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Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass

Lu par : Susan Lyons
Durée : 16 h et 35 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
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Out of Africa:

In this audiobook, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives; of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom; of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her; of primitive festivals; of big game that were her near neighbors - lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes; and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful.

Shadows on the Grass:

Isak Dineson takes up the absorbing story of her life in Kenya begun in the unforgettable Out of Africa, which she published under the name of Karen Blixon. With warmth and humanity, these four stories illuminate her love for the African people, their dignity and traditions, and the beauty and wildness of the landscape. The first three were written in the 1950s and the last, "Echoes from the Hills", was written especially for this volume in the summer of 1960, when the author was in her 70s. In all they provide a moving final chapter to her African reminiscences.

©2015 Random House Audio; 2011 Isak Dinesen

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  • Jay Quintana
  • 26/03/2016

Sketches of Africa

This is beautifully written. We learn about the land, the people, the animals, and the farm. But very little of Blixen/Dinesen. I don't remember if she relates a single experience with her husband. His presence in the book is that slight. As for the other men in her life, they come across here as nothing more than platonic friends. If you want to know what Africa -- well, the part of Africa where Blixen/Dinesen resided -- was like in the early part of the 20th century, this is a must listen. If you're looking for an absorbing narrative -- the print version of the movie -- this will almost certainly disappoint. .

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  • BillieJ
  • 25/10/2018

A life well lived.

Years ago when I first read her words they awoke in me a desire to remember her and those wonderful people each of whom were her family while she drank in Africa. It has given me much to strive for in my own life and to take in all those I’m blessed to know. This Audible production was a joy as it accompanied me through days of routines, driving and quiet rain. I’m most grateful to have been touched so thoroughly.

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  • Susan G. Brink
  • 31/08/2019

Superb

A marvelous story teller and human being, Karen Blixen brings alive her time in Kenya after WW I. Her generosity of character and superb descriptions of her friends and servants...Somalians, Masai, Kikuyu and Europeans...enriches the reader and shatters preconceptions.

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  • debra
  • 31/08/2018

Great Story

Narrator makes it come alive. A life well told and place that time has forgotten.

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  • shan Zhang
  • 22/06/2017

enjoyed every bit of this book.

What did you love best about Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass?

described the moon like a silver arch hung on the blue sky.

What other book might you compare Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass to and why?

green hills of Africa by Hemingway.

What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

peaceful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Denis was buried in her farm.

Any additional comments?

the book brought my dear memories of Tanzania .

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  • Deborah Freitag
  • 08/08/2017

Disappointing

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I downloaded this book to listen on the way to/from the office about 1 hrs. drive. It nearly put me to sleep. I was trying very hard to escape into the story but it was so dry. I didn't complete it. I just couldn't get through the long drawn out chapters. I LOVED the screen adaptation and should have just downloaded that one. Live and Learn.

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  • Lindsay Lovinger Watkins
  • 22/04/2016

It had my heart from page one!

I could only hope my own life could be rich. I highly recommend filling your life with these stories!

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  • Frank S. Czerwiec
  • 26/02/2020

Enthralled by the reality of a well lived life from another time and place

Having listened to this wonderful narration shortly after revisiting the movie for the fifth or sixth time, I’m struck by the vividness of Isak (Karen’s) remembrances. Others have commented on the present day political incorrectness of the mistress-servant relationships, and trophy-hunting safaris of the early 20th century, but the fact that she felt it necessary to publish under a male pseudonym suggests this is simply the reality of the time which she too suffered.
The book is marvelous, and while not temporally constrained can over the course of a dedicated “reading” weave together, with minimal repetition, a bright and colorful tapestry of colonial Kenya. The highlights of which are the stories of the native Africans told with respect and an apparently sincere wish for understanding of traditions and a very ancient philosophy of life with nature.
It is of vital importance that the reader (listener) stay with the story to the end. In the final chapters of “Shadows ...” you appreciate the love felt by and between Karen and her compatriots. The joy she felt in their successes and sorrow in their passing. This picks up where the movie left off, and is the truest example of her love and respect.
Finally, the narrator gives an amazing performance. Whether the accent is real, it matters not, as it transports you to the time and place as did Meryl’s accent in the movie. As for the movie, I’m sure the artistic license taken improved the romance and pathos which the book remains silent on, but that is a private matter. I prefer to believe there is truth in both accounts and hope one day to visit the now suburban setting of “Karen” in a real life pilgrimage.

