April’s book: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

This month’s theme is pseudonyms. In a surprise victory, this month we’re reading:

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Out of Africa is Isak Dinesen’s memoir of her years in Africa, from 1914 to 1931, on a four-thousand-acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi. She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her husband, and when they separated she stayed on to manage the farm by herself, visited frequently by her lover, the big-game hunter Denys Finch-Hatton, for whom she would make up stories “like Scheherazade.” In Africa, “I learned how to tell tales,” she recalled many years later. “The natives have an ear still. I told stories constantly to them, all kinds.” Her account of her African adventures, written after she had lost her beloved farm and returned to Denmark, is that of a master storyteller, a woman whom John Updike called “one of the most picturesque and flamboyant literary personalities of the century.”

Other choices this month were:

  • Wuthering Heights by Ellis Bell (Emily Bronte)
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Marguerite Annie Johnson)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
  • The Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante (Anita Raja)
  • Naked in Death by JD Robb (Nora Roberts)
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One thought on “April’s book: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

  1. […] the unseasonably cold April weather (what happened to our lovely sun?) at Le Lacustre to discuss Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (aka Karen […]

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