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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. Karen Blixen was never really ‘out’ of Africa again. This book is a testament to its power and her longings.
In this 24-page monograph I have great pleasure in sharing an elegy for a way of life now gone, a statement of mourning for a landscape that entered a woman's very soul and moved her deeply.
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