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  • Michael
  • 08/12/2019

Pleasant Vignettes

This is a collection of many vignettes of a Danish woman's seventeen years on a coffee plantation in Kenya from 1913 to 1930. The vignettes are not quite chronological. The book as a whole explores the Kenyan environment and animals and various contrasts between European and Kenyan thought and customs.

The stories are well written, sometimes interesting, sometimes touching, sometimes beautiful, sometimes limited by cultural stereotypes, often dark, sometimes uplifting. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I suspect it might be dull to some.

I found the narration excellent.

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  • barbara
  • 23/02/2019

Insanely unwoke and colonialist but beautiful

This is such a period piece, written by a titled and entitled European who was nonetheless pretty enlightened for her time and class. The author clearly cares about the people who work on her coffee plantation, and takes pains to adjudicate disputes fairly and equitably. She does her best, within the context of the insane colonialist attitudes in which she and the British colonialist government are steeped, to care for her workers and their families. Yet her continual references to "my houseboys" and "my squatters," and the ways in which she attempts to sum up the attitudes and behaviors of entire tribes based on the few she knows, and the horrifying observations about the mental capacities of certain tribes can't help but be severely cringe-worthy. Her description of and buy-in to some of the repressive laws of British colonial Kenya banning certain Kikuyu dances and making it illegal for the Masai to possess spears, for example, bring to mind the worst and most limited white fear-mongering pith-helmeted petty bureaucrats set on trying to control their subjects. It's painful to consider the ways in which colonial governments of that era messed up tribal boundaries and tribal relations, which had worked fine for millennia prior to the arrival of the rapacious white man.

Dineson is at her best when describing wildlife and nature. She has a great eye for the beauty and majesty of the land and its flora and fauna. She is an impressive European female of her era, to be running a farm on her own, killing lions, and working, for a time, running goods for the British government in WWI. Still, this reader, admittedly an animal lover, was nauseated by her wanton killing of wildlife (such as the time she shot an iguana "because I might be able to use its beautiful skin for something" only to discover that its skin turned grey the moment it died). I know those were different times, but the big game hunter mentality is utterly disgusting to me, and there's a lot of that sort of thing in this book.

There's only one mention of her husband, who lived in Europe, and much gushing about Dennis Finch Hatton and others. But the book is really a collection of vignettes about the farm, its workers, and nature.

I'm glad I listened, but at times it was very painful and I almost gave it up. The narrator has a rather piercing upper-class-sounding English inflection, which didn't help. Still, the beauty of the narrative and the fascination for this out-dated way of life are compelling enough to make me glad I stuck with it.

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  • Henrik
  • 16/06/2020

Great storytelling

As the book came to a close, I was saddened. It was too early to part with Blixen and the Africa, which she held dear.

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  • AM Murphy
  • 16/05/2020

Spellbinding!

Enthralling account of a lost world. A mixture of almost anthropological descriptions of the various tribes and personalities of Kenya at the beginning of the 20th century and a personal, in many respects tragic life. Amazing performance by the reader Susan Lyons , read at the right pass with a beautiful tone of voice. One imagines it could be Karen Blixen herself. One of the best books of the 20th century. I am sure I will come back to this reading again and again!

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  • Lisa Steinheuer
  • 23/01/2017

Fantastic book!

The narrator's superb performance almost. makes me believe I'm hearing the book read by the author herself. One of the most elegantly descriptive, beautifully written books of our time.