Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass

Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass

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.

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: 111,448
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Isak Dinesen is the pseudonym of Karen Blixen, born in Denmark in 1885. After her marriage in 1914 to Baren Bror Blixen, she and her husband lived in British East Africa, where they owned a coffee plantation. She divorced from her husband in 1921 but continued to manage the plantation for another ten years, until the collapse of the coffee market forced her to sell the property and return to Denmark in 1931. There she began to write in English under the nom de plume Isak Dinesen. Her first book, and literary success, was Seven Gothic Tales. It was followed by Out of AfricaThe Angelic Avengers (written under the pseudonym Pierre Andrézel), Winter's TalesLast TalesAnecdotes of DestinyShadows on the Grass, and Ehrengard. She died in 1962.

Table of Contents

1.Kamante and Lulu
The Ngong Farm3
A Native Child21
The Savage in the Immigrant's House40
A Gazelle61
2.A Shooting Accident on the Farm
The Shooting Accident81
Riding in the Reserve94
A Kikuyu Chief136
3.Visitors to the Farm
Big Dances153
A Visitor from Asia165
The Somali Women170
Old Knudsen181
A Fugitive Rests on the Farm189
Visits of Friends198
The Noble Pioneer205
4.From an Immigrant's Notebook
The Wild Came to the Aid of the Wild239
The Fireflies240
The Roads of Life241
Esa's Story243
The lguana246
Farah and the Merchant of Venice248
The Elite of Bournemouth250
Of Pride250
The Oxen251
Of the Two Races254
A War-Time Safari255
The Swaheli Numeral System262
"I Will Not Let Thee Go Except Thou Bless Me"263
The Eclipse of the Moon265
Natives and Verse265
Of the Millennium266
Kitosch's Story267
Some African Birds272
Esa's Death277
Of Natives and History280
The Earthquake283
The Giraffes Go to Hamburg286
In the Menagerie289
The Naturalist and the Monkeys293
Pooran Singh298
A Strange Happening300
The Parrot303
5.Farewell to the Farm
Hard Times307
The Death of Kinanjui320
The Grave in the Hills329
Farah and I Sell Out347
Shadows on the Grass373

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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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