Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Out of Africa

Finished Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, aka Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. It's a memoir of her life in Africa on her coffee plantation. She is a marvelous storyteller, capturing the characters of those around her with warmth and richness. The prose is at times gorgeous and at others gruesome. I listened to an audiobook recording of the work, read by Julie Christie. Christie's voice was perfect for this piece. Listening on my iPod, I often found myself smiling at the juxtaposition of listening to Dinesen's descriptions of the African landscape while I was standing at the bus stop, in the early morning dark, with ice crystals pelting me in the face.

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