27 April 2018 Susannah

Out Of Africa – Karen Blixen

Karen Blixen Out of Africa

When the movie of Out of Africa screened in the 1980s I, like so many others, fell in love with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep and the fabulous scenery of Africa. The film showed flocks of pink flamingos rising into the air, magnificent maned lions prowling across the grasslands, giraffe (“gentle amblers of the great plains”) loping along with easy elegance, and spectacular flights over the hills.

I find Out of Africa a beautiful book, written with such skill in English by a woman for whom English was not a first language, written with insight and sadness. It is an elegy for a way of life now gone, a statement of mourning for a landscape that entered her very soul and moved her deeply. Karen Blixen was never really ‘out’ of Africa again. This book is a testament to its power and her longings.

Karen Blixen Out of Africa


Click here to purchase Susannah Fullerton’s Readers Guide to Karen Blixen & Out Of Africa.



Here are some convenient links for Karen Blixen & Out Of Africa.

   Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen / Karen Blixen
   Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen / Karen Blixen, narrated by Susan Lyons
   Out Of Africa by Isak Dinesen / Karen Blixen, 1986 Sydney Pollack MOVIE ADAPTATION – high definition rental on YouTube movies

  Susannah Fullerton: Writers On The Money
  Susannah Fullerton: Literary Travels

  Karen Blixen Museum, Rungsted
  Karen Blixen Museum, Kenya

   Meryl Streep – Out of Africa Interview (1997)

   Isak Dinesen: The Life of Karen Blixen by Judith Thurman
   Anecdotes of Destiny by Isak Dinesen / Karen Blixen
   West with the Night by Beryl Markham

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