic memoir of her life in Africa. In 1914, as the newly married Baroness Karen Blixen, she went to Kenya and fell in love with the country. For the next 17 years she had the run of a coffee plantation, where she supervised crops and accounts, played aristocratic hostess to European visitors and went on safaris at will. She was fascinated by the ways of the native Kikuyu, Somali, and Masai people and came to value their friendships as highly as those of the European adventure-seekers who whirled through her domain.
The beauty of Dinesen’s writing makes Out of Africa not only a powerful personal idyll but a lasting document of life in early-20th-century colonial Africa.« less