Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

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Out of Africa is a memoir by Isak Dinesen, a nom de plume used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. The book, first published in 1937, recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then British East Africa. The book is a lyrical meditation on Blixen’s life on her coffee plantation, as well as a tribute to some of the people who touched her life there. It is also a vivid snapshot of African colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire. Blixen wrote the book in English and then translated it into Danish.

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The 63rd greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 37th on Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time (National Geographic Adventure Magazine)
  2. - 58th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  3. - 80th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)
  4. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))
  5. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

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