Longing For Darkness: Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa

Longing For Darkness: Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa

by Peter Beard, Isak Dinesen, Jacqueline Bouvier
     
 

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Isak Dinesen and the land and people she loved are nowhere so real and compelling as in Longing for Darkness, written by Dinesen's majordomo, Kamante, and now boasting a smart new cover. Readers familiar with Out of Africa may recognize many of the enchanting stories. These celebrated tales and others are retold here from Kamante's perspective and are

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Isak Dinesen and the land and people she loved are nowhere so real and compelling as in Longing for Darkness, written by Dinesen's majordomo, Kamante, and now boasting a smart new cover. Readers familiar with Out of Africa may recognize many of the enchanting stories. These celebrated tales and others are retold here from Kamante's perspective and are enhanced with his own drawings and letters, Dinesen's words and snapshots, and photographs by Peter Beard. Writes Beard, "Over a period of 12 years, as if divesting himself of his possessions, Kamante put down the extra dimensions of truth which are at the heart of Out of Africa."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book tells of the friendship between Isak Dinesen and Kamante, who served as the writer's majordomo during her years in Kenya. Kamante's narratives, translated from Swahili by his sons, are interspersed with photographs by Beard ( Eyelids of the Morning ), an acquaintance of Dinesen's, as well as others from Dinesen's own collection. Although many of these tales will be familiar to readers of Out of Africa, in Kamante's sweetly naive voice, they take on a lovely fable-like quality; indeed, some of Kamante's animal fables are included. Quotes from Dinesen's work provide a sophisticated contrast to Kamante's unrefined prose. Of particular interest are the African's memories of his father who, in escaping the wrath of the chief of his tribe for a wrong committed by one of his sons, ended up ``by accidents'' sic at Dinesen's farm, and of Chief Kinyanjui himself, the sire of so many offspring that ``you could see about sic hundred children calling one person daddy, for they knew their father.'' Originally published here in 1975, the book also contains a number of Kamante's whimsical drawings and watercolors. (Dec.)
Booknews
Kamante, hero of Isak Dineson's Out of Africa, relates autobiographical tales and his rendering of European fables. Illustrated in b&w by his water colors and photographs by Dineson and Peter Beard, who collected and translated the tales (from Swahili) and had Kamante's son hand write them for the book. 8x12". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811821056
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Beard first visited Africa in 1955 when he began working n his expansive collection of articles and photographic essays. His books include Longing for Darkness a tribute to the life of Karen Blixen, The End of the Game, and Eyelids of Morning: The M

Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen, 1885-1962) is the author of Out of Africa and other classic works of literature.

Jacqueline Bouvier Onassis (1929-1996) discovered Longing for Darkness through her friend Peter Beard, and read the tales to her children.

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