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.See more details below

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679724759
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
153,617
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Eudora Welty
"True to her credo the storyteller's story, her tales are...grips out of, rather than into, an extraordinary mind."

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