March 12

Out of Africa

Posted by lori . 2 Comments

Out of Africa is a memoir by Isak Dinesen (pen name for Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke) and recounts the 17 years she lived in Kenya from 1914 to 1931.  The book is very different from the film of the same name.  This is the story of colonial Africa, the people and a remarkable woman.  Read this if you love words and imagery.  It is lyrical and melancholy yet very attuned to the time and place.  Africa is the main character and star in this book.

Where Africa is the star of the book, romance is the star of the movie which focuses on the love affair between Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton.  Meryl Streep and Robert Redford are incredible and heartbreaking as lovers.  Even though the movie has a different focus than the book, you’ll come away with the love and nostalgia Karen Blixen felt for Africa and you’ll glimpse colonial Africa and the people who lived during that time.  Out of Africa won the Academy Award in 1985 for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music Score and Best Sound.

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2 Responses to " Out of Africa"

  • houndstooth4 says:

    They are both two of my all time favorites! “I had a farm in Africa.” One of the greatest openings ever!

    • lori says:

      I agree…I love that line! I read the book after I saw the movie and I swear I read the entire thing with the voice of Meryl Streep as Karen Blixen in my head. It was quite nice.


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