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Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Review of the Nook edition of this book

    This is a wonderful book, but I am very disappointed with the nook edition of it. It is not enough to just use OCR and call it a day--if you're going to charge the same as you would for the print edition, someone needs to proofread it, just as someone would proofread the print edition. The name of one of the characters is repeatedly misspelled in the book, because OCR has confused the letters "R" and "K". I found this very distracting, and it is not the quality I would expect if I purchased a print book from Doubleday. Digital books need to be held to the same standards as print ones.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

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    My favorite book to date. It is surprisingly the only book I can

    My favorite book to date. It is surprisingly the only book I can ever recall reading that truly proves that the book is better than movie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    A Classic Memoir

    Isak Dineson's memoir is a classic of its kind. Hemingway called it the best book ever written about Africa. Baroness Blixen (who wrote as Isak Dineson) vividly brings to life the African landscape and all its inhabitants--human and animal--in the early years of the twentieth century. In revealing the beauty and unique cultures of that time and place, she reveals her own great humanity.

    In Shadows on the Grass, she shares additional anecdotes and insights into a vanished time and place.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Anon

    A beautiful trip to an africa that once was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    A view to the past

    This grouping of stories pictures an Africa long lost, and a whole time long lost. Dinesen has a lyrical style of writing that transcends the lack of structure. At the bottom, she is an episodic writer with occasional flashes of brilliant insight and a flair for description. Anyone who has seen the movie will benefit greatly from seeing the basis from which it evolved. While not "light" reading, it is a journey worth taking none-the-less.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    An African Safari

    I read this book as an application project for Honors 9 Geography. The helpful parts in this book was the quotes for the five themes of Geography. The Native people made Place Cultural very easy to understand. I liked that there aren't short little chapters in the book, but instead units in each chapter. I learned alot about Africa, the Native people, and the culture. Dinesen made this book seem real, which it was, I was always seeing pictures in my mind while I was reading. I feel that Out Of Africa was at my reading level and was challenging also. I would recommend this book to people who like to read for fun and if you like long books. The book didn't hold my attention very much because of the length.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    I was required to read this book for school and I tried to read

    I was required to read this book for school and I tried to read and understand it as best as I could. It just didn't work. Every sentence was very long and drawn out and it was really hard to actually stay intrigued. There was one section in the book that was actually interesting and the section was, seriously, only about 3-5 pages. If you have to read this book for school, I'm really sorry for you.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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