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Book Title: África Minha e Sombras no Capim|
The author of the book: Isak Dinesen
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Edition: Clube do Autor
Date of issue: May 2014
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An interesting collection of anecdotes from Africa in the early 1900s. It is better than a history book because you get to learn about it from the words of someone who lived it.
The colonialism approach of the time that is seen in the writing can be construed as imperialistic and, at times, racially inappropriate. However, I would say that the author is writing what she knows at the time and never gets malicious to or speaks down about anyone in her story - even if there are undertones that might be considered inappropriate today. In fact, I think she does a pretty good job of giving us a glimpse into native life in Africa only one generation removed from no outside influence.
Another thing I did not really see in the book is any hatred between religions or judgement of people because of who they are. People of different religions, races, and social standing all seem to respect each other and give each other a wide berth when necessary (i.e. the Christians come to mourn a person, then they leave to allow that person's Muslim friends come in to mourn in their way). I did not sense any animosity throughout the story. Many of the main characters are Somalis and I kept thinking about all the conflicts there over the past 50 years or so - none of that is seen here. I would have to look into the background of this story a bit more to see when she wrote this, but I am wondering if some of her inspiration with World Wars raging was to show an Africa before all of that and all the changes it was heading towards.
This is a must read for history and memoir buffs!
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Read information about the authorPseudonym used by the Danish author Karen Blixen.
Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (Danish: [kʰɑːɑn ˈb̥leɡ̊sn̩]; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), born Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author, also known by the pen name Isak Dinesen, who wrote works in Danish, French and English. She also at times used the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola, and Pierre Andrézel.
Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award-winning motion pictures. She is also noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, particularly in Denmark.
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