Isak Dinesin's Autobiography "Out of Africa" Book Review by Madame Mimi

Isak Dinesin's Autobiography "Out of Africa"
Analyzes Isak Dinesin's autobiography "Out of Africa", called a travelogue with a soul.
# 148025 | 2,810 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 24, 2011 in English (Analysis) , Literature (European (other))

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This paper explains that Isak Dinesen's "Out of Africa", written in 1937 when outspoken women writers were few, is considered to be autobiographical but on the edge of being a fictional fantasy because of its lyrical romanticism. Next, the author summarized the story citing Dinesen's rich use of detail and language that reveal the soul of British East Africa and the soul of Dinesen herself. The paper concludes that Baroness Karen Bixen, Dinesen's real name, found out who she was while living in Africa and embraced her true role as an eccentric writer upon leaving Africa and returning to Denmark. Many quotations are included in the paper.

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"Native dances, or Ngomas, for huge crowds of up to 2,000 dancers with masses of onlookers provided adventure on the lawn of Blixen's home. One occasion brought on a conflict between Kikuyu and Masai in which serious injuries occurred. Blixen describes the events sympathetically without judgment. One of the Blixen's servants, Farah, a Muslim, brings much life into her days with his religious customs, his Somali wife, her many female relatives, and a visit from a High Priest who has traveled all the way from India to spend an amusing afternoon chatting with this hostess with whom he shares no common language."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dinesin, I. (1983) Out of Africa. New York: Modern Library.
  • Scott, J. (2009, August 31) In the Theater of Isak Dinesen. The Nation, Vol. 289 Issue 6, p25-28. Retrieved from
  • Updike, J. (1986, February 23) Seven Gothic Tales: The Divine Swank of Isak Dinesen. New York Times Book Review. The New York Times, p3. Retrieved from
  • Van Doren, M. (1938, March 12) The Eighth Gothic Tale. The Nation Vol. 146 Issue 11, p. 306-307.

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