Breathe To Read

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Friday, March 22, 2024

Book: Out Of Africa

 Book: Out of Africa

Author: Isak Dinesen

Pages: 416

This is my 57th read for the year

This is the story of the author's time in Kenya.  (Isak is her pen name - her real name is Baroness Karen Blixen who was Danish).  She owned a coffee plantation there from 1914 to 1931 and this book covers her tales from the locals, the people who worked for her, and even a visit from the Prince of Wales.  Tales are woven among descriptions of the landscape around her.

This is a pretty good book. I love a good non-fiction and this one spun a good story about the author's time in Kenya.  There were some dry bits, but overall a fascinating tale in the early 20th century about a very capable woman running a plantation.  She saw a young boy shot and killed and the fall out from that.  And then finally the collapse of the cost of coffee where she had to sale the farm.  It was a heartfelt memoir overall and I am glad I read it.

Stars: 4

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