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Fr Out of AfricaShadowsGrass Livres Not Retrouvez Out of AfricaShadowsGrass et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion fr Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass Livres Not Retrouvez Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion Out of Africa Shadows on the Grass Isak Dineson Susan Out of Africa Shadows on the Grass Livres audio Audible – Version intgrale Isak Dineson Auteur Susan Lyons Narrateur Random House Audio Editeur sur toiles valuations Voir les formats et ditions Masuer les autres formats et ditions Prix Neuf partir de Occasion partir de Livres audio Audible Version intgrale Veuillez ressayer fr Out of AfricaShadows on the Grass Dinesen Not Retrouvez Out of AfricaShadows on the Grass et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion Out of Afr An interesting collection of anecdotes from Africa in the early 1900s It is better than a history book because you get to learn about it from the words of someone who lived it The colonialism approach of the time that is seen in the writing can be construed as imperialistic and at times racially inappropriate However I would say that the author is writing what she knows at the time and never gets malicious to or speaks down about anyone in her story even if there are undertones that might be considered inappropriate today In fact I think she does a pretty good job of giving us a glimpse into native life in Africa only one generation removed from no outside influenceAnother thing I did not really see in the book is any hatred between religions or judgement of people because of who they are People of different religions races and social standing all seem to respect each other and give each other a wide berth when necessary ie the Christians come to mourn a person then they leave to allow that person s Muslim friends come in to mourn in their way I did not sense any animosity throughout the story Many of the main characters are Somalis and I kept thinking about all the conflicts there over the past 50 years or so none of that is seen here I would have to look into the background of this story a bit to see when she wrote this but I am wondering if some of her inspiration with World Wars raging was to show an Africa before all of that and all the changes it was heading towardsThis is a must read for history and memoir buffs

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Ica and Shadows on the Grass de Out of africa and shadows on the grass de Isak Dinesen et d'autres livres articles d'art et de collection similaires disponibles sur AbeBooksfr Out of Africa Shadows on the Grass by Isak Out of Africa Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions The author describes her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya for seventeen years before returning to Denmark in to write all members Members Recently added by private library CharlesSchreiber tlwright indiestarr eudaemonist DaleJacuette Achat out of africa pas cher ou d'occasion | Rakuten Out Of Africa Shadows On The Grass karen blixen Livres en langue trangre | Format Poche ; € Bon tat avis Vendez le vtre Out Of Africa Usa Or Canadian Import Collectif CD | Reggae; ; CD Album; € Trs bon tat Neuf ds € avis Vendez le vtre Out Of The Past There is something strangely determinate and fatal about a single shot in the night It is as if someone had cried a message to you in one word and would not repeat it I stood for some time wondering what it had meant Nobody could aim at anything at this hour and to scare away something a person would fire two shots or There is some truly beautiful writing in this book When describing the land and the wildlife of Africa Dinesen ie Karen Blixen truly shines as a writer and I can only believe that it is this aspect of her book that resonates with so many who rate this book Out of Africa highly I mean the film of the same title is not really based on and has little to do with this book so clearly readers must see something else in the book that appeals to them and I m guessing it is the lyrical description of the African landscape If the book contained itself to her impressions of the land I would have loved this book too Unfortunately no amount of lyrical prose was able to outweigh the aspects of the book that really drove me nuts none so than the way author writes about the people of Kenya and by doing so what we learn about the author herself After reading only a couple of chapter I was utterly conflicted whether the author s constant racism was a result of her genuine believe that white Europeans were supreme to the primitive natives or whether her offensive descriptions of the Natives was a result of some sort of mistake in articulating what she really meantSeeing the she continued to generalise about African people and compare them to animals throughout the book it leaves little argument against the assumption that Dinesen really believed in the superiority of the white Immigrants So the next uestion that occurred and as one fellow reader pointed out also is how much of the casual racism was a result of the time that Dinesen lived in Well seeing that she lived in Africa between 1915 and 1931 Out of Africa was published in 1937 it is of course to be expected that her views are reflecting the s of a less enlightened time which is somewhat ironic as she fills the book with literary and philosophical references in an attempt to show off her worldliness and pretends to present herself as an enlightened witty and intellectual woman This in particular made me want to smack her with a copy Markham s West with the Night Markham may have had her shortcomings but she did not need to fuel her self confidence by patronising anyone least her African neighbours As much as Dinesen s racism may have been a reflection of her time it became clear when reading the first story in Shadows on the Grass that Dinesen s believe of superiority must have been ingrained in her deeply than just as an expression of a sentiment that was popular within her social circles Shadows on the Grass was published in 1960 So at that time Dinesen had not only returned to Europe but had also widely travelled was at home in the artistic and literary circles of Europe and the US and as any enlightened intellectual of the time would have been exposed to current affairs of the world such as the beginning of the civil rights movement in the US the demise of the colonial systems as a result of the moral issues raised with supremacist theories after WWII etc Yet the first story in Shadows on the Grass contains the same racist bullshit as Out of Africa including the following The dark nations of Africa strikingly precocious as young children seemed to come to a standstill in their mental growth at different ages The Kikuyu Kawirondo and Wakamba the people who worked for me at the farm in early childhood were far ahead of the white children of the same age but they stopped uite suddenly at a stage corresponding to that of a European child of nine She even goes on to say that she found some pseudo scientific theory to support her musings on the ualities of different races Of course this only takes up one paragraph in the book and she does not present any arguments that may contradict her opinions How is this supportable by the justification that she was a writer of her time Had she been of her time I would have expected her to move on but no What the book also told me about Dinesen is that she had appreciation and compassion for animals than for human beings She was against killing animals for sport except lions lions were fair game apparently which was uite unusual for a member of the society she lived in and also considering that the love of her life Denys Finch Hatton organised safaris for wealthy big game hunters And yet when confronted with the victim of a shooting accident a child who had been shot accidentally all she can say is the following When you are brought suddenly within the presence of such disaster there seems to be but one advice it is the remedy of the shooting field and the farmyard that you should kill uickly and at any cost And yet you know that you cannot kill and your brain turns with fear I put my hands to the child s head and pressed it in my despair and as if I had really killed him he at the same moment stopped screaming and sat erect with his arms hanging down as if he was made of wood So now I know what it feels like to heal by imposition So her first instinct is to shoot the child The second insight she gains is that she deludes herself into thinking she could heal by laying on hands Actually there is about her delusional exploits as a medic when deciding to become the primary medical care giver to the Natives on her farm Granted any first aid may have been better than none but at no time does she pretend to want to find out if what she s doing is of any medical help and it looks like failures didn t make her stop to think either I knew very little of doctoring just what you learn at a first aid course But my renown as a doctor had been spread by a few chance lucky cures and had not been decreased the catastrophic mistakes that I had made So again while some of the writing is great I just cannot muster any sympathy or liking for the author who to me came across as an ignorant utterly delusional racist ever pretending to be something she was 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10 thoughts on “Out of AfricaShadows on the Grass

