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.
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
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