"I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills." Few lines in literature and film have marked the beginning of a love story with a place quite like this. Karen Blixen's bestselling collection of stories - later adapted for screen in the much-loved film starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.
Writing after her return to Denmark after 17 years in Kenya, Out of Africa is a portrait of life on her coffee farm from 1914 to 1931. Filled with the characters which came to define her time there, her book is a clear account of the Kikuyu, Maasai, Somalis, and Europeans - as well as the animals - she befriended and encountered. A storyteller through and through, Karen Blixen makes fine work of the experiences that set her alight with the clarity of a magnifying glass over the past.
This glimpse into colonial life and a safari age in a Kenya that no longer exists is also a timeless personal love story for Denys Finch Hatton and the people, landscapes, and wildlife of Africa. A classic bestseller, Out of Africa has inspired many people to travel to Africa - and what better way to enjoy it than on safari.
Compelling … a story of passion … and a movingly poetic tribute to a lost land.
Whether through the movie, or by reading the book, 'Out Of Africa' has come to symbolise and evoke the romance of an era. For me, the book also captures the heart and soul of safari travel and allows oneself to immerse in all that is quintessentially safari. I would love to know how many people have traveled to Africa after reading this book!