  1. says:

    A Danish noblewoman comes to Africa gets married to a Swedish Baron her second cousin and starts a coffee plantation close to the Ngong Hills in the Kenyan Colony southwest of Nairobi then just a small town before the start of WWI Isak Dinesen nee Karen Blixen finds real love and tragedy while managing it 1913 1931 The unfaithful husband Baron Bror Blixen neglects the Baroness and not interested in the farm he

  2. says:

    An interesting collection of anecdotes from Africa in the early 1900s It is better than a history book because you get to learn about it from the words of someone who lived it The colonialism approach of the time that is seen in the writing can be construed as imperialistic and at times racially inappropriate However I would say that the author is writing what she knows at the time and never gets malicious to or speaks down about anyone i

  3. says:

    SoWell introductionI was doing a repair to the ceiling when from that elevated position I noticed this slim volume attempting to hide from my hawk like vision but too late for I swooped down and caught in in my talons and read it tucked up in my nest I found it beguiling lyrical full of longing it also reminded me of the Orwell stor

  4. says:

    There is something strangely determinate and fatal about a single shot in the night It is as if someone had cried a message to you in one word and would not repeat it I stood for some time wondering what it had meant Nobody could aim at anything at this hour and to scare away something a person would fire two shots or T

  5. says:

    Karen Blixen alias Isak Dinesen 1885 1962 has the ability to transport you to the early 20th century Africa The

  6. says:

    Out of Africa was first published in 1937 after the author's return to Denmark Shadows on the Grass consists of four essays The first three were written in the 1950s and the last titled 'Echoes from the Hills' was written in the 60s They just add a few details about events and characters mentioned in the original bookTh

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    I start with the famous paragraph If I know a song of Africa of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers does Africa know a song of me Will the air over the plain uiver with a color that I have had on or the children invent a game in which my name is or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like m

  8. says:

    I cried four times while reading this book For the beauty of the writing fireflies the sentiment the zoo animals lulu and for gratitude that this woman existed and wrote these words down It's my favorite type of writing descriptive an

  9. says:

    “Between the river in the mellow English landscape and the African mountain ridge ran the path of this life The bowstring was released on the bridge at Eton the arrow described its orbit and hit the obelisk in the Ngong Hills” ― Karen Blixen Out of Africa This is a group read I participated in and I am certain that

  10. says:

    This was a beautiful book I began reading it three years ago and set it aside in favor of lighter literature but