Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass

Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass

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by Isak Dinesen

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With classic simplicity and a painter's feeling for atmosphere and detail, Isak Dinesen tells of the years she spent from 1914 to 1931 managing a coffee plantation in Kenya.

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With classic simplicity and a painter's feeling for atmosphere and detail, Isak Dinesen tells of the years she spent from 1914 to 1931 managing a coffee plantation in Kenya.

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John Updike
Her main memoir, ''Out of Africa,'' published in 1937, has been called the greatest pastoral romance of modern times....Enter a deliciously described world of sharply painted, dramatically costumed heroes and heroines posing, with many a spectacular gesture and eloquent aria, in magnificent landscapes maintained by invisible hands as a kind of huge stage set....hough Isak Dinesen's leisurely and ornate anecdotes, which she furnishes with just enough historical touches to make the stage firm, have something in them of the visionary and the artificial, they are not escapist. From the sweeping flood of the first story to the casual and savage murder of the last, they face pain and loss with the brisk familiarity of one who has amply known both, and force us to face them, too. Far from hollow and devoid of a moral, the tales insistently strive to inculcate a moral stance....Intoxication figures frequently in Isak Dinesen's work, and mercilessness was part of the storyteller's art as she construed it: the story must pursue its end without undue compassion for its characters. Combat lies closer than compassion to the secret of ''Seven Gothic Tales,'' and its exhilaration is their contagious mood. -- New York Times

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Vintage International
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"True to her credo the storyteller's story, her tales are...grips out of, rather than into, an extraordinary mind."

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Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LMHATFIELD17 More than 1 year ago
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.
chantera55 More than 1 year ago
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.
Lisa Martell More than 1 year ago
A beautiful trip to an africa that once was.
Bookmeister More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
Nakkiah_Stampfli More than 1 year ago
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.