|Plot Summary of Out of Africa|
|"Karen Blixen, writing under the pen name Isak Dinesen, recounts her attempts to run a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years before and after the First World War. Dinesen relates how she developed friendships with her native staff and with fellow Europeans arriving in Africa. Dinesen entertains native chiefs and European royalty at her farm. She also hunts and attempts to maintain some of her European ways while trying to adopt to her new home. Dinesen must fight against poverty and natural disasters to keep her farm. The threat of failure and the necessity of moving back to Europe haunt Dinesen as she hunts, takes walks, and acts as a doctor and consultant for her squatters. "
A. Antonow, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Out of Africa|
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- immigrant story
Kind of living:
- pioneering in countryside
If this is a culture clash:
- visiting a different culture
ethnic of society (outside)
- Black African
Period of greatest activity?
- small town
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
Kind of Africa:
- Black Africa
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- wicked white people
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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