Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass

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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.

A reissue of the book that inspired the critically acclaimed movie version. Set in Africa, it is the story of Dinesen's years in Africa--together with Shadows on the Grass.

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Overview

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.

A reissue of the book that inspired the critically acclaimed movie version. Set in Africa, it is the story of Dinesen's years in Africa--together with Shadows on the Grass.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679724759
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 100,679
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Kamante and Lulu
The Ngong Farm 3
A Native Child 21
The Savage in the Immigrant's House 40
A Gazelle 61
2. A Shooting Accident on the Farm
The Shooting Accident 81
Riding in the Reserve 94
Wamai 105
Wanyangerri 120
A Kikuyu Chief 136
3. Visitors to the Farm
Big Dances 153
A Visitor from Asia 165
The Somali Women 170
Old Knudsen 181
A Fugitive Rests on the Farm 189
Visits of Friends 198
The Noble Pioneer 205
Wings 217
4. From an Immigrant's Notebook
The Wild Came to the Aid of the Wild 239
The Fireflies 240
The Roads of Life 241
Esa's Story 243
The lguana 246
Farah and the Merchant of Venice 248
The Elite of Bournemouth 250
Of Pride 250
The Oxen 251
Of the Two Races 254
A War-Time Safari 255
The Swaheli Numeral System 262
"I Will Not Let Thee Go Except Thou Bless Me" 263
The Eclipse of the Moon 265
Natives and Verse 265
Of the Millennium 266
Kitosch's Story 267
Some African Birds 272
Pania 275
Esa's Death 277
Of Natives and History 280
The Earthquake 283
George 284
Kejiko 285
The Giraffes Go to Hamburg 286
In the Menagerie 289
Fellow-Travellers 292
The Naturalist and the Monkeys 293
Karomenya 295
Pooran Singh 298
A Strange Happening 300
The Parrot 303
5. Farewell to the Farm
Hard Times 307
The Death of Kinanjui 320
The Grave in the Hills 329
Farah and I Sell Out 347
Farewell 364
Shadows on the Grass 373
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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.

    1 out of 1 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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  • 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.

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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.

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